What an incredible weekend of creativity and learning! I decided to attend a soda firing workshop with a gentle & kind...not to mention talented potter named Dan Hill. He and his artistic partner - Joyce Bulkholder live in Wilno where they work and display their pieces at Hillside Paintings and Pottery. Driving through Algonquin Park with two friends to get there was a great start to the inspiration. I enjoyed hearing about Dans experiences firing propane kilns as well as eyeing his studio set up. I especially enjoyed the view from his potters wheel looking out into a valley of wetlands with a huge boulder sitting in the middle. Off to one side is their vegetable patch which left me dreaming of summers ahead where more veggie/herb gardens will grow on Chetolah Pottery Studio's property. We were told to bring 12 pots bisque fired to glaze with Dan's glazes and fire them in a large propane downdraft kiln as well as a small converted electric to propane soda updraft kiln. I got the pots back after their firings and am thrilled with their results even though I haven't managed to document them and add their images here. To be coming soon are the final products but check out this whole set up as this was nothing short of an inspirational weekend.
It's become an annual thing that I get to rearrange the furniture in my parents house and put my pots on display all over their beautiful home. Enjoy sipping on something sweet or indulging in one of mom's culinary delights while you check out all the new clay creations. Lots of new designs and forms to see, feel & purchase! Mark it on your calendar now and contact me for special orders.
Summer holds on with these glorious blooms in a brand new gold dotted vase. Come visit to see lots of new gold touched pieces and enjoy a bold espresso:)
A few weekends ago I was invited to participate in a raku firing being held at a friends place. I have watched many videos and seen lots of raku work but this was my first hands on experience. It was glorious. I think the process of raku is right up my alley because there is SO much left to chance. The surprise of lifting the lid of the metal bucket after firing is such a thrill. I also enjoyed it because of the social aspect to the day. It started by carefully lowering the lid of the homemade kiln cover, lighting the burner, placing a pyrometer in the air vent to gauge temperature and then waiting about 1.5 hours until the pots reached temperature. During this time of waiting there were many questions to the experienced raku folks, glazing pots & putting them out in the full sun to dry, swimming in the lake and generally enjoying each others company with this shared passion of creating. After the pots reached temperature,(about 1650) different people were designated a job to make the transfer of pots . With tongs each orange hot pot was lifted and placed onto areas on the ground where woodchips, straw, pine needles and other combustable materials lay. Placing more combustibles on top and then quickly covering the burning pots with a metal bucket. This created a reduced oxygen atmosphere and effects the outcome of the glazes in many surprising and happy ways. I can't wait to try it again soon. Thank you SO much to those who made this incredible day possible.
I just wanted to post some photos of these beauty zinnias I started from seed back in April. It warms my heart to see them so happy in the full sun of summer. The planters are the first real small planters I've ever made. This idea needs to get bookmarked for later. I can see a lot more plants in collaboration with my pots in the future. Summer is such an exciting time of so many ideas. The only way not to get overwhelmed is to write them all down for a quieter day in the winter.
The sun was blistering hot this past weekend in Bracebridge while participating in the 49th Annual Muskoka Art and Crafts Summer Show. Luckily I had a shady spot like usual and many friends stopped by to seek refuge from the sun and entertain me. Thanks to everyone who came out and all the great artists I got to catch up with. See you next summer!
A lovely friend sent me this photo the other day of her yummy breakfast in a fern bowl. I love hearing when people get joy out of using one of my handmade pots. Thanks.
An amazing turn out of beautiful people to the Holiday Home Show. Thanks to all that made it such a great success. If you are interested in joining in the fun next year, please send me an email to add you to the mailing list.