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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.


I do LOVE my Children

…. but Tomorrow is Sept. 3rd and as most mother’s do….I’m going to do the HAPPY DANCE when that bus pulls away!  It has been a great summer with the boys.  Plus I have gotten major amounts of pottery made for summertime.  It just gets easier as they get older, they are both now in middle school.  Even though it is a bit easier, and I get almost a full work day in… the work day is with many interuptions.  I’m I’m looking forward to full un-interupted days !!!!

Here is just a taste of some of those half work days and vacation days of summer with my boys.  Beautiful, R.I. beaches, and Chapel Brook Falls, Ma.

   

New Urn Photos/Fall Pottery Classes Posted

I have been busy filling orders, and in between trying to get some vacation days at the beach.  I promised to post some new urns that I gave you a sneak pick at last month,  so here are a couple.  The sizes of these are 18″h.

Check out my pages for an update on new classes that are posted and some up-coming events.

      

Photographing the pottery

Tomorrow morning I bring my work to get photographed by John Polak.  John is well known in this area.  He photographs the work of the majority of potters in the valley.  I’m bringing to him my new urns. These urns have been in the works for the past six months now, I have been diligently working on them for the past month.  Hence the lack of keeping up with my blog.  I did two firings and I am quite pleased with the results. Photos will be coming soon!

What I learned from farming…. diversity

There were a few years in there between making pots and having babies where I farmed.  To survive as a farmer I learned a lot about diversity.  Not just to grow one crop,  but to grow many, including flowers (lots of them).  I learned to stagger my plantings, to have different markets, from wholesale to a CSA, to have chickens for meat, eggs and manure… etc.  It was a learning experience I now bring into my pottery.

I laughed today as I photgraphed my tiny little garlic grating dishes.  Two days ago I photographed my large 12lb urns.  I thought man…. people who look at my blog must think I’m all over the place.  Well,  in one sense I am.  It’s the diversity thing.  The different markets… wholesale, retail, studio sales, galleries, web sales, farmers markets. The teaching… classes and workshops.  The making…  larger sculptural pots, to tiny dipping dishes, teapots, mugs, butter bells.  True utilitarian pottery, to pots that sit on a shelf, or at a memorial service for your loved one.  The one common thread is that they are all functional even those that hold flowers… (lots of them).

I’m sharing a photo of my finished garlic grating dishes, and another photo of them in process.  They are not yet on my website as they are quite new to me.  I made my first ones for my May studio sale and I having been making them for the farmers market.  I pretty much sell them as quick as I make them. They are a pretty neat item. The bottom of the little dish is a rough surface, (I use a colored slip).  You grate your garlic clove on this surface then you add olive oil, salt and pepper and have an instant delicious dipping oil.  I hear you can also grate ginger then add soy sauce for a sushi type dip.

    

Making Cremation Urns

I started this blog back in Febuary, and have yet to talk about an important part of my business…. Urns … yes the kind you use for ashes of someone you have loved.  I have been making urns since 2004, in 2005 started my web based business.  Sales get better each year.  Take a look at my new page on my blog for more info, or go to my website for purchasing.

Here are some images of “pieces of new urns” as most potters, I love the pots in that leather hard stage.  I could not resist sharing just a little unfinished work!

      

Summer Distractions

 

The swimming hole… my sons… the friends.

My pottery………………  half done…

Here are some new trays I am working on, the size is approximately 5″x5″.  They are partially made from molds that I made and partially hand built.  I am very interested in patterns, (which I have be doing on my pottery for years.)  For a stamp, I use a metal bit which was discarded from the old Tap and Die industry here in Greenfield, Ma.  I impress the diamond or cross shaped bit into the leather hard clay. I repeat this over a number of times to create an overall pattern.  As you can guess this is quite a time consuming process, so I have made a mold of the patterns created.  I will glaze this in a green celadon glaze, where the transparency of the glaze will highlight all the detail.  

 

Transition Time

As a mother and a potter sometimes pottery takes a back seat.  Summer vacation is starting my boys are keeping me busy.  The last couple of weeks have consisted of lots of baseball games, field trips, end of year farewells, etc.  I always find it difficult, this transition time from kids in school, to summer vacation.  My work is a constant interruption.  Yet I know our children grow all too quickly and someday I’ll wish I could be sitting at a game!

As for the pottery I hope to have my new work photographed soon and up on my website.  Here is a sneak peek of my latest mugs and a very good baseball player named Luke Toritto (my oldest son)

Start of Summer at the Market

Last week I did the farmers market for the first time. I went with my berry bowls, garlic grater dishes, butter bells, flower vases and a sampling of my work that you can find at gallery/shops.  I would say garlic grater dishes were the hit of the day.  Sorry to those of you who expected me there today, but severe thunderstorms wind and heavy rains were predicted for the whole day… wouldn’t you know it, not much happened till later in the day….oh well live and learn, next time I will not listen to the weather reports and brave it out like the farmers!  Here is a photo of a customer checking out one of my sunny day mugs.

Thoughts on Pottery Workshops

 

I have been thinking about workshops, as I am preparing to teach workshops this summer.  Even though I have taught pottery for over twenty years I am just branching out to the workshop scene.  Workshops are a great way to get charged up… you walk away from an intensive couple of days, your mind filled with ideas…your just ready to make the most creative pots imaginable! 

I have been to many pottery workshops through out the years. The most recent was with Val Cushing. Val was one of my Alfred teachers… the man who taught me how to make good functional pottery.  When the Asparagus Valley Pottery Guild brought Val here for a workshop I couldn’t pass up the chance to sit with him again and soak in some of his wisdom and knowledge.  Well it ended up that I was his assistant for the weekend just like the old days at Alfred.  Back then I had a great work study job as Val’s glaze calculations lab tech.  

I have not seen Val in more than twenty years, never did I think I would be assisting him again. It was an blast from the past!  And so nice to be with this gentle, articulate and talented man again!

 

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