It’s pottery-sale time again

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Medium bowl with carving, iron red

Our garage starts looking really great around this time of year, because I’ve moved all the plastic bins of pottery out onto the back porch to get ready for the annual pottery sale.

 

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Small square bowl with slip trailing, spodumene

Now I know where the Christmas-tree box is, and how to find the hummingbird food, and what I did with all those rusty old chains that I used to use for hanging plants. You can never have too many rusty old chains.

 

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Sugar bowl and creamer with slip trailing, blue blue

In  any case, it’s pottery-sale time, and it’s been fun to see what I made nine or 10 months ago and to remember that I need to make more of those vases or Brie bakers or little square cups.

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Baking dish with handles, soda-fired

I’m hoping they’ll be flying out the door on Sunday Dec. 4, the day of my sale. I’ll be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or thereabouts, or when everything is gone.

 

 

 

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Small square lidded pots with carving, iron red

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Small bowl, iron red and spodumene with copper grape

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Small bowls, spodumene with Laura’s turquoise or blue blue and copper grape

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Vase with handles, blue blue (sold)

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Baking dish with handles, blue blue

Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces. I hope I’ll see you on Dec. 4. If you need the address, please send me a message. There will be cookies and cider in it for you.


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Sugar bowl and creamer, Laura’s turquoise

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Medium lidded pot with carving

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Creamer with slip trailing, iron red

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Medium carved bowl, Otis white

New pots, November 2015

Time, yet again, to get ready for a post-Thanksgiving pottery sale — which really means that it has been time for months to be busy making pots. I missed four months earlier this year when we were away from home and away from clay, so I have been skedaddling (is that still a word?) to fill my shelves.

The sale will be Saturday Dec. 5 — and, in the meantime, here are some new pots:

Carved lidded pot, 3-D white on orangestone.

Two lidded jars, Shaner red and peach on orangestone.

Set of four mugs, 3-D white on orangestone.

Set of four mugs, 3-D white on orangestone.

Three lidded pots with porcelain slip decorations, orangestone.

Three lidded pots with porcelain slip decorations, orangestone.

Small lidded jar decorated with porcelain slip, orangestone.

Small lidded jar decorated with porcelain slip, orangestone.

Set of four mugs, AA copper on orangestone.

Set of four mugs, AA copper on orangestone.

Berry bowl, spodumene on orangestone.

Berry bowl, spodumene on orangestone.

Berry bowl, iron red on orangestone.

Berry bowl, iron red on orangestone.

Berry bowl, blue blue on orangestone.

Berry bowl, blue blue on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, Shaner red on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, Shaner red on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, copper ivory on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, copper ivory on orangestone.

Small carved bowl, copper ivory on orangestone.

Small carved bowl, copper ivory on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, AA copper on orangestone.

Small bowl decorated with porcelain slip, AA copper on orangestone.

Small rimmed and carved bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Small rimmed and carved bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Carved bowl, copper ivory on orangestone.

Carved bowl, copper ivory on orangestone.

Carved, flat-sided bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Carved, flat-sided bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Carved, flat-sided bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Carved, flat-sided bowl, Shaner red on orangestone.

Flat-sided bowl, AA copper on orangestone.

Flat-sided bowl, AA copper on orangestone.

It’s pottery sale time

If it’s almost December, it’s almost pottery-sale time. This year I’m going to hold my sale in my driveway in Orwin Manor, just north of Loch Haven Park in Orlando. So if you need the address, please email me and I’ll send it off.

When, you might ask? Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Here are a few glimpses of what I have in store:

Little pitchers

Little pitchers

Multicolored bowls

Multicolored bowls

Very small bowls

Very small bowls

Baking dish, iron red

Baking dish, iron red

Baking dish, Laura's light blue

Baking dish, Laura’s light blue

Baking dish, spodumene

Baking dish, spodumene

Lidded jar, blue blue

Lidded jar, blue blue

Lidded jar, iron red

Lidded jar, iron red

Brie baker, spodumene

Brie baker, spodumene

Shallow bowl

Shallow bowl, Emily’s blue

Deep bowl, Laura's light blue

Deep bowl, lime green

Really big vase, spodumene

Really big vase, spodumene

Jar, spodumene

Jar, spodumene

Jar, iron red

Jar, iron red

Jar, Laura's light blue

Jar, Laura’s light blue

Jar, lime green

Jar, lime green

 

 

It’s time!

IMG_0416My laundry room and garage are crammed with work for the third annual Orlando Pottery Festival, which will feature 65+ potters and ceramic artists showing and selling their work.

It’s a great time to buy holiday gifts and to support local artisans. Every time I use a mug that I bought from a potter, I remember that person and where I was when I bought the cup — St. Ives in Cornwall, UK; New York City; Fernandina Beach; and many from here in Orlando. It’s a tangible link to another person, and often it seems to me that the mug itself, because of the associations it carries, is another living thing.

