Friday, December 26, 2008

Imagine Peace

I found myself in this amazing treasury this morning. There is my Peace Lamp at the end of the second row. It is carved with a bamboo design and the word "Peace" is incised on the side.

This tribute to John Lennon was put together by JoliJoli Designs. See her blog as well!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Gift of Inspiration!

Just got back from Christmas Eve dinner at my brother's house. We have a long-standing family tradition of only giving gifts to the kids, but there's always someone who feels the need to buy a gift for one of the adults, causing all the rest to say "I thought we were only buying gifts for the kids!"
This year I thought I would be the one to break the "kids only" rule for gift-giving because I wanted my sister-in-law to have one of my platters, which she had admired at Thanksgiving. But it turned out that she also had a gift for me... and what a fabulous gift: 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. This is a fantastic book, full of color photographs of the most beautiful bowls... It's like food for the eyes! Inspiration on all the pages! I am poring over the pages tonight and going back into the studio tomorrow after too long a spell of not getting any clay work done!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Holiday for the Grandkids!

This year only the grandkids are getting gifts. That's how it was when I was growing up. We would put our shoes out on the night of January 5th and on January 6th my brother and I would wake up to find what the Three Wise Men had brought us. Afterwards Dad might take us to the beach. That was in Uruguay, of course, where the holidays come in the Summer!

My 6-year old grandson, Jacob, asked me for Shel Silverstein books and that's what I got him: A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. I'm so happy that he is enjoying this author because his Mom loved him when she was his age. His 4-year old sister, Sofie, the only girl in the bunch, is getting a Fancy Nancy cloth doll and book because she's a very fancy girl herself. Both of them are also getting a board game to play with Lela (that's me!) when she babysits on Wednesday nights!

Alex is only 16 months and his Mom (that would be Andi, the daughter I bragged about in previous posts who just opened her own Etsy shop) said to just get him some clothes he could grow into. So I did that and also got him a farm truck with some animals in it that he's sure to love.

Ben lives far from us and we don't get to see him very often. This year the family got a wonderful Holiday gift in the form baby brother Josh who was born a couple of weeks ago. Grandad is sending Ben a Santa on a Harley that sings "Born to Be Wild" (daughter is sure to get a laugh!). I'm sending him a Mr. Potato Head and some cars (he loves cars!). And for Baby Josh? He's going to get a lot of hugs and kisses when we visit soon, but for now we're sending him the cutest plush bear and tiny pair of shoes to put out for the Three Wise Men.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

300 Hearts!

Another milestone! My etsy shop has 300 hearts! There's no better feeling than that of being loved! What is this all about, you wonder? Let me tell you:

Hearts are a way in which buyers and seller on bookmark a shop or an item in a shop that they like. Then, when ready to make a purchase, they can easily find their favorite shops and items simply by looking at their hearted shops in their "Favorites" pages.

Hearts can also serve as a means of saying "Welcome to the Team!" When someone new joins one of the Etsy teams to which I belong, I like to visit their shop and give them "a big heart" as a virtual hug and kiss of welcome.

Some hearts are particularly important to me; namely, those that come from fellow potters because there is nothing more satisfying than to have a colleague admire one's work.

Please visit the Etsy Mud Team's Shop and look over the wonderful work for sale there. All sales from the Team's shop go to support team activities. A quick and easy way to find the work of all Mud Team members on Etsy is to visit the Team's official website. On the front page you will find a link to the Mud Team Catalog organized by function (bowls, plates, mugs, etc), color, design content (birds, cats, butterflies, skulls, etc.) and medium (stoneware, porcelain, raku, pit fired, etc.).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I have a treasury ready to go, but I can't seem to catch one! What's a treasury? A treasury is a way of showcasing other artisans whose work you appreciate. It provides a way for Etsy community members to support each other. However, the trick is that you have to "snag" an empty treasury when the treasuries reach a certain low threshhold... and I haven't been able to do that for a while!

Nevertheless, some wonderful friends have featured my work on their treasuries. Please take a look at these! I think they'll give you great gift ideas:

Purple and Orange by Glassnwood from the Coastal Bend of Texas

I Love Flowers by JillsTreasureChest from Mississippi

Strawberry Honey by LittleBayClay from Texas

Pottery, Wood and Lace by RSSDesignsinFiber from Southern California

Hurry up and check these out before they expire! And also look at the beautiful work of these curators. See Glassnwood's handmade stained glass and woodcarvings, like this Ferruginous Pygmy Owl carving. And check out this Farmer Santa from JillsTreasureChest.

