At our house, December 2009 was a blur of working, crafting and traveling. Somehow, in all of the excitement and frenzy of the holidays, the 31 days of 2009’s final month felt more like 13 days. There just never seemed enough time! That must be why, almost a full week into the new year, we are just now getting around to replacing all of the calendars in the house. In past years, I have always grabbed a big, glossy shrink-wrapped calendar from the big-box bookstore, but this year I am looking for something different. Because we are going to have to live with it for the next 12 months, I want something unique, clever and, of course, eco-friendly.
In one of my favorite colors for the season, this felted bag is just right to get you through the blazing hot days of summer. With this much color, panache, and humor you’ll just be forced to survive the heat so you can continue to admire it. Most awesome. By Cofygirl.
I specialize in handmade wheel thrown and slab built functional and decorative stoneware pottery featuring vibrant colors and eclectic designs.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I was pursuing a PhD in archaeology and ancient texts and took a pottery course to relieve the course load stress. That was my offical, structured introduction to ceramics but I had always felt a magnetic attraction to clay, even as a child. I am intrigued and hypnotized by clay…by the texture, the smell, the provocative mess, its earthy unpretentiousness.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
love the story about how I came to name my shop. A longtime fan of the English language, I was looking for a clever pun for my shop and was having trouble finding one that was still available. Then I had a conversation with my mother who was telling me about how annoyed with my father she was. She was trying to tell him something important but his eyes “glazed over” and he wasn’t listening at all.
“THAT’S IT!!!” I shrieked.
“What’s it?” she asked.
“I’ll call it ‘glazedOver’! Perfect!”
…and the funniest part was that I, too, hadn’t heard a word she had said. I did get a great shop name, though, even mom had to agree!
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone but with the music always playing while I work, I never feel as if I am. Other than when I am doing custom work, I go where the muse takes me, either at the slab table or the pottery wheel. I lean toward eclectic and wabi sabi wares and I love a sleek profile.
Due to the constraints of the pottery process in which clay dryness or moistness dictates most things, I MUST do work when it demands so I try to schedule my life around it. One slab project can take a number of days to complete whereas wheel work can be done more quickly.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell at galleries and shops and online. I prefer online at the moment because the operation is contained and more easily managed from home.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
What inspires and motivates you?
The muse. She never shares her secrets with me consciously, but she directs my hands and keeps my heart ever craving more.
Easter is fast approaching, and while I am sure many of you are thinking about filling baskets for the kiddos, have you thought about what you are getting yourself for Easter? No? I’d like to encourage you to think about Easter as an invitation to bring spring into your home this year! Here are some great, grown-up options to help make your home Easter inspired and fresh as spring.
What would Easter be without the traditional bunny? Bunnies aren’t just for the kids though, you can easily incorporate a bunny or two into your home without it turning too childish. For example, try this graphic and fun bunny dish from Vessels and Wares. A clever nod to Easter, this dish will bring a smile to your face year round.
Celebrating spring has never been easier than with this gorgeous print from Ice Kubi. The spring-time colors and fluttering butterflies are sure to remind you of warm days and spring renewal even once we move into fall.
Spring often brings with it new outdoor activities and a resurgence of lunches, playdates, lessons and meetings. Keep track of all of your assorted activities using these adorable push pins from Paper Pumpkin. You will be organized in style!
At our house, spring was ushered in by the sound of birds tweeting outside our window. Bring these harbingers of breezy, sun-filled days indoors with this chickadee cup by Kristen K Swanson. Like the bunny dish, this cup takes an Easter emblem, sweet little birdies, and elevates them to adult sophistication.
Grown-ups may not get Easter baskets, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need a way to hold our stuff! These wonderful mini baskets from Cornerstone Designs would be useful and stylish on your desk, your dresser or anywhere in your home that you need to collect little odds and ends.
Another great storage option for spring is this wonderful trinket box by Fun Wall Art. This trinket box feels like a child’s box of treasures, but with a new sophistication! I love the combination of colors, flowers, and a little dash of sparkle.
Wall decals are hot, hot, hot this spring and I can’t think of any better way to bring nature into your home than with this cherry blossom decal by Off the Wall Expressions. Available in a myriad of color combos, this decal will suit any room and blows an instant breath of fresh air into your space.
Occasionally I come across something so fabulous, so fun, and so unique that I almost don’t want to share it with y’all for fear someone will buy it before I get the chance. This upcycled lamp from Bird Wing Productions is one of those items. I love the concept of creating something new out of something old and the colors and patterns feel fresh and perfect for spring. Plus, if you are a music lover, the whimsical nod to horns feels clever indeed.
This last item, a lovely bedside dresser from Semper Nova is another recycled item, and a bit of a tease since you would need to be local in order to pick it up. But I think the daring yellow color and the cool redesign is well worth showcasing, even if you don’t live close enough to buy it. Semper Nova is full of other fun redesigns and maybe this dresser will inspire you to do a little spring-time redesign of your own!
I hope that this week’s items have given you some ideas about ways to fill your own Easter basket, and your home, with spring inspired items! Next week we will be looking at special selections for Earth Day!
There is not much better than that first warm day that signals Spring, especially after a really long and snowy winter. We get days like these, here in the NorthEast, in early March, but officially Spring begins on March 21st. Spring catches me off guard every year. It seems to come out of nowhere. All of a sudden you realize that it’s 6:00pm and the sun is just setting. Or you’re waking up and the sun has already risen—it’s 6:30 am and doesn’t look like 3 in the morning. There is a slower progression in the Fall, it seems, but Spring always seems to come out of nowhere. Sunshine wall art from J Bell Design.
Along with longer, sunnier days, another indicator of Spring are the birds. You hear them chirping away, and see them filling the trees. After a chirp-free winter, the sound always sounds so happy. Like it’s a big, loud, happy family reunion—one where everyone is talking at once. (Robin’s eggs are from The Broken House)
Flowers are a big part of Spring, adding splashes of color to what has been a pretty dreary landscape. Although we don’t actually see flowers growing till April, there are signs of life everywhere. You’ll see new Spring wreaths adding color, like this one from Itz Fitz.
Another sure indicator of Spring is shedding of winter down coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. Besides cutting time-out-the-door in half, it allows us to wear new outfits and new accessories, like this fun necklace from Flora Bond.
Every March 21st, the first day of Spring, I send a quick e-mail or card, to my friend Debbie, who is an absolute Spring fanatic. I’m a firm believer that the first day of a new season should be marked with something a little bit special, or at least acknowledge. After all, it’s a whole new season—new weather, new clothes, new activities—all great reasons to celebrate. Happy Spring!