Breezingly Cool

Yup, here I go making up words again, but I’m not sure how else to describe this absolutely, beautiful day. The first ‘official’ cold front moved through today and the sky is bluer than blue and the temperature is about 79º. I can’t even begin to describe the deliciousness of the cool breeze coming through my garage studio.

Welcome to autumn, Florida. Finally!!

On that note, we’re fast approaching the season of giving. Well, I prefer to call it the season of gratitude. I like to create and give to those whom I truly am grateful to have in our lives. Typically, that means food. Today, it will be words.

My little artventure is nearing its one-year mark. Let me share a few words that help describe what the past year has felt like:

frustrating, amazing, explosions, flops, glaze drips in the wrong place, full-of-heart, pinholes, sales, no sales, creative, growth, taxes, small business, thankful, girl boss, entrepreneur, hopeless, blessed, grateful, scrapper, kiln auto shutoff (dammit!), smack my head, discoveries

And I could keep going… but as you can see, there are so many possible descriptions, depending on the day. I highlighted the important ones, though. That’s the focus. Those are the main ideas of this little discourse.

Amazing. Full-of-heart. Creative. Growth. Thankful. Blessed. Grateful. Discoveries.

I am forever thankful and full of gratitude for those who have supported this artventure of mine. Without all of you, well, life wouldn’t be nearly as sweet.

THANK YOU ❤

On a side note.. we have a few new ideas coming to fruition in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.. and don’t forget, if you’ve got a mug… USE IT !!!

Many blessings and bounty to all of you this upcoming season.

mk

Autumnal Shift

Now if only the weather would shift in Orlando!!! I’m ready for some cooler air… moving on!

Good afternoon, friends!

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the autumn weather, wherever you may live. Except maybe in Florida, like me… because it’s 100º outside right now…. literally.

Lots of things have been going on since school has started, but it’s given me a solid opportunity to get done work done in the studio. I’m working on some Halloween ideas, that will be coming to fruition over the next week or so. Next week, I get to spend mostly at home instead of the job-job. The plan is to get some throwing in over the weekend, and hopefully a bisque fire in by Wednesday or Thursday.

Our Etsy store will be updated coming up on the 1st of October. Please make sure to check out what we’ve got! There’s always something new and inspiring.

If you are interested in ordering any gifts to give for the winter holidays, please see below:

If you need an item shipped to you, I will take orders up until November 10, 2018. My last ship out date will be Monday, December 17th.

If you are in the Orlando area, and will be picking up at the studio, please contact me no later than November 24, 2018. The last day to pick up ordered items locally will be Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Orders not picked up by the 23rd will be available to pick up after January 6, 2019. Our studio and Etsy store will be closed between December 24, 2018 and January 5, 2019.

If you have any questions, just send a note! As always, thanks for hanging out. Here are a few pictures of recent creations and happenings.

Summer Sunshine

Good morning all! I hope this note finds everyone well hydrated as the summer sun and heat takes its toll on many this year. Our summer has been a bit challenging with work schedules and kid schedules, so I have gotten behind on work. In the first year of business, finding the balance between family, the job-job and my studio has been humbling.

For those waiting on bowls, vases, teapots & mugs, we’re getting there. I promise. You’re patience and understanding are very much appreciated. ❤

Once those are cooking in Pele, in the next few weeks, we have added some red clay to our mix of things to sample. First, we will make a slew of test tiles so we can sample our glazes, and then hopefully by the beginning of September, we’ll have some red clay pieces in the mix for fall.

I recently set up our living room as a photography studio to create a more polished round of photos for the Etsy store update. I’m quite happy with the outcome!

 

Until next time, keep cool and in the shade!

May Blooms

May Blooms … you know the saying, April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, May brought our little business lots of blooms. There can be a lot of anticipation and anxiety when trying new things, especially for the first time. I, however, have the best support group that anyone could ever ask for. That being said I have to say thank you to my Michael and my Heather for helping make this month bloom with new possibilities. Love you guys!!! ❤

It’s been a productive couple of months of making pottery, learning and making some more! Mug handles have been the bane of my existence these last few batches. If anyone out there has any suggestions… I’m ready!

