Potter…licensed to kiln!

OMG…

I can’t believe it’s been this long since I blogged. The last time I wrote a blog post was on January 26, 2018. Where in the world did the time go? How is this even possible? Time is going by way to fast for me. Can someone please slow it down a little? This is why I need a time machine!

I planned on blogging during the building of my new workshop, I really did! But life just kept getting in the way. I started several blog posts, but I never finished them. Life got in the way again and again, and then I’d just forget.

The only outsourcing we did, was to hire an electrician to do all of the wiring for my kiln and kiln vent, put up track lighting and a ceiling pan. Everything else was done by my wonderful husband, who sacrificed his one and only day off, every week for 7 months…to build everything I needed.

Thank you so much, Jim!

The construction started at the end of February

The electrical work started in March

The shelves my husband was building.

I absolutely love having adjustable shelves!

He added a lot more shelves since I took this photo.

Now, the shelves are full of bisqueware and inventory.

When my husband was done, it was my turn to get busy. I had to unpack the gazillion boxes. I never realized I had so much stuff, until I had to unpack it.

¬†Everyday, I’d unpack a bunch of boxes, but they just seemed to multiply

OMG…Never ending boxes!

I think I see my slab roller.

There’s my slab roller. I love this slab roller by North Star.

Her name is Willow North Star

There seemed to be no end to the unpacking.

I ended up over doing it…over and over again. I always do this!

I have several autoimmune diseases…Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, IBS and a Herniated Disc in my back. So, it took me longer than I thought it would. I had to stop every once in a while, and rest for about a week or two or more…

Before I knew it, it was the Holidays of 2018

So, I stopped working in my workshop for a while.

Right after the new year, I started working in my workshop again. I found my wheel, under a bunch of boxes, but I couldn’t find my splash pan. I thought I had lost it, or maybe we had left it in Florida?

I finally found it, in one of the last boxes I unpacked.

I’d like you to meet my new kiln…Veronica!

“She who brings victory”

Isn’t she pretty!

Just when I was on a roll and almost done, I got sick. I was really run down, from doing so much. So, all work had to stop until I felt better.

The minute I felt better, I was back in my workshop, and then I got trigger finger in my left index finger. It felt like my finger was going to get stuck! I went to see my doctor and she gave me a cortisone shot. My finger was numb for five days (I really don’t like having a numb finger) and my finger was black and blue for at least a week. My doctor said, I had to rest my hand and absolutely no heavy lifting. No workshop for me…for a while.

It was so nice to have the use of my finger and hand again! I went back to my workshop, but that didn’t last very long. My allergies started bothering me really bad and it turned into a bad sinus infection and upper respiratory infection with a really bad cough. No work again for me. I had to rest.

It’s been such a long, and bumpy road for me. Full of twists and turns, hard work, and pain. And recently, sadness and lose. I don’t want to get into all the details. I’d have to write a book. All I can say is, on July 15th of this year, my life changed yet again. It feels like I lost my mother, even though she is still alive. She fell that day, and she has never been the same. She’s been in and out of the hospital more times than I can count. In and out of rehabs. She’s been through so much.

Something happened to her on July 16th, when she went to the ER. The ER doctor told me that when she arrived, she answered his questions. He said, she told him her side hurt. Then he said, “Suddenly, she was having trouble breathing,” and she ended up on a ventilator in the ICU.

I still don’t understand what happened, and they wouldn’t tell me. She was perfectly fine before she fell. We talked on the phone all the time. She was still taking care of herself, her dog, her budget and bills.

But, now she has brain damage.

When I call her, it’s like she’s not there. Sometimes, she’s living in a different time. Sometimes, she seems better, but we only talk for a few minutes…if I’m lucky. Other times, she gets confused and it bothers her. She ends up telling me she can’t talk or she says, “Okay by!” then she hangs up. Most of the time, when I hang up the phone, I cry. I hate that she is going through this. I never even imagined that this would happen to her.

I really miss talking to my Mom!

She’s not going to be able to go home, and that’s all she wants to do…is go home. She can’t take care of herself and for some reason, she can’t walk anymore, or even stand up without two people holding her.

It’s been very stressful for me, to see her like this, to not be able to talk like we use to, it makes me very sad. On top of all that, I have to run two households now, her house and mine, her budget and mine, and her bills and mine. I have so much on my plate. I get overwhelmed sometimes…a lot of times. I’m so thankful for my husband, he flew to Florida to winterize my mother’s house and check on things for me, in November.

The next thing we have to do, is pack up all of her belongings.

I’m not looking forward to that…at all.

I have to find a way to keep moving forward. I literally, hate hearing the phone ring, because my first thought is that something else happened to my mother.

I have to keep reminding myself to think good thoughts, to be positive.

So, I focus on pottery and finishing my book series.

I have a bunch of bisqueware that has to be glazed. I think, I’ll use some of it for glaze testing all the new glazes I bought on Black Friday. So, stay tuned for some blog posts about glaze testing and glaze combinations.

I’m looking forward to making items I haven’t made in a long time, and new items I’ve never made before.

I’m really looking forward to 2020.

I hope it’s going to be a wonderful year, for me and my family…and for everyone!

 

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By the way, miracles can happen

January 15, 2018

Was a wonderful, exciting, and amazing day for me.

A day I will never forget…not ever! I’m still processing what transpired that day. I still can’t quite believe it. Sometimes I want to pinch myself, to make sure I’m not dreaming.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I had to write the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write on December 31, 2017. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. https://ravenhillpottery.com/2017/12/31/didnt-think-id-have-to-post-this/

Sometimes, it seems to take forever for things to happen and other times, things can change very quickly. So quickly, you think you’re dreaming. It can’t be real…can it?

I have good news

Raven Hill Pottery will be re-opening soon

I got my miracle! I’m so thankful and grateful!!!

I’m happy to say, that I have the money to purchase a new kiln, a vent hood, and start working on my workshop. I’m not sure how long my workshop will take? The electrician knows what we need, we’re just waiting on a price. I’ve picked out the kiln and the vent hood already. There’s a lot to do, and once my new workshop is finished, I have to unpack a ton of boxes, get organized and buy lots of clay and glazes.

It’s going to be so much fun setting up a new workshop!

By the way, miracles can happen.

I’m so happy, so thankful and so grateful

Never stop dreaming, because dreams do come true

While I wait for my husband and the electrician to work their magic on my workshop.

I’ll be working on my pottery designs and getting organized. Plotting my book series, is helping me plan my pottery designs and how I’m going to glaze them. I’m going to be so ready when my workshop is finished.

Here’s a little sneak peek

Handmade plates…I love these glaze combinations. Aren’t they pretty?

Handmade bottles

I have so many ideas

I can’t wait to get my hands dirty

I’m just a girl who likes to play in the mud. I love the way clay feels in my hands…the way it squishes through my fingers when I throw…and I even like the way it smells.

by Melinda Marie Alexander

I’m so happy!!!

2018 is going to be a very good year!!!

 

 

My New Workshop

This is my new workshop floor plan.  

I’m so excited! I’m not sure how long it will take to finish? My husband has been really busy at work, he’s been working long hours and hasn’t had much time to work on it, but it has begun…Yay!¬†

I’ve been making workshop design boards, so my husband can see what’s inside my head. If I show him what I want…he’ll build it. I need lots and lots of shelves.

I haven’t glued this one down yet. This is for my glaze area.

This is my favorite one, so far. I’m planning on painting my workbench blue to match my slab roller, just like the photo I found on Pinterest. But, my workbench will have a canvas top. I love it! It even matches the bowl I use for making slip.

More updates coming soon!