Monday, 22 June 2015

Inspiration

For as long as I can remember, my aunt has had a rather large patch of feverfew in her front yard flower bed.  Years ago, she let me take home a seed head, and I have had it growing in my yard ever since.
 It is one of my all time favourite early summer flowers.
 I decided to capture their essence in clay so that I can enjoy them year round. 
 At some point, I discovered a "double" feverfew flower in my yard, and both kinds have now been growing in harmony ever since...although they migrate all around the yard and I never really know where they will turn up.

 I've got a few extras listed over here in my etsy shop if you want to have a closer peek.

What garden flowers are you ejoying this year?

Linking up with:
Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On

Monday, 15 June 2015

Leaves

When I was a child, I would collect leaves from spring to fall, iron them between sheets of wax paper and collect them in scrapbooks.  Buttercups and other small flowers were included in there too.
I'm starting to think that many of my latest projects are in fact just a throwback to my childhood.
 I'm still preserving leaves, trying to capture a moment in time.  The only difference is the medium.
  My children collected rocks (they still do), and nice leaves in the fall, but they never preserved them.
I remember having a flower press too.
I have to wonder if kids still do this, or if it's a thing of the past.

I'd love to hear from you if you remember doing it, or if your children/grandchildren did.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Mason Jar Frogs

It's summer time.  
Time to gather a few flowers from your garden and bring them indoors to brighten things up.  
Time for displaying the wildflowers your children bring in from their walk. 
And time to share your bounty with family and friends.
 I love putting flowers in my many (MANY) mason jars, but I always found that I needed so so many to make a nice arrangement that didn't flop all over the place.
 So I made myself some frogs that fit over any standard mason jar...and then I made a whole bunch more!  See how well they hold up just a few little stems?
They fit all of the sizes, so I can cut violets in the early spring and put them in the teeny ones, lily of the valley in the pint jars a few weeks ago, and I'm looking to putting such a variety of wildflowers in the quart jars all summer long.
If you want to play along, I have them listed in 6-packs in my etsy shop under the "vases" section.

They can also be custom ordered for wedding centerpieces and bouquets for a DIY wedding.

Linking up with:
Keep Calm Craft on over at Frontier Dreams - cuz making your own bouquets is crafty, right?

Monday, 25 May 2015

Wedding Bouquet Charms

It's getting to be that time of year again.  The time of year filled with weddings, wedding showers, and special events.  
If you are getting married this summer...if you are doing your own bouquet with flowers you pick from your garden or a nearby field...if you want to add a little something extra to a bouquet to make it really your own...I have about a dozen of these hand stamped heart shaped pottery charms to add just that something extra. 
 They are glazed on both sides so they are nice and smooth.


If your wedding is still a while away, you can even custom order them to match your colour scheme.

They're over on my etsy shop if you want to have a peek.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Work in progress...

Sometimes it takes me so long to fill a kiln that it feels like months go by with out new pictures to share.  I thought I would take a minute to share some of the works in progress that have been occupying my time.  Even though they are not completed projects, they may give you a little peek into my world...

Rolling out lots of clay for serving dishes of all sizes.  Some with Juniper, Cedar, 
the first Ferns of the season...

 Reclaiming about a year's worth of clay trimmings.  I've reclaimed about a third so far. Without a pug mill, it's a hard job and I can only do a little bit at a time...maybe 10 pounds?  Max.
Playing with texture in different serving dishes...
...like this one.  I'm having a terrible time with these cracking though, so there aren't a lot of finished products for the number of them made.

 
  A little bit of wheel throwing.  I find I'm throwing pots only to replace the ones that I have sold.  All of my newer items seem to be hand built.

I've found I can make the tube vases without the extruder (I don't have one at home...only at the college studio, and no access to that one until September).  Added bonus - I can make them in small batches so I don't end up tired of them before the pile is done.

 A whole-lotta rolling out of clay.  I'll share this in the next couple of weeks, but over a period of a couple of weeks, I made 7 dozen of a particular item for Sarnia Artwalk.  LOTS of rolling.

