My New Year

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on My New Year

Whole Within Vase My last year in a list – move to Virginia, new house, studio moved two times, updated website, work evolving, a deeper acceptance of myself, a rejuvenated energy for shaping my future, my work, and a heightened desire to connect with people close to me.  Whew, tired just typing it!

My goal for these blog posts will be to explore my intentions listed above while hopefully sharing some of myself with those interested – whether friends, family, customers, potential customers, anyone.  The deeper I delve into myself and my work, there is a push to try and articulate this process for myself – bringing that awareness and insight closer to the surface.  If others want to read and/or comment on this journey – so much the better.  When I am working in the studio my thoughts drift more to the relationship between artists and customer/consumer/____(what word would you put here?)_________.

Neither of those terms feels right.  What other term could I use that would better describe and honor that connection between myself and someone who purchases my work?  I typically have a conversation with a person about what they are looking for specifically, or about the time they made pots on the wheel, or what my average day is like, or what their day is like.  I may not remember the details but that experience stays with me and is an important part of my life now.  Buying handmade pottery is not a necessary part of life, it is a choice people make and I am interested in why they make that choice (why do I make that choice)?   How can I facilitate that choice being made more often (mama’s got bills to pay)?  Finding my place in the current culture as a potter, making a living in a way that feels good to me and pays the bills, loving and building community with others, making beautiful work that functions well are all questions I bring with me into the studio each time and are therefore infused into each piece.

December 2012 – Setteling In

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on December 2012 – Setteling In

Here’s a post where I’m working and having a great time!  This photograph was taken at Penland School of Crafts last fall (2011).  I was finishing up as an assistant during a concentration with Suzy Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin.

Love to hear from any of you that read this, if you have images of pots of mine that you have and use, would love to see how these pots inhabit your life – the stories they now lead.  Love and warmth to you in the new year!!

Till Next Time Pottery Sale – Floyd, VA

Posted by on Aug 15, 2010 in Blog | Comments Off on Till Next Time Pottery Sale – Floyd, VA

Sarah Camille and Wendy Wrenn's potsThis was Sarah’s last sale in Floyd before she left for graduate school in Syracuse, NY.  She will be missed in the studio!  I’m on my own in the space for a little while so I’ll be cranking out the pots for two big shows in the fall one in Roanoke, Blue Ridge Potters Guild Holiday show and one in Blacksburg, VA the YMCA Holiday show in November.

I am enjoying more and more the process of producing pots in cycles with each turn they improve slightly, change in subtle and significant ways.  Silvie’s careful and thoughtful comments and critiques are an invaluable part of this growth and change in my work.