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If you've been following along here, you may have noticed that we had a little (OK, big) change of plans for our Summer. The trailer that we take to shows is growing grass around it . . .
I must say, it seems a little counter-intuitive to announce the events that we're NOT doing, but since we've been doing them for 12 straight years, it feels like we should let you all know that we won't be there . . .
We missed you all at the Clam Festival in July. We will really miss you all at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair, which starts this weekend. (Our year usually revolves around this show - it is so strange to not be there!) We will also be bummed to skip the Norwich Farmers' Market- our dates were in late August.
The truth is, we had some unexpected challenges following the birth of our second child in April. As a result, we needed to make some tough decisions about our working life. Ultimately, they were decisions that have proved really positive for our family's health and well-being. Thankfully, we are all doing really well now, and enjoying our first Summer as a family of four at a somewhat different pace.
As my friend Susan said, "clay keeps in a bag, small children don't." :)
What we ARE happily planning for this year is a big Fall wood-firing, and a Kiln Opening Celebration and Sale at our VT studio. We'll have a full wood-kiln freshly unloaded with hundreds of new pieces, live music, food, and general merriment under the kiln barn. Stay tuned for those dates, we'll be announcing them soon!
We also hope for a hearty update to our Etsy shop for those of you who can't make it to VT in the Fall.
Thanks, as always, for following along and supporting our handmade life!
Becca (and Nathan and the kids)
We're excited to be opening our studio doors to the public on October 3rd + 4th, open 10am to 5pm, as part of Vermont Open Studio Weekend! We'll be giving wood kiln + studio tours, selling pottery (firsts + seconds), and serving up some tasty food from a popular local restaurant! We're also excited to host the Kerry Rose band, acoustic trio playing americana/folksy tunes in the tractor shed behind our gallery (music is on Sunday afternoon, about 12:30-3:30), oh and fall foliage. It should be a good time. :)
Hope you can join us! Let us know if you have any questions .... nathanandbecca [at] gmail dot com
We'll be posting new work to our shop on Monday, September 21st at 11am. Here's a little preview:
We hope to have new bird mugs + spoon rests + mason jars in another couple of weeks, and we'll update again at that time.
Again, here's the link to the shop which will be updated Monday at 11am. You can "favorite" us for up-to-the-minute updates on new work posted there.
We're really looking forward to bringing our brand-new wood-fired work to "the Fair", our biggest show of the year. Join us at Mt. Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH, August 1st - 9th, for the 82nd Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair. It's a fantastic - and big! - show, so look for Two Potters in the front of Tent #6. The show runs 10 am to 5pm daily, plus we're open until 8pm on Thursday, August 6th.
Here's a little preview . . .
We'll be posting new pieces to our Etsy shop in mid-August. Stay tuned!
We were so pleased to return home from a great show to find this piece in the local paper. Thanks to James and Aimee and the folks at the Valley News for the time spent around the kiln this summer!
Read the article here.
Quick note: We hope to have some more updates on our last firing and new work here soon! New pots will be posted to the online shop in mid-August . . . in the meantime, as always, feel free to contact us if you're looking for something you don't see online. Thanks!
I'm packing up to go to the lakes region of New Hampshire this weekend for a small evening show that I've heard many great things about - it's the Squam Art Fair at Rockywold Deephaven Camp on Squam Lake in Holderness. It's this Saturday night, June 6th, from 7:30pm to 10pm.
And though I should be making pots for the wood kiln (firing in less than a month!), I decided to make a small batch of brand-new work for this event. ;)
Here's a link to the other fine vendors you'll find. We're looking forward to being a part of this!
We're opening our studio this weekend!
Saturday and Sunday May 23rd + 24th, from 10am to 5pm.
We'll have the usual fun : open kiln with tours, open pottery studio, pottery and seconds sale, most likely some food.
