Friday, November 30, 2012

Decatur Art Show and Stacks Loft Tour Art Show

Future Relics at The Clairemont School Holiday Market Nov 30 and Dec 1 and Stacks Loft Artist Tour Dec 7 and Dec 8

White Pitcher by Lori Buff

Decatur Holiday Market and Cafe at The Clairemont School

Friday, Nov 30 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, Dec 1 from 10am - 8pm

Clairemont Elementary School transforms into a lively and festive market where more than 95 local and national artists exhibit their wares.

Kick off your holiday season by shopping for unique handmade gifts, paintings, glass art, jewelry, pottery and much more. Be sure to stop by the café for mouthwatering homemade soups and decadent desserts, as well as toe-tapping tunes performed live by local musicians and carolers.

155 Erie Ave
Decatur GA

The Stacks Holiday Lofts + Artists Tour

Friday, Dec 7 from 6pm - 10pm
Saturday Dec 8 from 2pm - 7pm

You are invited to join us as we show off our fantastic loft homes at the historic Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill. Browse and purchase the works of our talented artists. Stroll our grounds, hallways, and residences. Enjoy fine food from local restaurants, wine tastings, and other treats. Holiday ambiance will warm your heart.

I will be set-up in building B, just follow the luminaries.

Address: 170 Boulevard Avenue, SE 30312. Enter from the gate at Boulevard. Limited parking available on the premises. Follow luminaries to The Tour tables for tickets and registration, located in the entrances of both E and H Buildings. $5 guest entry fee (cash only).  Profits will be contributed to a worthy, local non-profit endeavor.

Special Bonus: In addition, we will also offer special guided tours of the Historic Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill complex led by Rebecca Burns. The guided tours will be offered on Saturday, December 8. This special bonus lasts approximately sixty minutes. The guided tours will be conducted at 12:30 and 2:00 and are free, but reservations are required. Please email interest along with preferred time and number of guests to stackshistorytour@gmail.com. Your reservation and time will be confirmed back to you by our historic tour coordinator, Virginia Harris.
Reservations are limited to 25 per group and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pottery By Future Relics Gallery

Save the Date

Feb 9:  Rail Arts District Studio Cruise
April 12 - 21:  Fired Works, Macon, GA

Where to Find My Pottery

At The Collective
280 Elizabeth St Suite B103
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 696-5845
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-0304
Donna VanGogh's Artist Market
1651 McLendon Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307-2152
(404) 370-1003
The Mercantile
1660 Dekalb Avenue Northeast #150
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-0096
175 Laredo Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-8033
Spring Place Pottery and Artist Gallery
15 East Main St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 383-9910
Trilogy Book Store
126 N. Avondale Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 228-3828

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Remembering a Hand Made Gift

When I was a little girl I received a hand made poncho as a holiday gift from one of my grandmother's best friends.  I'm sure I got some store bought gifts that year.  I also am sure that I didn't get every toy that I wanted but I don't remember being sad.  I loved the poncho, it was warm and it was blue, it even smelled nice.  It was comfortable but still dressy enough to wear to church.  I guess it was knit from wool because it was also durable enough to put up with a little girl that did not play like a little girl.

Hand crafted carved covered jar
Hand Carved Covered Jar

I was sad to grow out of it but that was easily remedied.  Mrs. Wheeler simply added a few more inches of yarn to the bottom of the poncho and I was able to wear it for another year or two.

Isn't it funny how I don't remember any of the store bought toys I got or didn't get but all these years later I still remember that poncho with love for it and the people who gave it to me.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pottery Demonstrations at Walker School

The Walker School invited me to do some pottery demonstrations at the art festival that they put on for the students.  I was one of several artists including a metalsmith, a painter, a weaver and a basket maker.  It seemed like it was a great experience for the kids.  They were so enthusiastic and interested in what I was creating.  I wished I could show them more.  I'm not used to being around kids, I prefer the company of adults but these kids were fun and it was a great day.

Throwing demonstration for students Lori Buff
Pottery Demos for the Student

I can't tell you how many times I heard the word "magic" as I was pulling up the walls of a pot.  It does feel a bit magical to be honest.  But it was not a trick, it's just throwing.

I asked the kids what they wanted me to throw, then I explained the difference between pottery and sculpture. The requests were for turtles, cats and even a person.  Once they understood the difference the requests were for volcanos, hearts (I made heart shaped bowls) and cups/mugs.

