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.
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.
Many thanks to all that came out to my family home this past Monday & Tuesday to see all the new pottery . I am thrilled with the turn out of people and thankful for the pottery sales. If you want to be added to the invite list for next year...just email firstname.lastname@example.org
With the first snow flakes in the air.... it's not hard to think forward to the holiday season. Join in on a fun evening and get some shopping done while you're at it. Hope to see you there.
It's become an annual thing that I get to rearrange the furniture in my parents house and put my pots on display all over their beautiful home. Enjoy sipping on something sweet or indulging in one of mom's culinary delights while you check out all the new clay creations. Lots of new designs and forms to see, feel & purchase! Mark it on your calendar now and contact me for special orders.
Celebrating your birthday by creating functional pottery is a great idea! These ladies were a blast and came up with some great ideas.
It was another beautiful weekend to be showing my wares at the 50th Annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show. Saw many old friends and met many new ones. Thanks to all those who came out to support the arts! Looking forward to next year already.
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.