Posts Tagged 'Pottery Trail'

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Coming Soon

Oh it’s so exciting the trail is coming in 28 days!

The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail consists of a smaller offshoot of the Guild.  This year we have three guests.  Check out our website here for all the info!!

Waiting for Asparagus


On the Trail @ Stop # 3, Donna McGee

Best things about today: Flat Stanley came on the Pottery Trail! Also, Zoe Lewis stopped in. Her beautiful music was playing and she brought a lovely bouquet. The weather was perfect, and so was everyone who came. All so happy!

The Valley Pottery Tour is Just Four Days Away!

We are all busy firing our kilns, and cleaning our studios. Tiffany Hilton had a nice feature in the Springfield Sunday Republican.  Molly Cantor will have a feature in the Greenfield Recorder this Thursday.  Francine was at Craft Boston and tells us lots of folks are coming from Boston!  It’s all so very exciting! 

Here at Lucia Pottery I spent the day firing a kiln and photographing hot pots out of the kiln. Next is cleaning the studio, setting up displays and of course baking cookies!  Here is a little preview of some hot pots fresh from the kiln! 

Happy Trails,  Lucy

Getting Ready for Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

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  Posted by Nancy Magnusson

Impressions of the Pottery trail

This Trail was marked by many firsts. New promotional efforts, new items, even a new member. It paid off. I think when peers self promote, we all pull together. That feeds each of our efforts. Everybody wins. We move forward in our work, and Trail participants get the benefit of excellent pottery and a great day of visiting Western Massachusetts in all the glory of a new spring.

What a Good Weekend it was!

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

Hitting the Pottery Trail

 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.