Here’s the poster for our festival, which is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 at Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive, Orlando. The center is at the edge of Loch Haven Park, just west of the Orlando Science Center garage, near the intersection of Princeton Street and Alden Road. Please stop in and see us!2013Poster

Time for some new pots

It’s fall, and the pots are piling up around the Maupin household — in time for the next Orlando Pottery Festival, which is Saturday Dec. 7 at Loch Haven Neighborhood Center in Orlando.

In the meantime, here are some pots fresh from the kiln:

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Round pot with decorated surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware with porcelain decoration, gas-fired, lime green.

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Round pot with decorated surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware with porcelain decoration, gas-fired, iron red.

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Round pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Laura’s light blue.

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Round pot with decorated surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware with porcelain decoration, gas-fired, spodumene.

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Round pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Laura’s light blue.

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Round pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, blue blue.

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Lidded pot with decorated surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware with porcelain decoration, gas-fired, iron red.

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Lidded pot. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, blue blue.

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Lidded pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, iron red.

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Lidded pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Laura’s light blue.

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Lidded pot with handle and carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, lime green.

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Lidded pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, spodumene.

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Lidded pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, blue blue.

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Lidded pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Laura’s light blue.

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Lidded casserole with handle. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Laura’s light blue.

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Lidded casserole with handle. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, iron red.

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Lidded casserole with handle. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, Otis white.

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Pot with carved surface. Cone 10 Phoenix stoneware, gas-fired, lime green.



 

The Getting Ready Rag

When I’m getting ready for anything big, I always think of a song from Ragtime, “The Getting Ready Rag.” This week that song is going through my head a lot as I pack, unpack and repack all my pots for the Orlando Pottery Festival, which is coming up this weekend.

The big gas kiln at the studio was unloaded yesterday morning, and we’ll have another load unloaded Friday. So there will be lots to see.

Here are some pieces that came out of the firing earlier this week.

Canisters, Phoenix clay, spodumene glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Canister, Phoenix clay, Laura’s light blue glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

A mug shaped like a grapefruit for my friend Jonathan Miller. Phoenix clay, spodumene glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Pie plate, Phoenix clay, Laura’s light blue glaze. Cone 10 gas firing.

Pie plate, Phoenix clay, Otis white glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Yarn bowl, front, Phoenix clay, Laura’s light blue glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Yarn bowl, back, Phoenix clay, Laura’s light blue glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Yarn bowl, front, Phoenix clay, spodumene glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Yarn bowl, back, Phoenix clay, spodumene glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Very big pot, made at Crealde workshop with Jeff Rogers. 901 clay, Otis white glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

Birdbath for tiny birds, made at Crealde workshop of three pots made by three different people. I made the bowl on top and combined the three. 901 clay, Otis white glaze, cone 10 gas firing.

The Orlando Pottery Festival is imminent (in other words, it’s Dec. 1)

Here’s our poster, designed by potter/graphic artist Lisa Frasier.

Around my house and at the City of Orlando Pottery Studio, I’m in the thick of getting ready for the second annual Orlando Pottery Festival, which is coming up

Loch Haven Neighborhood Center

Saturday Dec. 1. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the place, once again, is Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, which is at 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive, just off the intersection of Princeton Street and Alden Road in Orlando.

(If you know where the Orlando Science Center garage is, Loch Haven Neighborhood Center is the one-story building just west of it.)

Here’s a map.

Baking dish (Brie baker), paprika spodumene

Last year’s festival was a huge success, and this year we’re following the same path, with around 50 potters displaying and selling their wares, which will range from my functional stoneware (cups, bowls, plates, baking dishes and the like) to Lisa Frasier’s whimsical piggy banks and pet bowls to Cindy Merithew’s fanciful hand-built boxes.

We’ll have food trucks outside, entertainment inside and a gorgeous view out the sliding glass doors of Lake Formosa.

Mug, Shanks blue

I still have lots of stuff in the kiln, so I can’t show you my newest work. (Hint: There are lots of yarn bowls, pie plates and covered jars.)  But here’s more of what you’ll see.

All of it is microwave- and dishwasher-safe (and it looks swell on the table, if I do say so myself).

Medium bowl, spodumene

Here’s a link to the festival website, with lots more information about the festival itself and the artists who will be participating in it.

And here’s a link to the City of Orlando Pottery Studio, where I do most of my work. It’s a wonderful program, more than 40 years old, where potters of all ages,

Yarn bowl, lime green

backgrounds and experience levels come together, swamp ideas and learn from each other’s work.

Many of the potters who work at the downtown studio will be part of the festival, and you’ll see how varied their work is. It’s a good chance to talk with the artists and to do all your holiday shopping at the same time. I hope to see you there!