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.
I had a wonderful break from one kind of mud, but spent a whole lot of time in my old house mudding in un- even walls, and painting. Last winter we tranformed an old pantry next to the studio into a 1/2 bath and utility room. This holiday break it’s finally finished! It’s been great to have a slop sink and toilet for the studio.
I’m back to the mud I prefer, after starting my work week with fixing my kiln. After so many firings, an element wire needed to be replaced and some wiring got fried my last firing (of course right before the holiday sale).
Here is a photo of my dog Graham helping me fix the kiln!
That is the question….
I really need to make my dinnerware for our kitchen…. we have been eating off of seconds, cracked and chipped for years now. When the busy season slows down I think, ok I’ll make the plates… it never seems to happen. I don’t think it happening today either. We had over a foot of snow the last two days and so far we have another six inches today with no signs of stopping…… So I think I’ll go shovel again!!
….or maybe X-Country ski again!!!!
For all you potters out there in blog land… With the economy doing so poorly, I know I’m wondering how we are all doing. Here in western Massachusetts. (the land of many potters) many of us keep in touch on our sales and shows. I would like to know on the larger level how we are all fairing this season in this economy.
I had a great sale this weekend. Less customers, yet those who came, came with the intention to buy. In the western Ma. region there is a real focus on buying local, be it farm products, main street businesses or handmade art and crafts. The people who came are real devoted to this concept… I’m happy to live here!
For the life of me I can never remember to take photos while there are people at my open studio. I can also never remember to do a count of people!
It’s always that same feeling… will I have enough work… am I really ready… will anyone show up? And it always seems to work out… even if the glaze on my best two pitchers stuck to the kiln shelf.
Here are photos of my apprentice Pam setting up, my friend Mary Ellen cleaning windows… some urns too.
My Apprentice Pam and friends Mary Ellen, and Terri are a godsend. I don’t know what I would do with out them. Terri made signs for the roads, glazed buttons, is baking cookies, etc. etc. Mary Ellen is helping me clean and set up for the umpteenth time throughout the years… and is my #1 cookie baker. And I can’t say enough about Pam…. she has worked her butt off with me the past two weeks… and is busy setting up my studio in her own special artistic way! Pam has an eye for grouping my pottery together.
The bisqueware in process. The plates have there first of five layers applied. This first layer is with a glaze pencil, the next layer will be copper carbonate, then a clear glaze, wax resist over that, then finally dipped in an blush white glaze.
The past few years I have wanted to add more drawing to my pottery… the past few months I have. When it comes to crunch time before a studio sale the drawing, painting, (stains) and layering of glazes becomes all consuming. I am one tired potter… I am looking forward to my last firing tonight, and the preparations which will transform my studio into a gallery for this weekend’s sale.
Thanksgiving time… I would like to say thanks to all of my students who have kept me on my toes these past 15 years… May we keep asking questions together.
Please visit my website for the new winter classes.
This year’s open studio promises to be an exciting one. This past year I have concentrated on making a new line of colorful yet quiet, functional pottery for everyday use, some will be available for the first time at the studio. The days of the sale this year have been extended to include Friday evening. A large beautiful bowl will be raffled with all proceeds going to the Greenfield Middle School Art Dept. to help keep the arts and creativity alive in our schools. All are welcome to celebrate this Holiday Season and new hope in our election year with food, hot cider, and hand made gifts for giving.
The Artisan Gallery in Northampton, Ma is having a very inspiring cup show with 65 artists from around the country. The opening is this Friday the 14th from 5:00 – 8:00.
Last years show was wonderful, sooooo many cups to choose from.
Here is one of my additions to the show….. yes my photography is getting better!