Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What's coming out of the kilns...

It's been busy busy in the studio this Spring, and that's just how we like it! Cranking out work for clients, developing new things for the gallery, and taking part in fun studio events. Here's a little visual re-cap, with fascinating descriptions and trivia tossed in:

Introducing the "Chloe" line of Sheeples - ready to hold toothpicks,
Q-tips, matches, felting needles, hair pins, or even small air plants.
Solid versions are great for holding your ring or just cutely keeping you company!
At the end of March, I finally started getting caught up on production orders and the first fully developed 'sheeple' started coming out of the kiln. These cuties will have an official launch at the end of this month, with a give-away on my Instagram page, so go give a follow if you'd like your chance to win!

Bad Happy logos under
your burger!
Ready for all the
gravy love!

In April, I was thrilled to meet with Tom and Stephanie Kern to design service ware for their soon-to-open Bad Happy Poutine Shop in north Asheville. While a good bit of the order was in the April firing, more poutine pots and other pieces are being cranked out for the May firing and hopefully in time for the Grand Opening!

Wonderful sponsors, killer assistance from TVP apprentices,
fun competitions, and a good time had by all!
Now we're half way through May, and it's already been a crazy busy month! The Village Potters hosted NC Clay Club for the Clay Olympics, and I got to play Emcee as area potters competed for cash and prizes, and in the process made bowls for the Asheville Empty Bowls event later this fall that will help MANNA FoodBank create over 6,000 meals - well done potters, and thanks to all our sponsors. You can read a recap and list of winners at the NC Clay Club Blog.

Blindfolded Throwing competition with rapt audience!

And just days after that, we had a weekend filled with the TVP Spring Open House on Saturday, celebrating our expansion and showcasing work in the Laguna Clays we carry - if you're interested in trying some, check out what we have at The Village Potters website or call Lindsey to learn more:

TVP Apprentice Julie Johnson with the killer
Laguna test tile board she made.
And it also celebrated the opening of the new Village Potters' Tool Shop, carrying potter tools from MudTools, Kemper, and Dirty Girl (for now - more to come!):

The Village Potters' Tool Shop
The Open House also saw the opening of the Emerging Artist Gallery, plus new work by all Resident Village Potters in the main galleries, including our two newest Resident Potters, Julia Mann and Christine Henry. So if you're in the area and you haven't been by recently, there are lots of reasons to check out The Village Potters!

As for me, I'm back in a new production cycle, finishing up some Bad Happy pots, filling other orders and talking with creative chefs about beautiful pots I can make for their own exquisite creations. Like these lovely dumpling/appetizer bowls, which were the starting point/inspiration for what became the poutine bowl for Bad Happy. If your signature dish needs a signature dish, get in touch!

Dumpling/Appetizer Bowls. Also great to hold toppings
for a Dessert Bar, or a Taco Bar, or lime slices for a Tequila Bar....
And if you need a larger serving platter, or some
individual sauce servers...

Individual • Handmade • Design