Friday, October 23, 2009

Filling the ol' shopping cart...

Howdy readers! This is my post studio tour post, and I am here to report that Nancy and I did pretty well ...despite a very chilly and constant drizzle on Saturday. I have talked with a couple other people that were on the tour and they also said good things. Its good to see that in our very sluggish economy, with all our current issues and problems, people will still come out and enjoy the natural beauty of the season in the foothills of PA and spend a little money buying quality hand made art my pottery.

This week I have been hard at work in every moment of my spare time, snapping off pictures of my work and getting them all put on my Etsy site. If you do not know should. This is an awesome global network for hand made art and vintage items. There is something like 150,000 stores on the site and its in 50 countries. I am loading up my "homefry::eclectic ceramics" shop with a good deal of work that I had left from the tour...heck, I already sold 3 pieces this week by doing this. I will be giving discounted shipping rates and deals on some fine wood fired, salt fired and other misc. funky and wonderful utilitarian pottery.

In all Honestly, this post is yet another shameless advertisement for my online shop. That's right, the only redeeming shred of content in this post is the images of the work that I am posting as a preview for what is selling in my shop....geeeezzzz what a pottery selling commercial whore. I feel cheap, naughty and a little dirty, I like this! I should get myself drunk and maybe keep some of this sexy wood fired work to myself...hubba, hubba. Quick somebody stop me, I have no self control.

OK,Ok,ok, I take it back, I am posting a some images from the studio tour to help regain my dignity...what little I have left.

Hope to see you in the shop!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A little preview...

If you are in the Indiana County area of PA this weekend (17&18)...about an hour or so north of Pittsburgh , c'mon out to the Annual Potters' Studio Tour...there are 8 studios on the tour with with each one hosting an extra squatter potter like myself. Check the website for further directions and details...

Here is a little preview of some of my new work fresh out of the train...

mmmmm, mmmmm, good.

Hope to see you out on the tour!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gettin' ready...

That's right, Nancy and I are getting ready to fire the train kiln ...loading on Friday and starting bright and early Saturday morning. We have a lot of work to fire! This will be the last wood firing before the big Potters' Studio Tour coming up on the weekend of October 17 and 18. Nothing subtle about that bit of advertisement, so if you are around the area please stop on by and say hello. This will be my third year on the tour with Nancy at Little Mahoning Creek Pottery and each year I am amazed and thrilled with all the good pottery loving folk who come up to visit, buy some fine wood fired work, and witness the colorful change of seasons in the greater metropolitan area of Smicksburg, PA and the even more remote outer lying areas nearby.

While I was watching my pots dry, and they were drying awful slow due to our current weather, I snapped off a few pictures of the mounting work. I have a bunch of pieces on the top shelf, some waiting to go in the bisque kiln and some waiting to be glazed. Nancy also has an army of tall mugs and cups waiting in line for the same. On the table behind the rack I have serving dishes, cups and mugs that are in need of some slip and a little sexy shino. When I wasn't out admiring the trees and their impressive show of Fall color, we necked in the back chamber and added another foot to the chimney of the train kiln in order to improve the draw. I will be scraping down shelves tomorrow evening and turning up the bisque...get those pots fired so that I can get to glazing on Friday morning....I'm looking forward to firing and looking forward to seeing you on the Potters' Tour too.