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.
Today was one of those gorgeous Sunday afternoons. We became tourists in our own county… or Leaf Peepers as we call all the tourists this time of year. We live in north-western Massachusetts, very close to the Vermont and New Hampshire border. Greenfield is in the valley, with just a five minute car ride the views are beautiful of the surrounding mountains. These photo’s are taken from the lovely area of Shelburne Ma. at Apex Orchards looking northeast to Mt. Monadnock, N.H.
This wonderful, recently graduated from art school, young woman is doing an interesting thing on her blog. Her blog is called Ceramic Erin. Erin is interviewing ceramic artists every week or so. Check out her most recent interview with me on Erin’s blog. As an older person I think what she is doing is a great way for young potters to get information about other potters the best way they know how… though social networking. (Ah, I guess 45 is not that old, maybe I should say, “as a person who did not grow up in the computer age”.) Anyway the teacher in me just loves this idea of the interviews. I know when I was younger I could never get enough of how artist/potters daily lives were set up, and how they made a living doing what they love.
My doggie Graham guarding the studio entrance.
This shot was taken last week when I knew the first hard frost was coming that night. Sad to say all those flowers were gone the next day. There just wasn’t enough summer in New England this year. It really feels like we never really had a summer with all the rain.
My sister Mary came for a visit, as she sat across from at the breakfast table I said hold on, the light is perfect for a “pots in use shot.” She looked at me like I had two heads, but then realized what I was talking about. She obliged and put a hold on having her tea and yogurt until the pics were taken.
Another nice place to visit in Western Ma. is Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield Ma. It overlooks the Connecticut river looking south to Amherst/Hadley/Northampton. I was hoping for a sunnier day. Maybe I’ll try again when the color is at its peek next week.
As I traveled Rt. 2 (Mohawk Trail) to the Garlic and Arts Festival this past weekend… (which by the way was a smashing success) I couldn’t help but notice the color beginning.
There is this bridge over the Connecticut river named the French King Bridge. Tourists always stop to take photo’s there. At the peak of the season (which should be next week) the side of the bridge is a line of people with their cameras. It truly is a beautiful sight.
This is the newly renovated display/glaze area of my studio… which by the way is a barn which I renovated ten years ago. When we originally started the barn renovations I imagined it to still have the feel of a barn… but in New England you obviously need to insulate, then sheet rock… hence nice walls, nicer than I imagined. Now ten years later, after out-growing the space, I added the kiln room addition, and made the already nice display area into a really nice showroom for my work.
… Can you imagine that this exact space was once, (long before we bought the property) a viewing area with a railing around a 6×8′ hole in the floor to watch cock fights. The house and barn are were built in the 1880’s. It was a working Chicken Farm and Apple Orchard. I hope the spirit of the old farmers are pleased with the current use of the barn. By the way we do have chickens in the lower part of the barn… just no cock fights.
This weekend is the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Where everything is garlic, even the ice cream. So I’m bringing my garlic graters, french butter keepers with garlic flavored butter, and garlic jars. I guess I’ll bring some mugs and bowls too.
I don’t usually do craft fairs but I’m trying to do more local stuff and have found that diversity is the key to running a good business. I’ve also heard this is a good fair. Too bad the weather is calling for rain… we shall see.
Does anyone have any suggestions besides rest, (which I am doing today) for hurtin potter’s hands??? My hands have been hurting since building all the new tables and shelves for the studio. I then did a lot of throwing, and now a lot of glazing.
Here is a pic of the loaded glaze table. Lot’s of garlic graters!
Here is a bowl from my collection like the ones in process from the last post. The glaze settles to a beautiful blue in the split of the rim.
Waiting for the salad.
I made some nice serving bowls yesterday. I will never tire of looking at freshly made pots. Started glazing today. Fired a bisque in the the brand new kiln. Soon I will actually post some pots with glaze on them!