Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Island Gallery

It was toward the end of last year a customer visited the Local Color Gallery in Joplin where I show my work and purchased several pieces.  As it turns out, she was the owner of the Island Gallery on Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

She had like my work and wanted to know if I would be interested in having her represent my work in her Gallery.   I was so flattered.  I thought about if for a minute or two and said yes!  She wanted some dinnerware to start that she had seen here at my local gallery. The dinnerware would be for a seasonal event they were having.  I shipped off 4 place settings like the ones below in the annoucement.

Since that first shipment I have shipped a second round of dinnerware like the first with some color differences and simpler design details (pictured directly above).  They are also currently trying some of my new rustic Moroccan mugs.

Please check out the Island Gallery on the web and their online store!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

North Star Pottery Down Under

I recently sold several of my rustic plates out of my ETSY Shop but the catch was I needed to agree to ship them to Australia!   I often feel it is to risky to send ceramics that far in the post but this time I decided I would give it a try.  It was 3 plates after all!  I doubled boxed and I bubbled wrapped and for almost $100 in shipping they started their journry.  

About 10 days latter I got the nicest note back that went like this:

"OMG.. i received my parcel today .. your ceramics are amazing.. thank you! I have attached a iphone pic i did of one of the rustic plates.. please do you make other types, that are not listed ?"

Monday, April 7, 2014

Yellow Glaze Development

A few months back I decided that I wanted to try to create yellow dinnerware that had a soft rustic quality.  I knew I wanted to make it with a dark stoneware clay because of the way glaze would break over stamped textures like on my white industrial chic dinnerware.  There was no commercial glaze I tried that gave the look I wanted. My only choice was to create my own glaze. I began mixing using various minerals and mason stains.  My first attempts gave me a much too bright and saturated yellow, but my second round of tests allowed me to dial in something I started to like.  

Tell me what you think.

Friday, April 4, 2014

BLOG Relaunch - Really!

What's A Relaunch?

A BLOG Refresh With A Commitment 

Someone recently asked me if I was a professional potter and after wanting to say no I found myself saying, yes I am.  You see, I have been telling everyone it's just a serious hobby, but when I told them how many custom orders I have and that I am selling all over the world online I had a bit of a realization that it's true - I am a professional potter.

As a professional potter I have realized the importance of an online regular presence.  I have been doing this with Facebook and Pintrest and have meet so many new people - some even like the work I share enough they have purchased or even ordered custom ware.  It has been really rewarding, but I have neglected my blog and my fans here.  My blog is we're I really can share and I am newly committed to be here on a weekly basis sharing new work, commission and gallery news.

In recognition of my newly found professional status I felt it important to have some new professional photography done for use on line and new print pieces I have planned.  I asked photographer Jeffery Sweet to come out to the studio from Springfield and do his thing - he specializes in portraits.

Please start watching for my weekly posts and send me ideas for future posts.