Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kiln opening

It's always fun to open the kiln and see how everything turned out. One challenge of pottery making is that that the final color outcome is all in our imagination (based on experience, of course), until this magic opening when the kiln is cool enough. 

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          will help you find specific items of our work.

I pulled this one platter of Elk and Hawk in a Rocky Mountain setting this morning.

This weekend, July 29-30-31, is the Carbondale Mountain Fair in Carbondale, Colorado, one of the most fun events in all of Colorado. You can see the entire schedule of music and events at http://www.carbondalearts.com/event/44th-annual-carbondale-mountain-fair/ Vendor hours begin at noon on Friday and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Our booth #44 is along the fence from the Weant Street entrance.

See you at the Fair!

Kiln opening

It's always fun to open the kiln and see how everything turned out. One challenge of pottery making is that that the final color outcome is all in our imagination (based on experience, of course), until this magic opening when the kiln is cool enough. 

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

I pulled this one platter of Elk and Hawk in a Rocky Mountain setting this morning.

This weekend, July 29-30-31, is the Carbondale Mountain Fair in Carbondale, Colorado, one of the most fun events in all of Colorado. You can see the entire schedule of music and events at http://www.carbondalearts.com/event/44th-annual-carbondale-mountain-fair/ Vendor hours begin at noon on Friday and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Our booth #44 is along the fence from the Weant Street entrance.
Stoneware Fruit baskets, including the Grove of Trees

Elk with Aspen Forest Chip 'n Dip, hummingbird platter, and some multiple green glazes in the background, including icybana vases.

See you at the Fair!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer 2016 Art Fairs

Fourth of July Cherry Days Celebration
We will have our Pottery booth in Paonia Town Park fully set up on Sunday, July 3, and Monday July 4. 
Note: This link: Table of Contents 
          will help you find specific items of our work.
If you come by on Saturday, July 2, you may find a partial display, depending on the weather. 
Paonia is our home show, so we use it for our annual Seconds' Sale, so come on Sunday for bargains of slightly flawed or experimental work. 
You will also have an opportunity to buy UNESCO-recognized textiles from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru, textiles we have fair traded directly with the artists, mostly for solar gear. See My Travel Blog for stories about our Peru connection.

For the Cherry Days Schedule, check out: 
http://www.paoniacherrydays.com/schedule.html
2016 button design by Elena Niermann

Carbondale Mountain Fair at July's end
The 45th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place on 
July 29, 30, & 31, 2016
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:
http://www.carbondalearts.com/mountain-fair/

Summer 2016 Art Fairs

Fourth of July Cherry Days Celebration
We will have our booth in Paonia Town Park fully set up on Sunday, July 3, and Monday July 4. 

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

If you come by on Saturday, you may find a partial display, depending on the weather. 
Paonia is our home show, so we use it for our annual Seconds' Sale, so come on Sunday for bargains of slightly flawed or experimental work. You will also have an opportunity to buy UNESCO-recognized textiles from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru, textiles we have fair traded directly with the artists, mostly for solar gear. See My Travel Blog for stories about our Peru connection.
For the Cherry Days Schedule, check out: 
http://www.paoniacherrydays.com/schedule.html
2016 button design by Elena Niermann

Carbondale Mountain Fair at July's end
The 45th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place on 
July 29, 30, & 31, 2016
The show opens at 12 Noon on Friday, July 29,
10am on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
For more information about the fun fair schedule, check out:
http://www.carbondalearts.com/mountain-fair/

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Springtime in the Rockies

Spring Production
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Preparing for a beautiful show in Estes Park on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in an area of abundant wildlife. Themes in our work include this wildlife. The show is all three days of Memorial Day Weekend.
Here's a platter from last year. 
Oval Platter about 11" x 15" x 1.5" Slip painting underglaze 
Similar pieces are inside the kiln today as we begin firing. This is the bisque firing, or biscuit, which could be called, "half-fired." I work in Stoneware, high-fired ceramic, for many reasons. One is because Stoneware is impermeable and very durable; could last for generations or centuries. I fill every cubic inch of my 25cu.ft. kiln; a "tight" kiln. I know we are using fossil fuels and fire as efficiently as we can.
warm glow on the underside of the kiln; propane venturi burners

Please join us at our Memorial Day Weekend show on the Eastern Slope of the Rocky Mountains.
The 17th Annual Estes Park Art Market
Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29 ~ 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday, May 30 ~ 9:00 - 4:00
Bond Park, right on E. Elkhorn Avenue, the main drag traveling through town; you can't miss it.

Back home, it's a bit difficult to concentrate on making pottery when spring is so beautiful in our own back yard.








Our Next show will be Cherry Days, the 4h of July weekend celebration right here in Paonia.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What's in a Tray?

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Serving tray, tea tray, ash tray, pipe tray, paint tray, jewelry tray, vitamin tray, teabag tray, spoonrest tray, business card tray, food try, mushroom sorting tray....


~How do YOU use a tray?~

My newest and most exciting (to me) work is a series of hand-built trays. Their forms are very free and the glaze in the flat bottom is over the top! with depths of glassy glaze in pools of colors and swirls. Here are a few examples:

This 9" tray has especially rich glazes:
2 1/2" x 9" x 4"
 I needed a wide shallow vessel for my big brush to dip water-based pigment; the smaller trays made handy brush holders for small brushes:
paint tray lg: 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" smaller ones 
When sketching--and erasing--the eraser will blacken with graphite. The bottom of stoneware pottery is a dry and slightly rough surface, perfect for cleaning the eraser. As a bonus, while doing art work you get to USE a sculptural little piece of art to hold your tools:
green one is 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 3"


One size small tray is perfect for business cards:
Amazing color under those business cards 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 3"

This 8" tray was just the thing for grading an abundant harvest of fairy ring mushrooms:

Fairy ring (Marasmius oreades

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Autumn 2015 Art Shows

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Estes Park, September 19-20
Just in time for the elk bugling and the fall colors in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies presents the 40th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival right in the center of town in Bond Park.

Over 90 artisans, well juried, will be exhibiting. Our booth, #87 will be located on Elkhorn Avenue on the sidewalk on the side of the library. Keep your eyes out for our fruit baskets and for hanging platters celebrating those bugling elk!

Santa Fe, September 5-7 
Thanks to all who helped make that show an excellent success.
Santa Fe Fiesta, now in its 303rd year, kicks off on Friday night, September 4th with the burning of the Zozobra. The next three days presents the Arts and Crafts Festival over Labor Day Weekend. Hours are 9-5 all three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Our booth location is in the direct center circle of the Santa Fe Plaza, on the east side of the famous obelisk, easy to find.