Sunday, December 9, 2018

Delta County Independent Story

Check out our Amigos de Taquile post about a story in the Delta County Independent, written by Tamie Meck, about both our Pottery and our relationship with Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru. My blog post with the article is at

The newspaper story can be read at:
Note the house in the background has a panel as well. This belongs to Delia and Jesus.
We continue to do holiday markets as we can find them, but focussing on our large textile collection for sale more than our pottery. You can search this site with This link:  Table of Contents    to help you find specific items of our work on previous posts.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Planters and Plants

My newest, and fun challenging project is to make planters--some of which have the value-added inclusion of houseplants! I have been propagating jade and other houseplants for some time, with stunning results, and offer them as a complete unit. Here is one with a blooming Amaryllis from last spring: 
Note: This link:  Table of Contents    will help you find specific items of our work on previous posts.
The other aspect of my planters is a result of what I like to call "the problem of the saucer." I have solved the problem by constructing the saucer on the side as part of the planter, a "side saucer." These planters are constructed with various techniques, allowing rich textures and fun finishing details.
This pair just came out of the kiln this morning and don't have their plants yet:

Some of my planters are still the traditional under-the-pot saucer:

And, just for fun, the following is a picture of the kiln this morning, in the process of unstacking. Note the various planters, including one in blue on the third shelf down:

The 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair is July 27, 28, and 29, 2018 — This Weekend!
We will be showing our pottery (though not many plants) and you can find us on the map in booth #55, along Weant Street in the NE corner of the park.
The show opens at 12 Noon on Friday, July 29,
 10am on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
Selling closes around dusk on Friday and Saturday; 5pm on Sunday.
For more information about the fun fair schedule, check out:

See you at the fair!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Paonia Holiday Art Fair 2017

2017 is the 25th Annual

Paonia Holiday Art Fair!
Friday, December 1, 3-8pm
Saturday, December 2, 9am - 5pm
Blue Sage Center for the Arts
228 Grand Avenue - Paonia, Colorado

I am one of the main organizers of this artist-run event and I'm pleased to share the space with 15 wonderful artists and community organizations. The artists are listed below.

At this local show, we have the privilege of selling the textiles that we fairly traded for solar gear with our family and community of Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, in addition to our pottery. We have two new kiln-loads of pottery this week, so lots of exciting new work.

Robin Arthur, RobiniArt - paintings -
Diana Brekke, Rockwall Gardens – wreaths and ornaments
Sam Brown, Textiles of Taquile – Peruvian textiles
Nina Clouse - upcycled clothing, original paintings, earrings
Virginia Columbo - masks and ceramic sculptures
Josh Columbo - jewelry
Agustin Goba, Agustin Goba Fine Arts - aspen leaf monoprints
Charles J. Jankiawicz - pastel paintings
Tara Miller, Tara Miller Claywork – stoneware pottery
Sally Owen - women’s clothing, hats slippers, pillows
Sherrion Taylor - photography and paintings on wood
Patricia Weller - cards, jewelry

Community organizations:
Shannon Castle, North Fork Montessori - student crafts
Jim Brett, VOGA and Slow Foods
Annalise Lord, Art Partners Mentoring Youth

Thesa Callinicos, NFSISchool, Soup and bread

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Elk, Aspen Forest, Mountains and Hawk

Elk are the predominate wildlife theme in
Rocky Mountain National Park
Elk "Chip & Dip" Bowl: 12.25" diameter and 2.75" high
We will be showing at the Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Festival, on the western edge of the Park, presents July 9-10, 2017
SHOW HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM We will be bringing a fine selection of Elk-themed pieces: platters and serving pieces as well as pie plates and mugs and steins; also elegant fruit baskets made of strong, washable stoneware clay. Note: This link:  Table of Contents    will help you find specific items of our work on previous posts.
Here I show you the slip-painting process of the large, wall-hanging serving piece that I call a "Chip & Dip," one brushstroke at a time.
first, the blank stencils

next, shadows under the branches

then all those wonderful knots and scratches on the aspen bark

and finally, the trunk wrinkles, horizontal but with a slight curve
The following is the side view, showing the open curved foot. See the face of the final fired piece at the top of this page.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Current Galleries

Happy 2017!
January to April, 2017, we are returning to Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru, where we have been in adopted family relationship for over 30 years. You can see stories from this trip and previous years at Amigos de Taquile, including how we have introduced and promoted solar energy on this off-grid island of UNESCO-recognized textile artists.

