Monday, December 12, 2011

My etsy shop is finally open for last minute Holiday Shopping! I ship priority so your package will arrive in 2-3 days, just in time for wrapping.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gallery style photos

Hi all! It's been a crazy busy summer and I know that I haven't been back here in a while but I wanted to share a new project of mine. I have been putting together a new photo studio for taking gallery style pics of my work. The goal is start submitting my work to a few gallery shows and publications. While I think the style of pictures I have been using for etsy (with the green backdrop) have worked for online sales, a gallery just won't take them for review. I will share my setup, which I did for under a $100 (not including my camera which I have owned for a couple of years now), but today I'm just going to post the pics I think look the best. I'm still working on lighting direction and detail stuff but this isn't so bad for a first try! What do you all do to take gallery quality shots?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tumblers, perfect for summer.

Hi everyone! It's been a super busy summer so far, I hope your all enjoying it. I know it will be gone before we know it so celebrate while you can. My favorite summer piece this year is the tumbler. Not only is it perfect for an icy cold glass of tea or a tall bubbly beer, it holds the beautiful wildflowers you pick along your morning walk. The tumbler is just one of those pieces I reach for over and over again and I know you will too!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Garden Markers!

These babies will be available at Artfest tomorrow! I've been using the blackboard stakes in my garden and they are super cute. Write with chalk and change your message, use a china marker to make it more permanent! Both are made from terracotta and will last many seasons. Only available through shows right now:)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Boordy Vineyards Artfest

This weekend I'll be at the Boordy Vineyards Artfest! Come drink some wine and buy some pots! It looks like it will be a great day for outdoor shopping. Saturday June 4th 11am-8pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hi there!

Remember me??? I know it's been awhile since I've posted here but I'm hoping to get back into it now that school is over, I'm sure your curious as to what I've been working on in my newly renovated studio! The truth is I've been a little frustrated in the studio lately. I started working with the porcelain clay, which I really liked in the forms of mugs and cups but when it came to plates I found that much of the details in my painted surfaces got lost. I tried a stoneware thinking that maybe a little bit of grog and a buff background would help retain the brush strokes but sadly, no luck there either. I just really like the terracotta surfaces. I'm now on a quest to find a new red clay body that I can work with and in the meantime, I've been going through my stash of Stan's Red in order to have work for the Spring Shows. If anyone out there has a nice red claybody that they like working with, I'm open to suggestions! Thanks:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More Studio Shots

Here are a couple more shots of my studio space starting with my painting table. This table came with our house and was originally an old door. Someone added some legs and it became a table! I just painted it to match the green color I painted the door. These baskets hold my stamps and decorating tools.
Here is where my little kiln lives! I was pretty much sold on this house when I saw that the basement had a small "kiln room" attached. It's the perfect size for my kiln and I love that it's separated from the rest of the basement so I don't have to worry about the cats (or eventually a child) getting too close to a hot kiln.
This is our studio sink. My husband and I share it which is why it's covered in screen printing ink. I didn't bother to paint that wall!
Here is my finished work storage, which I'm so happy to have added to the studio. I can't believe that I had such a crappy system before. Now I have everything separated by what it is (mugs, bowls, espresso cups...) so I can see what I'm low on at a glance. The bottom TWO SHELVES are filled with "seconds". Yikes!
This baby is my brand new work table. Bought from Ikea, it is supposed to be a kitchen island which makes it really sturdy. I have two boards clamped to the surface of the table. One is covered in canvas and one in smooth slab mats for hand building. I have another set as well so I can switch out boards when I switch out clay colors (white to red) and not get everything mixed up.

Today was my first real day of work in the studio and it was great! There is still a period of getting used to where everything is now but once I get into the flow I'll have so much more space to create! Hope you enjoy looking and PLEASE go check out my etsy sale and help me clear out those 2 shelves!! Everything is being sold at rock bottom prices:)

Monday, January 17, 2011


Hooray! It's finally back to working order. Here is a mini tour of my newly organized studio space. Don't mind the dark lighting, it's really not that dark when your down there but it is a basement and it only photographs so well:)
This is my throwing area. The table is new and I love how there are shelves on one side and space for me to stand on the other. It's super sturdy so I can wedge and throw slabs with no problem!

Here is my packaging area. I hung some tension rods from the staircase to hold my wrapping supplies and it makes it soooo much easier!

This is my glaze table and dry material storage. Through the door is the kiln room. I wound up keeping my old metal chair and giving it new life with a can of spray paint. I'm still hoping for a more cushy chair to use in other areas of my studio.

Here is my in progress work storage and a wedging table. Michael gave me a little radio (above the scale) that I can plug my ipod in and listen to my music:)

I have a few more detail shots that I plan to share later. Of course there are still plenty of little things to be done but I'm just so happy to have everything back in working order. Tomorrow will be my first regular day back to work since the Holidays!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Before " Studio tour

I'm getting ready to post a photo tour of my newly re-organized and expanded studio space but first I wanted to be reminded of what it looked like before. This is a great shot because I think it was actually "clean" when I took this photo! Yikes!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Well, I've been super busy this last week clearing out the basement, painting and re-arranging my studio space. I have lots of new shelves and a new kitchen island from IKEA to use as my work table. I love it! I haven't been back to work yet but I did start listing some sale items in my etsy shop. I have boxes of old work that has piled up over the years....pots that didn't sell the fist time around, pots that are from an old clay body, pots that have small imperfections, pots that were testers or prototypes and pots that I just don't like that much! I'm weeding through them and posting the ones that are still totally functional for a big discount in my shop. If you see something you like be sure to grab it since there won't be another one! I'll be sure to post pics of my studio space when it's all set up.