LittleBayClay is on vacation so her shop is currently closed (and, sadly, I can't pick an item to show you), but make sure to check out her pottery made with heart and imagination when her shop reopens on January 5. Last, but certainly not least, RSSDesignsinFiber has beautiful home decor and gift items, including this gorgeous and ecofriendly gift bag that's absolutely perfect for the holidays.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It Runs in the Family...

I am extremely pleased to announce that my daughter, Andrea, has just opened her own shop. As I noted a couple of posts ago, when bragging about the beautiful holiday card she made for me, Andi, who's a teacher, has been dabbling in design since high school. For the past few years she has been designing all manner of photocards for her friends and family, and she has decided that it was time to take the next step with her photocard business. Her shop is at

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Great Bunch!

I had a wonderful time at the 16th Annual Falls Church Holiday Craft Show! Not only did I have great customers who kept me busy ringing up sales, but I couldn't have been in happier company! To begin with, the Falls Church show attracted a wonderful bunch of people armed with their shopping baskets. I was very pleased by the visit of one of my old customers who told me how much she still treasures a bowl she bought from me several years ago.

Then there were my daughters who took turns helping me: Bibi on Saturday and Andi on Sunday. They are both great salespersons, engaging with the customers and explaining the "great virtues" of my pottery, figuring out sales taxes and wrapping up purchases without ever forgetting to include a flyer in the bags. Thanks girls!

And finally, there were the four other vendors in the area where my booth was located who could not have been nicer! Katie Hoffman is another Etsian who focuses on painting and wire work and also makes the most precious wooden block ornaments! Tiffany Corl makes beautiful shadow boxes to commemorate every occasion and had lovely Christmas scenes, as well as clever clothespin wreaths to hold Holiday cards. Jim and Mo ("Oh No! It's Mo!") Chism had us in stitches the whole time with their stories and upbeat personalities. They were the big attraction of our little corner of the show, selling glass nail files beautifully decorated by Jim.

And then there was Wendi Green of Jewel Obsession who makes the most beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Wendi and I were surprised to find out that we both lived in Bogota, Colombia, in the early 1970s. But we were floored to realize that we actually lived on the same street, about 2 blocks from each other! Small world, indeed! Oh yes, and you know that I bought a pair of her earrings and I'm still wearing them!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Falls Church Holiday Show~~Day 1~~

Day 1 of the 2-day Falls Church Holiday Show was a great success!

The show has many great things going for it.
  1. I was able to set up the night before and that really makes a big difference because it removes all the stress of rushing about to have everything ready before the crowds arrive.

  2. There are two vendor areas, the (larger) gym and the (smaller, more intimate) seniors center, upstairs. I was a little apprehensive about being in the smaller of the two areas because there were only 5 of us there. However, the lighting was much better, there was more room for customers to mill about, the bathroom was right outside [ :) ], there was a microwave oven (so I could drink as much hot tea as I wanted to!), and it was cozier and less echo-y than the gym. All of these are major ++++ in my book!

  3. The show is very well advertised and, contrary to my fears (because of the state of the economy) it was very well attended, all day long... there was hardly a lull!

  4. They provide a complimentary continental breakfast for vendors.

  5. They have yummy lunch for sale at very reasonable prices.

  6. Parking and unloading are easy and hassle-free.
My wonderful daughter, Bibi, spent the day with me and was a tremendous help. I met some really nice people, including another Etsian. One of my old customers paid me a visit. And... I bought a pair of fabulous earrings!! More on all this next time... for now, here's a photo of my set up.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Very Talented Daughter

My very talented daughter, Andrea, made this fabulous holiday card for me to send to my customers. I just love it! She did wonders with a not-so-great photograph. And I love how she picked out the green from the teapot and the red from the bow for the lettering.

