Happy St Patricks Day – and what better way to celebrate than with a 10% discount in both of my ETSY shops for the remainder of March!
Use coupon code StPats2017 in either shop for some great green finds or anything else for that matter!
Here’s a little teaser:
and from my supplies shop
Happy St Patricks Day and happy savings!!
The firing schedule is really busy at the moment in the studio due to my ceramic classes and also my own art work …. so I am firing the kiln today, mostly with student works, plus a few of my own artworks.
But my attention today has been in the kitchen – it is that time of year again!
An abundance of produce has meant preserving – so today’s efforts involved squash relish and fermented cucumbers.
We enjoyed a sample of the relish on tonight’s dinner – zucchini (from the garden) and corn patties accompanied by said relish! It was so good…
I wont be able to sample the cucumbers for a week as they need to ferment – but i’m sure they will be yummo!
The other cool thing about having a vegetable garden are the pumpkin and zucchini leaves which leave a great impression on clay. These plates have a pumpkin leaf impressed into the surface which has been highlighted with black copper oxide and finished with a clear glaze. I am pretty happy with them, even though one cracked! I will be making more, and will have to do so in the next month before the plants die off as Winter approaches.
So until next week – have fun! But hopefully I post before then!
Happy Sunday!! Since making, firing and installing my exhibition in ContainArt last week I have not been in the studio much. We finally have some consistent nice weather here in Ballarat, after a miserable Winter, so the plan is to finally finish the deck – a year later!! The delay has been a combination of aforementioned weather and also some ongoing health problems I have been having over the Winter and into Spring…. I am finally starting to come good, but have the occasional relapse for a couple of days. So annoying!
Anyway, I have spent the weekend oiling slats for the deck railing and hubby has been putting them up (under supervision – lol). So, it looks like we will have our deck finished this summer – yay!!
Apart from that i will take this opportunity to remind you that Valentines Day is only one month away – February 14th. And, of course, I have lots of gift ideas in my ETSY shop for both him and her – jewellery, homewares, and of course custom orders are always welcome 🙂
I’ll leave you with some gift inspiration – have a great week 🙂
Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for visiting my blog throughout the year even though I have been scattered in my posts and in visiting others due to ill health. My New Years Resolution is good health and, therefore by default, more regular posting and visiting!!
AND be sure to visit my ETSY tomorrow for a Boxing Day Sale – use ‘boxingday2016’ for 20% off storewide … avoid the chaos of shopping malls and shop online! 🎁🎁
Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone and see you in 2017 🎉
I said in my last post I was going to start posting more frequently after ill health – but getting so far behind in my teaching and firing schedule and other business stuff – plus a bit of a health relapse – meant it just hasn’t happened. So I am going to call it quits for 2016 and make my New Years Resolution to have GOOD HEALTH!! I have never experienced six months of ill health before and it has done my head in!! So here’s to 2017.
I will leave you with a couple of pics of works in my ETSY store though because I am having a boxing day sale – perfect: no need to visit the chaos of the malls, just buy online!! At the checkout use ‘boxingday2016’ and receive 20% off your entire purchase – what better way to end the year?
Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone and see you – hopefully – more regularly in 2017 🎄🎉☺
Today (well, yesterday – I am running a bit late) in the studio I have been finishing making a custom order – 200 snow flake Christmas decorations : phew!!
And here is what 200+ decorations look like 🙂
Apart from that I have not been doing much – I am still recovering from a terrible virus i have had, and it does not want to let go!!
So, I will share with you some items I have recently added to my Etsy shop – its never too early to think about Christmas gifts!!
Have a great week everyone 🙂
Today in the studio I am firing the kiln – a bisque firing, with a combination of my work and students works.
I have also finally met my milestone goal in my ETSY shop – listing 200+ items in my shop, and to celebrate I am holding a 20% discount till the end of the month – so that my 200 goal will be gone and I will have to start again!!
Use coupon YAY200 at checkout to receive your discount 🙂
Two hundred items may not sound like much, but it is when you consider the making, the photography, the photo editing, the uploading and creating product descriptions – it is actually very time consuming! Then the marketing – phew!
My Etsy shop stocks ceramic tableware and jewellery I make, and also jewellery I make from upcycled materials such as guitar strings, marbles, buttons and repurposed beads. Each piece is unique, and make great gifts to others or yourself!!
Here are some of the products I have recently listed to achieve my 200+ inventory – enjoy and happy shopping 🙂
Last Sunday I posted about some custom orders I was making in the studio …. so today I’d like to update you the progress 🙂
The yarn bowls and earring holders I had freshly thrown last week have now been turned (trimmed) and carved to transform them for their purpose.
And the previous Sunday Studio Visit I posted about custom orders I had for champagne flutes, mortar and pestles and cappuccino cups and saucers.
The update on them is that the mortar and pestle was loved by the customer, and the champagne flutes are in transit to their new owner in America. The cappuccino sets are bisque fired and in the process of being glazed.
As an aside, Hubby was getting a bit itchy and put in his own custom order for some oval tapas/condiment bowls. So, needing to stay in the good books as he does 95% of the cooking, I made a pair of dishes for him with the idea of testing shrinkage rates so that if he likes them I can make more.
If you would like to place a custom order for a unique handmade ceramic piece, just let me know here or as a message (contact above) and I can create a custom listing in my ETSY shop – too easy!! 🙂
It is still cold and rainy here at the moment, and I currently have the doors from the studio off and drying out in the lounge room!
With all the rain we’ve had they had swollen up and I couldn’t close them. So I am drying them out and am going to give them a couple of coats of varnish before rehanging them on Tuesday – before my school holiday workshop on Wednesday.
Apart from that I loaded my two kilns with student works in preparation for bisque firings on Monday & Tuesday.
The other news is that I am having a sale in my Etsy store to celebrate Christmas in July, so I am spending a lot of time promoting that on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook. Promotion is so time consuming, but absolutely necessary.
I have also been featured on the June Clay Blog Review again, which is great! there are so many fabulous potters on this list each month, so it is really amazing to be included. I have been included under “process & technique” and “the rest” 🙂
That’s about it for this Sunday – hope to catch up mid week 🙂
A couple of things happening in the studio today – I have been making some plates using pumpkin leaves from the garden, and it was the end of National Poetry Writing month yesterday, so today is the first day I have not had to incorporate writing a poem and creating a drawing into my daily studio practice for a month – so this is something NOT happening in the studio today. You can check out my POETRY blog here for my efforts of the past month :-).
It has been a bountiful vegetable and fruit garden this summer/autumn season which I have shared previously HERE.
Currently the pumpkin vines are dying off, which means harvesting pumpkins, and also using these huge gorgeous leaves to create some ceramic plates. I made some using the entire leaf and pumpkin shapes, and others in a more traditional, though organic, shape using a partial imprint of the leaf. I also made some pendants and beads. Hopeully all of these effort will be available in my ETSY shop once I have glazed and fired them 🙂
Have a great week.