Author Archives: Jennie

About Jennie

I make pots.

Almost there . . .

 

 


Life in potterville has been busy lately. The dream we launched with the Kickstarter is finally coming to life and each day brings new joys and decisions for the space I’m very antsy to call my new studio home.

Four roll off dumpsters removed the 70+ years of building choices made by previous tenants. Getting to the stage where new, fresh, pizza free walls were being hung is amazing. Watching professional dry wallers tape was magic. Each trade has it’s own eccentric equipment and I have always been fascinated by how people do what they do. This one might be my favorite. The area he’s taping is about 8 feet up the wall and he’s on stilts that look a bit like robotic pogo sticks covered in white mud. Here’s a link to see Jesus the drywall magician  at work.

This weekend is a big one for the space. We’ll be getting the painting underway. The list of things to accomplish is getting smaller by the day, and we are very excited to get some items moved into the shop!

We have started to plan some of the class offerings, and I’m super excited at what we have planned. Look for some class announcements this coming week!

The New Shop

someday soon, this rubble will be transformed into a wall of sinks

Just thought I’d drop a quick note about the new space. We officially signed a lease for the space last week and will be opening this spring. It’s both incredibly exciting and time intensive. While the demolition is taking place we’re organizing all the things that go into the space. Tables, pottery equipment, lighting, display, plumbing and on and on.
If your interested in the goings on with the space I invite you to follow @theworkshopmpls on Instagram!

Sunday at 2pm Central

flock of ornaments

I’m going to post pots tomorrow, Sunday 18th at 2:00 central time. All orders will be shipped on Monday the 19, and domestic priority delivery should still arrive in time for gifting Christmas weekend. I’m posting pictures of some of the available goodies in my instagram feed.
Thanks again for your patience while I was sick!

Update Postponed

Unfortunately, my attempts to push though my cold for the last six days has not worked and I’ve had to admit that I am actually sick. I’m a bit of a bear, and will stubbornly forge ahead despite all rational evidence to the contrary. Yesterday it became very apparent that I could really do no more than see a doctor and rest.

So, it is with great regret that I must delay the update. I have the work, the photos and necessary editing will just have to wait for me to be of whole body and mind. Sometimes when you are sick, you just need to be sick. I so very much appreciate your business, and your understanding.
I’ll post the new update time and date when l can commit to one. Look for that information soon on my Instagram feed, Twitter, Facebook or here.

Pugger

 

Isn't she pretty ?

Isn’t she pretty ?

The Workshop Kickstarter has been an overwhelming success. Thanks SO much to each and every person that has donated so far. We met our goal in less than 48 hours and we’re still chugging along. The funding period ends on December 1, if you haven’t donated yet please consider backing the project.

The increased donations above and beyond our goal gives the Workshop a greater ability to have even more dreams come true. There’s a lot that goes into a studio space. Tables, stools, lighting, shelving, storage cubbies, and all the specialized ceramic equipment. The one I’m geeking out on the most is my life long dream to own a pug mill. Think play dough clay factory, but for clay. This large piece of equipment will be the extra dream equipment I’ll be able to purchace with the added donations to the kickstarter. With this I’ll be able to recycle and reclaim my clay scraps with a powerful tool that will save my hands the energy and effort of clay recycling. Currently I’m wedging my reclaim by hand, a somewhat long and tedious process that exacerbates my hand and arm ailments. Some dream of diamonds, or chocolate, or fancy vacations, this potter dreams of her very own pug mill.

The mug level donation has been the most popular, and the quantity offered sold out quickly. Fear not, I’ve added a few more in the rewards column of the page.

Together we can make mugs = pugs

Troops Headed East

hedges!

I’m headed East toward Rhinebeck, in the car typing this as the miles fly by. It takes two solid days of driving to get from Minnesota to Rhinebeck, New York and I’m fortunate to have many drivers on this trip this year. So, here I am typing, instead of driving through the beautiful state of Pennsylvania.

We Minnesotan’s like to talk weather and this year might go down as the wettest on record. Anecdotally I’ve heard, “It’s a particularly good year for fungi,” more than once this spring and summer. True enough, as their abundance has made them a regular visual in my world, so much so that I put them on my pots. A group of mushrooms is called a troop, and these are troops I like best, colorful and whimsical.  The Peterson Guide to Fungi has been in heavy rotation identifying all the new troops sprouting after each rain. My mushrooms bend the rules a bit and are variety of colors and textures, a little departure from my usual technique. While I’ve not seen a tiny hedgehog under a mushroom umbrella at all this year, its a critter that fits well in my design arsenal. In the animal world, they’re probably the most likely knitter, right?

Once again, I’ll be setting up shop in the same location, outside booth 9, 27 A, closest to the 4-H gate. When you look at the map provided by the festival I’m near the rear end of the llama icon indicating the “llama parade gathering area.” Really, I love my job.

Join me for all the beautiful wondrous fun that is Rhinebeck, I brought the troops.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

 

Baaaaaaaa

Baaaaaaaah

It’s been a bit since I’ve written, so I thought I’d post a short hello and studio goings on, lest you think I’ve fallen into a bucket full of clay. Last weekend I was able to attend the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI. It’s the closest festival to home and I love seeing all the familiar faces and fiber friends. The harbinger of the fall season complete with flocks of migrating geese and crisp sweatery mornings. It’s also the primer to the largest show of the year, New York Sheep and Wool, aka Rhinebeck. As I’ve said in the past, ceramics is a process, and it takes some time to get the studio all primed and running. Those who attend Rhinebeck can send a thank – you to Wi for getting the ball rolling. Now we’re chugging along, getting ready to shift into high overdrive in the few short weeks to Rhinebeck. (I’m currently pretending my calendar doesn’t exist, a childish but effective survival tactic)

Again, I’ve designed a special mug to commemorate this year’s New York Sheep and Wool Festival. (More on that later, but for a little tease- think woods)

As I spend most of my studio time making all the work for the show, I oft neglect to post here, as it is so easily slipped off of my to-do list. I’m going to try and post a bit more frequently in the next few weeks so you can see some of the great things I’ll have available in my booth! I’m especially fond of these floral bowls I’ve been playing with.

kiln-shot-floral-bowlAs always, if your interested in more of the goings on in the studio, follow me on instagram, as I often take quick photos of my process and post them there.

Please help me bring along the forms and designs you’re most interested in!
Post a comment with your jenniethepotter hopes, I love granting pottery wishes.

 

Preview

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Here’s a little preview of today’s update. It will be a mug fest. Lots of ready to ship mugs in a variety of designs. While there are a few one of a kind mugs and cups, I’ve made a small series of some of the more popular designs to help more people get the piece they’re hoping for!

A rest, of sorts 


I’m not currently in the studio, instead I’m taking a rest, of sorts. I’m finally fulfilling a long time dream to participate in the Des Moines Register Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, but known as RAGBRAI. 

It’s a phenomenal thing to be one of 10,000 riders on roads closed to vehicle traffic. It’s such a great slice of the Midwest with churches and civic organizations welcoming riders in each and every small town. There are kids with water pistols and sprinklers to cool us off. Older folks sitting in the shade waving hello, or the tractor shuttles that bring riders into host town each evening. From breakfast burritos to pickles there’s just about anything you might want from road side stands. It’s a great slice of America, and I’m doing my best to soak it all up, one (or three) pies at a time.