Andi has been dabbling in design since she was in high-school. In fact, she designed the T-shirt for her senior year class party. Lately, she has been designing all kinds of announcement for her friends and family: births, birthdays, thank-you cards, holiday cards, you name it! We finally convinced her that she should starting charging for doing this, so she has settled on $25 for the design. You can email Andi if you are interested in having her design an announcement for you. And, if I have your address, you might be getting one of these gorgeous cards from me!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Weekend Craft Show

I made three of these snowflake lamps for the craft show this week-end. I also made a whole bunch of candleholders, same idea but they take a candle rather than a snap-in socket. In addition to the snowflake designs, I made several with stars as well as a couple with holiday trees and a few with six-sided stars. So I'm ready with candleholders for everyone's preference! You can see them in the Flickr slide show to the right of this posting.

I also have a whole bunch of brie-bakers, which everyone seems to love. They make a wonderful gift for the cheese-lover on your list. Simply place the brie or other shoft cheese in the baker and spread your favorite topping. Cook until the cheese softens. One of my favorite toppings is this one:

Baked Brie w/ Mango ~~ Place brie in dish. Spread 2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves on top. Top w/ 1/2 cup diced mango and sprinkle 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Place in cold oven; bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese softens. Et voilá! Serve w/ bread or crackers.

And finally, I have the ever-popular MUG. I've got lots and lots of gorgeous mugs! I made "I Voted for Obama" mugs but I don't know what I was thinking and made only 3. I thought I'd list them on Etsy before the show and put the shop "on vacation" during the week-end. Well! I had barely posted one "I voted..." mug when it sold! So, I posted another one and, you guessed it!, it sold too! So I'm left with the one solitary "I voted..." mug. I'll be making lots more before Inauguration. And I will be taking orders. Email me if you'd like to place an order. Or go to my website and send me a message via the Contact Us page. Or convo me through etsy.

See the posting below for when and where information for this week-end!

Monday, December 1, 2008

See You at the Craft Show!

For functional and decorative pottery made in Northern Virginia, make plans to visit the 16th Annual Falls Church Holiday Craft Show and stop by the Glynt Pottery booth (#50). I will be showing brand new work, hot off the kiln! And, to make your shopping easier, Glynt Pottery is now accepting credit cards!

Saturday, December 6 ~~ 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday, December 7 ~~ 11 am to 4 pm
Falls Church Community Center
211 Little Falls Street
Falls Church, Virginia

There will be over 60 crafters represented, as well as children's activities and lunch available for purchase. The admission fee is $1 for adults and $0.50 for children under 12.

Come see me in Booth #50 and mention my blog for a 20% discount.

See my etsy shop for a preview of my recent work.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Potters' Recipes

Amy Esther is a member of the Etsy Mud Team, the group that brings together many of the potters who sell on She describes herself as "a frequently mud-splattered, flower-picking, nose-in-book, fun-loving, stubborn-as-hell, twenty-something artist and writer." And she certainly makes wonderful pottery as a visit to Amy Esther's etsy store will show. I especially like these beautiful bowls.

Amy has done something wonderful for her fellow Mud Team members! A while back she asked us to send her our favorite recipes along with photographs of the dishes on our own pots. She has taken all our recipes and photographs and put together The Etsy Mud Team Recipe Book! Take a look and try some of these great recipes. My own family recipe for Tabboule Salad is included!

And Amy has many other talents, check out her blog !

Friday, November 21, 2008

100th Item Listed in My Etsy Shop!

After a marathon effort, glued to the computer, I just listed my 100th item in my Etsy store! Glynt Pottery is ready for all the Holiday shoppers... Yoo hooo, Holiday shoppers ***waving***!

In addition to several new teapots and sugar/creamer sets, I have also listed new mugs and various items that would make ideal stocking stuffers: egg separators for the cook/baker on your list; multipurpose holders for business cards, napkins, etc. I also have new platters and chip-and-dip sets. This mega-mug is ideal for the coffee fiend on your list: it holds a full two cups of coffee!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Check the Design Style Guide blog today for a great feature on teapots, including one of mine!

Teapots are great to make! I throw a form on the wheel and then set it aside to dry a bit. In the meantime, I throw a lid and a spout and I pull a handle. Once the clay is leather hard I attach the handle and the spout, making sure to poke drain holes for the tea to pour out of the teapot (I actually forgot to do that once and didn't realize it until I was glazing it and couldn't understand why the glaze wasn't pouring out the spout!). The next step is to let the teapots dry slowly.

