Monday, October 29, 2018

Classes Starting in November

The first round of group classes will start up on November 13th!! I am so excited and looking forward to the 3 brand new shimpo wheels arriving Wednesday. I have taught pottery in my home studio since 2008 but always on a one-to-one basis because I have had super tiny studios and only one wheel. I teach at the Clay HUB Collective Studio across the highway for groups of 10 students and will likely still do one class a week there a few times a year. And now for something completely different......once the actual wheels arrive this week.

Class Schedule for November start:

November 13th~Tuesday nights for 5** weeks $150 ($30/two hour class)
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Maximum 4 people in the class. 
The studio will be open from 6pm for folks to get aquainted to the new studio and after the class is over there will be a 15 minute clean up then the studio will close at 9pm.
[nov.13/20 + dec. 4/11/18] I have a special event on the 27th**

November 14th~Wednesday nights for 6 weeks $180 ($30/two hour class) **sold out
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Maximum 4 people in the class. 
The studio will be open from 6pm for folks to get aquainted to the new studio and after the class is over there will be a 15 minute clean up then the studio will close at 9pm.
**sold out {Ann Y, Jen W, Caitlin, Nancy}
[nov.14/21/28 + dec.5/12/19]

November 19th~Monday nights will be for individual lessons
7-8pm is **sold
8-9pm is booked for a few, text or email for another time:)
[nov.19/26 + dec. 5/12/19]

There is plenty of parking at the house and on Wilmot out here in the tiny village of Cowichan Bay:) 
Folks wanting to sign up can let me know by email to or text/call me at 250-710-eight seven five eight for more details.
I will post here and on FB when there is a spot left or the class has sold out so do check back. 


Saturday, October 13, 2018

It's time for a home studio!!

We have decided to make a home studio in the ground level suite. This space is currently lovely and bright with large windows, a full kitchen for hot and cold water and it will be a very clean home studio. I will be posting photos of before and after and the work in progress shots as well:))

Above is a photo of my current garage studio (Ethan is finishing the glaze work on his pendants) that I will be taking apart and making into a beautiful home style studio. It's going to be a LOT of work and I am open to folks offering to help (a few have already signed up to help paint). 

I am going to buy three brand new shimpo wheels from Vancouver Island Potters Warehouse so my home studio classes will be only 4 students max. 

There's so much to do here, I will be posting photos here and on FB and Instagram of the new studio build but for now I have to make some mugs and butter dishes for Christmas Chaos and my open home studio show the first weekend in December. 
The quarry.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Turn Thy Wheel

Not a photo of mugs, indeed a photo of me pushing my three kids home from school when the rain broke and turned all white and started to break the Hawthorne trees. Our usual bike ride didn't work as there was too much snow and it filled our wheels and fenders. I had to carry the stroller and bush whack to get to school on the pathway route so we took the long way home instead:). Ethan riding on the axle, two handmade blankets and (of course) several teddy bears.
Mugs in process, freshly thrown, wet.

Mugs. Cheese hard, trimmed and handled.

Taking a break on the rare-ish sunny days here on the island. The teal sweater is the one I knitted for Ethan's birthday and the little grey one was his years ago, my first with a real pattern. Dogs, Ben and Daisy.

Mugs. Dry, trimmed, handled, stamped and snuggling.

Mugs. Shorter and fatter, fresh.

My 5 year old made a Lego representation of my studio. Me at the wheel throwing goblets with the wheel head actually turning. I cried when I saw this. It was complete with batts to carry the fresh pots, the table that sits beside my wheel, a Lego piece with letters the way my old wheel used to have and wheeled carts for my glazes. The white Lego person is him. He spends time in the studio with me on a regular basis.

Mugs in the shape of latte bowls, low wide and freshly made here.

Mugs, well almost. I am wedging fresh clay (square slabs) into my reclaimed clay. I have yet to throw out a bucket of water or an ounce of clay since 1996. This means that I reclaim an ice cream pail full once or twice a week. I have huge hands so I wedge up a kilo or two at a time and ball it up then cut mug sized balls for my sealed Tupperware bin ready for the next day. This was a success tip from the autobiography of Beatrice Wood--do a bit extra work today to set up tomorrow's plan.

Mugs with a waist. It's been an interesting month of mugs and I am working through all kinds of shapes. I like a really focused study of any pot form---January is mug month.

Mugs. Above mugs with the waist, handled and a few with beaten dents.

Mugs. Wet here. I always find it odd how much the camera stretches the image. Clearly the mugs aren't crazy ovals;)

Mugs. Sometimes there's a real cutie and I pull it out to make a closer study of it! The mug was quite undercut in real life. I will take him out and throw this shape until I memorize it forever.

Mugs. Trimmed and handled, bike stamps are one of my signatures.

