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Can you Canoe? *

 

 

We took a wee camping trip. The kids both had their first canoe adventure. Worried they would tip the canoe, we were pleased the appropriate canoe fear kicked in. So much so, we are hoping for a longer trip later this summer.  The Boundary Waters is such a magical place. Even if you go during black fly season. I’m pretty sure I still have bug bites, and we’ve been home for a few weeks now.

Bisqued buttons

Since we returned I have been working on new projects and preparing for a few new things to come. (stay tuned)The studio has been in high button production and I think we have around 500 waiting to be glazed. Really. They’re so innocent and small, yet take so much time when amassed like this.

Meow

We stumbled across this crazy old foam stamp, and it’s our current favorite. Crazy little kitty. I just couldn’t help glazing them all a different color. Pretty sure I’ll have to make a sweater for a certain little lady in the house with kitty buttons. Meow.

*Can you Canoe? is an album from one of our favorite bands here, The Okee Dokee Brothers. It’s pretty much in constant rotation here. If you are looking for great family friendly music check them out!

June 19, 2014   No Comments

Setting up in my new spot! C 34

Today I head to the festival to set up for The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!! I left Minnesota on Wednesday morning and have been driving for the last two days. The day before the festival is one of my favorites. The place is a flurry of activity. Shepherds are caring for their animals, giving last minute haircuts and shaves. Vendors are hauling their wares and setting out the treasure they have been working on for the last few months. I get to say hello, hug my “co-workers” and catch up on the last few months since we’ be been at show. It’s the relative calm before the storm. I love it.
This year the festival moved our little barn to the back of the main exhibition hall. The giant barn of fibery goodness at the bottom of the hill. I’m all the way at the back, next to the end by the large outside door. Please come and visit! Officially it’s C-34 in the main exhibition hall. Check out the map here.
The fleece show now has it’s own building so it can stretch out and show off all the beautiful wool that’s been brought to the festival from shepherds near and far.
So, I’m off. Prepping for a show is always stressful, and Friday before the show is when I get to see all the hard work and hours in the studio all together in one place. See you soon!

May 2, 2014   No Comments

Getting Ready

Just a few weeks and I’m headed into spring for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  I’ve been making lots of new pots. I often take pictures of my process and share them with my instagram and twitter followers.  I should share them here too!

 

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April 15, 2014   No Comments

Hearty Heart Heart

Update coming your way soon. Lots of fresh new designs, and some old favorites. There will be a handful of gift certificate listings too. Have a mug you have been pining after, the one that got away? Look for the “oldie but goodie” listings tomorrow. Please read the shipping timelines carefully. Remember handcrafted is awesome, but it takes time.

February 8, 2014   No Comments

Superior

Pictures from a winter trip to Duluth. We stayed on Lake Superior and had front row seats for the changing lake. The temperature dropped from 20 F to -20 F over one evening and we were able to watch a spectacular lake change. What was peaceful and calm shoreline the day before (first picture on the left) was replaced by a crazy twinkly ice covered shoreline the next. The waves broke off all the snow on the shoreline and coated it in water from the lake. It froze leaving everything beautifully incased in ice. The lake temperature was warmer than the air temperature causing the lake to steam.

