I And Love And You

Loving our new lives in MN and looking forward to closing on our house next week (FINALLY)!!! My pottery studio will be set up, but not exactly sometime soon. Lots of other work, first.

"Dumbed down and numbed by time and age
Your dreams to catch the world, the cage
The highway sets the traveler's stage
All exits look the same."


Preparing for departure...

"Please remember me, fondly."


"Slow Down"

We are moving to Minnesota, soon! I am spinning in a whirlwind of buying and selling homes, planning a move 500 miles away and packing up all that we own. My studio is almost all wrapped up, and packed up. I have no idea of when it will have its chance to surface again. Hopefully soon. Looking forward.


The Head and the Heart -

The Head and the Heart - Rivers and Roads [LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO]

I will say it out loud..."We are moving to MINNESOTA!!!!"


"Live the day, do what you can."

Nobody knows how to say goodbye
It seems so easy 'til you try
Then the moments passed you by
Nobody knows how to say goodbye
Nobody knows how to get back home
And we set out so long ago
Search the heavens and the Earth below
Nobody knows how to get back home
Through the darkness to the dawn
And when I looked back you were gone
Heard your voice leading me on
Through the darkness to the dawn
Love is deep as the road is long
And moves my feet to carry on
It beats


flor: heart [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Yes, I love Flor. For so many reasons. I am taking a leap soon (I think), so big. This song is feeling it for me. Someday I will post about my pottery!


flor: i fall apart (post malone cover)

I love this cover and am working through a little obsession with this singer's singing voice. And cheek bones. I am not a cougar though. It's been a beautiful year and I am thankful for all of the special moments I experienced. I am looking forward to more beauty and love and light and happiness and laughter. PEACE.


On repeat:

flor: warm blood.I'm in love.

I am beginning to feel a hibernation mode setting in. But I also think I have spring fever. It's a confusing time with the beautiful warmer days in "my" winter months. I am loving making pottery and being the mom and wife and friend and sister and self that I AM. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to delve into my creative senses as little or as much as I do. I am surrounded by a wealth of talented and inspiring people and a community that supports the arts. A few fresh pottery pieces before the New Year.


The Night We Met

I need to sit and put a little energy into this blog
again. I have forgotten it's elemental and significant role my work.
It's my little "inhale-exhale". I have a lot of feelings. If you know
me, you know that. When I am making the work that I make, I am spending
that time sifting though thoughts, past-present-future; trying to turn
off my worries and take some time to be in the present moment. I am so
grateful to be able to do what I love to do (in so many ways), it's
ridiculous. It honestly isn't all peaches and cream and I would never
pretend it to be that way. The truth: It is a beautiful life of love and
beauty, sacrifice and balance. I am feeling really inspired to work in
the studio lately for a few upcoming shows that I have before the end of
the year. What? The end of the year. Don't even. It is still September
and so beautiful. So much beauty is yet to come. Looking forward to
tapping into creative thoughts.



It's feeling like Fall and my EMO side is surfacing. I love this song.



It's been so long since I sat down and translated my thoughts into words on a page. I am in the wax and wane cycle of my creative process. Turning inward to hear my hopes and dreams, balancing out my scales and ready to explore my love of making pottery.

I've been loving this:

Gregory Alan Isakov - 
The Stable Song 
"and i ran back to that hollow again
the moon was just a sliver back then
and i ached for my heart like some tin man
when it came oh it beat and it boiled and it rang..it’s ringing"


Love this:

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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I've made all 96 (plus more) of the bowls for my big order! Now it's just one long and slow bisque firing after another and glaze firing after glaze firing. All of my bisque firings after the initial firing have been a success! Tomorrow I will do my first glaze firing of the bowls, taking one step closer to completing this project. I am just trying to enjoy this ride (now). The past month has been so physically and mentally demanding in the studio. I was wedging and throwing 9lb bowl after 9lb bowl. It carried itself out of the studio. My body was exhausted and my brain was stressed and anxious. But, here I am and I am proud of my accomplishment of throwing, trimming and carving all of the bowls. I have been able to stay on my production schedule so far. Other orders and projects that are also going on have been very delayed, but that is just how it had to be. One step at a time. That is all I can do.

