Monday, April 28, 2008
This photo is of my booth at Celebrate Clayton 2008 in Clayton, GA.
I did very well at the show, selling a nice variety of my pieces.
The title of this entry is 'I won a prize!!!' because I won one of the 10 prizes for best in category. It is officially called 'Judges Choice - Best in Pottery/Ceramics'. I am so excited and proud!
The weather on Saturday was quite warm, and on Sunday it rained most of the time. Pretty much a drizzle the majority of the time, but about 3:30 or so it just poured! We broke down our booths early. The customers pretty much left.
I'll tell you more tonight or tomorrow when I have a bit more time.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Finally! I was able to get the photos to upload... These are my brother Bill's two boys on their first full day here visiting. And they chose to come and learn some beading. Their attention to detail is wonderful. Bill also did a little beading and made a beautiful Kyanite pendant for his wife Miwa. It had some sterling and some Rhodochrosite and Lapis beads to accent the large Kyanite piece. Miwa joined my sister Sue and made herself a netted weave bracelet.
About the show. I don't have the time this morning to post photos. I'll get some up of my other products after I get back.
I am looking forward to the show, but right now I am stressing. I know I shouldn't be. It's just something I do. I really, truely hope that the scattered thunder showers that are predicted this weekend are scattered widely enough that they bypass downtown Clayton, GA! The show goes on, rain or shine.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I tried to upload some photos, but I'm having problems tonight. If I have the chance, I'll try again in the morning. If not, it won't be until I return Sunday night or when I'm rested Monday morning.
The visit with family has been great. Bill's two boys have been learing to do bead weaving (off-loom) and making earrings too. They have spent 2 1/2 days of their Spring Break vacation at our store beading! I have photos, but I have been experiencing connection problems and cannot upload the photos at the moment.
I need this show. I love doing shows almost as much as I love creating my porcelain. I'd really like to do a few more shows in a year. We'll see... with a family owned and operated business, it is sometimes difficult to get away. I have those obligations, and yet I also have the need to do shows to help spark my creativity and keep me going.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
These photos show the Ebonyware Porcelain in the bisque and the glazed-but-not-fired stages. That is where a good number of pieces are right now. I have a kiln load firing a glaze firing right now. I'll put in another one in the morning.
My kiln is rather small, an Evenheat 810 (I think). I got it when I just needed something small for home as I had use of kilns at work as long as they were not needed for work firings. It is 110. I wish I had a larger kiln, but I don't have the space or budget for it at the moment.
Today was my last day to cast before the show. I still may not finish every piece, but I'll be able to move the molds out of the way to have more space for trimming & glazing. (And I need to take the table to the show...)
I did take a break this afternoon to go to our local bead club meeting The Hole In The Bead Gang. It was a small group today, but we all had something to show for the challenge which was something with flowers.
Jo brought in some fiber and leather scraps. We were to pick a minimum of 2 pieces and for next month, we need to make something using them in the piece. I chose about 6 - 7 pieces of different leathers. I am not sure what I will do, but they 'spoke' to me and the fibers, as beautiful as they were, didn't.
Show anxiety isn't real strong yet, but today is only Sunday, I leave at noon on Friday. I can even unload a kiln as late as 11:45 and bring it with me.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Here is a photo of my small rice bowl.
I have used some colored glazes on the inside and left the outside bare.
I work hard at getting the porcelain as smooth as possible. To me, pottery is very tactile. Most people looking for pottery pick it up and feel it's weight, running their hands across the surface. I try to get mine as smooth as silk.
I use glazes with some interest in them. Solid opaque glazes are not my thing. I like speckles and reactions in the glazes. I also look at the microwaveability of them. Most people have a tendancy to re-heat their coffee, tea or cocoa in the microwave. I don't want to use glazes that may damage the microwaves. I purchase my glazes rather than take the time to formulate my own. I have done that before, but I have so little time to devote, I'd rather have it be in creating rather than testing.
Regina commented that she linked people to my blog, she has a fun blog herself at www.TheQueenBeesBuzz.blogspot.com . In it she shares her creativity as well as some of our sister Sue (the oldest sibling). Of particular interest is her 'Turtle of the Day' series.
This old photo/slide was taken on my birthday. (The label on the photo from my sister says 1970.) We were at my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. To my right is my younger brother Rick, and to my left is my younger sister Regina.
I'm not sure if that was the year I had a pumpkin pie for my birthday cake, complete with a Santa Claus candle that had 'walked' to the middle.
One of Rick's artistic talents is his expertise with lighting and sound. He was always such a ham growing up, we thought he'd be on stage. He ended up preferring to be back stage.
Regina's creativity spans several media. Her most recent focus has been more on the quilting end of the spectrum, although her beading and rubber stamping are not far behind. Most of her time is spent with her 3-year old son.
There is more to their creative sides, but I have more molds to empty and some finishing work to do on other pieces.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I mentioned that my family is all creative (all 6 children plus our parents). A little more on that subject...
Our father is a fine arts major who graduated from the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His specialty was ceramics. He eventually began teaching Engineering Graphics (drafting) to Ceramic Engineering students at his Alma mater. He funneled most of his creative work into building. Our mom always wanted to work with plants, but in her generation it was still frowned upon. Most girls went on to become secretaries, nurses or teachers. She went to Alfred State College (a 2 year state school) and majored in Medical Lab Technology. But her love of plants and creativity did not wane. She was/is a phenomenal landscape designer. Our home in Alfred had the prettiest terraced rock garden filled with a vast variety of flowering and decorative foliage. Dad was responsible for the wonderful stone walls that snaked their way through the garden as retaining walls for the terracing. Mom's other gift was her cooking, baking and cake design. She has made some of the most gorgeous, elegant wedding cakes I have seen.
I will talk more about my family's creativeness in future posts. Now I am off to work on my own creativity... I have a kiln to unload.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My name is Cindy Earl Higgins and I live in South Carolina.
I am a designer of porcelain pottery. I use a black porcelain and call my product Ebonyware. Most of what I make is mugs and other functional tableware. When I figure out this blog, I will add some photos.