And one finished piece... I've made myself a necklace to wear at Sarnia Artwalk out of some of the beads I made.  I haven't had any beads at a show yet, so I thought I would introduce them with an example or two of how to use them.

I apologize for the quality of the photos.  They are all from my instagram feed, and somehow the quality deteriorated trying to add them into this post. I'll try to rememdy that.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Of Flowers and Vases

I love bringing fresh flowers into my home.  From the first bloom of the year (daffodils at my house) all the way through to the last greens of winter, I usually have a little snippet of something fresh in at least one room in my house.  
I've been working on some new vases so that other people can have that luxury too...vases that I hope are lovely enough to stand on their own, but not so intricate that they detract from the flowers that I add. 
 Especially since I tend to just grab a few simple blooms without ever doing anything fancy with them.
I'm finding that I really like grey vases with flowers.  For years, I made all my vases white, but I think I see a lot more grey vases in the near future.
 See how the flowers just pop against it?

 And although these aren't vases, I think the flowers on them give me permission to add them here.
I made them as spoon rests, but people have been buying them for ring dishes, soap dishes, for business cards...that's one of the things I love best about doing shows in person...you get to talk to the customers and see just how they are going to use the pieces in their every day lives.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Sarnia Lambton Potters Guild Spring Sale 2015

So last weekend was the 2015 Sarnia Lambton Potters' Guild Spring Sale...one of my favourite events of the year.  I only got pictures of a handful of the potters' works before my shift started, but I thought you may enjoy a little tour:
 Lydia Nicholson Pottery (above and below).

 Marg Hebbourn (above and below).

 Jane Danic (above and below).

 Mad Pursuit Pottery -a husband and wife team (above and below).

Yours truly - Remembrances and AtTheCrossroads (above and below)

 
 Ronni Blackmore (above and below)

Wherever you are, I hope you have a chance to get out and support your local makers 
this spring and summer.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Forest Garden Club Home and Garden Show

Next weekend, you can find me at the Home and Garden Show
Hosted by the Forest Garden Club
 Saturday April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Admission $3.00
Location: The Shores Arena Complex, Forest, Ontario
Food Booth, Door Prizes, Tooney Tables.

I'll be bringing every "gardeny" thing I have.
Hope to see some of my local friends there!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sarnia Lambton Potters Guild Sale

The Sarnia Lambton Potters' Guild Annual Spring Sale
will be held once again at Degroots' Nurseries on London Line, Sarnia
on April 17th and 18th
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Saturday 8:00 a.m to 5:00


Have a sneak peak at some of the vendors:

Remembrances:  on etsy over here (AtTheCrossroads) and on Facebook over here (that's me!)
Mad Pursuits Pottery: on etsy over here an on Facebook over here (Brendan and Emily are wickedly talented)
Lydia Nicholson Pottery: on etsy over here and on Facebook over here (I admire Lydia's style immensely)
Sweet Fusion Glass Jewellery & Gifts: on Facebook over here (Katherine Bisson)
Ronni Blackmore: on Facebook over here
Pauline's Pots 
Elizabeth Martiniuk
Jane Danic
Marg Hebbourn
Brid Lachapelle



Monday, 30 March 2015

Woven "baskets"

I'd like to introduce you to what I've been working on recently...
 ...pottery bowls with basket tops.

 I've had quite a bit of fun experimenting with these.

 So far, I've tried crochet, 

 jewellery wire with wool, 


 knotted jute, (and the jute rope in the first picture).

 I have one little one left that I'm saving for cattail fiber, once the season arrives.

 And then a couple that are "just" pottery...


So now I'm curious.  
Should I make some blank basket bowls so that other people can play and experiment too? 
Is there any interest out there, I have to wonder?  
Feel free to leave me some comments on this one, either way.  I would greatly appreciate it.

Linking up with:
Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On
Fiber Arts Friday at Wisdom Begins in Wonder