More Ceramics

On week days I have been spending a few hours each morning working at the ceramics studio. It has really become one of my favorite ways to start the day. So far I always have the studio to myself too, and so I just play music and putter around trimming pieces I threw the day before, glazing stuff, throwing. It’s been really lovely. The bowl at the top is a newer piece, and I’ll have to get photos of the outside of the bowl soon.
One of the first things I wanted to try after I joined the guild was experimenting with paper resist. I made a quick slab plate and tray because I was so eager to try it out. I cut my shapes from an Ikea catalog, and then went over them with colored slip. I chose the blue and yellow because they were the only colored slip the studio had that I could use right away. Everything else seemed dried out.


After the bisque firing I went back in with an underglaze pencil and drew in my witch, raindrops, and scallops. I love how the pencil turns out. Then I glazed it in clear and you can see it after the final firing below. I still haven’t glazed and fired the skeleton plate yet, but hope to do that soon.

August Plush Of The Month Club







August POM’s club boxes were sort of a last hoorah of Summer, Summer camp themed. I wanted everyone to get excited about the theme even before they opened the boxes so I created tiny pennants that were tied to string. The plush was of course a s’more, but the box also included a little kit to make a “god’s eye” (a classic Summer camp craft), fire balls (which always remind me of the kind of candy you could find at a camp store, all those penny candies!) a pennant (for decorating your bunk) and a welcome camper letter explaining everything in the boxes. I had lots of fun putting these together, and hope they gave a little Summer camp nostalgia to my subscribers.

Lancastern PA road trip




Before school started we Tom and I decided to take a quick two day trip to the Lancaster area for some antique shopping and sight seeing. On the way we had to stop and do the tour at the Haine’s shoe house. The house was surprisingly larger then I expected inside, though the bedroom located under the laces has a sloping ceiling that would make me feel a little claustrophobic. The kitchen was adorable and still had all its original appliances. I didn’t get a lot of photos inside because we were on the tour with four other adults, and five kids, so a little tight. In Lancaster we stayed at the Lancaster Arts Hotel which is in an old cigar warehouse, its perfectly located next to a coffee & donut shop (Mean Cup coffee & newly opened Beiler’s donuts) which made a very convenient breakfast combination. We had dinner one night at a brewery called Bube’s Brewery which gives you a little tour before dinner where you descend 43 feet into the stone-lined vaults of the Catacombs. Then you get to sit and eat several stories below the surface of the street. I love novelty stuff like this, and the meal includes some locally made pretzels and cheese dip while you wait for your food. The next day we did the antique circuit in Adamstown PA. There is one main street where you can stop at somewhere between 10-13 antique malls. We found plenty of treasure which I still need to take some photos of. I’d love to go back to Lancaster again soon for even more exploring. I have been there a bunch with my sister on her birthday trips, but it was always in February, and so being there in the Summer made it so much easier to walk around without freezing.