We had our first official gig the first weekend of May. We had the privilege to participate in the Blueberry Festival of Greater Orlando at Southern Hill Farms. It had been a little crazy (who am I kidding.. I was going nuts…) getting it all put together. Now that we’ve got on under our belts, it’s time to do a little more research and see where we can share the pottery love in other locations.

I’m hoping to get our shopping options updated very soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for hanging with us! More fun to come in June.

 

 

 

Spring Fever

We’ve all heard that phrase… Spring Fever. Being in Florida, however, impedes the abilities to see past the pollen hanging in the air while the oak trees have their way with us.

Truth…

I can remember when we lived in Pennsylvania, how exciting it was to see the first stems of the daffodils and crocuses peek through the snow. The feel of sunshine on your face after a long bout of chilly temperatures and gray skies. There’s just something remarkable about those feelings that embody fresh and new.

Spring fever has kind of taken over a little here in my home studio. I’ve been working on new techniques, trying new ceramic mediums and continuing to solidify the inventory we carry. The biggest transition so far has been the use of color. Now, I do enjoy the challenges that come with creating and mixing your own glazes, which I currently do. In my testing, I have added Amaco velvet underglazes to my mix of things and I’ve been very happy with the results.

The plan here is to tromp through March like a lion and create, throw and make; fire, glaze and fire again.

In the meantime, take your allergy pills of the oak trees deem it and enjoy the sunshine.

M 🙂

P.S. Here are some items I’ve been working on.. including a new stamp.. OWL EYES!

Slumbering 13

Good morning from a partially sleep-deprived, crazy, glowing & giggly… and still-silly-slumber party, for a freshly-minted 13 year old. That’s how we roll… time well spent with the ones who mean the most. And how lucky am I to have each of their moms as dear and amazing friends. Love you all….. ❤

So let’s just dive in to some pottery while I munch on cold, leftover pizza from last night… and listening to a little Sinatra… sigh…

I’m so excited!!!!!

First I’d like to share some awesome news! Our first pottery is officially on display at the Corrine Drive Counseling Center in the Audobon Park district here in Orlando. Sending a huge THANK YOU to Joe for inviting us to share our artwork.

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Pele the kiln is running a bisque fire as we speak. I’ve got a few test tiles in there with some new clay I’m trying, as well as a number of mugs in the Laguna bmix I use the most. Looking forward to finishing off a couple custom orders and getting them delivered this week, hopefully. Cross your fingers… no really… cross them!

Onward.. and upwards…

We’re researching and planning for what we’ll need to set up a booth so we can start getting ready to apply for shows later this year. We are hoping to do a little open house closer to the summer when we have our booth designed and prepped… there might even be a few things available for sale. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, thank you for hanging with us on our artventure! Your support and motivation is just amazing! ❤

m

 

Glazed New Gratitudes

Happy New Year everyone!

The last few months have been extraordinarily crazy on our side of town, but good nonetheless. I’m super grateful and appreciative of everyone, that’s ALL OF YOU GUYS… for being by our side and being super and amazingly supportive while we set the course to pursue the path of our #artventure.

Yup, that was a hashtag… I’ve been using that a lot as we navigate the art/business world. Feel free to use it when tagging photos from our studio. 🙂

Something I work on with the kiddos, particularly the oldest, is what I call Gratitude Attitude. It’s got a snazzy little ring to it and when I combine them, it becomes #gratitudes. It’s important to be thankful for something everyday, even if it’s the fact that traffic was good on the way home or you didn’t have a substitute teacher in your favorite class. Gratitudes can encompass big, huge items to the very littlest of things. The things that may only be important to the gratitude giver. Either way, it’s important.

I have a few gratitudes I’d like to share for the beginning of this glazy, new year.

