Momentum

Maintaining Rhythm

Whenever I'm asked what part of the clay process I enjoy most, my answer is always whatever I happen to be doing at that moment.  It could be throwing, trimming, carving, or loading the kiln. (Ok, it's rarely glazing and NEVer cleaning the kiln shelves).  Although there's an economical component to doing the same task for a period of time, the truth is that I find there is a momentum and rhythm that my brain latches on to.  Eventually I'll complete a step and have to move on, but once I've started the next thing, it happens all over again.  

What does this mean for you?  It means I have four *packed* bins of mugs drying for the next firing:  Big mugs, little mugs, and some tiny espresso mugs.  Mugs with lace, mugs with Indian wood stamps.  I'll probably run a fire and glaze on those before I start the next thing.  

What's next?  I keep getting requests for handle-less mugs.  For a potter, this is a dream come true!  The only thing holding it up is my brain waffling over the design and size.  What I'd *like* to do is make them the same colors as the new marbled vases, with velvety charcoal interiors (similar to the recent pictures).  The problem with that is that the extra time associated with that technique will keep the price similar to mugs with handles.  I think I'll do a set of those and also think about what would look best on a second set without the marbling.  Do you have a favorite mug glaze combination?

I also think I need some pie plates.  (Believe it or not, now is the time I start thinking about fall.  How awesome would a hot pie in a pottery dish be on a cool day?).  I'll have to make some time this week to cast a form.  Curly edges, right?  No-brainer.  

And... we're still working behind the scenes too.  Keep the excitement & energy coming.  

More Mugs??

You've found the new blog.  :)  Sleek & interactive!  

I know, I know.  

 

And now… I have a question for you:  What… would you like to see listed in the new online store?  Besides mugs.  I know you want mugs.  I'm making more mugs.  

Other than mugs, what would you like to have??

Beware Silence!

Artists, like the small children we are, are usually up to something when we're silent...

I just finished a new batch of tile mosaic jewelry boxes

Artists, like the small children we are, are usually up to something when we're silent...

I have been very busy behind the scenes working on new clay things and new business developments.  I have learned that spring through early summer is the best time to explore new ideas, after I've spent the post-holiday months filling my inventory in preparation for the summer markets.  

What's new?  Remember that fabulous small collection of black clay things?  I'm expanding that.  I've hunted down some fantastic Indian wood block stamps and am hand-building a new arsenal of mugs and small bowls.  When I've had enough of that (and when my next clay shipment arrives), more of the marbled bowls with bright colors are in order.  

On the business side of things, I have been actively working on expanding the pottery.  !!  The next obvious step for ESP is a brick-and-mortar permanent venue.  As that develops, hopefully over the next few months, I will give you more details.  For now, send some good "make it so" energy our way!

In the meantime, I can be found at the ever-successful Ellington Farmers Market on Saturday Mornings from 9 to Noon.