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


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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!


When they're beautiful, they're beautiful!

I can't really say anything that would add to the joy that comes with making something so lovely, so perfect, so fully an expression of the inspiration surrounding me. I am grateful to the potters who have set a high standard of creativity and craftsmanship that guides me on my path. While nothing is ever really new in this craft, we are, all of us, an amalgamation of the potters who go before us. They inspire our thoughts, guide our quest for skills and challenge us to reach new heights. These lovely pots make me feel like I've finally stepped on the first rung of that ladder.