*** Also *** we're psyched to have live music on Sunday from 12:30-3:30! Matt Protas & The Amazing Expanding Band will be here playing music, which he fittingly describes as : "Americana forward with Delta Blues + Bluegrass notes, and a satisfying Folk finish." (Matt is also a sommelier of sorts at a local co-op ;) )
Our event is part of a fantastic larger event, the 25th year of Vermont Open Studio Tour put on by the Vermont Crafts Council, with over 200 artists' studios open statewide.
We hope you can make it!
~Becca + Nathan
(You may have noticed we've been a little absent here. Because, well, toddlers + home renovation + running a business. No matter. We have missed you, and where better to start than the present? :) )
Lately, we have been . . .
Making . . . yes, pottery! It might sound obvious, and I'm sure most people think we do this every day of the year (that would be so nice, eventually, we hope!) but pottery making has been the major thing missing from our working lives because we are also . . .
Renovating. We spent the bulk of the winter months purging and packing the entire contents of our 1850's farmhouse in preparation for completely gutting the upstairs. It's a huge project, brought on by the need for a little thing called insulation, and we find ourselves banging nails, running wires, and coordinating all the contractors and pieces and decisions at the same time as we try to prepare 800 pots for a firing. I assure you, this was most definitely not the plan. The renovation was supposed to happen in our "off season."
But there you have it, and so it goes . . . fortunately, we are comfortably camping out in the 600 square feet above our studio space, so we're not feeling too rushed to get the project done on a deadline (right now, anyway, check back with me at the end of the summer ;) ). For now, not feeling too rushed plus not actually living in the mess, helps tremendously.
Taking a deep breath. Apparently winter ended last week, and now it's summer. Popping leaves, birds, green growing grass, daffodils, warm sun, mixing glazes outdoors. We'll take it.
Prepping. For our big firing of the year at the very end of June/beginning of July. We are so grateful for the energetic crew of potters and volunteers who help us with the four days of the firing itself, and all the tasks that go into being ready.
We had a really fun and productive work day a couple of weeks ago, where we stacked the holes in the kiln shed full of freshly cut slab wood, and started in on grinding and cleaning the kiln shelves. We ate good food and laughed a lot. It was the BEST of reminders of why we became wood-fired potters in the first place. We can't do it all ourselves. Exactly.
(Thank you Matt, Harrison, Jill, Lexi, Patty, and David!)
Lately, we are also . . .
Testing. For Christmas, Nathan and I bought ourselves a new electric kiln. (Practical and romantic! ;) ) For various reasons since we met (as potters in separate states) it's been seven years of driving various fragile pieces to fire in other peoples kilns. (We can't thank you enough Tiffany, Stephanie, and Joan!) However, we decided we'd like to move on, and that we were ready to have everything we needed right here.
Although most of our pottery is single-fired in it's raw state in the wood kiln, the small electric kiln will allow us to bisque fire a few pieces for the wood kiln that are better glazed when not leather hard, which is how we typically slip/glaze our work.
Additionally, and most excitingly (that's a word?), we'll use the kiln the fire small batches of finished work - remember the silky white glaze with designs?! It's actually quite nice, if I do say so myself, and the good news is that the preliminary results were really good. We'll be able to finish small batches of work in between our every six-months-to-a-year wood-firings. Hooray.
Enjoying. Playing in the sand in the driveway, digging in the garden, splashing in water and moving rocks and feeding chickens and . . . oh we're having so much fun with our little one. She's 1.5 years (wait, what?!) and so talkative, funny, happy, strong-minded, and loving.
We are tired (ahem) at the end of every day, and yet sooo ready to scoop her up again come morning.
Readying. For VT Open Studio, this coming Memorial Day Weekend. Our studio - and over 200 others around the state will be open Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th from 10am to 5pm. We love this event. (Can we top last year?!)
