5.11.2016

Love this:

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
-Rumi
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.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/rumi.html
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/rumi.html
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/rumi.html

3.31.2016

Serenade


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.








3.19.2016

"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!

2.27.2016

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, 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.

12.13.2015

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.

My Etsy: CLICK HERE

11.26.2015

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.

10.19.2015

Loving





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.

9.27.2015

Shift

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.

 

8.28.2015

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.

7.10.2015

Pop-Up

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!

5.24.2015

"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.

THE BARE NECESSITIES from THE JUNGLE BOOK:

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

3.23.2015

"Birmingham"

Loving this song right now.



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

1.04.2015

Glance

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

12.15.2014

Repose-


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."

10.12.2014

Lately:
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.

8.25.2014

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.

8.20.2014

Cicadas and Gulls.

FEIST
I am in love with this song.

8.19.2014

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!"






















8.12.2014

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
-Jewelry
-The Olive Twist Olive oil & balsamic-herbs, soaps and lotions and DeBrand/Olive twist candy bars
 -Pottery

8.07.2014

Silver Lining


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

8.01.2014

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

7.01.2014

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

5.23.2014

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.

2.22.2014

Wholesale

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!

2.21.2014

Behold!

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.

2.01.2014

Mugs:

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.

12.15.2013

Stockings

 
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!

11.27.2013

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!

10.04.2013

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...

8.15.2013

Pocket Complete

I LOVE how this wall pocket turned out!

8.14.2013

Facebook:

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:

https://www.facebook.com/laurabrandenburgpottery

Check it out, and LIKE it. Please.

Have a beautiful day!

7.29.2013

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.

7.12.2013

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!

6.13.2013

Hanging

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!

6.05.2013

Set-up

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!



5.31.2013

"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.

5.18.2013

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!

5.07.2013

Studio Inspiration:

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

5.05.2013

Tea-Potting


I am really happy with how this teapot turned out, so far. Shoppers and customers always ask me if I make teapots...and I do, but it has mainly been secretly until now. They have taken a lot of practice to get them to the point where I feel confident about them both functionally and aesthetically, and comfortable with the involved process of making them. I will continue to experiment with different forms of teapots and work them into the stock of my "trademark pieces".

It was a great Saturday at the Farmers Market! I am really impressed with the consistent turnout of shoppers and supporters that this market has held since it began in October, 2012. The "Spring Fling" will be held on May 18th, from 9AM-1PM, and all vendors will be outdoors on the Parkview Field baseball stadium concourse. Details may be found on this LINK. I am really looking forward to the Spring Fling because I will finally be back to utilizing a 10x10 space and not trying to artfully display my wares in an 8ft span.

I have a lot of ideas for revamping my booth set-up and I always get so excited/overwhelmed about the whole booth arrangement possibilities as the booth transforms into my own little "shop" that evolves more each show. Booth setup is a big part of my job, and I love it. I also let it stress me out a lot, too though. The night before shows I try to sketch out how I want to arrange the tables and signs and wares within the tent. When it comes time to set up in the morning, my patient husband shakes his head as I constantly and inevitably change my mind a few times WHILE we are setting up. It took a few years of setup practice for us to overcome the quiet arguing (huffs, sighs, glares, mutterings, etc.) during set up time because it can be so stressful. Set up time usually is only about an hour for the markets that I do. I change my setup a little each time to rotate the work, the color schemes, and keep it fresh, etc. More work and summer show schedule coming soon!

4.28.2013

Slab.

 
I've been working on some new forms that I am really excited about. Oval vases. I threw a vase on the wheel, without a bottom, and then formed the oval shape when I removed the vase from the bat. I rolled out a few slabs of clay to make the oval bottoms today and really enjoyed the process. I don't normally incorporate handbuilding into my wheel-thrown work, but I love working with the oval form and will keep working on this idea.



Here is a vase with the attached slab bottom (left), and a vase ready for the attachment (right). I then carved a botanical design into the vase. I love carving my designs and I feel like my hands are incorporated with each individual piece that much more.

I really love these!!!

A little feedback on "Tapestry- A day for you"...the show went well (Friday). Because it was my first time exhibiting in the event, I didn't know what to expect and went in with no expectations. All in all, I am glad that I did the show and I feel like I made some connections that I might not have in other venues. I loved running into other vendors/artisans that I know from other shows, and meeting new artists. I am thankful for the support of local shoppers and happy with my sales. If I do the show again next year, I will definitely take more advantage of the 10x10 booth space provided and set up like I do in when I am out with my tent. I only used an 8ft table this year and didn't feel like I was able to show off each piece like I would like to have. I am really looking forward to working on some custom orders that I took and working on some new ideas, as well!

4.23.2013

Some work:

Here are some of my favorites out of the recent firing:






4.21.2013

Glazing Day

Glazing is sometimes, but not often, exciting to me. I actually kind of dread the whole ordeal. But, it brings me one step closer to my favorite part of the pottery process and that is finally seeing the finished pieces and setting them up for display. Glazing WILL be more exciting to me someday when I make & mix my own glazes and have more quantity to dip and pour the glazes instead of hand-painting each and every piece - like I do now. I spent the day (thank you husband!) glazing, will fire the kiln to cone 6 tonight, and can finally chill out a little about getting ready for my big show (Tapestry) on this upcoming Friday. The wares pictured on the right are all the bisqued pieces that came out of the kiln this morning to be glazed.





 Bottom layer of load to be fired to cone 6.






