Sunday, November 30, 2008

In Season Holiday Open House with the Art Gypsies

On saturday, Nov. 22nd The Salon & Spa on Railroad in Eagle River, Wisconsin hosted our 3rd annual In Season Holiday Open House and Art Sale.

The show featured the "Art Gypsies (left to right) Debra Ketchum Jircik, Carol Miller, Amy Higgason & Wendy Powalisz.

In Season was conceived as an event for "hunting widows" on the opening day of the gun deer hunting season. It offered a preview of the salon's Aveda Holiday Gift Collection, free spa treatments and featured the Art Gypsies and their "booths" set up in the hair stylist's stations.

Though turn out was lower than the past 2 years (we blame that pesky economy) the Art Gypsies had a great time peddling our wares.

My pots.

Some of Debbie's sculptures.

Wendy's set up.

Carol's photos and cards.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Results from this week's glaze firing

Here are some photos of the ornaments and candlesticks from the last post after the glaze firing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I am firing this week

I am getting ready to fire glaze kiln on Tuesday or Wednesday. Here are a few "before" shots of some bisque pieces.

These are candleholders.

Some small slab built dishes.

I will frame these tiles.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wheelthrown Ornaments

I always make ornaments for the holidays. They are a good low ticket item, fill space in my kiln and make great last minute gifts for good customers, friends and family. I use cookie cutters to cut shapes from rolled out clay slabs. Then I use all my texture tools and stamps to create designs. I finish them off with twisted copper wire hangers.

This year I decided to also make some wheelthrown ornaments. They were thrown off the hump (hollow inside) and carved in the leatherhard stage. I will be glazing them and firing them later this week. Watch for a future post to see their progress. So far, I think they are pretty cool!