  • Best life partner, like, freaking, ever…. the cream to my coffee and the yin to my yang… he gets me.
  • Family & friends ….. Friends & family
    Have you ever noticed how the lines of family and friends are so blurred you can’t really tell the difference? Yeah… that..
  • The motivation and support that comes from the previous lines.
  • My job-job that allows me to be flexible to be where I need to be, when I need to be.
  • The ability to create art-like things… and use my imagination on a daily basis… and let’s not forget clay splatters across the walls and smears of clay in my hair!
  • Sunshine, beach time & sand in my shoes

These are the things that came to my mind first, and yet there are so many more, but I think that’s a good start for now.

Oh and the glazed part? Everyone feels a little “glazed over” after the rush and craziness of the holidays. I might have also been testing new glazes in the studio as of late…

This year of 2018 is going to be amazing. Exhilarating. Exciting. Stupendous. Bombdiggity. ( I could keep going here…)

Many blessings to you and yours.

❤ M

 

Express Yourself

Hey, hey, hey, heeeeyyyy….. WAIT! It’s true, I’ve been listening to a lot of Madonna lately. Moving on…. lol

Self-expression is vitally important to our daily existence. It’s who we are; what we do and how we interact with others. Self-expression is a statement of our existence, one that’s not finite, but one that is fluid and ever-changing.

The past few weeks have presented some personal challenges that I have been pondering on. I have been trying to find ways to combat that awful “feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something is bothering you” ick to go away. Sometimes, while waiting to work through such things, you find catharsis in the things of everyday life. Right now, my catharsis has been words. I love words and I love vocabulary. Poetry is one of my favorite things to write. I love creating big, jumbled lines of words, in no particular order, just to see what they show me once their written.

But wait….

Art is self-expression… hey. I’m one of those artist types, right?

This is how I got here…
I am currently working on a custom order for an urn. The client had asked about the possibility of adding words to the piece. So after some sketches and client/artist talks, I came up with a recessed lid that will hold small, ceramic medallions. All of which will have the various names of the individual who passed, as well as a series of terms of endearment.

Expression… words… the words with which we refer to our loved ones… and then this all turned into words of empowerment and the words I like to hear and say and read out loud, because they become more powerful when spoken. And when spoken with a purpose, well, there’s your self-expression. Or my self-expression.

So I took this little experiment to Facebook by asking my group of ‘everyone’ what their favorite word was. Wow! What an amazing response.

Where does the art part come in you ask? The pictures below will tell the rest of the tale.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Don’t forget to check out the Etsy store!

xo Melanie ❤

 

PS .. totally guilty on the Instagram filters here…. and get out there and expres YOURself. 🙂

 

Have Clay, Will Throw

That’s right! I’ve got clay to throw… and we are!

Hello all!

I hope this note finds everyone well. We will be getting ready to launch a limited selection of pieces on our Etsy store in the next week or so.

In the meantime, we’ve created a campaign on bonfire.com to add some snazzy new t-shirts to YOUR wardrobe. We need to sell at least 11 shirts to get them printed. For each shirt, the studio will get a little money back to put towards our continued growth.

Each shirt is $15 and with shipping it will come to $19.97.

https://www.bonfire.com/welcome/1a35234c0d144/

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So, if you would please, take a minute and check it out.

Thank you again for following along! Stay tuned for the officially official Etsy Shop debut!

 

Like Christmas Morning

Do you remember when you were a child, how excited you were to wake up on Christmas morning so you could rush out of your room to see what Santa left under the tree? Or maybe you ran to the living room with your stocking in hand so you could dump out all of the contents to see what was there?

That’s like me when I can open my kiln after a glaze firing. Really… it’s like freakin’ Christmas when I was 8 years old. You see, Michael’s alarm went off at 5:45. I opened my eyes and thee was like this jolt of energy in my brain. I said “I’m going to check the kiln”. I then sat up and went to the garage. I could hear Barbra Streisand saying “Hello gorgeous” as I slowly opened the lid.

Like totally rad, dude.

There will be pictures to be posted and commentaries are yet to be made, but this was a good fire. Thank you Pele!

*Side note… kitchen lighting at 6 AM is terrible for taking pictures. It doesn’t do the pieces justice. There will be better pictures later today, after a few cups of coffee and one kiddo is dropped off at school.*

Love & hugs people! ❤