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End of year reflections

There are a lot of these posts out there right now, so bear with me as I add my year-end thoughts to the pile –

This summer, I got my butt in the studio (BISHOC!) and proved to myself that I still had the touch after mostly 2 years of recovery.
I was able to do a few experiments with terra sig, and also worked on improving my lidded pieces. I still find making a well seated lid a challenge, but I’m getting better.
I’ve made progress on improving the photo setup, and just have some details to work out. I love my new graduated background. Check out my first test shots in the slideshow on the right, or on the Gallery page.
I made my goal of getting this blog/website moved to it’s own domian and migrated to WordPress (just under the wire!)

In the coming year, I’ve so far targeted a couple of workshops to take, and possibly a clay conference.

I’ve been researching/designing a small propane fired kiln in my head and it’s about time for that to become reality.
I’d also like to get more consistant time in the studio, and make more efficient use of the time I do spend there.
The blog is up to 3346 visitors from 85 countries. This is remarkable considering my intermittant blogging behavior of late. Since I find it difficult to blog when I’m not doing much in the studio, I’m planning on this taking care of itself once I get back to a regular studio schedule.


After yet another lapse, I’m giving it another try. The schedule never came together in April, and completely fell apart when the whole house came down with the flu, out of town guests, and a couple medical procedures thrown in for good measure.

So here I am, 2 months later. In summary:
 – I need a lot more practice making lids, and using my new calipers. Even with them, I managed to make lids that were a bit too small. They fit, but are sloppy/loose in the gallery. At least they don’t fall through!
 – I’ve somehow made it on to a list of ’50 Inspiring Pottery Blogs’ — I haven’t been feeling very inspiring or inspired lately, but it’s a great goal to shoot for!
 – I have about a million ideas that I’ve collected in my brain in my off-time, and I need to organize, edit, reduce, and make a plan for trying them out.



What’s that you say?
Well, I’ve taken the liberty of modifying the acronym BICHOK that some writers use – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard – or sometimes simply ‘BIC’ to something more alligned to my goals, thus:

Butt In Studio, Hands On Clay.

More to come . . .

Earth Hour 2010

This Saturday night, March 27, from 8:30-9:30PM local time -wherever you are- is International Earth Hour. Show your support for climate issues by flipping off your lights for one hour.

Last year nearly a billion people participated from 4100 cities and 87 countries, including 80 million Americans in 318 cities. Also many cities corporations and organizations showed their support by going dark for an hour, including

  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Broadway Theater Marquees
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Seattle’s Space Needle
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
  • Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
  • St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
  • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
  • Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
  • Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
  • Sydney’s Opera House

Learn more here:
Join us in turning off your lights for one hour, and spread the word!

Goodbye 2009!

In the spirit of New Years, new beginnings and all that, I’ll be making a fresh start here on the blog and in the studio.
After a particularly frustrating 2009, not being able to do what I WANTED to do, or felt I SHOULD be doing or COULD do, I’ll be focusing on what I CAN do. Until my recovery and PT and various other procedures are done with, I can still make work. I may not be as fast as I was, or be able to throw for hours and hours, but I can make work. Pain or not, working with clay helps me stay sane through it all.

Pricing in a bad economy

Just read a blog post about the temptation to lower your prices when things aren’t selling.
Assuming your prices are set correctly (whatever that is) in the first place, it makes a lot of sense.

Looking around, I sure haven’t noticed many other sectors slashing prices. Sure, there are the department stores that have huge retail markup having 50% of sales, but you can be sure they are not selling below, or anywhere near, cost. If they are, they’re making it up elsewhere (loss leader to get you in the store) or they’re teetering on bankruptcy.

I thought this really fit in with a common theme I’ve been seeing out in the pottery blogosphere about how people are doing in the down economy. The thinking that makes the most sense for me is that, yes, the big expensive pieces might not be selling right now, so you might want to offer smaller, less complicated, time consuming pieces if you don’t already. But offer them in addition to your other pieces, because you just don’t know what will sell on any given day.

Check out Molly Gordon’s blog here:
Why lowering your prices doesn’t work and how to resist the urge

6 months of blogging

Just recently realized that I’ve been doing this blog for 6 months now. Back when I started, I didn’t know what direction it would take (still don’t really), or if I’d even stick with it or have anything to say.  Apart from rather sparse posting recently, I’m pretty happy with it.
Here’s a quick summary of a few fun stats so far:
1460 visits
36 Countries + US (All states except AK, HI, and RI)
Northernmost visitor – Rekjavik, Iceland
Southernmost visitor- Hobart, Tazmania
Top 7 countries in decending order:
I’m going to head back to the studio today after work to celebrate!

What color green are you?

All of this glaze testing going on out in the pottery blogosphere got me thinking about color —

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There’s no one even close to being like you.

Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.

While you are a bit offbeat, you don’t scare people away with your quirks.

Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.