It fills me with joy when I receive a photo of the pots I've made in action. I have been wanting to post something for a long time with these photos but always put it off for later. Now is later! I hope to get many more on here submitted by others but these ones are a combination of mine and a few close friends. Please feel free to send me yours and I'll happily add them to the mix.
This winter I had the opportunity to travel to southern India to explore daily life while making and researching clay creations. I kept a blog separate from this one but I wanted to link to it now to keep everything together. You can view it here: INDIA 2014
What an incredible weekend of creativity and learning! I decided to attend a soda firing workshop with a gentle & kind...not to mention talented potter named Dan Hill. He and his artistic partner - Joyce Bulkholder live in Wilno where they work and display their pieces at Hillside Paintings and Pottery. Driving through Algonquin Park with two friends to get there was a great start to the inspiration. I enjoyed hearing about Dans experiences firing propane kilns as well as eyeing his studio set up. I especially enjoyed the view from his potters wheel looking out into a valley of wetlands with a huge boulder sitting in the middle. Off to one side is their vegetable patch which left me dreaming of summers ahead where more veggie/herb gardens will grow on Chetolah Pottery Studio's property. We were told to bring 12 pots bisque fired to glaze with Dan's glazes and fire them in a large propane downdraft kiln as well as a small converted electric to propane soda updraft kiln. I got the pots back after their firings and am thrilled with their results even though I haven't managed to document them and add their images here. To be coming soon are the final products but check out this whole set up as this was nothing short of an inspirational weekend.
Rain clouds kept us off the bikes again today but it didn't stop us from Monday adventures. This week travelling to Minden opened our eyes to some great cafes in this sweet town. The dream of connecting food & drink with my pottery was alive and well today. I know things take time and I must be patient but I'm SO excited to grow the coffee drinks and snack offerings at Chetolah.
First we visited The Gravity Coffee House which is cosy & full of amazing offerings from coffee & tea to smoothies like the one I got with a banana, almond milk, almond butter and an espresso shot. Super delicious:)
From there we headed down the street and happened upon a new spot called Up River Trading Company. This spot has a cafe and gift store with a great new patio along with some fun clay ideas. My favourite piece being a lovely white mug with an owl in the bottom.
It was fun to be a tourist in a local town for part of a day. I love getting inspired by getting outside of the studio which only makes me want to return and get working again.
With a windy & rainy start to the show on friday...the weather cleared and it was a beauty rest of the weekend. A lovely treat to spend the Friday July 19th- Sunday July 21st in Annie Williams Park exhibiting at the 51st annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show.
On this great day-off morning we decided to ditch the motorbikes and drive the truck to Lindsay in hopes to tow home a 1967 Airstream trailer. After making the purchase we stopped at Earth & Fire Pottery Studio full of excitement and adventure.
Grahame & Debbie Wales have been creating propane fired functional stoneware pottery for over 30 years. I was lucky enough to purchase a 'happy accident' mug that has a glaze that was unexpected but I love. Visiting this property gave me a glimpse into the future as Chetolah Pottery Studio expands and evolves. We were super blessed with an amazing tour and chat with Debbie Wales. Hearing and seeing the different stages of the couples lives working with clay. I highly recommend a visit to this welcoming property,
Tara is a Dorset, Ontario-based artist. She creates both functional and decorative stoneware pieces out of Chetolah Pottery Studio, which she opened in 2007.