Happy New Year

Thoughts and reflections

Hi; finished up the old year on a good note. The Holiday Pop up Shoppe did very well. I found that having five and 10 dollar items in addition to some bigger ticket items helped my sales greatly. Something to remember for future sales. Sometimes people just don’t have or are afraid to spend a lot of money but they want to buy something.

I did of course have ornaments at 3.00. Those sold very well.  Definitely making more of those for the impulse shoppers. It seems people really want to buy local and handmade but don’t want to spend a lot of money, but are willing to spend some.

I found trying to save time by doing a once fire only works some of the time. The pieces really have to be dry, almost doesn’t cut it with explosive results. I will have to find a way to slow down the cooling process since that seemed to be part of the problem. At lower temperature the once fire wasn’t bad. So onward, more learning and more doing. Until next post!Picture1119151643_1

Some of my display at the shop!

My pottery is useful!

I run into the situation sometimes of my pottery being seen as precious because it is handmade. While there is comfort and value in having something handmade, part of the value of pottery is its’ usefulness. I present to you some possibilities.july2014 009

Face vase displaying some daylilies(including the infamous ditch lily) and cinnamon basil blossoms.

Meatloaf patties with barbecue sauce and cheese on a wheelthrown stoneware platter.july2014 001

dinner on handmade plates.

dinner on handmade plates.

Steak with fried potatoes and kale on stoneware plates.

And last but not least mango in a mug. An experiment in growing mango trees in a handmade, earthenware mug                                                                     .july2014 004