One of Molly Cantor’s carved vases peeks out from behind some of my tumbers. Fired in the soda chamber of a wood kiln, the pots were fired for 40 hours, then cooled for 3 days. Always exciting to take down the brick door, it was even more so to see the great results. The white globs on the bottom of the pieces are known as wadding, a mixture of EPK and alumina hydrate used to prevent the pots from sticking to the kiln shelf. The soda that is sprayed into the kiln at about 2200 degrees volatilizes, coating the pots, shelves and kiln walls with a subtle satin sheen. Known as a soda firing, the soda enhances the clays, slips and any glazes, beautifully complementing Molly’s fine carvings. See more on April 24-25. Details at http://AsparagusValleyPotteryTrail.com. Posted by Nancy Magnusson
This past weekend was the locally famous Pottery Seconds Sale, a benefit for the Artspace community art center. So many potters in this valley; about 25 of us attend this sale. Our AVPG potters that were it this year were: myself (Lucy Fagella), Steve Earp, Pam Adorno, Tiffany Hilton, Molly Cantor, Meghan Hart, Mike Cohen, Evelyn Synder, and Tom White.
It is amazing how many people look forward to this sale and wait on line to get in. The bargains are amazing! Once again Tom White sold his whole table the last hour of the sale… meaning whatever was left on his table, five pots or twenty, take all for one price. His idea of a good seconds sale is not taking anything home with him.
My good deal for the weekend was a trade with Steve Earp… one large lidded jar for one of my large vases!
The potter’s guild purchased these great aprons a few years ago. I wear mine every working day.
posted by Lucy Fagella
Getting ready for open studios next week involves a lot of glazing–and a lot of bottom wiping. Yesterday between work and Henry (my 8-month-old son), I wiped quite a few bottoms. Both are rewarding in different ways! For details on Cottage Street Open Studios (June 6-7 in Easthampton, MA) visit www.cottagestreetstudios.com –Evelyn at Kaleidoscope Pottery
Fresh maples are finally available!
My first blog post here from Kaleidoscope Pottery land. We’ve been working with fresh leaves for a few weeks now–finally! It was a long winter using leaves from the freezer. Currently getting ready for our annual Cottage Street Studios Spring Open Studios June 6-7 (see www.cottagestreetstudios.com for details). Still enough time to get some pots through the kilns by then! –Evelyn
I built this kiln in 1973. A catenary arch, soft brick, car kiln. 100 cu. ft. (75 stacking.)
On may 15th 2009, it was fired for the thirteenth hundred time. Over the 33 years there have been about 75% cone 9 firings. Pots for the first 22 years. Tiles for the last eleven. The shelves stay up and we push the tiles in. A technique I learned from David Gill who created Bennington Pottery in Vermont.
Posted by Michael Cohen
Last Monday morning after our Pottery Trail the potters got together at our local food co-op, Greenfields Market. We shared our stories from the weekend, compared notes on how many people came through our studios and how many pots were purchased. We all had a good weekend despite the economy! One of the fun things we do do each year is give away one pot from each potter to ten lucky winners. We have a pottery passport that is stamped at each studio. If you go to seven of the ten studios you qualify to win a piece of pottery worth $75-$100. Our winners were notified this past week, and the prize pots were sent out. Many of us have received notes of thanks and how happy they were to receive a pot! My winner was Lucy Sherill… I liked that one… same first name as me!
Happy trails, from Lucy Fagella
The first day of our sale was gorgeous 85 degree weather, and busy, busy, busy! Lots of people came from the Boston area who read the wonderful article written about us in the Sunday travel section. Lets hope tomorrow is just as good. Posted by Lucy Fagella
Here is a photo of Angela Fina in her kiln getting ready to load pots for those who are hitting the pottery trail!
The Trail through beautiful western Massachusetts begins Saturday at 10:00.