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There was a lot to love about this past year . . . here are some of our favorite photos, and a bit about what happened. (#newyearsresolutionformoreblogupdates ;) )

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We kicked off the year in the studio with a big commission for a new Inn outside Philadelphia.

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These pieces were made from stoneware and fired in our now-solar-powered electric kiln.

We are really loving the new "rustic white" finish of this pottery.

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We were excited to be the first handmade item to sell out in Taproot's holiday pop-up shop with our Two Birds Spoon Rest, seen below.

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In April, our family grew by one . . . we are now two potters + two kids!!

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After our son was born, we took a bit more time off than expected.  A slower summer turned out to be a real blessing. (you can read more about that in this post)

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The warm season had a lot of highlights, including raising sheep with our neighbor.

Here they are out at the kiln shed, using our side-stoking wood as backscratchers. :)

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In the fall, we flew to California to see my brother get married on 20 off-grid acres up a winding road in the Sierra foothills.  (A true adventure with two little kids, one we're so glad we took!)

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We got back in the studio and geared up for our Fall wood-firing.  It was our 7th firing of the big kiln we built.  (Found this blog post about our first firing, if you're new here!)

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Among the 800+ pieces in this firing was a set of dinnerware for a wonderful couple who hosted their wedding registry with us.

We were so happy - and thankfully they were too! - with the timeless neutral palette of ash-sprinkled shino glaze.

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Shortly after unloading our firing, photographer Ben Deflorio visited our studio to do a shoot for our Etsy feature!

(Ben took the photo below - he had the bright idea (ha ha) to put his light in the kiln behind us, which flashed when he took the shot - love, love, LOVE!)

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In early November, we hosted our first Kiln Opening Celebration and Sale.  We were blown away by the turn-out and the enthusiasm!

We had pie and live music and so many wonderful folks came from all over the place to see our new work and get "pick of the kiln!"  It's safe to say we'll be doing this type of event again.

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We were excited by the response to some of our new designs from this firing- including more pieces with "chalkboard" glaze, and some mason jars that can finally, technically be called a "jar." ;)

While these all sold during our busy holiday Etsy shop update, we'll be making more for our spring firing.

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Here's our first opportunity to announce that we'll be returning to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair (aka Sunapee) in August.

We're excited, and will update here when we know where our booth will be! Update: we'll be back in the same spot as the past few years - the front of Tent 7 (formerly Tent 6), booth #728.

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We are loving the slower pace of winter life . . . studio time mixed with lots of family time, a bit of skiing, knitting, baking, podcasts and even a daydream or two of summer's garden.

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Thanks for following along and supporting our handmade life!  Wishing you a Happy 2017!

-Becca (and Nathan and the kids)

 

our Etsy feature

You guys. We were recently featured on Etsy's blog. And we are pretty excited about it.  It's full of great photos and day-in-the-life type stuff.  I love reading these about other makers - hard to believe it's us this time! Check it out here.

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kiln opening 2016

We are very excited to have just wrapped up our annual wood-firing.  We had a fun and hard-working crew here this past week helping us feed the fire for 96 continuous hours!

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Next week, we'll open the kiln, which is now slowly cooling, and reveal the 800+ new pieces.

We invite you to celebrate with us at our Kiln Opening Celebration and Sale.  November 5th + 6th, from 10am until 3pm both days.

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Pottery, pies, hot drinks, live music, and general merriment under our scenic Kiln Barn.

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This go-round, we have made a variety of fermenting crocks, mason jar-style cups + utensil crocks, butter keepers, coffee and tea mugs, beer steins, bowls of all sizes, plates, vases and more.

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We are conveniently located just 2.5 miles from Exit 3, I-89; just 30 minutes from the Upper Valley, Woodstock, and Montpelier.  Check out a map or plug in our address: 123 Scammell Lane, Bethel, VT  05032.

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This event is also on our Facebook page - if you think you can come, please reply "going" - it will help us share the news of event!

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See you then!

 

change of plans

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 . . .

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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.

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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." :)

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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!

xo

Becca (and Nathan and the kids)