Note: This link: Table of Contents 
          will help you find specific items of our work on previous posts.

In the meantime, you are welcome to inquire by email, which I will check now and then from Peru. Otherwise, please be welcome to patronize our friendly COLORADO GALLERIES:

Sundance and Friends 1111 River Park Road --Buena Vista -- (719) 966-5361

Pfister's Handworks -- 302 Elk Avenue -- Crested Butte -(970) 349-6731

Working Artists' Gallery -- 520 Main Street -- Grand Junction -(970) 256-9952

Earthen Vessel Gallery-- 115 W 9th St -- Durango -(970) 247-1281

Limited selections can also be found in Paonia, Colorado, at
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts 226-228 Grand Ave --Paonia --(970) 527-7243
The Old River Road Trading Post -- 15495 Black Bridge Road -- 970-527-4740

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY Read about who we are.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Paonia Holiday Art Fair

Our final show of the year next weekend! 
Paonia Holiday Art Fair
Friday, December 2 from 3pm to 8pm and
Saturday, December 3, from 9am to 5pm

We will show our pottery as well as Textiles from Taquile, Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru. See to learn more about our 30 year relationship with this community and how we trade solar gear for quality textiles.

Note: This link: Table of Contents 
          will help you find specific items of our work on previous posts.

This intimate show of about a dozen regional and local artists features:

Celia Roberts Photography,
Tara Miller Claywork and Textiles of Taquile,
Patricia Weller, Goddess with an Attitude, polymer jewelry and cards
Diana Brekke’s Rockwall Gardens, wreaths, holiday centerpieces, ornaments
Ashley Leiber’s EcoArt (see to believe)
Jaycee Adams, hula hoops
Kathie Johnson’s new creative works of book beads, catnip sox and more
Peggysoup Lovey’ s People Aren’t Perfect, upcycled fabric dolls and hand-engraved glass
Lynn Gillespie of The Living Farm, felted slippers, scarves, mittens, pillows
Saschwann Langston, crochet and knitted fiber art
Kathie Sabatke of Sunshine Mesa Designs, bead weavings
Mary Key with hand-dyed silk scarves
Mark Weinhold with handcrafted flyfishing nets
Christina and Stephanie Clouse, Two Little Birds, with feather earrings, art prints
Mary George of Hungry Mother Foods, food available to eat, YUM
VOGA (Valley Organic Growers Association) 
Slow Food Western Slope

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Santa Fe Fiesta Labor Day Show

Every year we return to the vibrant city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Labor Day weekend for the kick-off of Santa Fe Fiesta, one of the oldest festivals in the country. In fact it was first proclaimed and established in 1712! Our booth is in the very center of the Santa Fe Plaza, up against the obelisk. Here is a link to the whole week's festivities: 

Note: This link: Table of Contents 
          will help you find specific items of our work.

This will be our final All-Pottery show of the year. 

This month has been mostly about Rocky Mountains and valley gardening:
I pull the common pink plants,
keep the darkest burgundy and white blooms to cross-breed.
In the meantime we prepare for two very small shows. One is the Sneffels Fiber Festival, where Sam will be presenting the UNESCO recognized textile work from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, plus specially made yarn bowls and perhaps a few more pottery selections. 
If you would like to request a particular piece of ceramic work, to pick up at this show, please email your wish immediately:  paoniapottery(at)
Sniffles Fiber Festival
Saturday September 24th 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday September 25th 11:00am-3:00pm
at Ouray County Fairgrounds & 4-H Center: 
22739 Highway 550 Ridgway, CO 81432.
This show had more pottery than we expect at Ridgway this year.

Sam is doing that show alone, because Tara is attending a conference, Crones Counsel, a gathering to honor and advance the aging woman’s value to society, in Denver. I will have pottery and textiles at a vendor table which is open to the public. Again the quantity of work displayed will be limited and you are invited to request a particular piece of ceramic work or textiles to pick up at this show. Please email your desire immediately:  paoniapottery(at) 
Crones Counsel
September 21 – 25, 2016
Renaissance Denver (Stapleton) Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80207
Exact show hours are unknown at this time, but open most afternoons.