October Frenzy

Here they are again, I have a sneaky feeling there’ll be a lot more where these come from the wee sweeties. What I haven’t decided is whether they are tiny little things or human sized, they are both at the same time in my head and maybe there are different groups. I had though there would be some that were tiny siting comfortably under toadstools kind of sized and some are definitely easily capable of wielding one of those traditional old lawn mowers that you push along with all your might.
Sgraffito harvest jug snippet. This one is an order, a mermaid theme. The one below is for my stand at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester in a couple of weeks time. I’ve a plan for that stand, I just need to work a bit harder between now and then to be able to do it as well as I would like. I’m most of the way there I suppose but there’s pots still to be made. I have lots of great pots but it’s that thing again of not having the right ones – yet!

So today I have been frantically sgraffitoing and trailing and glazing and packing the kiln and taking advantage of some incredibly sunny and warm weather to get a lot of pots out basking in that fabulous autumn sunshine.

This article copied below is from a newspaper in North Carolina which is all about the Clay and Blogs show happening there at the moment.

“Potters from all over the world are participating this month in “Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story” at Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines. The exhibit will be up until October 29.
Meredith Heywood of Whynot Pottery in Seagrove is the curator of the exhibit and spent several months organizing all the details.
The purpose of “Clay and Blogs” is to showcase the connection between potters from different parts of the world who are members of the online blogging community, said Heywood.
Several of the 50 potters participating were in attendance at the opening reception on October 1. Some travelled hundreds of miles to be there.
“It’s interesting because we’ve all known each other through blogs for a couple of years, and this is the first time some of us have met,” said Linda Starr, a potter from Lecanto, Fla. “It’s nice to see everyone’s pots in person.”
Hannah McAndrew, a participating potter from Scotland, wrote in an e-mail correspondence that blogging is beneficial to her because she lives in a rural community and rarely sees other potters.
“I eventually plucked up the courage to do it (blog), but I wasn’t sure whether anyone would want to read my waffling. Bizarrely, they do!” wrote McAndrew, who was unable to attend the opening.
McAndrew and fellow U.K. potter, Doug Fitch, have been invited to come to the U.S. to do a series of workshops and demonstrations in April 2011. The invitation is a result of other potters reading their blogs, according to McAndrew.
“There’s a lot of cross pollination with blogs,” said Hollis Engley, a potter from East Falmouth, Mass. who attended the opening.
Engley explained that most people give links for other blogs they read within their own blogs. The community grows bigger with each new connection.
“Part of what’s so fantastic about this show is that it’s worldwide,” said Engley.
The 50 potters featured in “Clay and Blogs” are from the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, U.K. and Spain. Several North Carolina potters are included.
Featured potters will have their wares and samples of their blogs on display at Campbell House Galleries for the duration of the show.
Campbell House Galleries is operated by the Arts Council of Moore County. It is located at 482 East Connecticut Avenue in Southern Pines. The phone number is (910) 692-4356.
For more information, including a list of participating potters and links to their blogs, visit www.mooreart.org.

The story was printed in a weekly magazine called “Get This!” that they put in “The Courier-Tribune” on Thursdays

A last blurry picture I’m afraid but it’s a candle holder, of a fashion, I’ll see how successful it is once it’s fired.
Tomorrow I will be back to…… kiln building! I’m fit enough now I think to shift a few more bricks, it’s been a while and we’ll see. I’ll still be trying to be a little careful though, I promise.

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5 Responses to October Frenzy

  1. Anna says:

    Keep that promise! 🙂

  2. You know we're looking forward to the visiting UK potters here on Cape Cod, Hannah. Dan and Gail Turner and I are beginning to talk details of the visit. We're about to get the publicity machine cranked up. Nice little plug there for "Clay and Blogs," too.

  3. Hey hannah- funny to read about the article on your blog! I have to go look it up.I sure hope to see you while you are state side!Your slip trail is spot on- love those flowers- really i love it all!

  4. Interesting to read the article on the show, I wish I had been able to go.

  5. jim says:

    lovely pots hannah, especially the sgraffito. your famous in america… already quoted in the media

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