Getting Through

October has been a rough month over here. Thanksgiving marked the date that would have been my Dad's 61st birthday, a birthday he didn't live to see. Yesterday we laid his remains to rest, digging up all the thoughts and feelings that had managed to hide away since he died in February, and making the feelings and thoughts that have prevailed all the more intense, all the more vivid. Its been an emotional month, though I'm happy now to have a physical space to visit him.

All this, plus the craziness of holiday preparation consuming the studio and shop, and the push to finish up this semester's classes with my students, I have really felt the need for quiet space, time, and reflection. I'm already an introvert who needs silence and personal space, but right now I need more. And lucky for me, this time of year is my most favourite - the time I find most calming and meditative. I'm not sure whether it's the vibrant colours of our landscape, or the blustering winds sending leaves floating dreamily through the air. It could be the sound of birds prepping for winter, the sight of flocks heading south, or the humm of the crickets. It might be the smell of rotting plants. It could be the taste in the air, or the sense of death and decay all around... Whatever it is, it's peaceful, and restorative, and comforting- a companion that doesn't listen or talk or do anything but exist with you. It's the best friend in the world, I think. And it helps get me through.

Whatever gets you through, take the time to do it. Make yourself a priority.

Tews Falls

Here's The Thing

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I've recently discovered "Here's The Thing with Alex Baldwin"  

HTT is a podcast where Alec Baldwin (probably the must luscious voice in the world) interviews artists and performers to bring you candid, thoughtful, and inspiring perspectives on the arts, culture, and show business.   

Not only is it fascinating to hear the stories of some of the most famous people in America, but they're told in a way that isn't "late-night-talk-show" material, or a stagnant Q&A in a magazine. They are filled with banter and laughter, and you feel a little like you're sitting in on a private discussion between colleagues.

It's wonderful.

Have a listen. 

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.