After they are bone, the pieces are bisque fired. This gets rid of some impurities in the clay and hardens it enough for the next part in the process: the glazing. I have buckets of glaze that I mix myself. The first step in glazing is to mix the glaze and, if needed, sieve it again to make sure that I have a good suspension. If I'm going to use only one color glaze, I carefully hold the teapot with a pair of tongs and dip it in the glaze bucket. If I'm going to use two glazes, then I carefully glaze the inside with one color and once the glaze is dry enough to handle the pot again, I dip the pot in the next color. Finally, I carefully clean the bottom of the pot to make sure that there is no glaze remaining there (if there is, the pot will stick to the bottom of the kiln shelf).
Once glazed the teapots are loaded again for the final glaze firing!

Here are my latest teapots!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Today's Kiln Opening

I've been working so hard getting ready for the holidays shopping season! It's always quite frenzied until I get the first glaze load done, then I start to relax. This is what I found when I opened up the kiln today. My trusty old Skutt is chugging along again with a second load. We'll see what tomorrow's opening brings!

I have been using these glazes for a while now, but I'm getting brand new results lately. Why? Well, I got the kiln tuned up (thanks Mike the Kiln Doctor!) and that made a great difference. I've also switched to white stoneware and I'm liking the change a lot! Finally, I've started to combine my glazes in ways I hadn't done in the past. For some reason I had not tried combining shiny and matte glazes... (what took me so long!).

Tonight I'm a lot more optimistic about the holiday shopping season... I'm doing my part! I'll have lots of new work at fair prices (in fact, I've just reduced my prices in my etsy shop). As you can see from peeking inside the kiln, I've been making ornaments and also some really nice teapots. I've also made more of the round trinket boxes because they've become very popular. I'm ready shoppers!

Mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 from 10am to 5pm for the 16th Annual Holiday Craft Show hosted by the City of Falls Church at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, Virginia. I'll be in booth #50.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Art-to-Art Palette Feature

Glynt Pottery is featured in the current electronic version of Art-to-Art Palette, a regional art and educational journal featuring news and stories about artists in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. In the "Potter Asks..." section, Art-to-Art Palette editor, Ralph Stuckman, asks various questions of several potters. The question that I answered for Ralph was "What are your thoughts about the maker and user?" To read my reply, scroll down when you get to the "Potter Asks Department" of the Art-to-Art Palette website.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Design Style Guide

A new on-line home decor website was launched in October 2008. Design Style Guide focuses on handmade products, services and events. The website is designed to help interior designers, decorators and home stagers to find quickly the perfect accent to help them sell to their clients. Items can be searched by room, style, color or material.

DSG currently carries furniture, holiday decor and gifts, home accessories, pillows and quilts, pottery and glass, and wall art.

Glynt Pottery is currently represented in Design Style Guide with two items: a vase and a lamp. I expect to post additional items to DSG in the future. Please visit Design Style Guide!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I VOTED...!!!!


I cast my ballot for Barack Obama and Joe Biden today!

I thought this day would never come!

I went prepared. I had reading material, a cup of tea and a banana... But the lines weren't long (particularly if your last name is toward the end of the alphabet!).

Our precinct was well organized with both electronic and optical scan paper ballots and lots of poll workers. I chose to use a paper ballot and watched as it went into the optical scan machine and it was tabulated. Once my ballot went in and the poll worker said it had been counted I felt like jumping up and down! But everyone was very restrained so I waited until I got home to yell "Woooo Hoooo!" I was going to return my sample ballot but decided instead to keep it as a memento to show my grandchildren.

The only strange thing I saw was that the optical scanner rejected the ballot of the lady in front of me apparently because she had voted for too many people... Was she still undecided??? We'll never know!

This is the beginning of a new era of hope when we, as "the greatest nation in the world," take responsibility for helping make this planet a better place: taking positive steps to save the Earth, end poverty here and abroad, and make peace. I fervently hope we will all help to make it so!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Check it out!

I'm listed in The Handmade Product Directory!

You have to scroll down on the page since other listings have overtaken it! The feature included a photo of a casserole dish and the text that I copied into the comments section of this posting.

Friday, October 31, 2008

An Army of Women

Last month I signed up for "An Army of Women," an effort by Dr. Susan Love and Avon to sign up a million women to participate in breast cancer research. Their focus is on expanding research to include breast cancer prevention, as well as treatment and cure.

