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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.

 

The last box

I’m a sucker for a good deadline. Always pulling term papers out in the final hours before a due date or tweaking a project with moments to spare, I like the energy of sucking the marrow of every second I have, it’s almost better than coffee. In that spirit there is always “the last kiln”. Experience has taught me to start this last kiln a little earlier. Hot pots are hard to wrap and tend to melt bubble wrap. So, last night the last kiln was born, allowed to cool, wrapped and boxed. It’s now on the plane with me to California for Stitches West. The box and I are looking forward to seeing green things and liquid water. You can find us in booth 931!  

    

 

Indigodragonfly

Indigodragonfly will be helping me keep the shelves full this weekend with her beautiful yarns. We’ve had a few great meeting of the minds before. Button parings and last year’s Troika?  Here’s a peek at some of the beauties that will be intermingled with all the pottery goods. Kim’s yarns are really fantastic to knit with and she has some stunning designs too. Pulley, upper right picture, will be available in special Rhinebeck kits. (When I finally got clearance to knit a few weeks ago, its the Chameleon sock that I picked up first!)

Huzzah!

 

carving hand

grip is a magical thing

Up to my eyeballs in studio to-dos and writing always gets shoved to the bottom of the list. I’ll be doing my best to remedy this over the next few days. I have lots of things that each merit their own posting, so stand by.

After months of physical therapy and many rounds of treatments my hand has improved. I’m terribly pleased with this to say the least. I’ve been taking videos and photographs of my work progress to share with my hand therapists and they have been able to suggest many modifications to improve my process.  Just being able to work again and to hold tools is really a marvelous thing. Huzzah!

The photo is what my hand looks like after carving. The tools I use are made of aluminum and with repeated use the metal transfers onto my hand. I have foam grips and wraps on most of my tools to improve the stress on my joints as I carve, but I still end up with grey hands after a carving session. The work I’ll have at my next show (Rhinebeck!) will be a combination of pots some of the tried and true favorites, some modified methods of design and some work that has a combination of the two.

 

Intersection and Small bits, coming soon . . .

Modified Thumbs Up

Modified Thumbs Up, the thumb goes to the splash pad.

It’s been an interesting summer here in Potterville. A bike mishap coupled with my normal activities (biking, pottery, weightlifting, knitting etc) has made a masterful stew of inflammation with the oh so glamorous name Intersection Syndrome**. It’s a painful condition, and I’m immobilized with a splint.

Unfortunately this has all sorts of everyday repercussions. Mine is largely a life led one handed. One of the more frustrating challenges has been no wheel work. I have not been actively throwing, trimming or carving for a few months now. This has been quite the challenge. My hand therapists assure me I will be back to work soon, and so I remain positive. Somedays I am more succesful than others.

This has unfortunately affected my fall schedule and I am unable to attend one of my favorite events, The Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival early this September. The event organizers have been kind enough to save my spot for 2016, and so I’ll be back next year. This schedule change will help me take some extra time to resume my work s l o w l y. I’m typically a bit of a tornado before a show, and my studio work will be more of a drip than a proper storm when it resumes.

It’s mind numbingly  s l o w this soft tissue healing. Most days I look forward to going to bed in the hopes that the following morning I’ll wake up and my hand will feel better. It’s an odd mental shift as I typically relish my first morning thought of, “What can I make today” Instead it has been,  “What can I do to safely mark time until I’m better?” There have been some silver linings, mostly more time with the kiddos and some longer than expected vacations. It’s really been mixed and has made me even more aware of how challenging it is for me to be idle.

pile o' pendants

pile o’ pendants

I have been amassing quite the selection of small bits, buttons, pendants and stitch markers in the studio. I’m in the process of prepping some of these for online sale. The photography has been slow going. Did you know this ENTIRE WORLD seems to be created for right handed folks? (All my SLR buttons and toggles are on the right.) Photo editing is also a hoot with your non dominant hand. Try it. It’s soo fun. (by fun I mean frustrating) We’ve taken to modifying most everything these days. Including my thumbs up.

I’m almost finished with the editing, and the posts will go live on my Etsy shop this Sunday after 12 noon Central. I’m not sending out a email notification for this small bits sale, as there will not be pots. I’ll be announcing it on Twitter, Ravelry and Instagram too!

intersection syndrome

**For those interested in the pathophisioloigy of Intersection syndrome here’s an excerpt from MedScape

“The condition has long been held to be caused by friction from the overlying extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) and abductor pollicis longus (APL) tendons.[8] Tensile and shearing stresses in the tendons and peritendinous tissues may lead to thickening, adhesions, and cellular proliferation. Subsequent swelling and proliferation of tenosynovium may cause pain, as these tissues are compressed within the unyielding second extensor compartment.”

 

D-21

It’s late, and I really should be in bed as I’m scheduled to leave Minneapolis at 5 am tomorrow. Both Maryland and Rhinebeck are solid two day drives for me and I need to get an early start to bypass the joy that is Chicago traffic. I always seem to hit a back up of one sort or another, typically its prime time rush hour by the time I get to Chicago. I’m hoping that’s not the case tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a swift drive through.

I wanted to make sure I wrote a brief post about my last minute change of location. I’m still in the main exhibition hall, but I’ll now be at booth D-21. The festival called today to inform me and there’s a chance the information on their end won’t get updated in time for this weekend’s event. So, please take note. I’m in a new location, near a side door, on the right hand wall in the middle of the barn on the north east side of the building, main exhibition hall D-21.

I love a good deadline, so I’ll be opening the last glaze kiln around 4am to let the pots cool enough so I don’t melt my bubble wrap. Fresh hot pots, coming your way. So now off to dream of all the things I’m certain I have forgotton to pack.

 

Yarrrrrrrn

 

 Studio time lately has been filled with crabby crustaceans, a Maryland Sheep and Wool requirement. Each year I make a special design and this year I decided to bring back an element from a popular design I did a few years ago for this show. 

  I love finding these abandoned type pieces at thrift stores and architectural salvage shops.  Text isn’t a common element in my work, but I do like shaking things up a bit every now and again. I’m incorporating some other different techniques in this year’s design too. Stay tuned. 

California Dreaming . . .

It’s been head down, all hands on deck time in the studio as we prepare for the trip to Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA. I’m bringing LOTS of pots, stitch markers, ornaments and buttons. (Oh! SO many buttons! Bring your swatches and yarn samples along to the market )

I’ll be in booths 933, 935 & 937.

picture of packaged buttons!

buttons!

 

Here’s a few studio shots to whet your whistle. I have one more kiln to flip before I depart on Tuesday morning. The last kiln gets to accompany me on the plane. (Delta please be kind) As the temperature here in Minneapolis has been pretty arctic lately I’m very much looking forward to the warmer weather out West!

picture of cups in progress

cups in progress

 

 

Jill!

Empire

Empire

Once again I’m lucky to share my space with Jill Draper. We met a few years ago at Sock Summit and I just knew she was great. Over the years that has been consistently reinforced. I could gush, but I’d rather have you drool a bit. She’s kindly provided me with some great photos of her offerings this year.

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A new kit for this adorable hat, pattern by Kate Atherley.

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This year’s Rockwell naturals. I love the dark brown. (I’m expecting a scrum over it)

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Here’s one of my favorites. A sweater both Jill (in red) and her mom (in blue) knit with her yarn. The pattern is Jenny at the Fair by Mary Jane Mucklestone from the Rhinebeck Sweater Book.  Looks mighty familiar. Just have the button band to go on mine . . .

 

My Jenn(ie) at the Fair

My Jenn(ie) at the Fair

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!