I have been missing the freedom to work on my "own" work. I am feeling really connected to my throwing now that I have had an intense time with it. I think I needed that. I feel capable. I have learned a lot more about my clay, paid more attention to it. I love my clay. This process has helped me find a little more direction in what I want for my pottery life. I am not a production potter. I will do production projects, but I am much happier working on individual pieces and in small quantities. I am learning to value my work more. It is a part of me. So, what do I want? I want to continue being the "at home" mother that I am. I want to continue working in my studio when I have time. I'd love more time and will take it when it comes along. More online sales, less shows.


"Pick your risk and take it"

I am working in a contract project that is really my dream come true. It's not even real yet. I am not even really talking about it yet. I am making nearly 100 really beautiful, large, geometric carved bowls for a  huge designer's project in L.A. (I will reveal at a later date) I am so full of fear, it's a ridiculous. Fear of failure. Worry. So much negative talk in my head. I am honored. Thrilled. Terrified. ANXIOUS. (I live with anxiety issues so this is normal. But not good) In fact, I haven't wanted to share that I am working on this project because I am so scared that I will fail. (My three test pieces blew up in the kiln. That hardly ever happens and of course it happened in this instance. I feel like they weren't quite dry enough. But, it adds significantly to my anxiety.) I am letting go of the fear. I want to feel good! My mom is so good at reminding me to enjoy the work, the process, the adventure of the experience. She sent me a text message that said, "Hope you had a relaxed perspective today." I love her. My husband is so helpful in diffusing my weary and wayward thoughts. I also love him. I am only able to do this project because of their support.

You might not be able to tell from the interior of my home, but I love interior design. I love the backgrounds. The POTTERY in the backgrounds. I always hope that my pottery finds a "good home". A special spot on the shelf, wall, mantle, or table, etc. I want it to be loved and used. More on the details of the project later, but I am so pleased and proud that my work has been chosen to be a piece of something so amazing. P.S. If you have purchased my pottery, you have really good taste.

When I am making these bowls I am in a different mind set than I ever have been before in the studio. I don't like the weight of the mindset. I am going to change it. It's production work. Repetitive. I stress about this deadline coming up. Will more blow? Will they crack? Is there really any way that these will dry in time to be fired, glazed and fired again? So much heavy worry. I am going to detach from that. NOW. When I am carving these pieces, I find so much peace in the individuality in each piece. They are beautiful. Someone will love them. I made them. I appreciate this gift and I intend to honor it more than I do. I am going to take the fear out of the equation....starting NOW. Inhale, Exhale. Whew.

"Just keep working" my husband says. Here I go!


I am breathing.

Okay, so maybe this blog will be a quarterly thing? I don't give it the love that I used to. What's new?

I have found my way back to the yoga mat and started taking classes again. FINALLY! It has been five years since I have dedicated true time to yoga. Other than that it was prenatal yoga with a kicking baby inside of me (super sweet) and sporadic attempts at home foiled by my dog taking over the mat and my children jumping on me (not really that sweet, but kind of). Yoga is such an important element in MY life. I have felt so detached from who this person is that I walk around inside of all day, every day. I love being the mom and wife and potter that I am, but I feel like I haven't really been present a lot of the time. I am here. NOW.

I am on the cusp of potentially the biggest contract of my pottery career. It is so scary and so exciting. I will reveal when the time comes. I am so thankful that I have had the support over the years from my husband, mom, family, friends and customers to help me keep this pottery dream alive. It honestly has not been easy to stay motivated and tap into what I want to create and share. It would be so easy to give up. I am in a new phase of production. I am deciding what I want. I know that I want less shows, more online sales. I probably need to find someone to help me put together a website. Or maybe Etsy is enough?

As I got into my car after yoga, Breathe by Pink Floyd came on. I haven't heard it in years. My temples were freshly massaged with lavender oil and my mind and body were seeping released tension, worries and anxieties. Perfect time for those lyrics.


Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don't be afraid to care.
Leave but don't leave me.
Look around and choose your own ground.

Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be.

Run, rabbit run.
Dig that hole, forget the sun,
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down it's time to dig another one.

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave.


Stock up:

I have been slowing stocking up my Etsy shop and am feeling good about how it's looking. I feel honored to have little sales here and there, to have my work be someone's special handmade gift. I am looking forward to a little "rest" from pottery making but my head is also full of so many ideas that I want to continue with and new ones to try out. This is why I keep making pottery: it's a thrill. There are so many possibilities. Sometimes things don't work out and it is hard to move forward and keep momentum. But when things do work out there is so much room for exploration and evolution. This will be my last post for this year and I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that support my work and support your local makers!!! It means a lot. Peace.



