Monthly Archives: September 2014

4th Annual Pottery Only Yard Sale this Saturday

DSC02540-001It’s that time of year to clear out every corner of my studio of every test, sample, second, and any other piece of pottery I am not in love with–pass it on to a new home!  This includes pieces with every pottery technique I’ve tried out in the last year, every glaze combination that I love and others I don’t care for (but someone else might), every mug handle that doesn’t fit my grip (but might fit yours),  in the shapes of serving pieces, bowls, vases, mugs, and many one of a kind items.    This will then give me space to make–more great stuff!

It’s also a great chance to meet  and to talk Fat Robin Pottery users and get customer feedback, which is important to move forward in a business.

My “Garden Leaves” will also be available–serving pieces impressed with the leaves of sunflowers, parsnips, grapes, squashes, and more, in a wide range of colors, along with the first appearance of the 2014 hubbard squash bowls.

This Saturday, Oct. 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the driveway and garage at 26 Simmons St., Newport (off lower Thames St.)  Rain date, Sunday.  Sorry, no valet parking, but as a consolation I now take visa/mc thanks to my Square Reader ( along with personal checks)   Can’t make it?  Email ( or call 401-846-9323 to set up another time to come shop–I’m home every day.

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Back to work (even though I never really left!)

In the past few months, I’ve crossed the country a couple times.  In June, I flew to Salt Lake City and my younger daughter, Amber, met me , and we aimed her car for Rhode Island.  She had been living out west for many years,  mostly Jackson, Wy and she wanted a change; so she and her dog were moving back to Newport.   On our mother/daughter road trip we visited old friends, old places, listened to good books, good music, avoided tornadoes, rated Days Inns,  and renewed an interest in Diet Dr. Pepper.  This country is HUGE!   In August, I visited my older daughter, Lily, in the Minneapolis area, and discovered the true meaning of Minnesota Nice.

Between trips, I’ve been exploring and playing in clay and working on my 2014 fall line up.  Always looking outside for intent and interest, I was drawn to the leaves in the garden.  Along with the interesting zucchini leaves, something was growing out of my  compost pile.  At first the zucchini leaves and the compost mystery plant leaves were small, and once impressed into clay slabs they became small bowls or saucers.  But then the leaves kept growing, and the leaf slabs became bigger bowls and trays and serving pieces.   The compost mystery plant formed buds, then flowers, then set fruit.  AH HAH!  the mystery plant was no longer a mystery–it was a second generation hubbard squash which emerged from the seeds of the hubbard squash I used last year–it was a, SON OF A HUBBARD!  It was fate–I am now working on my 2014 hubbard bowls!

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