Holiday Sale / Open House 2014

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Our annual Holiday Sale is this coming weekend (December 6/7) from 10am - 4pm both days. We have been working tirelessly to set up a great shop space filled with handmade gifts by local artists. At the sale you will find beautifully crafted bags, scarves and pencil cases by Toronto-based textile designer Fionna Hanna, quirky and thought-provoking original artworks by fellow Hamiltonians Sean Gadoury and Caitlin Eady, hand illustrated letterpress cards by Papillon Press (Westmount ON), and of course, lots of quality porcelain pottery by yours truly. Along with several sizes and shapes of mugs and bowls, this year I've designed brie bakers, serving trays, wine cups, spoons, creamers and more - you will find something for everyone!

Come visit and cross some of those names off your shopping list, check out the new studio and enjoy some refreshments!

Thank you for shopping handmade this holiday season, and for supporting your local artists. (:

Huddling up for Warmth

I'm at Studio Huddle watching the shop with Aaron Oussoren, glass artist and co-founder of this amazing studio space and collective. It's pretty wintery out there, but I braved the wind and snow from Burlington and am now comfortably shop-sitting, waiting for eager patrons to stumble in off the street and spend some time with lovely handmade goods. So far, it's pretty quiet here. But I can't blame the public. It's the perfect day to stay inside, cuddled up with Earl Grey and a cozy blanket. Toss in some Friends reruns, and/or a good book (Storm of Swords) and the day is made. The blizzard outside only adds to the magic.

But if you're feeling so inclined, come by for a visit (97 Niagara St. Toronto). We are here until 6pm. The wind is only a little chilling, and the snow only slightly deep. Plus, maybe you could pick up a lovely handmade mug to drink your Earl Grey in later tonight. Or, a handmade flask - to keep your insides warm on the transit-ride home. Here's one of Sally McCubbin's "Holy Water Flasks":

holy water flaskIf you can't make it today, there's still time to come and visit! The shop is open until December 24th.

Studio Huddle

Toronto's group studio "Studio Huddle" is having its annual holiday shopping event this month. I am very thankful to have been invited to participate in this show, with many artists I admire. Jesse and I attended the opening shopping night last Thursday, to shmooze with other artisans and see how they had displayed the work. Margaret Lim did a fantastic job with the display, and the mulled wine was delicious. I always love attending openings but I don't often make it to many because I don't live in the city. When I do get the chance, I try to spend a long time catching up with my craft-peers, and absorbing the quality of the work. There is still so much to learn and exhibitions are one of the best places to be inspired! I'm thankful Jesse is a trouper and joins me on these ventures, even when I spend the night chatting with other artists.

IMG_4737 It was very comforting to see my work alongside these other fantastic artisans. To say I am delighted would be an understatement!

If you haven't had the chance yet, check out the show this month (it runs until Christmas Eve). I'll be there this Saturday from 2:30-6pm, watching the shop and absorbing the greatness. You could stop and say hello! The work is exceptional, and what better gift to give that special someone, than a one-of-a-kind piece of art?

I picked up one of Brad Copping's "Stumpware" candle holders at the opening (featured below, next to my mugs and espresso cups). I have added it to my personal collection because, well, sometimes it's nice to treat yourself (:

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Studio Huddle is located at 97 Niagara St. in Toronto, ON. For more information about the show, visit my NEWS page for the event postcard, or the Studdle Huddle Pop-Up Shop event page

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Follow the Signs

I have stopped making pots for a few weeks and have instead been pricing, tidying and decorating for show season. I even mopped my studio  (my lungs are delighted). To top off the winter-cheer it snowed last night, just in time for my annual holiday sale and open house this coming Saturday November 30.

The party starts at 10am and the early bird gets the worm - the earlier you come, the more pots there will be to choose from. There will lots of lovely functional art for everybody on your holiday list, and all sorts of snacks to enjoy while you shop! Come by between 10-5 to check out some great work, and shop handmade this holiday season. Look for the painted signs!

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Uninvited Volunteer

After four weeks of making quick notifications via iphone and quickly scanning my emails during breaks at work, we finally have internet at home again. Which means I can finally catch up with my Netflix (and more importantly, I can keep up to date with this blog... or at least try.) This past week has been very busy - my last firing before the open house is coming up quickly and I've been trying to make as many pots as possible. Tomorrow I head to Toronto to drop off my work at Studio Huddle. For the month of December they will be hosting their annual shopping event, where the work of many local makers is available for your holiday shopping needs. I'm delighted to have been invited to participate with this group of talented artists. If you'd like to meet us, there will be an evening shopping-event-shindig, and we'll be there. (Check out the NEWS page for more info).

Yesterday Bentley was helping me price and pack up.... not.

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