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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.

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Ptown and Seals

It’s the first day of Fall… I just had to share these photo’s of our last days of summer at the Cape.  We went to Provincetown, Cape Cod for a couple of days to bike the beautiful dunes of the national seashore.  I really enjoyed the break after the studio renovations, and before the busy season and teaching begins.  What a great get away in September.  Good weather, Gorgeous beaches, and SEALS!

Province LandsThe most incredible dunesSeals at Head of the Meadow Beach, Cape CodLobster claw at Head of the Meadow Beachbiking one of the gorgeous trails

Pictures of Pitcher Making

The last pots I made before the renovations were pitchers.  I feel like there are hardly any pics of pottery lately on my blog so here goes. 

making a spoutwaiting for handlesPullpulled handleattaching the handlefinishing touches

I always made beaked spouted pitchers, just in the past year I began making pulled spouts. Customers seem to like them, and I’m enjoying making them!

I’ve Forgotten How to Make Pots

Well not really… but it has been well over a month since I’ve made a pot.  I’ve become a carpenter, and house painter instead.  I must say the studio looks amazing though.  I am just putting the finishing touches, like re-connecting the wood pellet stove in it’s new spot, and stretching canvas on the new work  tables I built. 

Here are a couple of pics of the newly painted display wall I built, and the cup display being hung.  Oh, and yes there are pots that I actually made!

hanging the cup displayCup display on new wall

The Sheffield Guys, the L&L Kiln, and my Subaru

I broke down finally and bought a new kiln.  My L&L Kiln has been amazing for the past ten years, but repairs these past few months were happening all to often for someone who fires a kiln once or twice a week.  So I called Sheffield Pottery and bought a brand spanking new L&L (never thought I would see the day that I would buy a computer kiln. I’ll talk more about that in a later post!)

So I live two hours from Sheffield, and figured I’d save money on shipping and just pick it up in my Subaru.  Well when I pulled up to the warehouse the guys just looked at me… like your clueless lady, you are not getting that crate in there.  Then the words came out of their mouths, “that’s not fitting in there”  I said, “well can’ t we unpack it?” “Sure”, they said.  They were up for the challenge.  The man who helped me (Bob) was so wonderful,  he showed me how to take the computer panel apart, and how to put the wiring back in place for when I got home.  It was a great lesson for me… now when the first element burns out I will not be intimidated by a computerized kiln!  

We were able to fit the kiln body in one section with the lid, bottom and computer panel towards the front. 

When I got home my son Luke took photos of the unloading and setting up.  Thanks to Gayle, Terri, and Luke for  your help!

 

  L&L Kiln in my SubaruNow will it fit through the front doorLooks like we have to take it in by sectionsGoing through the morning glory arborSetting it upOh so shiny

 

New Sneakers and Back to School

Another Year begins… another Happy Dance is done!  

My boys… I love them so, but it’s great to have the routine of school again!

Here they are not wanting their photo taken, as they wait for the bus, (with new sneakers).  Luke is now in 9th grade at the HS!  (I just sent him off to kindergarten.)  Andrew is in 6th grade.

First Day of School

The New Kiln Room is Finished!

The workers are finally done.  It all went so quick in the beginning, but dragged out towards the end, when a new job started for them elsewhere.  The finish work became second fiddle to building a new structure. 

 My summer classes are over, and it’s time to move everything around, build new work tables and more shelving. The studio is currently a disaster area… pots on folding tables in the middle of the room, shelves taken down, new shelves being built, painting inside and out… it’s all so good, yet I feel so off centered, so thrown out of my world.  My studio has always been my peace and my sanctuary.  It is so far from it right now… all I can do now is work my butt off to get it back in order.  I’m missing making pots, I’m missing just walking into the studio and having that feeling of, “ok, I’m in the studio now and nothing else matters”. 

Here are some photo’s of what is going on now.

Building a display wallWill the painter, and Terri working hardKiln room cabinet, and shelving in process

Left top: I’m building a display wall, since the cup display now is a door into the kiln room.  right top: The ouside of the studio is just about finished being painted… the color is Quaker Grey in honor of my Quaker friend’s John and Mary Ellen.  bottom: We moved my glaze storage cabinet in the kiln room on Friday.  It took Terri, Pam and myself to move it. Then we enlisted my strapping young 14 year old son Luke to hold it up there with them while I screwed it onto the wall. Next to the wall cabinet is the beginning framework for a new shelving unit I am working on.  Little by little… hope I can make pots again in two weeks!

 

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Aside from my studio you can find my work at the following shops and galleries.

Aside from my studio you can find my work at the following shops and galleries.