Dear Dad...

My dad was a tall Australian man with a genuine gentle heart and
soul full of love. He had a beautiful Australian accent. Today is the
22nd anniversary of his death. It doesn't really seem that long
ago and at the same time it seems like a lifetime ago. His life, or
rather his death, has a lot to do with who I was, who I am, and who I
will be. If you know me, you know the struggles I've dealt with over the
years with significant loss. But you also might know me and have no
idea of the loss. I have filled many of my husband's shirts with tears
in sad moments over the years. For me, it's been kind of a beautiful
journey of self discovery and learning to let go over and over. I
am not sad anymore, but I am moved when I think about the love I felt,
and the safety of his presence. I get tears in my eyes when I tell my
little girls about my dad, and it feels good to share the love and
special moments with them. Today is Thanksgiving, so this is not a sad
post. I don't really know what I want to say, but I want to say
something. A tribute. He is so much a part of who I AM and I am
thankful. But I can't write this and not also tribute my living mom. I
know her so intimately because of our loss. We grieved along with her,
beside her. She shared her grief openly with us and guided us with tools
to deal with the heaviness. It was the hardest time in my life. You may
have experienced this yourself. My mom is such a capable and wise
woman. She is one of my best friends. I am thankful for her strength, I
can only hope to have inherited her spirit. I am thankful.



I have been loving the sound, emotion and depth of this girl's voice. I need these sounds to surround me as I work in the studio and stay inspired by other artists creating beautiful art.



I threw away some old pottery of mine today. It is a weird feeling to do that. But, it wasn't really that great, and it was not serving any purpose. I am ready to let go of so many things. I am feeling the shift between summer and autumn, such a bittersweet time for me. I have been looking forward to this shift. I am ready to wrap myself up and surround myself with cozy things. I am going to miss the lull of the cicadas. I am ready for the beautiful leaves, each so unique. I am going to miss the green and lush scenery. I am ready for fall hikes.

I am so thankful for having a such a great show at "Art At The Riverside" in Leo, IN yesterday. It was what I needed to propel me into a fresh batch of work. I needed to see my artists friends, to bust my butt to set up my tent and wares, to meet new customers and returning ones. I am reassured that my work has a place, that I am doing the right thing with the tiny bits of spare time that I have. It is really hard to maintain momentum when I work in scraps of time; stopping and starting, connecting and disconnecting. I am envious of the time that others put into their work, but am so thankful for the time that I am spending raising my children.  I am sensing a shift in my work as well. I have been hanging in there and getting myself into the studio, but sometimes it feels like how it feels to drag yourself to the gym. I am inspired now and looking out at the world through my own eyes, not through the eyes of others; I am beginning to focus. I am bringing to the surface what I want to share with everyone. I want my work to be loved and used and shared.

Two years ago today I had major surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst and my ovary. I do not take anything for granted and am saying a special thank you that I am still here, healthy and happy and living a beautiful little life.

Also, I feel in love. With these two. I think I am supposed to be friends with them. Where has this sound been hiding from me? I needed this.



Short Story Long:

I haven't typed in forever. On an actual keyboard. This day and age, I tell ya! I miss my blog and am taking a step to begin writing here again. It is so much a part of the development of my work, my centering and focusing process. I have taken this summer to lay low on entering art fairs and instead working out a balance between my "at home" mom life and potter life. For some reason this feels wonderful and strange at the same time. It has been hard to not feel like I am not working hard enough on my pottery when I see what others are accomplishing. But, it has also given me time to gather inspiration and begin a new body of work that feels like "me" to me; with enthusiasm. I have room in my brain now to acknowledge that I am accomplishing something and doing good work in both aspects of my life (mom/potter). I am feeling momentum gathering. The next step is to rekindle my yoga practice that was once so integral to my being. My body is a mess. My back is so sad. It is like metal that has been bent back and forth and is weak and about to break. I am not sure when I last took a deep breath. So, here I go.



Dear Blog,

I have abandoned you. Please forgive me. You have always been there for me. I promise to do better. It's hard to juggle being a mom and potter.