Mugs. I am a volunteer with the clay HUB collective here and one of the other potters from our public teaching studio stopped by to get a cheque for our new stools. Her comment upon looking at my drying rack was that I am prolific. It is almost cruel these days that I am only in the studio for an hour while the twins are napping and an hour and a half two nights a week. Hubby takes the crew grocery shopping and hiking on the weekends so I can have a bit longer stretches in the studio. 
Not mugs. I had a custom order from a regular customer for a sourdough crock pot. Of course, as any artist knows, I made 3 just in case;). I put the cutest little handles (inspired by Bill Van Gilder's DIY book) a bit after the photo.
Well, that's the update from the trenches. I fired a bisque load last night (three attempts to load the kiln as the kiddos weren't having any of it) and up against the weather that was threatening to go below freezing which would mean that if I didn't get the pots into the kiln and fired I would have had to bring them all back around to the heated studio. Anyway, turn thy wheel indeed. 

I will have an update about the HUGE MOVE THAT MY GALLERY IS MAKING INTO DOWNTOWN DUNCAN soon. I have booked a few special babysitter days so I can go help renovate/clean/paint/help with the new shop. I absolutely can't wait for the launch and I'm a bit scared to move my massive display unit (maybe uncle Trevor will lend me his truck in exchange for dinner again) but that's the life. Thanks for checking in:))

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 2017

The rush of the craft fair season is behind me now and I am focussed on getting the books done for the Clay HUB Collective before our year end closure. The open studio show here went well (it didn't snow either:)  and it was nice to meet new people who haven't been to see my pottery and studio yet. 

I am around doing chores and finishing a dinner set order for a fellow village resident so if you need a pot (that is already made) the best way to browse is to head over to the Nest Collective. If you don't see what you want you can email and we can sort out time to visit the studio. Having said that, I am busy with the kids/school run/chickens/meals/laundry/hub books etc most of the time from 5am until 1030pm ;). 
I am teaching at the Clay HUB in January but there are only 2 spots left in the Monday class and 3 left in the Thursday class. These are 8 week sessions and there will be another run of them starting in April with the April Thursday class being a 10 weeker:)
We are heading outside as much as we can as long as we take a box of tissue each....

Happy Christmas,

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Open Studio 2017 December 2nd and 3rd 10-6

It's that time of year again! I am opening the studio for the weekend coming up soon. 

I have lots of pots after a year of working during naps and a few evenings a week but not doing the weekly farmers' market in Duncan. 

Some photos of my work. 

I would love to see some of my regular customers and if you bring a friend to the open studio I will give you 20% off! (Just remind I still don't get a lot of sleep;)

4695 George Road, Cowichan Bay.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Future Plans for the Newsletter

It came to my attention (from various companies emailing me) that I would need to create a sign up system for my customers if I want to send out a note about my studio plans. Sooooo I emailed everyone that i had stored away in my contacts (like a goofy squirrel) and asked folks to let me know if they wanted to be on the new list. 

I send out a few emails every year to let my usual customers know which craft fairs I will be attending and which galleries are showing my work. You can email me to be added to the list if you like but I have already purged out a lot of expired contacts and will be starting the new list from July1, 2017. 

Thank you for keeping my pots and little studio in your life:)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer 2017 Studio Plan

I wanted to post the plan for my studio for the summer so folks looking for me at the Duncan Farmers' Market would have the info to easily find me. And perhaps find that perfect handmade wedding gift or funky coffee mug that is sturdy enough to drag out into the garden or give to their dad. 

I will be putting fresh pots into my display at the NEST every two weeks. The shop is at Whippletree Junction just south of Duncan on the highway. Turn left onto Bench Road if you're heading south and turn right on the exit just north of Koksilah Road if you're headed north. Our lovely artisan collective is open 10-5 every day! 

I have had a little display of 5 mugs at Coffee on the Moon for almost 10 years and that will continue. Just a note here that the owner doesn't take any money off the art sold and hung in his coffee shop! 

I will be in the studio on the weekends and most evenings so if you need a special gift you can always email me or call me and set up an appointment. These evening studio times are my making time so I will have lots of fresh pots for the fall and will not be so pressed for firing time as the fall shows start up. 

(PS the super funky jug will not likely survive to get into the kiln...)
Trimming the 'squared' baking dishes by hand before building the handles on them.
Freshly thrown wet bakers on 12 inch batts.
Night studio shot.

Dinner set work headed to Vancouver.
Travel mugs all glazed and ready to carry around to the kiln.
Priced, tagged and ready for the Nest Collective.
A very rare two of a kind.
Plate set for a customer who took them to New Zealand with her.
My display at the Nest Collective at Whippletree Junction.
I spend Saturdays in the studio and when I come up for lunch, this is what hubby has made the kids and I to eat:) The twins are 18 months old and Ethan is 4. Dad is a grown up so we don't need to count his age in months.