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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Western Colorado Art Fairs

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Paonia Cherry Days
Our home grown Paonia show celebrates Independence Day for three days this year. The theme for this 69th annual festival is “Valley of Abundance.”

Because this is our home show, in addition to our top-of-the-line pottery, we will present our annual Seconds Sale. You will find some bargains of slightly flawed or experimental pieces, always a lot of fun. We will also be bringing a sampling of textiles from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Show hours are 11:00am to dusk on Friday July 3 and on July 4. 
Sunday hours are 10:00am to 5pm. 

The Festival starts Friday with merchants and banks on Grand Avenue in Paonia celebrating “Downtown Days” with special offers and food. Saturday is the Parade. Sunday starts with a church service and then a talent show. If you come Sunday, you will see Sam and I take a break from our booth to join our dance class for the last act of the Talent Show, around 12:45. Here is a link to Paonia Cherry Days, with a full schedule.

Carbondale Mountain Fair

Dates for Mountain Fair this year are July 24-25-26. We will be in our usual location on the north side of the park. This is a great fun community festival.

Ridgway Rendezvous Note that we will NOT be showing at Ridgway this year, so to catch us in Western Colorado come out to Cherry Days or Carbondale Mountain Fair!

See you at the Fair!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Market in Estes Park

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Our first show of the season will be in Estes Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 24 and 25, 2015. We have LOTS of new work. 
14" platter of Rocky Mountain slip painting. Elk and Aspen Forest with Hawk and snowy mountains.

The rest of our summer schedule will include a couple of Western Slope shows:
Paonia Cherry Days on July 3 and 4
Carbondale Mountain Fair on July 24, 25 & 26

Then, allowing time for class reunions and fun festivals, gardening, making more pottery and custom commissions, we start up again in September:
Santa Fe Fiesta September 4, 5 & 6
Estes Park Fine Arts and Crafts September 19 & 20

As the holiday season approaches, you will find us at
Loveland "The Ranch" (Larimer County Fairgrounds) November 21 & 22
and back in Paonia for the Paonia Holiday Fair, December 4 & 5

Come see us at the Fair!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hermiston High Commemorative Mugs

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Hermiston High School Class of '65 will gather for our 50th Class reunion on July 17-18, 2015 
(Hard to believe, but there it is).

In honor of the event, I've agreed to take on the project of making souvenir mugs. They are approximately 4 1/4" tall and 3" in diameter, holding about 11 ounces. Made of stoneware clay, they are dishwasher and microwave safe, lead free. 

Front, showing the Hermiston "H" with
"CLASS   OF '65
50 YRS     2015

Reverse Side shows a Fighting Bulldog
Order information:
Order directly to via postal service or email or phone. Deadline May 15, 2015, but keep ordering; there is still time!
Reserve your mug via email tarasam at tds dot net with "Reunion Mug" in the subject line, or by phone: 970-527-6570.

Free delivery at the reunion in Hermiston. Price each is $20 (a discount from her usual mug price of $24).
Shipping available (if you can't make the reunion) for an additional $8 for the first one and $4 for each additional to the same address. Colorado addresses include 2.9% sales tax. 

Send checks made out to Tara Edna Miller 
41342 O Road
Paonia, CO 81428

Go Bulldogs!

Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

Working with the stencils

Stamp kit to press the letters into the soft clay

detail work to bring out the bulldog

Before and After detail work

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday shows 2014

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Thanks for joining us at our 2014 holiday art shows.   
Start your holiday shopping with a civilized shopping alternative on Thanksgiving weekend in the ARVADA CENTER on Wadsworth in Arvada, near Denver. 
You'll find our booth and a good selection of our pottery easily if you bear LEFT after the entrance. You'll also find quality and unique artwork from over 150 artisans in all media throughout this beautiful venue.  
The Arvada Center 
34th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Thanksgiving weekend 
Friday, November 28 - Saturday November 29 
Show hours are:
 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

Free parking - $5 entry per day 
(free to "Friends of the Center" and kids 12 and under)
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.    just north of I-70

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The following weekend is the 
Paonia Holiday Art Fair
Friday, December 5, 3-8pm
Saturday, December 6, 9am -5pm
Blue Sage Center for the Arts
We'll be showing our 
Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Most of the textiles were fair traded for solar gear. Check out this link for stories:
at the Blue Sage 2013
Twenty artists with unique creations, live music. 
On Saturday, Paonia festivities include sales in downtown businesses, library book sale, hay rides, Santa, Gingerbread house making.

228 Grand Avenue - Paonia, Colorado