ALSO, I am super excited about this show tomorrow! It has been hard coordinating everything since my sister, Clare, is now living in MN and doesn't have a hand in the goings on. The artists involved are supportive and amazing. I am proud of us all for putting this together. I hope the community steps inside to the cool air conditioning to check out the show and find something unique!


"The Bare Necessities"

Getting ready to dive into a big secret new project. I can't wait to find some time to work in the studio! Meanwhile, this song (so wise) is really speaking to me.


Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you



Loving this song right now.

"It ain't what you got, it's what you make."



Just a little look back to 2014. I am really looking forward to fresh work and what this year may bring! Cheers!



I have all but abandoned my blog; a sweet little nook carved out in life for me to transfer my thoughts and share my work with you. Honestly, I don't feel like I have the time to sit and really compose myself anymore. I am sure that we all feel this way about time and we decide to put our energies into what is calling us at the time. Mind dulling activities in the evenings after long days of parenting have been calling me. I am prepped for hibernation and actually am wishing for snow. The studio is clean and mopped and organized; ready for some down time. I have two final special orders in the kiln right now. I am done creating for this year and I am glad. I am truly thankful for the year of pottery that lies behind me. I am thankful for the new connections that have been made, new relationships, new work, growth and I will let these accomplishments sink in and honor them. I am in a transition phase of my working process. This used to scare me when it happened, but now I know that it is important that it happens in order for my work to grow, and for me to grow. What do I want for myself? For my work? For my family? What works for us? Do I want to be doing art fairs anymore? To what capacity? I am a mom that is "at home" with her two children, this is my "job"; the job that I always dreamed and wished and hoped that I would get to do someday. So, I have VERY little time for studio time and I struggle with feeling like I am not "working" or "producing" enough, that I should be working harder in my tiny amount of free time. It is all just a little battle I play with myself, frequently, like a go to or default mode that I tend to stir up when I am insecure. I will change this. I have things that I do want to be doing with my time in the new year, namely yoga. I have lost this ingredient in what balances me and my work. I look forward to this. Anywho! Happy New Year to you. I leave you with this excerpt from "Our Life Is a Work of Art" by Thich Nhat Hanh:

"If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don't have to talk about it at all. When we know how to be peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness. Artistic expression will take place in one way or another, but the being is essential. So we must go back to ourselves, and when we have joy and peace in ourselves, our creations of art will be quite natural, and they will serve the world in a positive way."


I have been getting into making mugs. What I love about making pottery in general is that everything that I make is one-of-a-kind. I don't try especially hard to make pieces the same exact size as each other in sets. I love making things that are "related". In my experience, many people end up buying a single mug out of a "set". They are adding to a collection or simply just want one. I used to wince when I knew I would have a single mug leftover, but now enjoy watching the journey as someone falls in love with that "one mug" leftover that they just have to have. The process of making mugs becomes personal as I pull handles and attach them, sit down and carve the designs while carefully handling the leather hard clay. I am constantly working to make the handles just right, aspiring to make them feel really good being held. My favorite part of it all is settling in and carving the designs, always a little different each time.


Art at the Riverside 2014

I had a great Saturday as an artist at Taste of the Arts this past weekend. Thank you to all of you that came out to check out the show, for supporting your local artists and community! I am thankful for the sales and thankful to meet new customers, and see returning ones. I am filled with inspiration to create new work!

My next show will be September 27th (10-5) at Art at the Riverside in Leo, Indiana. I am really looking forward to this show. Riverside Gardens is a BEAUTIFUL location! We have taken our daughters there several times to play, so this will be a very family-friendly art show. I will post new work as it is created.


Cicadas and Gulls.

I am in love with this song.


Taste of the Arts 2014

Last weekend at Satek Winery's Art Show was great! I am so thankful to all of the new customers and for the shoppers and winery for supporting this event. It was a wonderful day!!! I am really excited to restock my pottery supply and make lots of new items!

I am really looking forward to this upcoming Saturday's event in Fort Wayne, IN called "Taste of the Arts". This will be my 3rd year participating in the "Art Marketplace". I have loved being involved in the past and I am pretty sure I will love it this year as well. Come check it out!

