Spring Happenings and Doodles

 

Catching up, fresh start for 2016

I am a bit behind for posting! After a busy fall, and a great holiday season, I decided to take a break from social media and my studio in January and February. Heading into March, I am itchy to start making new things and am trying to resist the urge to smash all the pots still sitting in my porch shop. That would be silly, as I only recently picked up new glaze pieces that were left behind at Mudflat! (and I love them!) Here are some images that ended my year, including what may have been my last Holiday Open House with Blue Hoot! (sad!)

 

 

 

 

it’s not about the berries

It was probably less than 5 years ago when I decided to start selling my pottery. It was exactly four years ago this weekend that I set up my tables and tent for the first time at the Strawberry Festival in Westford. I was reminded of how much Lemonbee has grown since then…thanks to several genuinely sweet and loyal, returning customers. I am so grateful for the support of this community, on that day four years ago when I put myself out there for all to see, and for every year since!

Thanks for loving Lemonbee…

Happy Halloween!

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Aside from recovering (see last post), we were able to finish up October with lots of good activity!  From the top:  A handmade lemonbee sign for shows, Violet finds just the right pumpkin in the pumpkin field, Clem holds onto hers on the tractor ride, awesome days at Maynardfest and Sudbury Craft Fair, windy family picture, C&V posing with their pumpkins, successful bisque firings of bottle vases, practicing some new imagery through a sgraffito workshop, and carving pumpkins with Grampy -Violet style!

Couldn’t have done it without the help of great friends and family! Next event: Holiday Open House with Blue Hoot, December 6th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedestal…soap dish???

I was taking photographs for the open house Alyssa and I are planning for December 7th. I grabbed some soap, a button vase, and oh, there are some cupcake stands. I have yet to sell any, but I enjoy looking at them and stacking them is fun. I popped the soap on them and there it was. A soap dish on a pedestal. See it in the background? Yes, I like it too.

So, here is the problem I gave some of my intrigued ceramic students  today.  I throw the cupcake stands upside down. I throw my soap dishes right side up to get that deep spiral groove that keeps the soap dry. How do I put these two ideas together without making them separately?

J said I needed to leave the top part thicker and carve the soap grooves in. Makes sense!  Most likely they will warp once they get fired to cone 10, but it’s certainly worth a try. And fortunately I have been waiting to make some more stands…they are not only fun to look at and stack, they are fun to make.

And as an added bonus, half of my students wanted to see me throw it. So I did! I ended up with three to take home and try it out. Here’s my process once I got into the studio this evening: 

“Trimming” right side up. This is where I smoothed and then began to carve the spiral with the turning of the wheel.

There’s one. Two more to go. Leaving the floor (top) thick is important. I think two of the three were thinner than they should have been. This spiral was my first and least  favorite. (They get better.) It didn’t take long, but it was odd making the grooves with a tool other than my fingers.

Then comes some scoring and slipping…getting ready for the buttons!

I roll a bunch of little clay balls…

attach them…

and press my stamp into them. That’s called a sprigging. : )

 

This is my attempt to minimize warping – seems a bit silly but they’re having fun. It’s like a sleepover.  I”ll wrap them up in plastic and let them hibernate for a few days.

Longest post I’ve ever done! I hope you enjoyed it!

 

 

 

Yes, Please touch!

Strawberry Festival in Westford this past weekend went very well. Beautiful weather, great location, lots of wonderful people. : )

Local berries, local berry bowl.

Back from the farm stand with some fresh berries and couldn’t resist taking some pictures in a new bowl! This one and others will be on sale at the Strawberry Festival on Westford Common next Saturday, June 16th. Hours are 10-4.