What a fabulous group of makers! We kicked it off with making small pieces by hand, and setting them aside to dry as we practiced sgraffito mark-making on the first day. The second day of the workshop was full of discovery and accomplishment. It was such a thrill to fire these pieces and see how it all turned out. Fabulous!
Quick shots below of the pieces after final glaze firing, before packaging for pick-up or shipping.
The 2019 workshop season opened with such a wonderful group! They enthusiastically entered into the process of having a new creative adventure. Some came with partners and friends. Some are experienced potters; others are beginners or just wanted to try something new. Such a fun way to build memories to last a lifetime. Thank you to all. You got this year's workshops off to a fabulous start!
As I look at these mugs on my glaze table this morning, they are like little books – each one holding a story about the person who ordered it and why.
There is a pair of monarch mugs ordered as a Valentine's gift for a lady who has a butterfly garden. There is a set of "happy whale" mugs ordered by a family who is relocating to a home by the sea. And there is an "old crow" mug ordered by a man whose friend is retiring...
So many mugs were ordered during my last online event – and each one has its own personality and special destination.
Thank you to all who placed orders! Your pieces are in process... and my studio is alive with your stories!
Here's just a peek at some of the mugs that will be added to the online store tomorrow morning! Plus, I have some new items – yarn bowls, pin cushions, and a new series of tumblers that I'm super happy about. Am so excited to share these new pieces with my Studio Friends.
If you're reading this and not already signed up as a Studio Friend, please do! You'll receive free shipping (U.S.) And my sincere gratitude for encouraging and supporting my work.
As the days click by, ever closer to the holiday season, it's such a whirlwind in the studio and I have to remind myself to relax moment-by-moment. I want to have so many pieces finished and ready for you guys. Alas, I am just not going to be able to get it ALL done.
It's been my daily challenge: To balance the desire to have a profitable business with the desire to make work that has meaning to me and brings joy.
I used to say that my work is labor-intensive. But no longer. Yes, it does take such a long time to make each piece, but it's really an act of love, not labor. By reframing it, I can rest in each moment of making and know that I'm on the right track.
This year's "Mug-Mania & More" will offer a variety to shoppers – including new mugs, yarn bowls, vases, vessels and even some ornaments and jewelry. I hope you'll check it out!
When my friend Terri was moving to a new home, she gave me a beautiful piece of furniture for my studio gallery. It's perfect as a display showcase for my work, and I love it so much.
She wouldn't let me compensate her for the furniture, but she's an art-lover and I bribed her with a one-day workshop in my studio for her and a group of her friends.
We had such a great time!
Open Studios Art Tour begins this weekend, Oct. 13-14, and I have free catalogues available at my studio gallery, 1601 Main Street in Cambria. Come on by and say "hi" and pick one up!
The event is happening on two weekends throughout the county:
At my place, I'll be demonstrating wheel-throwing and etching every day, talking "art" with visitors and giving tours of the studio. Hope you can visit!
Three ways of working – all at the same time!
Join me for two days of fun!
If you'd like to join me for a two-day workshop, it's time to register for a session in 2019! The first sessions of the year are now open.
Plan a get-away with family members or friends, or come solo and take yourself on a creative adventure! Sessions are all held in my studio in Cambria, a beautiful artisan village on the central coast of California.
Beginners are welcome! No experience is necessary – just a desire to have a fun time learning and making together. Please note that the workshop is designed for adults. The youngest age is 14, accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also taking the workshop.
We'll be working with clay in its "green" state, before it's been fired. I'll guide you step-by-step through the process of surface decoration and you'll create your own pieces.
In addition to the workshops below, I also have two openings for private groups of 1-11 participants. Gather a group of friends, family or co-workers and reserve one of these weekends: Feb. 23-24 or March 2-3. We'll tailor the session to your group and make it a special time for all. More information HERE on Private Groups.
2019 WORKSHOPS - Two-Day Sessions
Session #1: Thursday and Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Session #2: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3
Session #3: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17
Session #4: Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18-19
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