"Over 30 Restaurants

10 Performance Stages

Live Music Throughout the Festival

Hands-On Activities for All Ages

Art For Sale by Area Artists - Fort Artisan

A Great Day of Building Community

Bring the Entire Family to Taste of the Arts!"


Satek Winery Art Show:

6208 N. Van Guilder Rd, Fremont, IN 46737

I am really looking forward to this upcoming weekend's art show at Satek Winery in Fremont, Indiana from 10am-5pm. This show will feature over 40 artisans and this family friendly event has free admission. Food will be available for purchase or feel free to pack your own picnic. Here are some items you will find at the show:

-Stained, leaded and beveled antique windows
-Weaving - wall hangings, glass art
-Vintage post card to modern, handmade jewelry-semi precious pearl & stone, glass
-Genuine butterfly wing jewelry
-Gemstone settings, handmade, enameling, wire wrapped jewelry 
-Glass, metal, shell and wood bead jewelry, autism jewelry
-Wind chimes, rugs, blown glass
-Wooden fish from recycled objects, acrylic paintings
-Matted and framed photos, note cards
-Wine stoppers, wine glass holders, band saw vases, misc. small woodworking
-Plain Air little oil paintings, impressions of Indiana
-Oil painting done w/palette knife and watercolors, painted glassware
-Acrylic Painting
-Hand crafted wooden items, Lake Topography Maps, signs plaques, Corian items
-Photographs, watercolor paintings 
-Hand painted glassware and other painted items
-The Olive Twist Olive oil & balsamic-herbs, soaps and lotions and DeBrand/Olive twist candy bars


Silver Lining

Okay, I will post about my pottery again, I promise. But first, a song that I love.


She let go.

Letting go has always been an issue for me. People, places and things. Practice makes perfect. Thank you to my sister for sharing this poem with me.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…
 Rev. Safire Rose


Summer Shows:

Here is the rest of my summer show schedule:

Barr Street Market: Saturday, July 5th from 9AM-1PM

Three Rivers Festival: Saturday, July 12th from 11AM-7PM and Sunday, July 13th from 11AM-5PM

Barr Street Market: Saturday, July 26th from 9AM-1PM

Barr Street Market: Saturday, August 2nd from 9AM-1PM

Satek Winery (Fremont, IN): Saturday, August 16th from 10AM-5PM

Taste of the Arts: Saturday, August 23rd from 11AM-7PM


Market Season!!!

Long time, no post!!! I am experiencing a rare few moments where both children are napping. I had NO idea what a whirlwind life would be with adding a second child to our lives! Worth every whirlwind, for sure.

I have good intentions to give this blog some tender loving care in the near future. Some exciting things to share that have happened since I last posted...I was commissioned by a "Public House" in Warsaw, Indiana, called "Oak and Alley", to make wares for their signature oyster dish and bowls for their marinated olive dish. I had a tight timeline to create this work but really had a great time with the experience. I felt honored to have been chosen to make these items for such a cool establishment. A special thank you to my friends, Nathan and Kristi, for making these connections for me! Custom orders both thrill and scare me because I usually have to venture out of my safe comfort zone and try new things, unsure if they will functionally survive firings and wear and tear, until I pull them out of the kiln and I can hold them in my hands with pride. I love how that order turned out, but I do not have photos to post.

I also have been busy making work for a sweet new store that will be opening in Fort Wayne, IN, called "Opal and Ruby's Gift Emporium". I am delighted to have my work picked to be in their store! A very special thank you to Matty for making the connections for this to happen.

One more exciting location that my work will be sold at is "The Trove", in Roanoke, IN. Super special thank you to my sister, Clare, for making these connections as well!

I will be selling my pottery at the Barr Street Market, tomorrow from 9AM until 1PM. This will be my SEVENTH year participating in the market. I love so much about this market and look forward to seeing my friends with their special wares, too. It is going to be a good summer! I will post my summer line-up of shows soon.



I am SUPER excited to announce that my work will be in a new shop opening (soon) in town called Opal and Ruby's Gift Emporium!!! There will be lots of amazing items collected to be sold by these cool gals. Here are some pieces (in progress) of the little collection I am making for the store. I feel so honored to have my work be a part of their little dream shop come to fruition and am thankful for the connections that were made to make this happen!



If you are a first time visitor to this page, I usually post about my pottery and will again in the near future. However, I am on the cusp of coming to terms with this fairly new change to my own surface and wanted to share some thoughts.

