It’s spring—the daylight is longer and brighter, the air (and my cellar) is warming, the crocus and daffodil are blooming, and Fat Robin Pottery has emerged from its winter hibernation!
What’s new for 2014? Sadly, the very useful hubbard squash in my cellar are slowly rotting, but not before they are being used to the utmost to make hubbard bowls with raku clay and then fired in my friend, Charlene’s, raku kiln. A fellow potter, Elena Obelenus, is preparing for her upcoming show at the Providence Art Club in May, and I helped her fire many stunning pieces for the show. Her work is detailed, meticulous, and breathtaking.
Trying to make the most of my booth space at Armory Antiques Marketplace in Newport, I am creating and experimenting with sgrafitto and making tiles and Christmas ornaments with familiar Newport scenes. When you travel and visit a new place, what do you like to buy as a reminder of that place? I look for local art , local food, or local wine, and a holiday ornament with a familiar scene from that place. And there’s always a refrigerator magnet…. Any other ideas?
I’m also working on other glaze combinations for the few remaining hubbard bowls in stock, and the results are excellent! Imagine hubbards in dark blues and mottled browns.
And then there’s always a pit fire at my sister’s house in Maine…already planning and creating new items to smoke!
The 2014 creativity has begun—lots more ideas will bloom!