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.
It’s always a juggling act to be working full time at home, with kids. Today the challenge was a little more on the fun side of it though. The interruption was not to drive a teenager to a doctors appointment, or to practice… today it was to cross-country ski with them, or to continue making butter keepers. The choice as always, in parenting… compromise. I made half the amount of butter keepers I planned on making, and skied half the amount of time they wanted me to! We were all happy… until we had to shovel the nearly two feet of snow!
The last two issues of Ceramics Monthly featured articles on Potter Moms, in the Studio Visit section. The December issue visited with Elizabeth Robinson, and January visited with Jennifer Mecca. Both of these Mom potters are doing fairly well for themselves. Yet, both of these women have pretty much cut their studio time to about half of what they did before kids. As I read about them, I thought about other potter moms I know, and all I thought was… it gets easier. It was not that long ago that I could barely work with two little toddlers running around, constant mommy, mommy. Now the interruptions are less and less, or they are more planned interruptions. Like going to basketball games, or doctor’s appointments.
As my boys get older they have become so respectful of my working time, and they understand it’s how they have a nice home, and food on the table. They are 13 and 15 years old now, and it seems my main job as a mom is feeding them, then driving them to friends, or school functions, and practices… and then feeding them again!
As my elderly friend says… motherhood… just a little interruption in time. I’m beginning to see what she means by it. It really does go by fast.
Oh, and then there are the butter keepers!
Betterfly.com… a new thing out there on the world wide web… or maybe it’s old by now, and I’m just catching up! (The site was launched May 2010!) Well I just set up my Betterist page on betterfly.com! It seems like a pretty cool site if your a ceramics teacher, or any kind of individualized teacher for that matter… like yoga, fitness, dance, even math tutoring!
Just type in ceramics at the top search box and you get a whole list of teachers. You can narrow down your search to state, and distance. It’s like a website for your classes, with a calendar, and as much of a description as you want to include for your classes. You can even post videos, and photo’s.
Check out their history here.
Oh, and speaking of classes. The winter classes here at www.luciapottery.com begin Jan. 11th. Only two openings left for the winter session, and that would be for Tuesday nights.
Ok… so the Open Studio/Holiday Sale is over, and was a great success… now it’s time for that neglected etsy shop. Time, time, time… just need a lot more of it!
There have been some great reads on other potter’s blogs about etsy, namely John Bauman and Ron Philbeck . I really like the idea of etsy… it is just a new kind of work to me… taking lots of photo’s, being a little bit of a story-teller in describing my pottery, and last but not least, listing, and re-listing, and re-listing again. I think it’s just the learning curve. I will eventually do it with ease.
Take a look at my foodieceramics etsy shop here! I’m having a sale… FREE SHIPPING in the U.S!!
This weekend is my Open Studio/Holiday Sale… actually fellow Greenfield potter, and friend, Tiffany Hilton and I decided to have our sales the same weekend… We figured why not advertise together, put our mailing lists together for the post card, and call it a tour. So I sent in some information to the local paper and called it, ” A Tour of Two Potters” ( kinda catchy, huh) well the paper obviously liked it, and wrote a nice blurb using that as the title, with a subtitle, “Two excellent Greenfield potters” – along with a photo of my teapots in process! Oh and speaking of blurbs… the December issue of Ceramics Monthly gave the, “Homegrown for the Table” show at Pinch in Northampton a little write-up, with a photo of my work!
Here is a taste of what you will see at my studio this weekend!
Wooo-hooo! … a nice kiln firing with teapots. Here are the teapots glazed, and ready for the firing… and 32 hours later, barely cool enough to take out of the kiln!
Yes, these will be available at this weekend’s Holiday Open Studio Sale!
Another little slideshow… this week it’s glazing .
After the bisque firing, the teapots are ready for decorating and glazing. Here is a little taste of the studio on a glazing day.
Can’t imagine why a potter’s hands are so tired!
Coming soon… some finished teapots, ready for the Holiday Sale this weekend, Dec, 3rd, 4th, and 5th!
Well it was the fourth annual cup invitational at the Artisan Gallery… and another really nice one. Here are some pics from my brand new iPhone!
My cups are the upper left… wish I could remember who is right next to mine. Aysha Peltz are on the bottom, left to mine, and Molly Hatch are bottom right.
Chuck Stern, gallery owner to the right. and Molly Hatch with her baby perched high on Oliver’s shoulder’s.
I’ve been wanting to buy a Becca Van Fleet mug for a while now… got a good one at the show! Here it is this morning with my tea!
You really do have to put your heart and soul into the making of a teapot. It is only when you become a student of pottery that you understand all the time, effort, experience, artistry, and love of clay that it takes to make a teapot.
This past week in the studio was teapot making time! Here is a little slide show to give you an idea about teapot parts. The last photo includes a finished mug along side a teapot drying, showing what glaze the teapot will have.