In September of 2013, 8 days after I gave birth to my second daughter, I had to have an ovary and ovarian cyst removed. This wasn't just any ole' cyst. It was GIGANTIC. I was suddenly in so much pain that I could not move. I previously had a large cyst removed from this same ovary in 2008. The second cyst was found at our 10wk ultrasound with during my last pregnancy and it was considered large, but a slow growing cyst. It was a surprise to find after it was removed that it was 27cm and 12lbs! I don't know how my daughter had any room to grow. I am trying to change my perspective on this scar and experience to one of positivity.

There have been times in my life that I have been so present and I can remember those moments so clearly. I will never forget the day my dad died. I remember when one of my sisters died and I promised myself that I would LIVE my life and not live in unhappiness. I will always remember staring at the window screen through many tears after my younger sister lost her baby at 22wks of pregnancy. I will always remember the drive home with my husband after I was told to make an appointment with an oncologist in case this mass was going to be cancerous. I was thankful for the life insurance policy I had just been approved for but didn't want it to have to be used just yet. I didn't want my girls to grow up without a mom, I didn't want my husband to morn my loss, I didn't want to not be alive.

So, moving forward, I am so thankful for life. So thankful for this body and mind that I have and all that I have survived. I want to begin to refocus on my pottery and really pour MYSELF into my work again. I want to not compare, compete or judge myself against others. I want to feel confident in my daily life and in my work.



Here are some mugs I made for a custom order for my favorite bosses ever, Paul and Cyndi. I used to be a barista at the Firefly Coffee House and they are the BEST people to know. These mugs were created with lots of love and are part of a trade that we arranged as Paul fixed up our wooden kitchen chairs. I love doing trades!!! And, I especially love making pottery for people that I know and love.



I have slowly, but surely, been stocking my Etsy shop! I am finding that I don't have time to post in depth blog posts like I enjoy doing now that there are two tots in our lives. But, all is well and life is grand! Check out my Etsy shop HERE.

On a quick note, the Foxy Ladies show at the end of November was a great success! I am really impressed with how our community came together and hosted a slew of successful pop-up markets that supported local artists and the local economy. Looking forward to next year's show already!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


Foxy Ladies Art Posse:

It's almost time for the 3rd annual Foxy Ladies Art Posse Holiday Gift Market!! My sister, Clare, and I have been working hard to plan and coordinate this show. This Saturday, November 30th, we will have 15 local artists and crafters displaying and selling their unique handmade works from 11am-5pm at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery. More information about this show and the items you might find there can be found on the Foxy Ladies event page on Facebook. Click this LINK. We are thankful to Artlink for hosting this event for us, once again! Our show will also be a stop on the Downtown Improvement District's Holly Trolley route for HolidayFest. If you are local, please come check out this show and all of the other local events. Support your local artists and community. Thank you!


Checking In

Just a note to announce that our baby girl was born on September 18th! She is beautiful and healthy and we are happy to all be home together again. I had an emergency surgery last week to remove a large and twisted cystic tumor and ovary that we were hoping would stay in their places until I recovered from delivering my daughter. It was so hard to be stowed away in the hospital, away from my infant and toddler for a few days. I received the final word this week that I am cancer free and feel the weight of the world lifted off of my shoulders. On to healing from this huge incision and trying to take it easy. I am so thankful for the help that I have received from my husband, family and friends. I am so thankful for my health and the health of my beautiful girls. So thankful that I get to be the momma that I am. I will be out of commission for quite a while from my pottery life, and focusing 100% on being a mom. It is hard for me to make this transition, but I know that it is what my heart really wants right now. Living in the moment...


Pocket Complete

I LOVE how this wall pocket turned out!



Here is a link to my Facebook pottery page. I try to remember to link all of my blog postings there, but you WILL find more photos of my work there. Here is the link:


Check it out, and LIKE it. Please.

Have a beautiful day!


Pocket Progress

Here is a new wall pocket I am working on. Can't wait to glaze it and see how it looks hanging! I sold the other two that I made, so I think I will continue to work with this form and all of the possibilities it has.


