Hands

  • Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

My poor hands are hurting so much all the time.

I was diagnosed with inflammation arthritis back in September.  To top it off, I also have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which got drastically worse when I got pregnant with my youngest child (2.5 years old.)  I have been toughing it out because the idea of shots or surgery were a bit scary.  I remember my older brother having the surgery when I was 16, and he was miserable.

Well, I went to the hand doctor yesterday, and I have to have another test done, but she is talking like surgery is a necessary.  Since I do not want to end up with permanent nerve damage, I am going to go ahead and do it.  Guess what, the procedure has gotten MUCH easier in the last 20 years.  Shocking, huh?  It looks like I will have a 2 week period of no throwing pottery.  I hope to schedule it ASAP, while I orders are slow.

I am actually a little excited by the idea of being in less pain on a daily basis!

More Empty Bowls

  • Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

It came to my attention from one of the instructors at the studio, that the Burnsville High School does a fundraiser every year to raise money for kids who go home to no food.

Want to know one of the things guaranteed to make me emotional?  Hungry children.

Saturday I went to the high school to throw bowls with some of the other potters from the Art Center.  We had a great time, and they have a great studio!

https://sites.google.com/a/isd191.org/emptybowls/home/potter-s-all-call

I hope to make it back for the February throwing day.  We will see how my hands are doing, which is the next post!

Empty Bowls – Lakeville

  • Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Have you heard of the Empty Bowls project?

http://www.emptybowls.net/

The studio where I work on pottery does an Empty Bowls even at our Holiday sale.  Here is the info on that.  The proceeds go to the local foodshelf.

http://www.ladysea.net/blog/twin-cities-artcraft-sale-events/

A few weeknds ago we all got together to throw and trim bowls.  There were 7 of us.  Here are some pictures of our work.

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Here is the studio manager working on a bowl.

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Some of the bowls we made while I was there.  We threw 103 and after trimming ended up with 101.

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A picture of the people who came to throw bowls.  We had a good time.

Twin Cities Art/Craft Sale Events

  • Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

There are two local events where you can purchase some of the things I make!

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This sale is in a local housing community center.  The building is a refinished barn.  It is beautiful!

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http://www.ci.lakeville.mn.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=968&Itemid=1439

This one is at the art center where I do pottery.  We have a student and teacher holiday sale that starts on November 23 and ends December 5th.

Come check out the sales!  It will be fun!

Pottery Studio

  • Posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:18 am

I am sure you have all thought, “Where do the scuttles get made???”

Okay, maybe you haven’t but you get to find out!

I work out of a studio that is run by the city.  They offer classes for kids and adults. I enroll in a class, and then get studio time whenever the building is open.  Sometimes my darling 2 year old goes with me some days and “helps” me get work done.  Today she played My Little Pony Memory on the Kindle while I glazed scuttles.

 

Here is a view of the wheels.  We have 10 Brent wheels.  They are terrific. Behind the wheels is a counter where we can cut and wedge clay.  Above that are shelves for storage.  In the right hand corner is a slab roller and a pug mill.

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Here we have a view of the tables where we can work, bats, hand-building tools, glaze samples, tools, and other assorted things.  The higher table is great for standing to attach handles and work on things while keeping your back happy.

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More shelves!  We have finished pieces on the black shelf on the left, more tools for special classes and workshops, and in the right corner we have a bunch of storage for wet pieces.  We cover them in plastic to keep the moisture levels even while we let them dry enough for trimming.

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The studio manager promotes cleanliness.  That is not the case in all studios, but we work hard to keep ours as clean as possible.  The studio manager has asthma, and a few students have other health issues.  Clay dust can be harmful to your health, so we work hard to keep the studio very clean.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of the studio.  I love it there.  Pottery is very relaxing to me and a great stress reliever.

Happy Kiln, Sad Kiln

  • Posted on October 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

So, when you go into the kiln room when you are at the studio, here is what you hope to see:

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A Happy Kiln!  Everything inside is done and ready to be unloaded.  HOORAY!

This is not what you want to see.

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SAD KILN!  Nooooo!  This kiln has between 13-16 of my pieces in it, including all 11 pieces of a special order.  Eeeep!  I about had a heart attack.  The studio manager said this is the messages she gets when the  thermocouple has gone out.  She is so awesome, she got it replaced in about 30 minutes or less. While she had lunch and worked on the sad kiln, I unloaded the happy kiln, which had a load of bisque pieces in it.

Pottery can be stressful at times!  Cross your fingers for me.  I hope everything that is getting refired in the sad kiln comes out okay!  I should know by Tuesday at the latest.

Update – Two new pieces

  • Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:45 am

We added a pretty Sapphire Blue yarn bowl for sale. It’s a nice one, with the word “Knit” carved into the sides to form the slot for feeding your yarn.

We also have an unusual shaving scuttle design, a 1-Piece with Brush Warmer in Metallic Brown.

Bye-bye Productivity!

  • Posted on April 6, 2013 at 2:00 am

Productivity is at a new time low.

I got sick for a week and missed my weekly work time.  Then Spring Break started and there were some issues that needed me to be home.

This week will be better.  There is a ton of free time on the calendar, and I have to start really getting stuff made and glazed for the Spring/Summer sales.

This means everything will go perfect and I will get tons of stuff done, right???

Cross your fingers!

Update – Jewelry Bowls & Scuttle

  • Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

Another small update today. We have a green and blue scuttle available on the Shaving Pottery page. I’ve also added two more jewelry bowls to the Jewelry Bowl page.

Busy, busy, busy!

  • Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It has been a pretty busy few weeks.

After dealing with some problems that resulted in unacceptable pieces, I am hopeful that March will be a better pottery month.

Last week at class we ran out of clay!  Eeek!  I picked up more on Friday, which made it possible for me to get a little bit accomplished on Sunday.

I am working pretty hard on special orders, and trying to throw a few things to add to the webpage or for the local sales we have.

It has been interesting working on juggling extra pottery time, kids (one of which has been sick frequently in the last month), and my normal house stuff. It is times like this when paying someone to come in to help, once a week, would be amazing. So would a weekly massage. ;-P

I am also hoping we do not get slammed with the 6-12″ of snow that has been in the forecast.  I may have to run to the studio tonight and get some stuff together to work on at home.

Time to get back to work getting stuff done!  Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of “Spring”!