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 been awhile since I last wrote…the studio is still a buzzing from the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. I have been busy filling orders and restocking my supply of pottery. This past two weeks I made more butter bells, berry bowls, garlic grater dishes, mugs, and vases. Most of these items I will be selling at the local farmers market. My friend and fellow potter, Tiff Hilton sells her pottery each spring/summer/fall at the market. She asked me if I would fill in for her once or twice a month. I thought that would be a great place to sell my farm related products such as butter bells, garlic keepers etc. So my first farmers market gig is the next two saturday mornings, May 24th and 31st at the Greenfield Farmers Market, Main St. and Court Square. Here is a photo of my butter bells… to find out more detail about these little wonders visit my website.
The Trail was a great success! My studio was a buzzing…hundreds of people visiting, asking questions, looking at the details of my pottery studio and buying pots. One of my favorite things about studio sales is the very fact that a buyer can see how things are made, see an artist’s surroundings and ask questions. It brings a little extra home with you….a little reminder of the experience every time you use the pot!
An exciting thing about the trail is building community. We are nine potter’s living fairly close to each other living our separate lives, making our individual work (and our very different work). We come together for these couple of months to meet and plan for the Trail. It’s not a competition, it’s really about cooperation. I direct my customers to Tiffany’s for the stoneware dinnerware set, or Molly’s for the whimsical story pots, or Tom’s for the wood fired pots, and so on. We really work together to make the whole experience for our customers a easy-going, fun-filled day!
For those of you who came for the tour I hope you enjoyed it!
Yes, yes, it is crazy the week before the pottery trail vacationing in South Carolina, but heck, the kids were on April break and family lives down south. So I finished all my work for the Pottery Trail and set up my studio as if the trail were last Saturday. When I get home Friday I just have some last minute touches to do and I will be ready to greet people in my studio Saturday morning with a smile on my tanned, happy face!
Many students have asked for summer workshops, rather than 10 week classes (I will still offer one 10 week class rather than three). With vacations and great weather some people generally don’t want to commit to a weekly class. So I think the idea of condensed time together in the workshop setting will be a great learning experience and fun too! Check out my workshops and classes page!
Preparing for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail . Last week I trimmed so many pots my pointer finger got jammed ( I trim using a lid to hold my pot down on foam). This last week and the next week or so I am glazing and firing my kilns.
I’m making some new work… berry bowls, garlic jars, gravy boats, creamers, sugar jars, and of course more butter bells (my best seller, besides mugs). I will have plenty of bowls, mugs, teapots, small trays, vases, eggcups, plates, etc. . The glazes on my work has changed slightly. More drawing with glaze pencil and under glazes. Glazes are over all somewhat brighter. I still have my very quiet, subtle glazes too!
During the two days of the pottery trail you will see our studio’s and some of us will be giving demos. At my studio you will be seeing myself or my assistant or advanced students throwing. So come on the tour support the great potter’s in the valley!
Just love these little treasures….they are as sweet as can be.
I’ve been busy in the studio, making lots of pots for the Asparagus Valley pottery Trail coming up at the end of the month(see events page). The studio is filled with pots in process. There is hardly any table space for my students!
Egg cups drying
Sorry if you last minute folks did not get in, but all classes are filled. I do have a wait list, just in case anyone cancels. Sign up for it if your aching to make pots this spring. I do have some time for private students if it interests you!!
It’s always amazes me how quickly ten weeks go by. My winter classes are finishing up this week. We are glazing the work made during the past few weeks, while happily eating goodies students bring to the last class.
So the next ten weeks begin next monday the 24th, which will bring us though the spring season. As of now I still have one opening for the wednesday night beginner class and one opening for tuesday night advanced class. So if you have been thinking about taking a pottery class… come on over !
I will post the summer workshops soon… I promise!
Well another pottery seconds sale has come and gone….actually the 29th annual. The seconds sale is something we all look forward to… the potters, a few glassblowers, a couple of mixed media artists and the customers . The sale is a benefit for the Artspace, a community art center.
Western Ma. has an abundance of potters. We all bring our seconds, and maybe a few new ideas to test market. A feeding frenzy begins on Friday night. People are lined up out the doors waiting to get to their favorite potter as soon as the doors open at six. It slows down by about 8:00 and closes at 9:00. Re-opening at 10:00 on Saturday. The morning is slower than the night before but stays steady. By 1:00 it gets busy again, customers hoping to get the last minute price reductions on whatever is left before the sale ends at 2:00… This year though, I did sell a few pots after 2:00 to those customers who couldn’t leave just yet. This was fine with me, as I really didn’t want to bring home any pots. You know there are just those pots you don’t ever want to see again… not that they are not good pots, you’ve just moved on from that glaze, or form. You want to go back to the studio with your fresh ideas.
I want to thank all the volunteers at the Artspace for making this event possible. I know it’s a great fundraising event for the Artspace…. it is also a great event for the artists that participate!!!