The first workshop series of the year ended with this group, and what a finale! We started off the two-day workshop laughing and sharing ideas, and ended up with pieces that are as beautiful as the women who made them. What a delightful time!
Here's a glimpse at the fun we had! This group was full of dynamic, talented artists who filled the studio with creative energy. Big thanks to my helper, Pat Klever, for helping me keep everything running smoothly.
At the end of this two-day workshop held in February, I couldn't help but marvel at how each person's final design was so very different from others in the session. It was amazing to see their own design style come forth in just two days of working in the studio!
Here are some scenes from our session. What a fun time!
Earlier this month, a group from Cambria Rotary took my workshop as a fundraiser for our club's service projects. Their workshop fees were donated, we raised $1,870, and had a blast!
Here are some images of their work-in-progress and fun around the studio during our two-day event:
The workshop season got off to a wonderful start with a private group – a gathering of friends coming together to share a weekend of fun and creativity. Big thanks to Korey Dudley and Kerry Smith for bringing this group together!
At the end of the second day, there were lots of happy makers in the studio! They left their pieces with me for bisque-firing, glazing and final firing. I'll post the final results before packaging the pieces for delivery/pick-up after firing. Stay tuned! :)
Practice pieces are shown below... We start with making and decorating small bowls and little tiles to learn the technique and tools.
One of the artists joining me for the festival (Friday-Sunday, Jan. 26-28) is my sister, Sharon Casey. She is known for her massive modern art quilts, but occasionally will relax with small functional pieces and let her whimsy run wild.
Stop by my studio gallery during the Art & Wine Festival and check out the little quilted purses she's made for our event. She'll be there – with her sewing machine – demonstrating and talking about making quilts.
Purchase a little handmade zip-purse and we'll donate $5 to Stand Strong, the new name for the Women's Shelter in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Items purchased during our event get an additional 15% discount too! (These little purses retail for $35, so it's only $29.75 plus tax with the event discount.)
If you can't make it to the event and would like a piece, just shoot me an email and we'll pick one out for you.
If you're in the area, please visit us during the “The Handmade Show” from Jan. 26-28. The event will be held at my new location at 1601 Main Street in Cambria, across from Allocco's Bakery and Black Cat Restaurant.
While the gallery is a participating merchant in the Art and Wine Festival that weekend, the show also is open to the public at large. All visitors are welcome to watch the demonstrations, shop and talk with the artists.
I will have new work in the sales gallery and also will be demonstrating wheel-throwing and decorating techniques on all three days. Here is more info on the other three artists:
Paul Schmidt is a former computer systems engineer who now enjoys “coaxing” wood and plant materials into his woodcarvings and works of art. He’ll be showcasing new pieces and also demonstrating the making of his pine-needle baskets.
Franz Affentranger will be showcasing his newest collection of handmade bistro tables. Affentranger, a dairy farmer in the central valley, is a part-time Cambria resident and has become known for the award-winning scarecrows he’s made for Cambria’s annual Scarecrow Festival.
Sharon Casey, a maker of contemporary art quilts, will be bringing a new line of quilted housewares and fashion accessories exclusive to this event. We are so honored to have her join us this year. Several of her pieces are on national exhibition but she will be bringing brand new pieces for display.
More information about Cambria's Art & Wine Festival is available here.
Big thanks to all of you who purchased mugs during my annual "Mug-Mania & More" online shipping event in December. It was a wild day! In addition to all the pieces sold when the online store launched, many of you "special ordered" mugs.
The event was a near sell-out on the first day, and I've been making "Special Order" mugs ever since! Each one is handmade and hand-etched, a process that requires individual attention to each mug.
With the first group of special orders coming out of the bisque firing today, I'll begin the glazing process and final-firing. In the meantime, I've started the second group of special orders and have another three weeks in the cycle ahead of me.
It's an honor and a privilege to be making these pieces! Thank you all so much!
For the past five months, I've been working on a new series – and am very excited to launch it as a project to benefit the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a very special place on the central coast of California where I live.
This first collection includes 66 three-dimensional floating tiles depicting plants, trees and grasses of the preservation area.
The tiles will be available for purchase at "Songs of the Season," an event on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Cambria. After that event, I'll have them at my studio gallery in Cambria until sold out.
All proceeds from the first 66 tiles will be donated to the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
Inspiration for the series came as I prepared my capstone project to be certified as a California Naturalist through the University of California. The program, designed to advance stewardship of the natural environment, was held at Camp Ocean Pines and included study of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and nearby areas.
I wanted to focus on the Ranch environment because it is basically my backyard. I am so grateful to live in a home that backs up to the Ranch, and I walk the trails there almost daily with my husband and our two dogs.
Our hikes often take us past dedicated volunteers who maintain the trails and battle the invasive plants (such as the Bull Thistle) that encroach upon native species. As we romp by the hard-working weed-pullers with our dogs in tow, it's easy to feel a little sheepish.
This project is a way of expressing my gratitude for the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and to acknowledge the volunteers who help take care of this treasure for all of us.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds on this series of 66 floating tiles will go to Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The project will be unveiled at "Songs of the Season" on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce or at the FFRP Office, 604 Main Street in Cambria. More info at: Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
This tag goes with each tile purchased, and they are boxed and ready to ship... Perfect holiday gift for nature lovers!
Here's a sneak peek at a few of the mugs, tumblers, tea bowls and small vases I've been working on for my online shopping event - "Mug-Mania and More" going live at 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Dec. 5. These shots show pieces in the midst of etching, before glazing and final firing.
I hope you'll check it out! Free shipping to all on my Studio Friends list (continental US). If you would like to receive updates and news about the online events (and other happenings), please let me know. Join Studio Friends and I promise not to swamp you with pottery propaganda! :)
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