Middle layer.
I usually pack the kiln much tighter with more work and use any spare shelf space left for my jewelry pieces. But, because I have been slightly slacking, this is all I have for now. I can't wait to open the kiln on Wednesday morning to see how everything turned out! Then I will have to photo and price, sort and pack up the pieces for set up of the show on Thursday. I do have pottery that is in the wet stages right now that I am also really excited about. I am working on some oval forms and tall vases. I forget how much I love to make vases. I have a large teapot (custom order) in the works and am going to be working on hanging planters for the upcoming spring and summer market dates I have.

4.13.2013

Tapestry:






"Tapestry: A Day for You is a day of inspiration, renewal and education for women in all stages of life. Celebrate the fabric of women while raising funds for women's scholarships at IPFW. Join us Friday, April 26, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for an entire day just for you!"



I was accepted as an artisan by Tapestry to exhibit my work in their event this year! I am really looking forward to participating in this event and showcasing my work in this setting. This will be one of my larger and more "professional" shows this year and it is always fun to try a new venue and meet new people. I love the mission behind this event and am proud to be a part of the day! Once I fire my latest work, I will post some photos.

4.02.2013

Sparks



Pinterest has been such a handy tool to help me stay inspired with pottery. I have been collecting ideas of some new things that I would like to work on. Check out my "Pottery Inspirations" Board. Click here for link: LINK

3.27.2013

Resurfacing

What a hiatus I have taken! I have all but abandoned my pottery life and have been hanging by a thread to stay in contact with clay. I happen to have a little pipsqueak growing in my belly and am finally coming up from the bottom of the well for some fresh air and sunlight. I had forgotten what a toll the first trimester takes on my inspiration, motivation and energy levels. I am slowly gaining energy and will give up my afternoon naps with my daughter, soon. The beginning of this pregnancy coincides with the dullest time of year in my location, northern Indiana. That makes it even harder for me to gain some momentum in the studio. Now that I am going to try to get back in the game, I remind myself of something my yoga teacher always started our class off with about "no competition, no judgements and no expectations". It's a struggle for me to not look around at my potter friends and see their progress and production and not be a little envious of their studio time, stamina and business and not compare myself to their success. I am so thankful for the inspiration and sense of community that I soak up from the local art scene. I have intentions of creating some beautiful functional and decorative pottery that will be highly sought after this upcoming "selling season". Now I just have to figure out what I want to MAKE. It's going to be good!

If you haven't already, please "like" my Stonewares Facebook page. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/laurabrandenburgpottery

I will make some efforts to post my studio work and newest pieces.

1.08.2013

Taking Shape

A little motivation struck and these beauties formed. I am experimenting with altering forms. Lately, I am drawn to "squarish" forms and am beginning to integrate the shape into my palms and wares. (The little vases with corks will be salt and pepper shakers.) I have some other new items that I want to work on before the February Farmers Market and am pumped to be in the studio again!

1.03.2013

"Janus"

I wanted to share my new favorite piece. I have been playing around with lidded vessels and am really happy with how this one turned out. I feel like I want to keep this one for myself!

The Foxy Ladies Art Posse-Holiday Gift Market was a HUGE success again this year and plans are underway for hosting more shows in 2013. I am so thankful for the community supporting local arts! I have never sold so much pottery before! I am also thankful for the artists that participated in the event, this just keeps getting better.

I am taking a hiatus from the studio, and feeling a little guilty about it. But, I don't want to be down there just cranking out work because I feel like I need to be. I will get back to throwing when the time is right. I need to sort out my mind a little bit about what I want to be making, what direction I want to move in, what shows I want to participate in. I want to really focus on stocking up my Etsy shop this year. I want to find and dedicate more time to WORKING. Pottery is my work and it is so important to me. I love to create it, I love to see it evolve and I love to share it.

Something that I really want to work on rekindling is my yoga practice. It used to be such a significant part of my life, but ever since I declared to myself that I would work on my home practice (being a new mom two years ago), I left it by the wayside. I also feel guilty about that. BUT, I look forward to making a point to integrate into my life again, into ME.

"Janus" is the god of beginnings and transitions, the future and the past. In my life I always struggle with guilt and worry. Guilt is about the past and worry is about the future. This year, I intend to focus on the present.

11.15.2012

Near and Dear~

I am very excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Foxy Ladies Art Posse-Holiday Gift Market is just around the corner!!! Check out the show on Saturday, November 24th at Artlink from 11am-5pm. This year we will have a collective of 16 talented and creative local artists and crafters showcasing their talents. One-of-a-kind items you will find include; pottery, screen prints, wood-cut prints, handmade glass bead jewelry, paintings, crocheted and knitted goods, natural soaps, upcycled crayons, fiber arts, closet monsters, yarn and fleece cowls, wrist-warmers, magnets, paper goods, re-purposed material goods in animal forms, jewelry, sewn goods, et cetera. You will no doubt be able to find a special something for every special person on your list. All items are unique, handmade, original and created locally here, in Fort Wayne, IN. Come check out the beautiful work and mingle with the artists. This year, we have been generously invited by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery to have our event held in their gallery space. At the same time as our event, the Downtown Improvement District will also be hosting HolidayFest and the Holly Trolley will be doing its loop to all of the holiday shopping hot spots for the day. Our spot is a stop on the trolley route, so be sure to hop off at Artlink and get your hustle and bustle on with us!

This event is near and dear to me because it is something that my sister, Clare, and I dreamed up and were able to see to fruition. Last year's event was such a success that we were delighted with the chance to coordinate and participate in this event again. We plan to continue this event annually. Please come check out this show!!!

A special THANK YOU to Artlink for hosting this event, and to Eric Tarr for creating the postcards.

10.24.2012

Shop Me:

 Here are upcoming shows that I will be exhibiting and selling my work in until the end of the 2012. Links and details to follow.