Join us for the Tour in our area, there's lots to see! downloadable and printed map request here
You guys, we hope it won't be so long before we check back in. Stay with us. :)
Becca (and Nathan)
It was honestly a bit of a scramble to decide in late August that we should try to turn over a firing in a mere eight weeks. I am happy (and, yes, a bit tired) to report that we totally. did. it.
This was by far the smallest window of time we'd given ourselves to fill all 350+ cubic feet of our large kiln. We plugged away through the month of September, and Nathan threw lots of big bowls and crocks, which helped a lot. We were also super lucky to have the contributions - in pottery as well as time!! - of several other local potters, who agree to trade labor for kiln space, an arrangement everyone seems to enjoy. The wood had been prepped well in advance, and was sheltered under our very large kiln shed, a thing of beauty for which we will no doubt be eternally grateful.
We gave ourselves a much bigger window to load the kiln - nearly two weeks - which was a nice change of pace from what has historically been a last-minute all-hours push. As they say, kids change everything, and we decided it would be a lot more sane to work the loading into our normal daily routine. And yet somehow (why, why, why???) we were still bricking up the doors late into the night before we were scheduled to begin . . . sigh.
This firing was characterized by a nearly constant rain, but thankfully, we stayed warm and dry throughout. The fourth and final day of the firing was smooth, and we pulled many very lovely clay rings from the kiln, promising the hope of many beautiful pots within.
We were not disappointed. I'm sure at some point, we'll have to stop saying "this was our best firing yet," but IT WAS. It's tough to let the kiln cool for a full week for a peek at what lies within, but it was- and always is- worth the wait.
Save the date: our Holiday Open Studio and Sale : December 6th & 7th, 11am to 4pm at our place.
We'll have a great selection of new wood-fired work from our fall firing - including gift ideas like fermenting crocks, butter keepers, coffee and tea mugs, mason jars, and serving bowls for holiday get-togethers. As per usual, it'll be a chance to tour our kiln if you haven't been here before, and get some deals on discounted pottery.
See you then! And if you can't make it to Vermont, we'll be posting new work in our Etsy shop in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for an announcement on that!
~Becca and Nathan
It was a really special summer for us. Both for our young family, and for our business. (We thank you wholeheartedly for that!) But honestly, where did it go?! Life seems to have only sped up as we do the juggling act of work-at-home + stay-at-home potting + parenting - I often think about that expression "the days are long, but the years are short." So true. Our baby girl is nearly one . . . but I digress! Here are some of our favorite photos from our summer . . .
In the studio . . .
. . . at shows and markets . . .
. . . and always with the camera and our pottery . . .
. . . and on the home front . . .
A memorable one, to be sure . . . <3
We'll be OPEN next weekend for the Vermont Open Studio Tour! There are over 100 studio open around this beautiful state - here is a link to the state wide map, and here is a link to a map of our local region (Bethel/Randolph), including some of our favorite places to grab a bite. Hope to see you. Saturday and Sunday October 4th + 5th, 2014, 10am to 5pm. (current events listed here)
Back in June, we opened our Etsy shop, TwoPotters.
Birds, bikes, and flowers . . . having fun with the layered, washed look of this white slip. (It also happens to have an incredibly lovely feeling in your hand!)
And the last of the garden veggie pots for summer (and maybe for a while - if you've admired this style, snap 'em up, folks!).
This week, we begin setting up for our biggest, best, and longest show of the year, the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair held each August at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH. The show runs August 2nd-10th. We'll be there every day with our favorite wood-fired pieces. Here's a little sneak peak the pottery we'll have with us . . .
See you at the Fair!
(Or perhaps at our next show . . . the Norwich VT Farmers Market on August 16th.)
~Becca and Nathan
Hey folks, we'll be posting a sampling of our new work - mostly mugs, and a few mason jars and spoon rests - in our Etsy shop (TwoPotters) - this Friday at noon.
We'll still have work for sale here on our website, and going forward, most likely in both places. Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, or by signing up for our e-newsletter at the bottom of our website.