Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dinnerware Shelving

Last summer I combined a couple of shelving units to create the ultimate rack for drying plates. I can fit 30 dinner plates at a time, assuming I don't have a bunch of other crap cluttering it up. Currently my art fair booth shelving lives on the very top, and girls scout cookies take up some space near the bottom. Priorities....

I didn't have any floor space for the rack, so I put it up on the end of my work table and screwed it to the wall. I have to climb up on the table to get to the upper shelves, but that's simple enough.

Today was a productive day, and I managed to get 19 dinner plates made. To prevent the lips from drying out too fast and warping upward, I cover them with a strip of 'Caution' tape (available at your local hardware store). The middle of the plate is left uncovered for 2 or 3 days, at which time the whole piece will be leather hard with no warping at all.


A couple of new etched teapots, starting to dry out. The green wax will burn out in the bisque firing.

One of these is for a customer, the other will be shipped to the NCECA conference in Seattle, where I have been asked to sell my work at the Lill Street gallery space.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Throwing, throwing, throwing....

When it rains it pours. Just as I was getting started on building up inventory for the fast approaching Art Fair season, a bunch of orders came it. I can't complain, but man oh man do I have a lot of throwing to do for the next couple of months: 75 pots in the next two weeks (mostly dinner plates) plus enough pots for 3 art fairs- 1 in April, 2 in May- plus start on inventory for the other 7-10 fairs I'll have during the summer. My goal is to not be depleted of inventory after every fair, like last year. I'll do my best to post photos as I work. Time to buy some clay!