Lewis & Nancy Spaulding, Mary Sly, Paula West and Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso have decided that this year, to celebrate the Holiday Season, they will be opening their art studios to visitors on two Saturdays in December. Guests and visitors can drop by between the hours of 10:00am - 4:00pm to see the studios, check out the new art works and maybe find a gift or two for the folks on their Christmas shopping lists. The Art Studios Open House dates are December 11th & 18th. The Spauldings are located at 1713 Cattle Point Rd. (378-5594); Mary Sly - 459 Sunrise Ridge Rd. 378-7110; Paula West – 160 MacGinitie Rd. (378-2391; Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso – 1296 Wold Rd. (378-6725)
Hoping to see some of our friends to share in some island holiday cheer!
Working on tealights. This porcelain is beautifully translucent. It is Grolleg 6 from Clay Arts Center in Tacoma. It is a challenge to carve them thin enough without breaking or punching through. Now they need to survive the kiln.
Those pots that don't work out are a good lesson in letting go and being critical. Sometimes it is so hard to give up on a piece when it takes so much work. But a high standard of craftsmanship is important. Quality over quantity. One good bowl is worth more than six marginal ones. Integrity for your work will pay off in the long run.
I am slowly listing new pots to my Etsy shop. There are less visitors to the studio and showroom these days so I have more time to manage my online shop. I will be listing a couple of pieces every couple of days.
Trying to stay focused and ramp up production for the holidays. Can't seem to make enough mugs and cups. I like this shot with the late afternoon light.
A few favorite pieces from the last firing. The kiln seems to be working great after replacing a relay. A nice even temperature top and bottom and beautiful glaze melt. I am much relieved.
I will be posting some things up on my etsy shop soon. I may not get to it until this weekend. This is a crazy week with sick kids and an overnight school trip, of which I am a chaperone. It is all part of the balancing act of being a potter and a mom. I am thankful for all of it.
The 4th annual Artstock - "a fall festival of art", celebrating the diverse artistic culture of the area, is coming to San Juan Island on October 2 and 3.. Two days of open art studios and art gallery events will take place to delight your senses and feed your soul.
I have been out of mugs and finally have a few for Artstock this weekend. They turned out beautiful. Nice glaze melt.
I discovered a relay needs replacing on my kiln so the top shelf of this firing did not reach temp. I am firing another short load regardless as I need more pots for the weekend and I won't receive another relay until next week.
I have been really having fun these with these altered pitchers. They reminded me of little ducks waddling across the board. I am in a real productive cycle, making work for Artstock and beyond to the holidays. It is always invigorating to have a lot of forms in the works, in different stages.
I will be at the San Juan Island Farmers Market this weekend Sept 18, 10-1. There will be Fair Cups that I made for the San Juan County Fair and a few odds and ends. I am busy getting ready for Artstock 2010 here on San Juan Island, October 2 & 3. Click Here to visit the website and find out more info.
Quiet days now that school has begun and the boys and I adjust to our new routine. Time to catch up and restock the showroom as well as make new work for the holidays.
I was surprised and honored. My plate won Best of Show.
“From Mud to Magic” 2010 is a countywide non-profit juried ceramic art show sponsored by the We Can Make A Difference Foundation. Juried by Fred Olsen, an internationally known ceramic artist and author of “The Kiln Book”. “Considered works should encompass traditional craftsmanship with innovative design providing strength to its overall from, function and/or merit.” Pottery Northwest of Seattle accepted an invitation to join the show, adding a professional and regional component to the show.
Pots drying in the sun soon to be glazed.
I am getting ready for the Summer Arts Fair this weekend in downtown Friday Harbor. A glaze firing is almost to temp and another on will follow as soon as this is cool enough to unload. I don't have as many pots as I would like for the show. It has been busy in the studio, which is good, but it leaves me slim for the fair. The good thing is pots have been selling.
It was a wonderful day at the San Juan Island Farmers Market last weekend. I had a great backdrop to my table. The market brings out many local folks as well as visitors to the island. A great social event as well as a way to support local farmers and artisans.
The studio is open most days with summer under way and lots of visitors to the island. Come on in and say hello if you are visiting San Juan Island. I have had some wonderful visitors from all over the country as San Juan Island is a vacation destination. I enjoy showing people around the studio and educating them on the process of pottery making.
Back in the studio after studio tour to begin another series of pots. Pitchers, teapots, dipping bowls, and of course mugs. I can't make enough of those. This teapot is the first in a while. I'm not sure about the length of the spout. I threw this form as a demo during the tour and plan on making more to vary spout length.