Foxy Ladies Art Posse Handmade Summer Market:

If you find yourself in the Fort Wayne area this Saturday, July 13th between 11am and 5pm, stop in to Artlink Contemporary Gallery and check out this show! The Foxy Ladies (my sister, Clare, and I) have done it again. This will be the 3rd FLAP show that we have coordinated and participated in and we have high hopes that it will be every bit as (if not more) successful as it has been in the past. I do want to give a major thank you to my husband, Tony, for having the idea to hold the show during the festival weekend. He is always churning out good ideas. Artlink is located on Main street, right behind all of the action that will be taking place this weekend for the Three Rivers Festival. The notorious "Chalk Walk" and "Art in the Park" will be taking place (in the heat) right outside of Artlink. Come on in from the sunshine and check out 12 talented local artists and crafters. You will find pottery, woodwork, leather and metal work, sewn goods, baby goods, screen prints, jewelry, and various creative and unique handmade items. Hope to see you there! Here is the Facebook page for more info: (click) LINK.

Hanging II

Here is how the wall pocket/planter turned out. I love it and will work on more, soon!



I've been experimenting a little with hand-building. It is a nice break from the wheel and I feel more freedom to experiment with my clay in this setting. I have two wall pockets that I made (one above) and I am really looking forward to the finished product.

The Barr Street Market has been going great so far this season. I really love the environment that is created in the span of the 4 hours of the show. I had a new location of my booth last weekend, on the exterior corner of the market closest to the street, and I loved it. I am gearing up to make new work in the next few weeks and have some good energy these days. I will be at the market again this Saturday, June 15th from 9AM-1PM. Hope to see you there!



Here is my set up from last weekend's Barr Street Market. The shelving is re-purposed from my display from 3 summers ago. The shelves were originally part of independent shelving that ended up being too wobbly. People seemed weary of coming close to the work with the original shelves. I really like how these shelves worked and I look forward to tweaking my set-up a little more over the next few shows.

My helpers
 Table-top shelves
 Left Table
Right Table

Maybe next time I will have the tent sides down so the background isn't so distracting from the photos. Next Barr Street is this Saturday from 9AM-1PM. See you there!


"The Pregnant Potter"

23 weeks

I am proud to be ONE of the few potters in this town. I love that we all have our own styles and identities, but sometimes people do get us and our work confused. I do not blame them, or take offense to this. We generally use earth-toned glazes and stoneware clay. Our work is both functional and decorative. I graduated from college with a local potter and friend, Kristy Jo Beber, and people think (from what they tell me) our work is similar. We DID study under the same professor, use the same glazes and firing techniques for at least 4 years of undergrad study. We also have similar tastes when it comes to pots, I can see remnants of similarities in our work. I am a lot of the same local shows as another potter friend, Sarah Thompson, and people always get us confused. I am always happy to suggest her work and pottery lessons to others. It is nice to be involved in a community that supports one another and promotes each others' work.I look forward to becoming more involved with other local potters in the future.

This summer, you can identify me as the "pregnant potter". My work will maintain the same fine hand-crafted quality and uniqueness as before, with minor tweaks and changes to the wares as they evolve and this belly continues to bloom.

Tomorrow is my first Barr Street Market date of the summer season. I have been looking forward to this for a long time. It will be my 6th summer in this setting and I love thinking about how my work has evolved over these years. I have some new elements to my set up and can't wait to put it all together. I will post photos after the event.


Blow Out

What happened?! I made a bad choice and didn't listen to myself. I wanted to get some work done a little "ahead" of schedule and this is what happens when you deep down know that some of the wares are a little damp and you program for a "fast bisque". Yikes! I haven't had this happen in years. I lost a lot of work in this, mostly custom orders, and it was a horrible feeling. Lesson learned. I wanted to post this because it is important to know that things don't always turn out and go smoothly in the studio. I am always so nervous when I open the kiln after a firing, wondering what I am going to find, if I made the right decisions with glaze selections, etc.

Today was the Fort Wayne's Farmers Market "Spring Fling" at Parkview Field. There were 70+ vendors with lots of great produce, home grown and home made items, and artisans. This is the last FWFM that I am participating in for this year and will be heading back to Barr Street for the summer season. I am thankful for what a great winter and spring it has been at the FWFM and grateful for all that it offered for me and for Fort Wayne. I will post my summer schedule soon!


Studio Inspiration:

I love following the potter, Mea Rhee. Here is her recent posting of her transformed studio space. So dreamy....LINK.