Walker School Pottery Demonstration Lori Buff
Walker School Kids Art Festival

You may notice that many of the kids were wearing white, that was for lung cancer awareness.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Meatless Monday - Sweet Potato And Red Pepper Soup

This is a great soup for winter, it's great tasting, warming and healthy.  It's also a very easy soup to make.  You can make a double batch and freeze some, it reheats very well.  This recipe makes about 4 servings.  It's also much prettier than it looks in this picture, sadly my colors are a tad off.  Sorry about that.

winter warming soup Sweet Potato and Red Pepper
Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup
  • 2 Sweet Red Peppers, seeded and cubed
  • 1 1/4 pounds Sweet Potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups Dry White Wine
  • 5 cups Vegetable stock or broth
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper
Dice some of the red pepper and set aside for a garnish. Put the remainder into a saucepan with the sweet potato, onion, garlic, wine and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer until all the vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.

Let the mixture cool down a little then transfer it to a food processer or blender and process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return to the saucepan and reheat for a few minutes, do not return the soup to a boil.

Add the garnish.  Serve with a dash of hot sauce and crusty bread.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving To All

Here's wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you all have many, many things to be thankful for in your life.  One of the things that I'm most thankful for is how following my dream has lead me to make so many new friends and meet so many fantastic people.  But enough of that, let's eat.

Brick Statement

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dragon Fire

You may remember that I was considering putting pots with underglaze on them in the wood fired kiln.  Of course I had to try it based on your comments (thank you so much) and Amoco's information.  I tried it on 3 different steins.  One came out really nice and was purchased at my Open Studio last weekend.  I didn't get a picture of it but the dragon was green, the color was very, very muted but the mug still looked really cool.  I suppose that's why it sold.

amagama, underglazed ceramics
Wood Fired and Underglazed

This mug got a really nice blast of ash glaze which is pretty but covered a good part of the image, the blues washed out entirely as did the straw, deep yellow and browns that I used in the hair.

Anagama fired, underglaze pottery - Lori Buff
Underglazed Dragon From Wood Kiln

This one came out the best as far as keeping the colors.  I used a lot of turquoise and that held really well.  I also used deep yellow for the chest of the dragon but lost that. Sadly, this mug has lost a chunk. I missed the unloading but can assume that something fell over or was a bit too close and the glazes stuck.  Such a shame but it's what I've come to expect with a learning environment.  It's all good, I'm keeping this one for me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Open Studio - Thank You

Meatless Monday's will return soon.  Today I thought it was important for me to express my thanks to the people who came out to my Open Studio and Sale.  It was great to get to visit with some friends that I haven't seen in a long time.  It's always nice to meet new neighbors and customers and it's really great to get feed back on the pottery.  So thank you and hugs to everyone who was able to come to the studio.
Display of Horse Hair Raku pottery
Horse Hair Raku Pots on Display

I think traffic could have been better, I have to figure out more and better ways to advertise.  Getting the word out to the public is always a challenge.  I'm an artist, not a marketing expert but in this business we have to wear many hats.  At least I have something to think about for next year.  What advertising works best for you?

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Future Relics Open Pottery Studio and Sale Nov 15-18 Art Visions Nov 17 - 18

Ash Glazed Pitcher

Open Pottery Studio and Sale

Thursday Nov 15th Thru
Sunday Nov 18th 

12pm - 5pm Each Day
Open studio with special guest Marci Sharko of Fresh
  • Functional and decorative pottery
  • Handcrafted soaps and candles
  • Handcrafted paper items
  • Pottery throwing demonstrations
  • Unique handcrafted gifts
  • Hot Cider and homemade cookies
The studio is located on Willow Place off Bouldercrest Drive one mile south of East Atlanta Village

Future Relics Gallery and Studio
991 Bouldercrest Dr
Atlanta, GA  30316

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Art Visions at Paideia School

Saturday Nov 17th 10am - 5pm
Saturday Nov 18th 12pm- 5pm

An artist market featuring the works of local and regional artists
  • Offering affordable art during the holiday season in all mediums
  • Fine art, decorative art including Chanukah and Christmas gift items, ornaments, garden art, folk art, funky and functional art in all mediums
  • Admission and parking are free
1509 Ponce de Leon Av, Atlanta, GA  30307
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Monday, November 12, 2012

New Pitcher Design

This pitcher just came out of the kiln and I must say I'm really happy with the way it turned out. All three parts of this piece were thrown then assembled. While assembling it I ran into a few challenges that caused me to make some design changes. I was feeling like I put more time into it than I would have liked to but I also learned a few things. The pitcher it about 11 inches tall with a nice, full belly but is really light, something most people want in a pitcher because it's going to get heavier when it's full.

