The Lucy Fagella Pottery Blog is where I share the how the pottery is made. Pottery process is a beautiful thing… watching a pot rise up from a lump of clay at the wheel, or seeing a work table filled with freshly thrown pieces. This blog focuses on process shots, pottery videos, the work table at the end of the day, and some finished work fresh from the kiln.
After a whole lot of rain here in the Northeast, the last week of heat has been welcome.
Went out to the garden this morning and picked a handful of raspberries… just enough to fill my little mini hanging berry bowl! I then sat at the back porch table to enjoy them with my morning tea and toast.
I love these little basket like bowls. I”ve made this with the intention of it hanging on a hook near the sink for easy access.
It doesn’t get any more local than this… strawberries from Nourse Farm in Whately, Bread from El Jardin Bakery in Deerfield, syrup from Sunrise farm in Colrain, honey in my tea from Warm Colors Apiary in Deerfield, eggs from my chickens, and pottery made by me. A good way to start my work week.
Looking forward to picking many pounds of strawberries this week at Nourse Farms. We will be making lots of jam, and freezing bunches for shakes and strawberry sauce all year long!
Pictured below, berry basket and mug, available at my etsy foodieceramics shop. Plate is special order.
Ok so once a year I post about something other than pottery… and that would be about baseball. I have two sons who are baseball players so I get pretty busy this time of year being a baseball mom. Pottery making hours dip a little these couple of months.
This season has been particularly busy as my oldest son Luke’s varsity team at Greenfield high school won the Hampshire league championship, then went to the playoffs for Western Massachusetts… winning the quarter finals, semi finals and then the finals today! They were all great playoff games. Todays game was played at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst… which btw is the university that Luke is attending this fall.
They now go on to the semi finals for state champs against Central Mass on Tuesday, hopefully winning that, to play the winner of Eastern Mass. for the State Championship.
My other son Andrew (a freshman) was called up from the JV team for the playoffs to gain some experience and to warm the bench. It is nice that he got the chance to be on the same team as his brother. When Luke got the team on the board with a deep RBI to left center, he was there to greet him!
I can show you a photo… but I wish I could somehow fill your sense of smell with the sweet scent of lilacs that permeate my studio entrance. The weather this spring must be perfect for lilacs here in Massachusetts, because everywhere I see lilac bushes they have abundant blooms!
I have made some signs for my entrance, finally. One for the gate, so that you know it’s the studio, and not to come knocking at the house entrance. The other is just a welcome sign at the door. I made these just before the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail a couple of weeks ago. I thought people might like the welcome sign, so made an extra which sold on the trail, (also had an order for one). Yesterday I made one for the order… and some extra just in case, maybe I’ll put them up on etsy!
Then of course… my studio entrance is not complete without my studio dogs!
Two days until the 2013 Pottery Trail. This year is our 9th annual tour of nine potter’s studios throughout Western Massachusetts. We have invited eight guests this year… all very well-known. See my earlier post for who the potters are! Get get all the details on our beautiful brand new website! And come out to see us, even if you’re not local… just check our sponsors for great B&Bs to stay!
So here is a little sampling of what you will find on the Trail at my studio!
The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is two weeks away! One of the items (a customer favorite) that I have been making are berry bowls and baskets. Here are some drying on my work table, and a couple of finished ones.
Berry Season is almost upon us!
April 27th and 28th 2013! See our website for all the details, and a printable brochure and map!
I have been wanting to share some photos of my apprentice’s work, Gemma Farrell. Gemma is really into drawing images via a sgraffito technique. Every thing she does is by hand… no they are not decals! The images vary from realistic body parts, including hearts and ovaries, to birds, and feathers! You can find her work at Pinch in Northampton MA. I keep telling her she needs to sell these to Cardiologists!