January 9, 2014   No Comments

Break

I have a conversational style that seems to disappear when I write online, something I’m not terribly fond of. I think the blog format makes me nervous somehow, and I over edit my normally casual tone. The result is me, but it’s a tempered, less spunky me. This style gap has made me a less frequent writer. I write before an event, during times I know when folks are going to be directed to my page from a festival or event website. This paints a picture of me that under represents what my life is, as SO much of it happens outside of my show schedule. The shows are the public forum, the life is what happens in and mainly around that. So here goes. I love sharing stories and events with people. I used to love to write. I love to talk. I’m going to try to do a heck of a lot more of that, ok? There’s more to this potter than just the pottery.
Underlying all of the writing reluctance there’s a core element of who I am. Forged into my being, probably genetically, is a need to please. Maybe it’s that fabled Midwestern work ethic thing, maybe it’s my Scandinavian genes, maybe it’s just dumb luck. I have a hard time doing things that I know may disappoint. In fact, I often, regularly, over extend myself in order to make things happen. Burning the candle at both ends is a phrase I use often, much to my own personal distress. Dovetailing this need to please is a burning desire to be sucessful. Successful as a mother, a partner, a potter, a friend, family member, a teacher and a human being. As the saying goes there are but twenty four hours in the day, and I spend most of my time thinking of ways to be a success at all that I do. I rise early to work before the kids are up, stay up late to work after they’re in bed and fill the middle filling of the day with all the life roles I have. I lead a full life, but lately the cup overfloweth.
So, here it is my white flag of surrender. I’m waving it feebly from my bunker. I need a break. Some breathing time to regroup and breathe. Some time to focus on my family. As a self employed potter I never took a maternity break with either of my two deliveries. My kids were both born during “Rhinebeck season” the busiest part of my work life, and people want pots. So the kids both spent a large part of their infancy in the studio. My family often gets the short end of my attention when I’m working to prepare for a show. I love them too much to let this crazy train of overwork continue. I’m cashing in on my maternity break, my sabbatical, or a holiday break. Call it what you like, but I’m going to take a month or so to regroup.
I will be posting a few items in my etsy shop in the next week. You’ll see awesome new ornaments, earrings, buttons and stitchmarkers. As much as I know this is disappointing news to people, and it saddens me to let folks down, there will be no pottery posted in the shop this holiday season. That means no mugs, yarn bowls, or special orders. Please be respectful of this posting. I will let you know, I promise, when I plan to have pottery available outside of my show schedule.
I’m a creative soul, and this creativity needs sometime to breathe. I’m full of ideas and plans for the future. I’d like these ideas to have a chance to bloom. I know myself, and my relationship to clay. So I’ll be making as it too is hard wired into me. Instead of making work to cross items off my studio list, or to prepare for a show, I’ll be creating for the joy of it. This break will be a fruitful, but a challenging time nonetheless.
I’m hopeful you’ll understand, and hope you’ll check back here as the season progresses. I’ll post more of my other crafty endeavors here, and some other goings on, in an attempt to bring my voice here. Join me, eh?

November 29, 2013   3 Comments

Coming soon

Here’s what I’m doing today in the studio. Having fun carving some sweater ornaments. A variety of colors and yoke designs will be available soon!

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November 26, 2013   No Comments

Rhinebeck

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Once again its time for Rhinebeck time. I’ve been working diligently morning, noon and night preparing for this show. I have lots of pots. LOTS. New designs and old favorites. I packed all the pots into their bins for safe transport before I took a picture of a finished one, dag-nab-it. Here’s a picture of one in progress, freshly painted and just carved.
I’ll be in the same location as years past, come visit will you?

October 18, 2013   6 Comments

Process: carving obsessed

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I’ve been hand carving stamps to speed up my image transfer. It’s one more trick up my sleeve. I’ve always been a big fan of carving, duh look at my pottery, but these stamps are equally addictive to carve. It’s like carving into a rubber eraser. The lino cutting tools are slick and make me feel extra crafty. The end result is SO satisfying. I’m rather pleased with how quickly I can get an idea “to print”. My work is pretty labor intensive, and I really don’t cut corners in many areas of my making. This one I’m sold on. After carving I use a dye based ink to transfer to my leather hard pot. Now it’s ready for the three coats of color I apply, then MORE carving! Lord help me if I ever stumble into a woodblock printer…
Bonus? I also have awesome new stamps for paper stuff too!

September 20, 2013   1 Comment

Summertime

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Meet my new love. Earlier this summer I got a new ride, my first new bike in almost 20 years. We have been spending a lot of time together. The summer has been filled with all the things a good summer should be, and I’ve getting there by bike. I’ve found all sorts of great places around Minneapolis to turn off my brain and just be. The more I work the more I realize the time away is just as important as the time in the studio. Riding has been a lightening rod for inspiration and my brain is full of new ideas. Good thing too, as my fall show season is just around the bend.

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July 30, 2013   No Comments