I am very happy and thankful to be back to living and working in Buena Vista, Colorado this summer. I packed up at Anderson Ranch and brought all my pieces over the pass to sell at the farmers markets in Salida and Buena Vista. Last year was a success so I am crossing my fingers that this year will be too. It is sometimes difficult to explain to market customers and passerby's what functional wood fire ceramics is. Some people have no idea that people still make cups and bowls by hand. Some people think that there is no way for someone to reach 2400 degrees in a kiln with only wood, especially not a girl! So needless to say, I am hopefully ready to have whatever conversation is thrown my way. There are always a great number of people that do understand and appreciate handmade objects, and to you guys, thank you for making it all worth it!
The Buena Vista market isn't on the lush green grass but it is next to the only stop light in town, allowing many unexpected customers. People from all over the U.S. and world travel to Buena Vista so it is great to talk with people that have many different backgrounds and understandings of ceramics. Thanks again BV!
Not quite sure how this happened... My work is on the front page of the newspaper for no special reason at all! But hey, I'll take it. They even spelt my first AND last name correctly!
This photo was taken right after I had finished glazing all the pieces and had them sitting on boards waiting to be taken out to the kiln.
The cup on the left and myself finally made it to Rhode Island for NCECA (National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts)! The cup is on display at the NCECA Annual Cup Sale!
NCECA is held in a different city every year, Providence, Rhode Island for 2015 and will be in Portland, Oregon for 2016. This year was my 3rd year to be able to travel for this event. It is 4 full days packed with lectures, demonstrations, galleries, exhibitions, and one of the best opportunities to be able to see, hold, and buy some of the most admirable ceramic works. Artist's websites don't hardly ever do their work justice so I am always amazed to see functional pieces up close!
I am very happy to be working at Anderson Ranch at the same time as Takashi Nakazato and Fumiko Nagai. Takashi is a 13th generation potter and a living National Treasure of Japan. So cool to watch the two of them work in the studio this month and assist them in wadding, loading and wood firing the many pieces Takashi and Fumiko make here at the Ranch. Too many things to learn from them and the Japanese tradition!
Below is a photo of when we fired the ninogama, a small anagama type of kiln.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 3rd Annual Holiday Pottery Sale at my parents. And a special thanks to those of you who have come to every hometown event or show that I've had! Your support means a lot to me and it is so nice to know that my work is appreciated and even goes home with people that I know.
Happy Holidays everyone!
I have created this blog so that people can see more of the studio process.