Wednesday, August 26

Roslyn Chapel and The Giant's Causeway




Just two of the places we visited - one in Scotland and one in Ireland. On our second day in Scotland, Katie and I travelled cross country to Roslyn Chapel. What an amazing and beautiful place! It is literally the Bible in stone. So many carvings to see and such history - we aren't that old here in Canada! We spent 4 hours there and then went to the Original Roslin Inn (the old spelling) for lunch. Apparently Robbie Burns, the poet of Scotland, ate there and carved his poems in the soft metal (pewter?) plates! When we went to Ireland, one of our stops was at the Giant's Causeway on the Antrim Coast. The causeway is made of hexagonal basalt columns that have been terraced over time such that you can walk along them. That's me at the bottom! Katie is much quicker - ah youth!


Branching Out


Over the summer I've enjoyed working on lesson plans for teaching clay in the Catholic schools in my area of Ottawa. I've also taken some time to do a bit of marketing (emphasis on "little bit"). So here are my new poster and business postcard! Between all of that, Jim, Katie and I went to Scotland and Ireland. What a great trip. Jim golfed (his golf partners came with us) and Katie and I had 8 glorious days of travelling around on our own, finding our way on the opposite side of the street, and really sinking our teeth into some beautiful and ancient places.

Seafoam Revisted


As a dear friend of mine reminded me, it's time to send out an update on my newer work! I decided to revisit my seafoam design and try updating some of the lines of the work. I started with the large bowl and added a bigger base to it to make it a little more visually stable. You can't see that in the picture though! The smaller bowl gives a bit of an idea of it. The accompanying bowls have a swirl in the structure as well as a swirl in the glaze application. That's all very technical jargon! I think the description I liked best came from my mother. She said the finish reminded her of melted ice cream. Yummy!

Saturday, May 23

New Deliveries







I had a few pieces to work on following the spring sale. I'm really happy with them! I may be adding some of these designs to my collection, something that is constantly evolving.

Sunday, April 26

Taking Pictures


Just wanted to leave a note for all of you who are looking through the pictures on my blog. I spent time adding photos today and realized that just about every picture of my work is on a different background! Sometimes the images are easy to view and sometimes they are not. I'll have to work on that so please be patient with me!

Monday, April 20

Something Old, Something New


I decided I would re-visit a design I had created a few years back. I've been looking for something to compliment the Skye line. This is one I found when I was going through my studio and doing some rearranging. It is a creamy background with a sea foam green brushed interior. The colour was inspired by my grandmother's wedding gown. She and Grandpa were married in Winnipeg in the 30's. Her sister, at the time a buyer for an upscale market much like Holt Renfrew, found her wedding gown when she was on a purchasing trip to New York City. It was sea foam green chiffon, multi-tiered, with a large picture hat. With Grandma's red hair and jade jewellery, she must have looked stunning! She was the "Dean of Winnipeg Models." I love her and miss her and wish she were here so that I could share it with her...

Friday, March 27

More Teapot Photos











Here are a few more pictures of the teapots and their various parts - lid, handle, knob, etc.

Teapots!


They're finally done! I've been dreaming of these little teapots now for quite some time. I wanted to make small ones, individual sized teapots, the kind used by one person. The shape came from all the other pieces in the collection. But the part that just was the 'icing on the cake' was the knob. A little thistle! Perfect!

These little jems will debut at the Ottawa Guild of Potters Spring Sale in April this year. I can't wait to hear the reactions, reflections, ideas, etc.

Teapots are quite the tour de force I soon discovered. Our Guild is puting on an exhibition in Toronto at The Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, the title of shich is "Symphony". To me, these teapots are my symphony. They required all the skills I've developed so far. I am thrilled with the collection of 8 that made it through all of my checkpoints.

When I make them again, I may make bigger teapots. These ones hold about 1 1/2 cups of tea, enough for a cup and a refill! I hope my loyal customers like them!

Tuesday, January 27

Ottawa Guild of Potters Sale

In the photo you can see dinner plates, soup bowls, serving bowls and decorative bowls, platters and a jug (or decanter). I'll post something with more detail soon.

Monday, January 26

Inspirational Heather


Ok. Now I'm starting to understand how to add photos (can you tell). These are the Ochil Hills and the heather growing at the top of them. I had a wonderful day visiting Tillicoultry back in 2006. I was on my own for the day and took a bus from St Andrew's to Tilly. Lovely ride - nothing but darling villages, puffy sheep and thoughts of my beloved grandfather who came from this place. I walked up the hills that day and sat at the top, looking out over his village and imagining what it must have been like to live here and move to Manitoba with his family as a boy in 1920. I wish he and grandma were still here to share that experience...

Over the Sea to Skye


This is the Skye Bridge, Loch Alsh is the waterway running beneath it. The hills in the background are the Cuillin Hills which serve as the inspiration for the platters I produce. Although it was a cloudy day when we arrived on Skye, the rest of our visit was very uncharacterisically clear and sunny!