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A little healing and enjoying the end of summer

As some of you may know, I underwent a surgical operation at the beginning of the month to remove a tumor in my neck. Luckily it turned out to be benign, and my healing has been coming along nicely. A week and a half of doing absolutely nothing can work wonders :) Today was the first day back in the studio and actually threw some bowls, just in the nick of time since our fall studio tour is right around the corner! (September 27 and 28!) 

post op

starting to heal

and with the stitches out

I was also visited by some old friends, Josh, Martin and his girlfriend Emily, hailing all the way from Australia! I don't know how impressed she was by the slow, small town feel of Simcoe, but we did have some great food, they tried "spinning some clay" and we even took the time to have a nice long walk. I think it was just what I needed to get me over that last hump, and I feel ready for work again. Here are some pics from our walk :)

Beautiful colours

A little chilly, but I love that near autumn weather

Followed this little stream next to a sheep field for quite some time

Some new friends :)

Confirmation that Martin is taller than almost every other mammal

Starting a burr war

Josh taking some shots and firing back

Casualty of war

Just a few pictures

A wonderful, long time customer of my father's dropped in on her vacation all the way from Vancouver, and even brought some of my old pieces she bought throughout the years. The first bowl is one of my father's I decorated, probably around when I was 5 or 6 I think. There's also a picture of Ayano's flowers and kitty waiting to be bisqued, me throwing some vases, and my father and I cleaning our work and getting ready to glaze. I start the firing in an hour or so, so this is my last break before another marathon 16 hours :s

~Peter

Well, we are still alive :)

It's been quite a while since I've updated anything, or to be honest, done anything at all. With Ayano visiting from Japan, my mind has been blissfully far far away from pottery and work for quite some time. With some wonderful trips to Niagara Falls, Montreal and even a glorious week of camping at Grundy Lake, we finally felt ready to return to the grindstone and get back to work. And just in time as well, as my father will be doing the Cabbagetown Art Show next weekend, and after that in September, we have the Norfolk County Studio Tour, probably our biggest event of the year!!

 

As I write this, we are getting ready for a firing tomorrow, and we've just gone through a marathon few days of glazing and preparing. A few things stand out, such as little surprises left in old glaze buckets left unattended, like poor mice who have fallen in and unfortunately can't get out. Not the freshest smell, and it required a lot of sifting to get some of the 'residue' out, but my father assures me the glaze will be fine, if not even better! So there's one secret from the world of potters you probably didn't expect (or more likely, didn't want to know).

May MIckey rest in peace.

On a happier note, we've got some glaze tests and new ideas ready for this firing, as well as some pieces Ayano made on my small bowls, which if they turn out well, will look amazing :) I can't say I'm thrilled that summer is almost over, but it has been nice getting back to work and producing again. More updates to follow soon!

Ayano's flowers :) Only her second attempt at making them!


A little update

The studio looking clean as always

So it's been a while since I've posted anything. After finishing 3 spring pottery guild sales, Hamilton, Brantford and Simcoe, we've been a little exhausted. But now that the weather has finally turned, the flowers are out, and we have more shows coming soon, we're back in the studio trying to catch up :)

 

 

 

This month we will both be at the Guelph Potter's Market, May 24th and 25th, at the Goldie Mill in Guelph. http://www.thepottersmarket.ca/ 

Then on June 7th and 8th, my father will be doing the Art in the Park festival in Windsor, http://www.artintheparkwindsor.com/

And then finally in July, we will both be showing our work at the Toronto City Hall at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 4th, 5th and 6th. This will be our biggest show of the season and we're frantically getting our work done :) It's a lot to be excited about, and also a lot of stress, but the sun and the wonderful spring weather helps. Here are some photo's the mess we've been making.

Some new designs I've been thinking about

Trying to make some of those ideas a reality (not my best effort lol)

My dad's favourite spring time hobby, picking wild asparagus

The tulips are out in all their glory :)