This week I received my first email update detailing a research project in my area. I don't qualify to participate in this project, but I was amazed at how simple participation would have been. In this case, they wanted to study healthy sisters of women with breast cancer and participation would have involved having blood drawn and providing samples such as toenail clippings and household dust. It seems like a very easy thing to do... there's plenty of dust in my house!

In volunteering I want to honor the courageous battle against this disease waged by my mother-in-law as well as a very dear friend. And as I write this, I just found out that someone close to our family has just received a diagnosis.

So I want to urge all my women friends to please join An Army of Women!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Studio Essentials

Kitchen supply stores are great places for potters (although these days I'm frequenting the kitchen gadgets section of the local thrift store rather than the mall!). Someone recently mentioned how important corn starch is in their studio: sprinkling a little corn starch on soft clay before impressing it with your favorite stamp helps keep the clay from sticking to the stamp! I've found a lot of other kitchen supplies to be just as useful. I use the corn starch for impressing, but spray cooking oil for making carved pieces such as the lamp pictured in an earlier posting. The oil helps the knife or scalpel cut more smoothly avoiding those pesky clay crumbs! Another useful item is hair spray (okay, that's not a kitchen item, but please indulge me!). I use hair spray on glazed pots that will need to be handled a lot as a way of avoiding smudges. It's particularly useful on my painted pieces (see photos in previous posts) because I use mason stains mixed with glaze to draw on top of a base glaze... so it's easy to smudge everything up.

Important kitchen gadgets include: rolling pins, small strainers, wooden spatulas, measuring spoons, cookie cutters, potato peelers, cheese cutters, forks, assorted containers, cupboard liners, clothes pins, scrubbing sponges... I'm forever finding new uses for household items!

And finally, what well-stocked studio is without the bottle of vinegar and the bottle of bleach? Vinegar to mix with slip for scoring and applying handles. Bleach to splash into the slop bucket to prevent the dreaded mold!

Please share your kitchen gadget or supply that you couldn't do without in your studio!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Goings On At Manassas Clay...

Manassas Clay is a working pottery studio and gallery in Manassas, Virginia, owned by Fran Newquist and Jane Cullum. I have been showing my work at the Manassas Clay gallery ever since the shop was established 11 years ago. There are about 30 potters and other artists represented at Manassas Clay, and many of us take turns "gallery-sitting." During the Holiday shopping season, I will switch my work at the gallery every 3 weeks and plan to be there more often so I can meet more of my customers.

Historic Old Town Manassas, Virginia, is hosting a Gallery Walk on Friday, November 7, 2008 from 6 to 9 pm. Follow the balloons to visit artist receptions in 16 stores, including Manassas Clay. See you then!

In addition, I will also be at the gallery on Monday, November 17 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Artisans Challenge: Artisan of the Day........Graciela Testa Lynt

I am listed in The Artisans Challenge as Artisan of the Day. The site highlights 12 artisans from around to world showcasing their talent in different genres. Visitors vote on the best entry each week. Each challenge runs from 10 a.m. est Monday till 9 a.m. est the following Monday. So please, follow the link and leave your comments:

The Artisans Challenge: Artisan of the Day........Graciela Testa Lynt

Monday, October 20, 2008

One of my pieces made it to the Etsy Front Page!

This is so exciting! One of my pieces was featured in an treasury and that treasury made it into the front page! Here is the treasury. And there's my lamp in the middle of the bottom row!

So, what is all the excitement, you might ask? This is how it works: Etsy members pick their favorite items and place them in treasuries for others to see. The treasuries usually last for a couple of days. The administrators choose a treasury to feature on the front page of the website where absolutely everyone who visits can see it! The front page feature only last for a short time, but it gives our work a lot of exposure.

This front page treasury was designed by Dorene of Dazzledesigns, whose Etsy shop is at Dorene is a Mom and Grandmom who makes fabulous jewelery from glass beads, semiprecious stones, silver beads, Swarovski crystals and sea glass. Please visit her shop for wonderful Holiday gifts (including for yourself!). Here is a necklace made by Dorene that I really like:

Oh! and BTW, here's a larger photo of that lamp that made the front page. It has bamboo leaves and stem cut-outs and uses a snap-in socket and 7w light bulb. This is my favorite lamp! It was glazed with a buttery cream glaze with caramel highlights (yum!) and fired in a propane gas kiln. To see other photos of lamps and a description of the process for making them, visit my website at (click on Gallery and then on Lamps). To purchase this lamp, go to my Etsy store at and look under Lamps and Luminary.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sold all the Obama Mugs!

