Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Hand Made Movement

Green and Purple Mug by Lori Buff
Last weekend a man purchased one of my mugs and told me that it was one more step in the gradual change he was trying to make in his life. He and his wife were working on changing all of their dishes with hand made pieces. His idea reminded me of a conversation I had with my dentist. He told me about visiting friends in Asheville, NC who only used ceramic items that were hand made, most by local potters. My dentist talked about how special it was to know that every plate, cup, tumbler, pitcher, etc. was made by hand and was picked out by his friend. No, the dinner set did not match, but it also was not boring, it was magical.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Gift of Pottery and Happiness

This weekend I sold some pieces to at least two husbands that were gifting them to their wives. One man gave his wife some pottery for their wedding anniversary (congratulations on twenty three years) and the other gave his wife this peace sign cup just because he thought she'd like it. These actions reminded me how what I do as an artist helps to bring happiness to other people.
Peace Sign Cup

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Wine Chiller

Wine Chiller by Future Relics
Wine Chiller by Lori Buff
I've updated my blog template again.  I may have blog ADD but I couldn't resist this one since it reminds me of the Emergence Series.  I'm really having a good time making these pieces; they give me opportunities to be creative and express things that I'm feeling in words and pictures.  Sometimes that's really serious, sometimes it's fun.  This wine chiller is just for fun.  I guess I was thinking about hanging out on the deck with friends when I made it.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pottery Photography

Maple Leaf Raku Ginger Jar by Lori BuffThis week I took a bunch of pictures of my pots.  It's something I've been putting off doing so I have a lot of pictures to go through and adjust.  Some need aligning, some need cropping...if you're an artist and you do your own pictures of your pieces you know what I'm talking about.  It's time consuming and I'm forced to sit in front of the computer to do it.  The good news is that I have a warm dog curled up at my feet, a bird singing outside my window, I'm eating yogurt with fresh strawberries from my garden and life is really good.
I hope you're having a good day too.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Let It Shine

Yesterday I was doing some yard work with the string trimmer when it kicked up a rock which hit me right in the eye. I know I should have been wearing safety glasses but really, do you wear them all the time? I will now as it gave me quite a scare and quite a shiner. It also hurts really badly. I've had a black eye before, it was when I was a kid. Some friends were playing tag, I was being chased by my brother, I looked behind me to see how close he was and when I turned around again I found the side of the brick house with the side of my face. I remember feeling the swelling under my hand as the goose egg formed. But the next day I was up in front of the church singing with the rest of my Sunday School class. I'm sure my parents were real proud.
This weekend a woman participated in the Alternative Firing Workshop that Linda and Charlie Riggs presented at Mudfire, the woman had severe vision problems and required help from her husband. He directed her hand when she was decorating a pot and he took the hot pots out of the kiln. The work was hers and it was very good but it was also a joint effort. I thought of this loving team work when I thought about how close I came to causing some real damage to my eye and how important my eyes are to me.

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