Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New header.

First off I want to thank my friend Dave up and down for all the help he gave me. He also made the first AWESOME header on this blog.

Here it is..

Why would I change from this professional header image? Well, now that I have started, and have just begun to scratch the surface of blogging, I have a better idea where and how I want to go about the blog with Allison. This blog is more about the BEING a potter and BEING the wife of a potter, er... or rather this potter. Dave's work is gorgeous and way more professional than mine ever will. Having given it this thought I came up with the design. Also the blog was much more inspired by Allison (like most things in my life gods bless her). In my little limited imagination I see Allison taking my old blog and improving it, hence the red marker over the old "The Potter Stone" pic.

I know, its a pretty sad header but I like it. I made it on an ancient art program I cannot let go of and I am sure the chosen background, fonts, and image itself is horrid LOL, but hey you get what you pay for. I am sure I am going to redo it way to often but I have a fickle mind.

Also my creative sister started a blog of her own called "Ramblings of an Art School Dropout". It will be awesome. She is always up to good stuff in the city of Boston. She also has started this challenge of doing something creative for the sake of being creative every day. Good challenge! Her close friend "The Pedigree Artist" (another "Blogger" blogger) is also going to take up the challenge.

This and I have always been a third wheel. This is perfect. Having had this injury this will really help me get back on track. Plus will give me SOMETHING to post about. Everyone has said even though I am not able to work on my art I still should post what I am doing with my life......Trust me...not worth the post! Now I hopefully will have some material.

So that is all. This was one wicked ramble *Dave nods with approval". I should really get my thoughts together in a much more organized itemized way.....edit twice...NO THREE times and have my wife proofread before posting.

Then I would not be, "Being The Potter Stone", *thumbs nose* your lucky I use spell check!

Later, ~DS

Thursday, January 07, 2010


Yup, I have not posted in a while. Its been such a drag waiting for this injury to heal. I hate to post without new work but its taking too long. I have toyed around at the wheel but I can only sit there for so long before I start getting super sore and wonder if I am "pushing things" a little to fast. Its so hard to let this surgery heal. I have so much I have to get done but the doctor stressed it would not take much to re-injure myself and have to have the surgery all over again. No thanks, had enough fun the first time. I still have two weeks until the next appointment. That is not even the green light to go back to work (studio and cheese). He said it would be most likely, at the least, a week after that. I guess that means I still have a lot of healing to go. Plus its not that fun. Hurts like hell to sit at a stool and lean over the wound.

So anyway a few notes about the upcoming year.

First goal: Studio. I need to fill it to the gills with work. I could be missing out on sales as I write this! I do not want to open the doors until I have a good collection of work and some work I feel represents me. In the past I have visited many open studios to find a talented artist but not much work. I tend to not return to these. The studios that had lots of work are the ones I try to find an excuse to drive by and see what's new. I also (when healed) have to get the last few display shelves and tables finished and in the studio.

Second Goal: VT Open Studio Weekend

I got in by the skin of my teeth! The deadline was up in fact but they keep taking applications until they are full. I love Open Studio weekend. It was one of the things that Allison and I fell in love with when visiting Vermont before we honeymooned and moved here. Hundreds of artists open their studios to the public all over Vermont. The Vermont Craft Council does the most amazing job with the event. There is a tour guide that tells who is the artist, what the artist does, where on the map the artist is located, yellow numbered signs for each artist on street corners and written directions to said artist. Its awesome. Allison and I have done it for 4 years and have visited only a fraction of the artists. The weekend has a great atmosphere. You constantly bump into other people taking part in the open studios. Everyone is asking "have you seen the glass artist" or "before you leave this area you have to see the weaver, its just around the corner". I am so glad I made it in. So you can see goal 1 is much needed for goal 2. It will be a blast. I plan on being on the wheel fairly constantly showing how my wares are made. I might do a demo (one each day) on "horse hair raku" as well. I have to get the kiln done first though.

I could go on and on with "goals" but there are tomany. Sorry for the boring post, hopefully this surgery ordeal will be done and forgotten and I can get back to work.

Take it easy

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Dave has been healing well after his surgery. He is on strict doctor's orders to take it easy including not lifting anything over five pounds. Needless to say, he has been doing a lot of pottery research and cataloging his Ceramic Monthly collection. From his research, he has found some great glaze recipes that we are excited to try.

Dave really wanted to see his family on Christmas, so four days after his surgery we drove four hours to Massachusetts. We had a great Christmas and were so happy to see everyone. Dave was really starting to have cabin fever!

This is a picture of the beach near Dave's childhood home. This was taken in the summer but is also just as beautiful in the winter.