I am happy to say that I sold all 7 of the Obama mugs I made! Special thanks to my friend Luis, in Paris, who bought the last two! Two of the mugs sold at the Kiln Club sale at Marshall High School in Annandale and the rest sold on I am glad to say that, as a result, I was able to make a good size contribution to the Obama campaign.

If you're still looking for Obama stuff, please visit Dovecotedesigns on etsy, who has beautiful pendants and magnets ( and is offering free shipping on these items. Lots of other etsy shops have political items. A search under "All Items" yields 101 pages of stuff!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Obama Baby!

Can he get any cuter?
This is my youngest grandson, Alex (1 year old), at an Obama/Biden rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Sept. 27th.
We start them out young in this family!!! :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pots Don't Get Ruined in the Rain!

Our local guild held an outdoor show on Sept 27th. The night before the show I woke up at 4am to the sound of thunder and pouring rain! I thought for sure that the show would be cancelled, but by 6:30am the rain had let up and, since we were already packed, the show was on!

In addition to wet grass, another byproduct of the downpour was swarms of gnats. Fortunately someone had bug repellent and we were able to stave them off... the bugs let up as the day wore on... or maybe I just got used to them. It drizzled off and on all morning and the sun peeked out a couple of times.

The crowd was sparse but we were kept busy enough until about 2pm when one of the potters got a phone call warning of a big downpour heading our way. We scurried about packing as fast as we could but the rain caught us in the middle of the frantic packing. We got soaked!

Yet, we all agreed that we had a really nice time despite the rain and the lackluster sales. We got to visit and catch up with each other, talk pots and generally enjoy each other's company. This is what I love about being a potter: the camaraderie and generosity of other potters, their willingness to help and share, and the fact that nobody melts in the rain!

Oh! And the show? Well, as I said the crowd was sparse and the economy being what it is sales weren't what they could have been. I, however, did comparatively well. Because of the weak economy, I had made several inexpensive mugs and brie bakers... and that's what sold!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pots and Plants Take 2!

Here are the finished pitchers and vase with the "plants" motif that I blogged about earlier. They are glazed and ready to go! I am very pleased with the results! I thought that attaching all the little leaves and curlicues might get a bit tedious but, surprisingly, it was a very calming endeavor: I just got into a rythm and enjoyed doing it. This, as well as the painted vases and dishes, is new to me. It's not something that I ever imagined myself doing, but this year has been one of experimentation and challenging myself to do different things or go about the usual things in a different manner.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mugs Right Out of the Kiln!

I just got some mugs out of the kiln and I have to admit that I'm not entirely satisfied with the results. One of the results I'm not all that happy with is the Obama/Biden mugs. (I probably shouldn't have wiped the glaze off the lettering.) I have about 10 more mugs drying right now. I'm going to try a different way of doing the lettering and also use different glazes that are more translucent. They should be ready next week.

I also attempted to make square mugs following Keith Phillips instructions in his video, which appeared in Ceramic Arts Daily ( The video is called "Hip to be Square: Making Squared-Off Mugs on the Potter's Wheel"). I was "outwardly" successful, but don't look inside the mugs because every single one of them has a crack along the bottom corners! However, I think that they did turn out looking very nice... especially if you're only planning to look at them!

While I was attempting to make Keith's mugs I got the notion to put four little feet on regular round mugs. This gives them the idea of squareness and I don't risk any cracks on the bottom. I pushed the bottom of a needle tool into the clay where the feet were added and it makes it look like the mugs are on wheels!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama/Biden Mugs!

I've been making mugs and decided to make some that say "Obama/Biden '08". I am planning to donate the proceeds from these mugs to the Obama for President campaign. Here is a picture of them, drying... I am thinking of glazing them all dark blue, of course! I should have them fired and glazed by next week and I'll be making more. I am thinking of pricing them between $16 and $20. Would love some comments/suggestions.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Benefit for Meals on Wheels!

September 7 is Grandparents Day and the Wild, Wise & Witty Grandmamas of Etsy are having a special event to benefit Meals on Wheels!

