Sunday, November 6, 2011

New locations for pottery

It has been a busy Fall! I have been busy at local shows and have been approached by several shops and galleries that want to carry my line of pottery. So, you can now find my work in Sudbury, Port Dover and of course downtown Toronto.

Check out Beadle on Dundas Toronto, 13 Reasons in Port Dover and the Gallery in Sudbury.

13 Reasons is a unique shop named after our 13 Provinces and Terriroties. They will be featuring my ceramic pendants in the near future so stop in to check them out or read all about them here.

The Art Gallery of Sudbury will be featuring my handmade ceramic clocks and acorn pendants. This Gallery is housed in a turn of the century mansion that has unique architectural appeal! You can get more details on their site

Then if you are in T.O. you can drop into the eclectic Beadle store to peruse the latest Canadian made jewelry, handmade soaps and giftware. More good news to come!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I love the Danforth and not just for its Greek Cuisine. They have a strong arts community and I get to be a part of it!

The Danforth East Arts Fair will be held at East Lynn Park on September 17 and 18, 2011.

As they say "Join us this year: Grab an ice cream cone, a cappuccino or brunch, and then come wander through the park. Pick up some soap, some new art, and maybe even a few Christmas presents to stash away early!"

If all goes well, I will be flaunting my brand new design for personal oil lamps. They are super cute! I hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Best Find of the Summer

Here it is! The best find of the summer so far... I found this vintage letter press kit down in Fort Collins while visiting friends. I was so excited to find every letter and number in tact along with a few extras that I didn't even know existed.

I adore the look of the font on my platters. Here is the start of a wedding platter that shows the marriage date. There will be no excuses for forgetting an anniversary with this around!

I guess it is time to start offering customization in my Etsy shop :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Movies and Makers Craft Show

It is becoming a busy spring with the kiln constantly firing and new work flying out the studio door.

I have one of my favorite shows coming up in the Beach! Movies and Makers is in the fabulous Fox Theatre on Queen Street East (a few doors down from Ed's - my favorite ice cream shop.

I will have my newest Berry Bowls for sale but there are only a few up for grabs, so get there early. Also, the first 50 visitors will get a swag bag filled with goodies and coupons!

Monday, April 25, 2011

How to make a Ceramic Clock

Here are some simple tips to go along with the video. Feel free to ask questions for clarification!

It is important to compress your slab before texturing. This step also smoothes the surface so that the impressed textures show cleanly.

Using a large piece of paper below your slab allows you to slide it onto a bat without bending the clay. This will help avoid warping as the clay dries.

I create my own unique textures by carving patterns into a printmaking block. You can find linoblocks and gouging tools at most art stores.

You can use any type of circle template. This is a needle point frame I picked up at a craft shop. Using a hollow template is beneficial so you can see the pattern as you arrange it in a pleasing way.

When the slab is leatherhard, use a drill bit a size larger than the bolt in the clock mechanism. This will allow the clock part to fit after the clay shrinks through the firing process. Don`t worry if it is slightly too large since a washer is included with the mechanism to cover the hole upon installation.

Rasp the edges of the slab to clean any burrs that were left from cutting with the pintool. This will also create a sharper 90 degree edge.

Choose a glaze that accentuates the relief textures. My Waterlily glaze is formulated to puddle a smoky blue color in the recesses of the texture. Remember to glaze the side edge to create a professional finish.

Clock parts can be found online or at many craft stores. Ensure that the centre bolt is tall enough to fit the thickness of your slab. Most mechanisms have a built in hanger or come with a hanger attachment piece so the clock can hang easily from a nail.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Craft Show at the Gladstone

Yep, we are all pretty excited that our Toronto Etsy Team is having a Handmade Sale at the Gladstone on April 30th. The range of work will be amazing with all types of handmade goodies. Expect a lot of unique jewelry, knit ware, prints and artwork and of course my pottery! I expect that I will be purchasing a mother's day present and a few treats for myself while I'm there.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Pottery in New Toronto Shop

Yep, You can finally find my ceramics in a downtown trendy West Queen West shop called Shopgirls at 1342 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON. The Boutique strives to promote Canadian artists and designers and I recognized many talented local artist by just browsing the shelves while waiting to unpack my work.

Check it out next time you are downtown and feeling trendy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Night Specials on Etsy

Etsy has started up an old tradition again - the Saturday night specials! Just join the team here - there are no obligations after that, but you get access to lots of coupon codes for various shops on Etsy just for that specific Saturday night

Find a coupon code for my shop and save 15% on anything in my shop (excluding gift certificates).

Happy Saturday Night!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Its my Birthday Sale

Pottery sale
Its my Birthday and I want to share the fun! Use coupon code BDAY15 to get 15% off all items in my Etsy shop til Mon Feb 21st.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Am I making fun of myself here?


This is for all of my Francophone friends, Amour Amour Amour.

These are custom clocks made in Waterlily and Midnight Sea glazes. One will be up for grabs once the custom order has been chosen!