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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.

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.

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. 

Special Project

rack of cups

a rack of cups in progress. Yes, my wheel is always this messy.

The studio has been busy since I returned from Maryland getting things ready for a special project. Those pots will be available later this month. I’ll post more about that later.
I’m planning on a very large ready to ship July update, and will be sending out an email to my list this week with details for all the remaining updates of 2016. There will be no online update for June, as I’m going to put all the pots toward the July update. We’ve dubbed it Christmas in July around here.
If you have previous designs or forms you’re especially hoping for, please pop over to my Facebook page or Ravelry group and post your ideas there. We’ll be on the look out for some great ones to put on the studio list!

D-21! 

   
 Coming to Maryland Sheep and Wool? Stop by and visit me at booth D-21 in the  Main Exhibition Hall! I have many, many wonderful pots, new designs and some classics too! Be prepared to enter the shark tank…

All the colors

 

Bike buttons!

Bike buttons!

I’m working on another collaboration, this time featuring the ever popular bike button. Here’s a  peek at some of the colors that will be available in the kit, online, and at my booth in California at Stitches West. I’m a sucker for a good rainbow. Maybe my next sweater should have one of every color?

Methods

New method

I’ve been making pottery for many years now and like anything you’ve spent years doing, I’ve become quite entrenched in my method of making. The character of my pots in large part comes from my way of carving the designs and motifs on my hand thrown pottery.

After my forced rest from clay work this summer I had to reassess my method of making and find ways to reduce the amount of carving I had in my pottery.  Immensely frustrating to begin with,  eventually I found I could add designs and motifs in different ways to the clay surface. I  broke down each motif into smaller elements.  I used my carving time to create hand carved lino stamps to impress into the clay surface while freshly thrown. The color on these pots comes from a different layering of underglazes and glazes too. I think the spirit of my work is the same, the result is different.

Building stock for this show was a dance between throwing and carving for a bit and then switching to the new method.  I’m quite smitten with making these new pots. It’s brought back some play to the act of making pots. Many of these are coming along to the show,  along with many in the traditional method and style I’m known for.  I do hope you all like them.