Winter is Coming

Well, we can't really ignore it anymore - winter is coming. It's come to the time of year where the woodstove in the studio gets dusted off and tidied up, filled with wood and lit on fire. It's a cozy place to be on a cold and rainy day like today.

It's also been a really busy place! October is one of those months that doesn't have a TON of stuff going on in itself, but there is an incredible amount of winter prep happening. Wood being stacked for winter, making sure the furnace still works, and in my case the preparation for the holiday season could not be busier.

Woodfired plates, minimalist black and white.


I just unloaded another woodkiln this past weekend, with lots of fresh new work and lots of my favourite styles still at play. I like to always have something new in each firing, so this time it was stamping, and plates, and vases. And of course there were a ton of mugs. Lots and lots of mugs. And just in time for the start of the holiday sales! The first one is this weekend in Puslinch/Aberfoyle, at the Aberfoyle Potters Market. I'm looking forward to visiting with some of my pottery friends, and getting back into the swing of the show season. Hope to see some of you there! For details about the show, visit the Aberfoyle Potters Market Facebook Page.

Choo Choo

I've been away from the blog for a few weeks, as I was at a conference, and then studio reno-ing (more on that another day) and then Supercrawl. A start of a busy September indeed!

Hamilton mugs! 

Hamilton mugs! 

Now that I'm back in the swing of things (and the fire bans have been lifted), I've stuffed my van with pots and have headed up north to start firing for the holiday season! This is my first time firing a train kiln, a kiln design that looks like a train car, and when fired correctly should make that warm and cozy chugging sound. My kind of sound. 

Pots unpacked and ready to be loaded

Pots unpacked and ready to be loaded

This firing is particularly special, as it is the last firing this kiln will ever see! After unloading next week, Duncan Aird and I will be tearing her down, and giving the bricks a new life in our very own kiln back down in the Hammer! Buildings are underway and we're hoping to have the beauty built before Christmas. 

So I'm up here toasting this sweet kiln many thanks, with good company, and good food, and looking forward to many firings ahead!

Jeff Martens, loading the kiln like a boss. 

Jeff Martens, loading the kiln like a boss. 

Stacked.  

Stacked.