This weekend is our First Ever Open House. The house is almost ready and we are awaiting the arrival of Deborah Garner and her textiles and jewelry. Across the street, Alicia is busy spiffing up her art studio and packaging all kinds of artwork.
I'm still glazing my pottery. I'll load the kiln for the last time this afternoon and unload it early Saturday morning.
Making pottery is a really long process. First I have to make it out of clay. After the pottery dries - which can take several days - I decorate each piece with underglazes. I paint the motifs on. Each piece is totally different. Here are some things before I have outlined the motifs with black underglaze.
Here's what the pottery looks like after the black lines are added. They help to define the shapes. As Julia says, the black hand-painted lines give it the "Kristin Nicholas Look". (Gotta love the kid!)
For some of my dinnerware, I use blanks. This makes them easy to stack and I don't have a lot of interest (nor time) to throw boring plates and bowls. For me, the fun is in the decoration.
As you can see, the pots look very pale before the bisque firing. I load them into the kiln and fire them for several hours. After a couple days of the kiln cooling off, I unload it again.
When they come out they are shiny and much brighter in color.
I've got lots of other things to sell too. Textiles, pillows, notecards and signed copies of my books will be available. It should be a fun couple of days.
Mark and Julia will be selling our farm-raised lamb. My neighbor Debbie will have her handmade wreaths for sale. And we are partnering with Deborah and Alicia. You can read about their work here and here.
And there will be snacks!
Whatever is left after the weekend, will be photographed and listed on my Etsy shop next week.
I hope I see some of you this weekend. But I know that most of you do not live close, so I've got a great giveaway for you all. Here's the story......
This weekend is a celebration of art and creativity and friendship and color. My friend Cynthia gifted me 8 copies of Where Women Create a couple months ago. These magazines are so inspirational. They are filled with women's stories, photos of their studios and their art. I am done with them and I didn't want to just leave them at the library - after all, these magazines cost $15. each when new.
Tell us about your favorite space to create. Is it a special chair, a garden bench, an attic studio?
Contest ends on Sunday December 6th at 11:59.
Contest is over. The winner has been notified and her mags are on the way to her.