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.
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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?
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!
Ugh. Here I sit not far from the fairgrounds listening to the pitterpat of rain. Less now than when I woke up a few hours ago, but forecast to get worse later. Tents must go up, tarps too and the bare bones of the booth. The pots will have to stay bundled up in their bins though. I have a real fear of the tents getting blown over by weather, and there would be no relaxing at all today if I put the pots out too. NE weather mapSo, short day today, long day tomorrow as the rest of the set up will happen after this weather system passes. Mother Nature, be a kind mistress today. Go ahead and rain away. Just please, please, no driving winds and lightning. Save that show for another weekend.