Saturday, December 29, 2018

January 2019 Studio Update

Hope everyone enjoyed the festive season! I have been back in the studio after a sweet little break for presents and roast beef:) 

We were on our own again this Christmas except for the 4 (+/-) chickens, 2 cats, 2 dogs and the two 3 year olds and the 6 year old~somehow it was pretty busy.

I have also joined insta gram as trial by fire pottery and am putting up a photo or video once in a while as a sneak inside my tiny world and brand new studio:) 


I have been working on the next steps for my pots once the Nest Gallery in Duncan closes at the end of the year. I have applied to join the Imagine That! artisan gallery downtown and have dropped off 6 pots for their jury process. After making about 16,000 pots since 1996, I am still leery of being rejected on such a soul level and hate the wait. (Of course, the best way to cope is to throw 75 kilos of clay a day:)

I could probably sell on my website (here) but it would be very rudimentary at best. Hubby and I were spitballing ideas and it came up that I could put up a simple photo of a mug with height and weight so that if someone wanted to purchase one they could email the money and I could box it. I sent a package to Prince George in early Decmeber with 2 travel mugs and the shipping was $15~meaning that the 2 mugs at $45 + shipping was $105. Perhaps the world is ready for that, perhaps not. I will give it a try:)

The other big change is that I am trialing the written name of my pottery studio instead of the TBF that I have been adding with coloured clay slip. I will have to fine tune it and fall in love with it but I do like that it is a real handwritten addition and not a laser cut stamp-maybe it will morph into that. As much as I love the old fashioned idea of having a cryptic signature, it make more sense in the Information Age to have something handwritten in stone that one might look up on the Google machine;)

I am still teaching at the HUB in Cowichan Station but my Jan/Feb/Mar class filled up in November this year. I did a special workshop with Quamichan School and assisted them in creating the below primitive style pots. I later fired them, sorted, waxed, glazed and fired them again and they were back out into the world use before the kids went off for Christmas break:) 

January Class Update :)
There are still 2 spots open in January on Tuesday evenings, and one open spot **Saturday is full** on Saturday mornings but with the folks already signed up it covers my new rental obligation~which is very reassuring. I can't wait to meet the new folks!

February Classes

Monday Private lessons
7-8pm taken (td)
8-9pm OPEN
 
Group Class for up to 4 students 
$120/4 February classes 
Includes clay/tools/rags/etc

Tuesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm
Feb. 5/12/19/26

Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm
Feb. 6/13/20/27

Saturday Mornings 9am-11am
Feb. 2/9/16/23

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

January and February Class Schedule

Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog:) 

I am teaching 4 person classes in my pretty little home studio on George Road in Cowichan Bay. I have 3 brand new Shimpo Whisper VL wheels and a tall Brent CXC wheel.

Folks can sign up for a 4 week class session and pay $120. The evening classes run from 6:30 to 8:30pm with a bit of open time to get comfy before class and some clean up time afterward. The morning ones are from 9am-11am. 

JANUARY 2019
4 Tuesday evenings January 8/15/22/29 
**update Dec.10: 2 spots sold (F.M. And K.R.) 
2 spots left

4 Wednesday evenings January 9/16/23/30
**update December 15th 3 spots sold (Rhona, Carla, Bev, Caitlin) 
**FULL**

4 Saturday mornings January 5/12/19/26 
**update Decmeber 15th, 1 spot sold (Nancy) 
**update December 16th, 1 spot sold (Fawn)
**update December 26th, 1 spot sold (Katherine B)
1 spot left


FEBRUARY 2019
4 Tuesday evenings February 5/12/19/26

4 Wednesday evenings February 6/13/20/27

4 Saturday mornings February 2/9/16/23 


I am also offering pottery events for a special group of friends to get together and try out throwing clay on the pottery wheel--while having a snack and some good laughs:) These special events are arranged in advance and I can work around most schedules. You dress normally and bring a snack and I provide everything you need to give it a go!
I occasionally create special kids classes in support of home school programs and drop in visits at schools--we can arrange a time and an estimate via email.

Call or text me at two five zero-seven ten-eight seven five eight or email me at trialbyfirepottery@hotmail.com to sign up for a scheduled class or see about booking a special event.