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.

Wood Season

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Over the past few years I've found that I work best under pressure; I need deadlines and commitments to work efficiently. At the beginning of each week I set myself a schedule of what I'd like to accomplish, on which day. It's wood firing season, and with a woodfiring on the horizon, time management becomes imperative. For each firing I plan the days I will sand and glaze, when I need to get my last bisque firing in, and how much time it will take for pieces to dry. This planning activates a side of my brain that I really enjoy using – I feel joy while filling out calendars and date books.

Last week I unloaded work from my fourth firing this year, and will be loading my fifth this Saturday. While I still need to sand and wash the pieces we just unloaded, I am instead pulling handles on cups and jugs, finishing up details on prototype vases, and adding rims to serving dishes for the firing coming up. Studio life is a constant balancing and juggling act – one that I am starting to get comfortable with. While one tray of bowls dries you throw creamers. While the creamers are drying you roll out slabs to get them stiffening and then start to trim your bowls. When the slabs are stiff enough to work with you build the walls for vases and slowly dry them while you finish the creamers. On it goes, a carousel.

Here are some photos of the pots that came out of last week's firing. It was my first time leading a firing in the Manabigama, and was delighted to have a great time of eager potters who wanted to learn about firing with wood. The pots turned out delightful.

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