I’m loving this brick red glaze!
I’ve finally managed to get some work done in the studio after a long hiatus, due to the new puppy’s arrival. This is one of the pieces that came out of the kiln this morning. More to follow once I have a chance to get my camera out again.
This little girl came to us a few days after Christmas – and I’ve been back and forth more times than I’d like to admit – on whether or not to keep her. So far since her arrival, I’ve been doing nothing else but caring for her, the same when my children were born. The exhaustion and panic attacks are familiar – but I know they will pass in time. So for now, I’m hanging in there.
What makes it particularly hard though, is that the studio doors need to be shut for a while. It’s no place for a puppy. I get anxious when I’m closed off from my work – work that is also therapeutic and keeps my energy grounded. Usually after the holiday rush, I take very little time off before launching in again. As soon as the New Year comes, I am bursting with fresh ideas, anxious to experiment with different techniques, revisit old glazes and try out new recipes once the shows are over and my regular production schedule is slowed down. But for now, I need to be content with this sweet face that is looking to me for shaping her day, and teaching her the skills she needs to get along well with our family, and I need to learn to sit still. I trust she will eventually learn to be good company in the studio – like my Marley before her – who I still miss deeply.
I didn’t realize it until now, but I think the paint on the chairs in my kitchen inspired the direction of my latest test tiles with a new clay body – that and an amazing workshop led by Jeremy Randall last summer in Rockport, MA.
These little half butter dishes with a birch tree design have been a popular item on my Etsy site lately. People seem to like the idea of putting out just a half stick of butter at a time, especially those that are concerned with freshness. A half stick gets eaten twice as fast as a whole, and a lid is critical if there’s a cat around. “In the fridge or left out”, “with a lid or without” are big topics of conversation in my craft fair booth. What I’ve discovered over time is that most people treat butter in the same way their mothers did, so I make a variety of styles that fit the bill. In general though, I’m just a big fan of butter and making dishes to go with it is one of my favorite tasks in the studio.
Now that the holidays are over, I’ve been keeping myself busy by loading up my Etsy Shop with leftover goodies, like this little carved salt cellar with a bamboo spoon. Next week, I’ll be back to work, experimenting with some new techniques. Winter time is play time in the studio.