Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday in Saxapahaw

I set up a booth Saturday at the Saxapahaw Farmer's Market and Music Series Festival. What a great place: good music, homemade ice cream, lots of fun things for kids to do, and best of all fresh vegetables, homemade breads and jams, fresh eggs, local wine, and so much more. If you live in the area, you should definitely come out and enjoy some barbeque and music. I met so many nice vendors while setting up. Very friendly place!
It was my first Saturday and I had been forewarned that I might not sell too much on the first time, but I did ok, sold some flowerpots and tiles, met lots of very nice people and hopefully future customers. I packed up the cooler with food and Gerry and Wes came out and hung out with me for the evening. I'm looking forward to Saturday evenings at Saxapahaw through the rest of the summer.

Here are a few shots from my firing on Friday, lots of nice stuff came out, I was able to fire four cyles and tested some new glazes I mixed up with some mason stains. some good some bad. I mixed a red gloss that I don't understand at all, I think it needs really heavy reduction, it will take some experimenting.

This photo sucks but this piece is probably my most favorite thing I have ever made. It was sitting right on the burner and got fried on the back. The glaze actually turned red and it is soooo cool. You can't see it too well in the picture, but the flashing is spectacular! I met a very nice lady that wanted to buy it and I wouldn't sell it to her. Just can't part with it. I'm using it to put my business cards in. I did promise to make her another, so I'll make some more this week and send it on to her if she gets in touch with me.

These bowls were three pounds and very nice. And here is my first explosion. I was tired and rushing the last firing and put some tiles in freshly glazed. I only lost two tiles, but the sound of them exploding in the kiln was crazy. I had to turn the kiln off, cool it down, clean up the mess and start over. Patience grasshopper! So, that's my week, lots of work but ended the week in a great way at Saxapahaw.


Linda Starr said...

Wow Tracey, your pieces turned out spectacular and I love how you have displayed your butterfly and turtle tiles. The piece you love looks like an antiquity - I mean that in a good way - I see why you love it. Your turquoise sushi plates and pear are wonderful too. How nice you have found a place with good karma, so to speak, to sell your pottery.

cookingwithgas said...

fresh food and pottery- sounds great and music too!
Oh- I hate that sound of pots going BAM-Boom-Pop in the kiln.....
And you feel so foolish at the time.

Been there-

I love the pears and tiles.

Asheboro is changing, but it still has a ways to go on service.... there is a wine bar downtown.
A wine bar in Asheboro---- I never thought I would see that in my lifetime here.
The drive through brew place is still there.

Judy Shreve said...

Saxapahaw -- what a great idea -- good food, good music & excellent craft!

Your pieces are fabulous -- you've definitely figured out your new kiln. Sweet flashing on that bowl. And I love the blue. said...

You guys are so kind!! thanks for your continued words of encouragement!!! Linda, I thought the little double bowl looked like an artifact as well, that's probably why I like it so much. Meredith, you do feel foolish don't you, when the pots are exploding. Gerry was there and said, "I thought you had done this enough to know what you're doing by now", boy, did he pick the wrong time to say that! Judy, I have been thinking about earthenware again, I have a bag around here that I really should do something with. Low fire seems more likely to go with the raku than ^10. I maybe checking in for some hints on glazing!

Anonymous said...

lovely pear... and the piece you won't sell, maybe you can duplicate it?

Laura said...

Dude, your crackles are simply divine.

cindy shake said...

All of your Raku work is wonderful. I especially LOVE the Pear.

jbf said...

Fantastic work! Love the surfaces and colors you are using.