This fall has FLOWN by! We are in the middle of a major kitchen renovation here at home and I have been working away at the studio lots of early mornings to try and keep up with the holiday orders and preparing for my upcoming show at Handmade Holiday in Richmond VA.
I have finally finished an order for 50 Christmas ornaments for a school district, as well as another 70+ ornaments for my studio/sale. I have two more holiday commissions coming due soon, then all my attention can shift from production mode into exploring mode. I have a few new forms and a new glaze that is calling to me in early 2014.
Come visit me at Handmade Holiday!
Mini Blue Floral Bowls
Mistletoe and Bulb Ornaments
Not a lot to say around here right now, though there is a lot of work happening in the studio. I have been working on some new forms, as well as some new surface techniques. Lately I’ve been testing screen printing with slip/underglaze onto tissue paper and then transferring these images onto some simple sided pots. I haven’t gotten any results all the way though the firings yet, but so far I am enjoying it. It adds another step in the process however, which adds time, time I sometimes do not have! We will see where this testing takes me, but for now here are some new images.
Vase with flowers for a rainy day.
Screen printed cups – leather hard
Screen printed mugs!
Teapots in progress
It’s picking up around here headed towards the holidays. I’m heading into the studio in a few minutes to start on a commission and to continue working on Christmas ornaments (don’t call me crazy… I started in August). Here are a few new pictures of some mini stacking bowls I made recently. I imagine these sold as sets of three, but they are for sale individually for $10 each. They are the perfect size for sea salt or olive oil on the table, tea bags, or for catching your rings and earrings on the nightstand or by the sink. These will be one of the first items for sale in my online shop coming later this week! Have a great weekend everyone!
Mini stacking bowls – rings
Mini Stacking Bowls
Mini Stacking bowls
Mini Stacking bowl w/ tea bag and Mug
Applications, applications, applications….
Heading into this Christmas season I am looking to do several shows beyond my studio in town. I have come to rely too heavily on my setup at LibertyTown for close of all of my holiday income. While it is GREAT that so many of my sales occur in Fredericksburg, I need to stretch myself more and try some new challenges. With that in mind I am applying to at least three holiday shows and will be difficult to get into. There is no way I will get into all of them, so hopefully one or two pan out. Each show wants a different “type” of picture. One show specifically said “no entry photo’s with a black, white, or gradated background”… what?! That is what I had been working on! I am still figuring things out, and working on what type of “setting” my pots belong in, but I have had fun messing around with my camera taking some different style of pictures.
It has definitely been a while since I’ve stopped in to the blog! I am working on some new goals and one of them is to be much more present in this space, as well as on my Beth Sperlazza Pottery facebook page. There are a few deadlines coming up for me, mostly applications for fall/winter craft shows, but here are a few images of recent/ongoing work. I am enjoying the added layer of slip transfer using newsprint, I will definitely be exploring this more in the next couple months. I have also been reclaiming clay like crazy for the Christmas ornament rush… I always try and get through at least 120 ornaments without having to use new clay. I have some top secret plans for the ornaments themselves, which I will be trying out soon… I am trying to take a hint from one of my studio mates at LibertyTown and leave a little bit more of my ideas a surprise until they are truly ready to show.
Here are some pictures to leave you with!