I will be donating 10% of the sales in my shop throughout the month! Visit

Here is a list of the participating shops:

A to F -- 10% of Sept. sales -- 10% of Sept. sales -- I will be donating an item and the sales from that I will donate to MOW. I will showcase it in my shop. -- 10% of all sales in September 2008 -- 10% of all September sales -- free postage on all sales and 20% of one sold item donated -- 10% of sales from Sep.1-30/08 -- $2 from each dishcloth sold in September -- 10% off every purchase through Sept. 08 (not including shipping) with the exception of Pink for the Cure as 100% is going to a different charity

F to K -- 10% of September sales -- $2 from each sale Sept.1-30/08 *With the exception of one special chime named 'Love is....a Grandmama' this special chime will be 100% donated along with free shipping on this one* -- 10% of the proceeds of my sales during the month of September -- 10% of all sales completed between Sep 1-30/08 -- I will donate 10% of my handcrafted jewelry for the month of September -- 10% of all sales to MOW Sept 1-30 2008 -- 10% of all sales in September -- 10% of the proceeds of my September sales

L to R -- 10% of all sales during Sept. 1 thru 30th 2008 -- Total proceeds of 1 specified item or 10% of all sales whichever is higher -- 10% of all sales during the month of September -- 10% of all sales through September -- I will be donating an item and the sales from that I will donate to MOW. I will showcase it in my shop. -- 50 cents from each item sold by my grandchildren, Ryan & Ashlee (aged 11), will be donated to our local MOW. They will have a separate section in the shop for their sales 'ryash creations' -- 10% of all sales in the month of September to be donated to MOW

S to Z -- 10% of sales during Sept -- 10% of all sales for the month of September -- I will have a section for MOW and 10% of those will go to MOW -- I will donate 20% of any sale made in my shop during the month of September to Meals on Wheels -- 10% of all sales in September 2008 -- 10% sales in September

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It's the Attitude!

When I started my love affair with pottery my first attraction was to pitchers. I have been trying to figure out what it is about pitchers (and not mugs or bowls or casserole dishes!) that calls my attention. The first pitcher I bought was made by Phil Rogers. His was also the first workshop I ever attended, so this is a very special pitcher! I also took workshops taught by Steven Hill and Kevin Crowe and bought their pitchers as well. And I have a pitcher made by my long-time teacher and friend, Jane Cullum, as well as a tiny porcelain pitcher by Beth Kendall. I have a soy bottle made by Sandy Pierantozzi… not strictly a pitcher, but it still counts! I also have a pitcher that found it’s way to me rather than the other way around. A gallery at which I had my work closed and my pieces were packed and sent to me, among them was a pitcher that wasn’t mine. When I called to report this, the owner told me to keep it because they themselves didn’t know who had made it (I should note that this was also a teaching studio). And finally, I have to include in the list a creamer that is part of a set with a coffeepot and sugar bowl that were a gift from my father’s sister to my parents when they married in 1948. The pattern is called “Sunshine” and it was made in England by J&G Meakin. After looking at photos of these pieces, I see what it is about pitchers that I like: their attitude!

Take a look at some pitchers with attitude in the shops of these Etsy potters: by trpottery by pagepottery by earthtoannie by patspottery by brookehousepottery by montezumamudd by ontheriseagain by kovarikpottery by JDWolfePottery by phenixpottery by misspottery by barbdunshee by jnpottery by lapellapottery by flaxenk123 by dkpottery by muddyfingers by alinahayes by pottersvision by terraworks by dbabcock by khphilips by vesselsandwares by chARiTyelise by potterybyJolene by averly by antb by jorgensenstudio by frostindri by mepottery by coloradoartstudio by cwinokurporttery by creativewithclay by btclay by timseeclay by fivefingerpottery by alicelasky

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pots and Plants

The Green Spring Gardens Park in Annandale, Virginia, invited our group (The Clay Connection) to show horticulturally-inspired pots at their Reference Library during the months of July and August. The event was so successful that they have also invited us to participate in their Fall Fair in late September. In addition to making flowerpots and vases, I have been playing with (I have a hard calling it "working"!) incorporating plant-inspired designs into various pots. Here is some of what I've been doing recently as well some of the finished pieces with a plant theme that I showed in July/August.