Tuesday, August 1

Populace

POPULACE at the Canadian Museum of Nature

I've been absent from my blog for well over a year now but with very good reason. I've been involved in the biggest ceramic project of my career - POPULACE. It began as a proposal to Ottawa 2017, and a grant from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program. Our original estimate of 7,350 pieces turned into 9000, each individually hand crafted, fired and glazed then mounted on steel rods. Our site partner, the Canadian Museum of Nature, provided not only the land for the installation but also the manpower to daily patrol the garden, and gardeners (grass cutters) to maintain the paths between the beds.

2000 Canadians, some of whom were new to our country, participated in over 50 workshops in a 10 month period. We delighted in sharing the project with people who work with clay on a regular basis and those who do not. Students, adults, seniors all put their hands and spirits to work, surmounting the voice of doubt many expressed not only in their ability to make pieces but also in our collective ability to get to the finish line on time. But finish on time we did!

There were many highs on this journey. The best ones for me were the stories of individuals and the opportunity to share this project with family and friends. My parents came out twice to my studio, lending their skills to the project and being that ever encouraging voice of support and pride I've known all my life. They also came out to help install Populace in the park, mom filling pieces with putty and dad hammering in rods.

I have been blessed to work with two incredible women on this project, neither of whom I knew at all when we began. Hilde Lambrechts, at probably 5' 0" but always perfectly dressed in the most impressive heels, is the designer of the project from top to bottom. Kim Lulashnyk is our beautiful and talented wordsmith and media manager. I manage the money and general coordination of the project. Don't let that fool you though. This has been a collaborative effort from the very beginning.

I could write a book about the journey of Populace. Maybe one day the three of us will - it is on the radar and in the cue actually! But for now, I'll direct you to our website for all the information you'll ever need on the project. When you get there, be sure to click on the links to our Social Media pages, especially Facebook. Go to: www.populace2017.com Enjoy!

Feathers made by my dad, my nephew Joseph and my mom


Thursday, April 7

Spring Shows

The spring collection of shows is beginning! Here's where you can find me this April and May, 2016:

April 22-24
Up first: The Ottawa Guild of Potters' Spring Sale and Exhibition, April 22-24 at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park. I will be at space #17, just to your left as you head to see our incredible exhibition.




May 7-8
The, for the Mother's Day weekend, I will be at the Red Trillium Tour in West Carleton. This spring I will be in the same place I was last fall, at beautiful St. Mary's Anglican Church. The tour is a self-guided one with so many incredible artists and artisans taking part. The tour runs both days from 10 am to 5 pm. When you come to St. Mary's, plan to stay for a bite to eat! The ladies of the church always make the best food!





 I look forward to seeing you at one of these shows!

Friday, March 4

Great Bowls of Fire 2016


I'm very happy to be a part of the Ottawa Guild of Potters' annual "Great Bowls of Fire" fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank. This year, 25 bowls (and maybe a few extras) are my contribution to the affair, which annually raises between $10,000 to $15,000 for the city's busiest food bank. Amazing soups from generous local restaurants, delicious breads from wonderful local bakeries, great music, a live auction and a unique, handmade bowl to take home are what every person who comes will enjoy. It's a wonderful, feel good evening spent elbow to elbow with fellow supporters of the food bank and the Ottawa Guild of Potters.



Tuesday, November 24

Pottery Shop Now Open Online

See that new green button that says "Pottery Shop" over there on the right hand side of the page? Give it a click, see where it takes you, have a little look around and then come back here when you're done.

I'm jumping in, holding my breath, and trying something new.

For 14 years, I've participated in group and solo shows, craft fairs and pottery sales. What I've never done is put my work out there for purchase online. I've had the good fortune to know the majority of my customers over the years and have enjoyed sharing the inspiration for my work with them. I love that aspect of this little business of mine! Online selling is crossing a comfort boundary, one where the buyer is invisible to me. Will I meet the same kind of people this way? I am hesitant to find out. What I don't want to lose is the personal aspect of this endeavor. After all, if it has been anything up to this point, it has been personal.

To get me started, I've opened up about a third of my work and shared it online. There is more to post, including the newest, "Heart of Pluto" which I began in the summer, and my deeply rooted "Skye", created in 2009 and still going strong. I'll continue to add to the store and plan to have it all there as soon as possible.

The next little while will be a bit of a learning curve, so bear with me. The store is set-up using my e-commerce platform, which is SQUARE. At the moment, SQUARE tells me that direct purchasing from the site is only accessible to those who live in the US. The rest of the world will see "Available In-store". If this is the case for you, please email me and I will personally process your order for you. You see, I AM "The Store" and all of the items in it are here in my studio. For all purchases, SQUARE supports VISA, AMEX and MC which I can process for you as required. Shipping charges will be calculated and added once your full order has been compiled.

Just in time for Christmas, my online shop is now open!

With thanks in advance for your support,

Kirstin

Wednesday, October 28

Pot Smash Fall 2015

As potters, we always have pieces that served a purpose at one time but that ultimately need to be let go of, one way or another. Perhaps it's work that failed miserably. Perhaps it's a piece that taught a valuable lesson in throwing (heavy bottoms), trimming (right through!) or decorating (too many prints). Whatever the reason, these are all things that I prefer to destroy rather than put out for public consumption. My name or stamp is invariably on these pieces somewhere and I'd just prefer that they never see the light of day. The pit is located on our property in Dunrobin, though the photo looks like it is in some wooded area in an unknown forest. For years I've been dumping my clay water there as well. In fact, digging the pit revealed strata of different colours of clay that I've used. That was pretty cool. Maybe one day someone will discover the pit and image who put the shards there and why. Maybe they'll find my stamp or signature and look me up. If they do, and if this blog is still discoverable, whenever that day comes, then cheers to you for making the connection!! Now you know what you've found and why on earth it was put there!

What came from the earth is now returned to the earth. As it should be.


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The Heart of Pluto

Inspired by the images sent back to earth
by the New Horizons Spacecraft, this line 
of pots is perhaps the gentlest work I've 
ever done. 

Heart of Pluto Family
Pluto, from the New Horizons Space Mission

Tall Cup, Tea Bowl, Short Cup
Cappucino









Monday, July 27

Retrospective

Retrospective is a Facebook album showing some of my favourite pieces from the past 9 years. I started the album because I wanted to make new business cards using a website called "Moo". It was as fun as the name sounds like it could be! Have a look!



Monday, May 11

WATCH THIS SPACE!

After a very busy Mother's Day weekend with pots in two places (phew!), I will be posting images of the pieces that did not find a new home. These lovelies were displayed in the wrong place, according to reports of multiple shoppers missing out on one beautiful tulip bowl. So, we can't let that be the case, right? Photos and details are coming soon so ....WATCH THIS SPACE!!




Sunday, November 23

100 Cups


video

This link 100 Cups will take you to a Dropbox folder contain all 100 images of the cups produced this fall. You can also see them in the video above. While I am most proud of the final pots, they all have something special about them, one way or another. Enjoy!