Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hurry Up and Wait...

My one Spring show is a week from today (Powhatan Festival of Fiber a one day event).  The kiln is firing away with the last bisque.  I have learned to fire during the day...that way the kiln cools at night without me standing there tapping my toes in impatience!

But here are a few pictures of things waiting to be picked up by Serendipity Quilt Shop in Delaware.  You may remember that she has requested chickens, quilts and the beach!  With a few sheep thrown in for good measure.

I had a special request for a chicken yarn bowl.  What do you think?

And then of course there is the rest of the livestock....

And a sheep of a different breed.  Jacob Sheep have FOUR horns.  There are a few vendors at these festivals that sell their wonderful wool.

While I waiting for the pots to dry (remember that are currently slowly heating to 1888 degrees in my kiln as I write this) I helped celebrate Earth Day with my local Spinners and Weavers Guild.  It was a beautiful day after such a long cold winter!

That's yours truly working on the Earth Loom.

Fingers crossed that NEXT Saturday will be as beautiful!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


This is an old picture but that winter scene from last month was depressing me!  I'll post a pottery post with lots of pictures shortly!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Three days till Spring.  Do you think Mother Nature has the date on her calendar?

Friday, March 14, 2014

In Like a Lion....!?

Lots of distractions still going on here in Fredericksburg.

But the sewer line is fixed.  (We hope.)  The city rescheduled FOUR times.

Greg's knee is very slowly healing.  (I promised him I wouldn't post any pictures of it this time.)  Another 3 weeks until he can start trying to walk on it.  But at least he has begun PT and his working leg has gotten stronger so he is getting about the house with his walker with more confidence. Which means more studio time for me!

So I loaded a bisque this week.

I absolutely love my hollow core shelves.  SO much lighter and easier to load then the solid ones.

Layer one.

Layer two.

It never fails.  I try to manage the space to allow for lots of pots and I always end up with a shelf right on the level of the thermal couple.  So I add height and my attempt to not have empty head room is but a dream.

You will notice I don't do a lot of stacking.  I don't like to put too much  pressure on the "tabs" on the yarn bowls.  And I also have issues with my images "ghosting" onto nearby pots.  Especially the black.  So I only stack some of the bowls with only interior designs.  And that means most of my glaze firings hold almost all the pots from the previous bisque.

Layer three.
(Notice my witness cones.  My kiln may be a computer but those cones are my protection!)

And the top.

And of course I continue to weave.  I have a new brown warp on my small loom and will keep working to produce towels for my upcoming show in April.

But the best news.  Despite mostly cold temperatures (today is 61 but tomorrow will once again be freezing...) I found evidence of Spring!  

Just a little longer....

Friday, February 14, 2014

Snow and Slow Progress

Looking at these pictures it just seems that 8 inches really isn't that much snow...but it is HEAVY.  And the beauty of it was looking out the front door first thing in the morning and seeing our neighbors doing the shoveling.  Taking pity on the poor woman with the broken spouse.

We are also SO thankful that this storm did not cause any power loss in the area.  We are already experiencing sewer line problems without losing power on top of it.  The day before the storm began they had marked the road to replace the entire sewer main!  I guess we will keep our flushing to two or three times a day till Tuesday, since Monday is a holiday.  And keep our fingers crossed.

I cleared a path to the studio...

And finally got to work.

And I will be back at it again today.  Thankfully the sun is out!

Monday, February 10, 2014


I have finally carved out a couple of hours each day that allow me to work in my studio.  The commute is short but our cold temperatures have sure put me off the trip.

But I have a wholesale order to fill so off I go!

The bad thing about Ground Hog Day is the announcement of 6 more weeks of winter (are we really surprised about that?)  The GOOD thing about Ground Hog Day is that it is Layla's birthday!

13 and still loves to open presents!

Today I plan on running some errands, delivering some handspun and picking up a few groceries in preparation for Wednesdays forecast.  Then back to the studio to start decorating those mugs!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Nurse, Potter, Weaver, Baker....

I am determined to not skip a month on this here is what I have been up to.

Greg slipped on the ice 2 weeks ago which resulted in a broken knee and wrist.  No weight bearing for at least 6 weeks so my nursing chores have been the priority.

But January is also the annual Empty Bowl event for Empower House.  In the past I have managed 100 but this year with life, 26 will have to do.

Then of course it wouldn't be winter without a little of the white stuff.  We only have 2 or 3 inches but the cold reminds me of my high school years in Iowa.  Poor Layla loves the snow but the cold is just too much for her.  I have had to carry her in two mornings when her knees gave out.  She will be 13 next month! Once it warms up she will be moving much better.

Cold weather means COOKIES.

And of course with a laid up husband, weaving in the same room is the best option.

I have pottery orders to fill.  I am hoping that next week once Greg and I have a rythmn set I can go out back to the studio for 1-2 hour sessions.  Maybe a baby monitor is the answer?

Stay warm everyone!