The Magical Holiday Spirit

It’s still a tad dark outside my window and Orange Cat has taken up residence directly across my typing wrists. The studio kitchen is full of good ideas this morning, and my to-do list is, well, full.  I hope I can get to the stove  to  make coffee. French Press or bust. What a vibrant fall full of pottery success! And now is the time to get back to it. So any moment, I’m going to leap to my feet and start working!

Park+Vine Little Green Gift PagePark+Vine, here in downtown Cincinnati is carrying my mugs and ornaments this season! They also have a fantastic “Little Green Gift Guide.” It’s just beautiful! And they feature one of my mugs! They’re a great local small business and I’m proud to be part of the amazing work they’re doing. One of these days I’m going to catch one of their coffee cuppings (think coffee tasting) of La Terza Coffee–locally roasted here in Cincinnati. Seriously, I’m addicted. La Terza is pretty much the reason I get up in the morning. There’s a cupping at Park+Vine  coming up on Monday December 17th at 5:30 PM. Good news!

I’ve been working on re-hydrating some of my favorite clay that got a little to hard to work with and was thrilled last night, as I worked on some mugs for Park+Vine, that it’s back to it’s normal glorious clay self and ready to throw.

I’m also trying to drum up ideas for a show entry–the deadline is Tuesday. The show is called “Wild Things.” Certainly there’s some wild idea out there just waiting for me to think of it. One of the jurors is Fong Choo–master of the teapot. He’s coming to Cincinnati for a workshop on January 13. I think I know where I’ll be that day.

It’s just about time to mix glazes again too. Anyone who knows me well knows that glaze mixing is not my favorite part of clay work. But it makes me really happy to know exactly what goes into my glazes.

I want to give a quick shout out to Jess Thayer, a fellow mud-slinger, who agreed to co-chair this year’s Spring Pottery Fair by Clay Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. The show is a ton of work, but we love it–it’s a wonderful spring tradition at DeSales Corner in Walnut Hills. Way to step up to the plate, Jess!

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