Sunday, July 26, 2009

Update from Stephenson Pottery

Sorry it has been so long since I've posted on the site. A lot has been happening. The photo is from a recent show that I did at Rock House Vineyards in Polk County, NC. It was a great setting and fun do to. There will be more shows at the vineyard in the fall. I've also been doing some homesales at customers homes. The past show was last Thursday night at the home of Angie Rogers in Charlotte. Thanks Angie! We had a great time and sold a bunch of pots.
During the last three summers, I have been the pottery director at Camp Blue Star in Hendersonville, NC. It keeps me busy and is a change of pace from the regular studio schedule. I fire the wood kiln twice with the kids so that they can see the process and hopefully get them excited about pottery. The next firing is on Thursday.
What is coming up for the week here at Stephenson Pottery? Well, Tuesday I hope to close on my first house (that has been a nightmare process). A lot of up and down emotions are involved in buying a house. My closing has been moved 3 times! My moving date has been pushed back to next weekend. Wednesday I will be loading the wood kiln and then firing the kiln on Thursday. Friday I will be taking Emily and Samantha to the airport in Charlotte for there trip to Tulsa and then coming straight back to start the big move. Saturday I will be moving. So it's a busy week.
Thanks for reading and I will try and post on a more regular schedule.

Monday, April 20, 2009

waiting for the kiln to cool

Hi everyone. I've finally started a blog and I wonder how much time I will spend doing this. It is a good think to work on while the kiln is cooling down. I fired on Sunday and peeked in this evening and it looks like a good one. I'm doing the Weaverville Arts Safari this weekend over at John Ransmeiers' house. Hopefully it will be a good show and I can pay the rent this month!

Time has been a valuable thing lately. Between making pots, being at the gallery, bartending, teaching, and looking after Samantha (my 5 week old baby girl) I wonder how it all gets done. Emily has been a temendous help. Especially with Samantha. Emily has taken over my marketing for me and has set up a home sale next week for me in Charlotte. She also will be working with me in my gallery so I can make pots in the shop and she can talk with customers and run the cash register.

Back to the firing. We loaded on Saturday and fired on Sunday. My friends David Parris from Saluda, Mike Catanese from Horseshoe, and David Voorhees from Flat Rock all helped with the firing and had some pots in the kiln. We loaded two 30-34 inch vases up front and filled in the back with some pitchers, vases, and other tall pots. The weather was ok though we had some storms roll through towards the end of the night. It sure was better than the 6 inches of snow we had last time. I will try and post some pictures when we unload.