Monday, October 9, 2017

Etsy Update

Hi!  For those of you still watching this blog for updates....Just a quick note that my annual winter/Christmas update of my Etsy shop will start happening the week before Thanksgiving.  I usually open the shop back up the weekend after Thanksgiving so I can start shipping Christmas orders right after the holiday!  (Thanksgiving that is!)

Fall shows have been a huge success.  I have one more coming up in Fairfax, VA.  The Icelandic Association of DC Christmas Bazaar.  If you have a hankering for Icelandic food and would like to see more of my work in person (along with several other wonderful vendors; Icelandic wool products, Icelandic chocolate and these awesome little Icelandic Elf/Santa characters among others) put November 11 on your calendar!

Now off to unload the truck!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival!

SVFF is this weekend!  (September 23 and 24) in Berryville, VA.  That is where I will be Saturday and Sunday!  Come see me in my usual spot in the Lions Pavilion.

I have lots of lovely pots and handwoven towels as well.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Is There Still Anyone Out There?

So I mostly use a tablet these days, but when I use the computer my blog pops up as a start up tab.  And I am reminded that I have not posted in WAY too long.  I have entered the Instagram world like so many other people.  That is so much easier.  Instant gratification, and I can post when I am in the middle of DOING.  That way there is no, "hmmm, I should post about this on my blog..."and then it never happens.

So look for me there as Anna Branner's Cloth n Clay (@wooliewoman)

Meanwhile I have been keeping busy.  I am still lacking in the motivation department.  Ever since my Dad died (wow, more then 2 years ago now) followed by Layla, my furry studio companion, it seems my energy is not as focused as it should be.  Still working on that.   Working in the garden helps...  I had two Spring shows and have another coming up this Saturday.  That is very busy for me!  And a good thing, since having a goal that needs to be met is definitely a motivator!

This Saturday is the Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown, Fredericksburg's first all pottery show.  We hope that this will be an annual thing.  Come see us Saturday, in front of Sophia Street Studios, from 10-5.  20 Virginia potters, most from our little talented town, but a few from away as well.

Meanwhile here is what I have been working on!

Potters call loading the kiln "tetris" like the game.  This is a glaze firing so nothing can touch!  My kiln is a top loader.  So you build the shelves from the bottom up as you load.

Hope I see some of you this Saturday!  And for all of you that are not local, I hope to load some pots into the ol' Etsy shop in the next week or two!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I hope everyone is well. As we come into the holiday season, I am working especially hard this year to see the beauty of every day and see and create peace all around me.  I hope all of you are able to do the same.  Peaceful numbers are where it's at for sure!

Also just a quickie to let you know that the elf (me) has been working away getting commissions completed and pots fired.  Notice of completed orders will be sent out early next week so shipping can commence!

And check out the Etsy shop. (Link over there to the right)  I am stocking more and more beauties every day!  Towels too. :)

Hug your neighbor!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Fiber Festival

So much preparation goes into doing craft shows.  For me that means Fiber Festivals.  I am sure you have read here before my statement that I am NOT a production potter.  Slow and steady FINISHES the race.  I don't necessarily win.  But what I finish I price and pack and tote to the festivals and every one always seems happy with their purchases.  So that in turn makes ME happy and is half the reason why I do this.

Waiting to be fired for the first time, "greenware".

Work in all stages.  Green, bisque (fired once) and on the bottom shelf pots ready for prices.

...and pricing is a whole 'nuther type of chore.

Before the rains came.

One last set of towels hemmed and ironed and ready for their new homes!

Despite the damp weather here in Virginia please come see me at Fall Fiber Festival this weekend.  As long as you wear your boots, and maybe a rain coat, you will have a wonderful time!  We were cancelled last year because of the impending hurricane.  This year it is rain or shine!

I will be in tent 4-II waiting for you!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lots of Weaving

Fall shows will be here before I know it.  So I have been spending the hot time of the day weaving.

 All my handwovens are hand finished...

Here is my next batch on the warping board.  I love these bright colors!

And because I am potting too...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


ONE post since the beginning of the year?  

Spring show accomplished between DAYS of rain.  We were SO lucky.  It poured last year the ENTIRE TIME.

Once we returned home I packed up and headed to visit my Mom and bring her back to my house in Fredericksburg.  She bought me a tree for my birthday!  It will be delivered tomorrow.  And IF the rain is not too bad I will put it in the ground.  Our back yard was a blank slate when we moved here.  (And I CAN'T believe I have no pictures of our empty yard!  All I have are pictures towards the house of the addition...)  But here you can see I am making headway.  The crepe myrtle is all that was there before.  Baby steps....a fence will be added next year.

 Thanks to friends with transplants!  I am determined not to plant anything treated with the neonicotinoids that are harming the bees.  I don't know when they started that, or how long (maybe forever??) they are harmful but at least I am doing my best by buying only from nurseries that don't use them any longer (and most in Virginia still do) or go the transplant route. :) There will be lots of daisies, cone flower, black eyed susans, lillies, peonies (another birthday gift) and more.  The dogwood that arrives tomorrow will go somewhere in the back corner...

While here Mom wanted to stop in at LibertyTown...where she found this gorgeous pot by Scottish potter Hannah McAndrew.  

It really is a treasure to be able to buy her pots here in the states....if you love her work come down to Fredericksburg!

After Mom's visit Greg and I took off for Florida.  It has been raining here in Virginia for WEEKS.  All sun in St. Augustine.

There are LOTS of wonderful galleries in St Augustine.  This is a piece that was in  Amiro.  This piece is an awesome example of Estella Fransbergen's work.  Raku and wire.  AMAZING.

Every time we drove from our hotel to town we passed a nursery full of these gorgeous pots from Mexico.  One big one and a few small ones came home with me.  It was hard to choose!!

And now we are back to rain.  But I've used this day to lunch with friends and start stocking up the Etsy shop!  

So now it is back to business!