Hand made ceramic pitcher
Thrown Pitcher

I have a really full week but I'd still like to get a really good picture of this piece before my open studio and sale which starts on Thursday.  I suspect it will be living in someone else house by Christmas.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Visiting The Senior Center

The Lou Walker Senior Center in Dekalb County Georgia is a really nice facility that provides various fun and interesting activities for the older residents of the area.  Of course they have pottery classes.  I was invited to give a talk on Wednesday as it was the end of the semester for the students.  I was happy to do it but wondered exactly how I would fill an hour long talk.  I knew a question and answer period would be wanted but what could I talk about that would start those questions?

When I got there I was told which room we were going to meet in, it was a very large open room with a stage and lots of people having a good time.  We had some space sectioned off from the rest of the crowd and some women were setting out food and it was really, really noisy.  The instructor realized that it would be impossible to give a talk so he suggested we eat first then go back to the class room for my talk.  No problem, looking at all that food was making me hungry.

Lou Walker Senior Center

As they were setting up the lunch someone started playing some music and the crowd started singing along making up new words to celebrate President Obama's victory on Tuesday.  I looked around the room and saw that a line dance had formed and people were singing and dancing even if they needed a walker to help.  That kind of celebration just makes you smile.

My hour long talk was shortened to about 15 minutes but stretched to 20 because of the questions and answers.  It was a great visit, I hope to be invited back.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rainier at the Anagama

Yesterday I brought some pots up to Shorter University for the anagama firing that will be happening this week. Since Rainier hadn't been for a ride in the car or even a walk through the woods in a while he came with me.  He loved it of course.  Maybe we are both super excited about a wood firing.

The plan was to load the kiln yesterday and today then start firing on Wednesday.  I'll be taking a turn stoking the kiln on Thursday morning.  If we are really lucky we can have the kiln unloaded next Wednesday so I have those pots in time for the open studio on the 15th.   I'm crossing my fingers but I'm also trying to be certain that I don't need those pots for the sale.  I will have plenty for a good show. And I'll have a special guest.

Wood fired pottery kiln
Rainier and I At The Wood Kiln

Don't forget to vote today.

"My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union." ~ Georgia Rep. John Lewis

Monday, November 5, 2012

Meatless Monday - Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Every cook should have some cast iron cookware.  It may seem funny for a potter to be telling you to have some cast iron but, it's versatile, and lasts forever and it can add some iron to your diet which is healthy.  I cook lots of soups and sauces in cast iron but I also use it for baking cookies.  Cookies, in a frying pan?  Yup.  Easy and delicious cookies too, and because of the possibility of them being higher in iron content I can pretend they are healthy.  Oh, and clean-up is easy also because you make everything in the pan.

  • 1 stick butter or margarine 
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg (or egg substitute)
  • I 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt plus a sprinkle or two of sea salt
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate, Cut In Chunks
  • Handfull of chopped nuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in an 8 inch cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat. Stir in sugars and vanilla and remove from heat. Let rest until pan is warm, but no longer very hot, about 5 minutes.
2. Crack an egg onto the butter and sugar mixture, and use a fork to whisk it into the mixture. Place flour, baking soda, and salt on top, and very carefully stir into the mixture until smooth and well-mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks. Place in the oven for 15-25 minutes, or until starting to turn golden on the top and around the edges, but still soft in the center. Sprinkle the sea salt on top. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Painting For The Wood Kiln

These are three mugs that I've painted with underglaze for the anagama firing I wrote about last month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed about the colors, really about everything.  Wood firing can be hard on ceramics, but it's worth it for the look it gives.  I've also got three of my woman vases to go into the kiln.  I'm imagining they will come out looking just beautiful.

It'll be interesting to see what happens to these glazes in cone 10 (or more) reduction.  That was actually a large consideration when thinking about the glaze colors.  The blues, browns, and golds should stay the same and not even burn out but the green could change drastically depending on what is used to make the color of the glaze.

These were painted at Mudfire where members often drift by to see what I'm doing.  Everyone learns something from interacting at a community studio.  I was telling one student, who did wood firings a lot about 20 years ago that this was the destination of the pieces and that I really didn't know what they would look like when they were done.  He said "that's a little disconcerting considering your experience." It is disconcerting to me too, but in pottery we can also call that "playing."

This post can also be found at Mud Colony