This is an un-edited photo. See what I mean, not very appealing.
Hello, pottery peeps!
If you don’t already know about my workshop situation, I’ll give you a brief update. When I starting packing to move from Florida to Arizona. I thought I was only going to take a little time off to work on my book. But, due to things beyond my control…my workshop is closed until I can either fix my kiln or replace it.
My beloved Charlotte (my kiln) was damaged during the move, by the movers and they won’t pay for it. They told my husband to sue them. I won’t use them again!
I really hope that we can fix her!
So, since my workshop is closed, no kiln…no pottery!!! I’ll keep my pottery blog going with posts I didn’t get around to doing, posts from my old pottery blog, new designs from my sketchbook and whatever else I can think of.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to re-size some of my photos…to Pinterest size. Now they look so much better on Pinterest.
I miss working with clay!
My hands are itching to dig into a bag of clay and make something new.
This wire is the original wire I purchased for my first pottery class in 1990. I purchased another one, but I still use my old one. These are some of my original tools from 1990 and holding my tools is a cup I made in 1991.
Hopefully, I’ll have the funds to re-open my workshop soon!
In the mean time, I’ll be working on my book…Raven Hill
You can find me here…
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
When I was on the treadmill the other day, I had a vision of hand-built bottles with texture. Later that night I grabbed my sketchbook, my colored pencils and starting sketching…
Simple bottle forms with texture peeking through.
Love this one!
I think this one needs a little more fine tuning.
I really like this one, the short neck and the texture. This will work!
Love this one too!
I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio and making these. Not sure when that will be though? In the mean time, I’ll keep sketching new designs.
What do you think? Do you like my new designs?
Today is my second anniversary on WordPress.
I’m celebrating with an Artist Feature on Aftosa.
When Aftosa contacted me in January, they asked for 8 photos and a short bio. It took me a while to narrow down the photos to just 8. I make so many different items and I have tons of photos. So, it wasn’t easy. After emailing back and forth, I found out that they actually, only pick 4 photos. So, I had no idea which photos they would pick.
Here are the 8 photos I sent them
These were my top four
I was hoping they would pick Backwater Bay for the first photo. I love that dinnerware. But they picked my butterfly ring bowl, which actually made me very happy because it features my pottery and my husband’s…grandmother’s Portuguese Lace (Palmeida’s Lace)
It made my husband very happy too.
Here are the four photos they choose
Thank you so much, Aftosa!
This year has been a year of change for us. In January my husband got a new job…Yay! But the job involved a lot of travel, so I had to get use to his new schedule. He’d fly out early Monday morning and fly back home late Friday night. After a while, we thought it might be a good idea to live closer to the airport. So, we had two choices to choose from.
1) Move closer to Tampa
2) Move to the Orlando area
It was a very easy choice for us. We choose #2…mainly because our three oldest children live there and our grandbabies. I was really looking forward to being with my kids and granddaughters more often and finally having all of my family in the same place again. So I started looking for houses right away but, I didn’t really find anything I liked or anything that fit our needs…so I kept looking.
Then in March, we got a phone call…we never wanted to get. My sister-in-law passed away. She never got the miracle that we hoped and prayed for.
We will miss you forever…Laurie!
I still can’t believe she’s gone.
In May, my husband found out about a new job opening with the company he works for. He would be able to be home every single night, which is what I was hoping for, but it was in Arizona. I’d been doing some research on the best place to live if you have Fibromyalgia and it all pointed to Arizona or New Mexico. Long story short…he got the job…Yay! But it was bittersweet. It meant I had to leave my three oldest children, my three grandchildren…Faith, Paige and Grace, my mother and my workshop. That was not an easy thing for me to do. But for the first time in my life, I had to put myself first. I need to get well. I really couldn’t live in Florida anymore. The longer I lived there…the worst my allergies got…which meant the worst my Fibromyalgia got and most of all, I wanted to be with my husband.
Paige and Faith
My husband had to start his new job on June 8th and we had 4 weeks to move. OMG…I hadn’t even started packing yet! So, I spent all of my time looking for houses and packing. I started packing my books first, then my pottery shop. HOLY COW…I never want to do that again! I never realized I had that much stuff in my workshop. Packing a 25-year-old pottery shop took me more than a month. The next time I have to pack my workshop…
I’M HIRING SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT!
The house hunting wasn’t easy. I kept sending my husband houses I found on Zillow, he would go look at them on his days off. I can’t even remember how many houses my husband looked at, they either had pets or rugs, or both…which is not good for me or my husband…who has asthma. Thankfully my husband found a really good realtor who found us a house with no rugs and no pets…in a really nice area. Needless to say, we were not going to make it there in 4 weeks.
So, instead of leaving Florida on July 3rd like my husband was hoping to do, we left on August 4th. It’s a good thing too, because I was not done packing.
Welcome to our new house!
My plan was to take some time off from making pottery to work on my book. I really want to finish it. But I still wanted to make pottery.
Then this happened…
The movers destroyed poor Charlotte…my kiln. They also damaged a lot of our furniture…more about that in another post. I really didn’t care about the furniture, we can re-paint and refinish the furniture and my husband fixed my desk chair. But when I saw my kiln…I had tears in my eyes. Charlotte was my work horse, she made everything I made…more beautiful.
I’M SAD TO SAY THAT…
RAVEN HILL POTTERY IS NOW OUT OF BUSINESS…TEMPORARILY!
I never thought I would say or write those words, but there is nothing I can do about it. It’s taken me a while to write this post, because I didn’t want to. So, now I have to say goodbye to pottery for a while. I hope it’s not too long. I miss it already. My hands itch to dig into a bag of clay and make something. I had so many plans, so many ideas…so many things I wanted to make.
Then I can buy a new kiln and have a new workshop.
New Life Loading!
I’m participating in the…Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge
And this is the last post!
For at least a week, maybe more…I had absolutely no idea what to blog about, that started with the letter Z…just like my X marks the spot post.
So, I grabbed my sketchbook and started sketching. This is the first one I sketched. I’m not sure if I like these? I’ve decided, that I’m not really a fan of zig zag stripes…it’s kind of busy!
I’m not sure if I like these either, but I do like the top of the bottles!
Now, these I like! I think I’ll make these!
I’m not sure if you can call this zig zag…but I really like these!
I’m definitely making these!
What do you think?
I’m participating in the…Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge
For at least a week, maybe more…I had absolutely no idea what to blog about, that started with the letter X. I don’t have any items that start with an X, I don’t even know of any pottery terms that start with an X. Maybe there is, and I just can’t think of it right now…I don’t know? Planning a blog post about the letter X…was difficult for me. But, then one day I had an idea!
“I’ll just sketch something!” It started out as a joke really. Sketch a bottle, and put an X on it and call it…X marks the spot. Then I’d have my X blog post.
But, then something happened when I opened my sketchbook, and started to sketch. My hand, and my pencil had a mind of its own, and these bottles are the result! I have to say…that I like these so much, I want to make them!
What do you think?
Those bottles inspired me so much, a few days later I sketched these.
I love these…I’m making these too!
And then last night, I sketched some mugs.
I think I’ll make a whole line of dinnerware with this design. What do you think?
Thanks…Blogging From A to Z, without you…these designs would not exist!
Now…What should I call them?