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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!

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.

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”!

Frustration!

  • Posted on February 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I have been packaging pottery of various shapes and sizes to ship for almost a year.

In the last week, I have received word that recent pieces are arriving broken.  I have not changed how I package the pottery.

I am not pleased.  Especially since the only thing that changed, is which post office I use.  It seems I am going to have to go with bigger boxes, even more bubble wrap, and more finger crossing.

I am always so sad to hear about broken pottery.  It is like taking away Christmas or something.  I know I get excited about things I have ordered, and I figure many other people are the same.  So to have something arrive in pieces is frustrating for everyone.

I will be looking into new and better ways to ship and package things that will hopefully survive much better than my current set-up.

If you received broken pottery from me, please know I am sad on your behalf, and will do anything I can to replace it

Another full day!

  • Posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:53 am

Today was a bit crazy.  I was on a mission to get my kitchen super clean.

Someone remind me not to do that on nights when I have scheduled studio time? I only got 3/4 of what I wanted to get done, finished.

I cleaned, got kids ready for school, and did stuff with the toddler from 6am until about 3pm.  When the toddler finally fell asleep, I scampered downstairs to the office to pack and ship some pottery.  I hope it all makes it there safe.  I was informed that one of the pieces I mailed on Monday, was broken upon arrival. That always ruins a perfectly good mood.  I want people to get joy from my work, not be sad or annoyed when they open a box.

I am not sure why I have decided that only throwing 5 things, and getting a fair amount of stuff glazed is “not enough”, but it is how I felt tonight.  I have no deadlines, and no boss fussing at me to work faster.  I should just relax and enjoy my clay time.

When I came home, I: filed my claim with the post office, did laundry, ate some dinner, played with the toddler, nagged the teen to go to bed,  worked on a drop plate, and my started my next attempt at a hand-built project.  I thought now that everyone is asleep, it would be a good time to watch a few youtube demos.  Not gonna happen.  I am barely awake enough to finish this.

Goodnight, and remember….BALANCE.  Balance your list of activities, so you can be productive and have fun!

Curse you Sports Champion 2!

  • Posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I am not getting old, I am simply energetic when it comes to video games!

Last night, the darling husband and I played a few rounds of Sports Champion Bowling and Tennis together.  Bowling is stupid easy, and I was 1 pin short of a perfect game, twice.  Well, then we went onto Tennis.  It seems I suck at real Tennis and video game Tennis too!  I was trying to play tennis while holding onto the 19-month old, as she was having a clingy moment.  DO NOT TRY THIS!!!  My shoulders, neck, and arms hurt.  Oops!

I had hoped to run to the studio today, but maybe I will just walk around like a little old lady and groan about all of my sore parts. Oh!  I know!  I can go roll out some slabs of clay, and do some low-impact hand building!

Now it is time to go back to cuddling my big mug of hot tea, and I need to find some ibuprofen.

Hello!

  • Posted on February 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Good morning and welcome to my blog!

I will try to not ramble too much and keep things on topic.  The topic being creating things!

I would like to start my blog by saying a HUGE “Thank you” to my darling husband for working so hard on getting my website and blog set up.  He is wonderful!  He has some ideas that we are working on setting up, so hopefully you will get to see them soon.

I would like to take a moment to ask you, what would you like to hear about?  I create many things from pottery to new food creations, and would be happy to talk about any of them.

Have a lovely day!

Time to get started

  • Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Welcome to the Ladysea Creations blog! Keep an eye out here for thoughts on pottery, updates on projects, and more.