The Love Affair

I never studied pottery formally, my degree is not in art or ceramics. I never planned on being a working artist……I just simply fell in love.. The only other thing that has ever held my attention for as long, is baking and the satisfaction I find in engaging in both activities is very similar, I get to share the finished product with others.

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Baking & Pottery Ingredients:

Equal Parts Trial and error

1 large dose              Nonattachment

Double dose               Practice & Persistence

Constant                     Self motivation

Endless                       Creativity and passion

soupmugs This week it was yarn bowls, tumblers and gluten free vegan apple cranberry muffins (recipe is below!). My annual pottery sale is just a few short weeks away and I’m filled with anticipation to unpack the over 500 pieces of pottery I’ve created over the past few months. Soon it will be time to share these creations and to send them to new homes. My love affair is not limited to the process of making pottery but extends to the physical objects as well. I love nothing more than drinking out of a handmade mug or eating out of a bowl while cupping it in the palm of one hand.

I’ve made a number of new items including yarn bowls, tumblers heart bowls and newly designed soup mugs. I’ve created a ‘feather collection’ and begun working with new glazes in patterns and design techniques. It feels like Christmas every time I unload a finished glaze kiln and I am constantly thinking about new ideas and things to work on in the future. I’ve recently launched an time goes on and I’ve got some other ideas up my sleeve that I can’t wait to tell you about!

online shop which will be undergoing some improvements as feather bowl On Friday November 20 I’ll welcome the public to my studio for a first ever Sale Preview Event (tickets are $8 space is limited). This behind the scenes event will include tours of my private workspace, pottery demos, light refreshments and I’ll unload two warm kilns of pottery that will be for sale that evening. The annual sale featuring over 500 pots will be set up for viewing that night but will be for sale Nov 21-22 only. If you’re local I hope to see you! If you’re too far away, stay tuned as I’ll be posting more pots for sale online after the sale.

It’s been almost eighteen years since I first sat down at a potters wheel and the love affair continues!

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Muffins

4 cups Bobs Redmill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour

3 tsp Xanthum Gum (adds a gluten like texture to the batter)

chip dip 1 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

muffins finished 2 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cups natural applesauce

2 egg replacer eggs or 2 flax eggs

½ Cup Maple Syrup

3 small apples peeled, cored, and diced

1 ¼ cups cranberries (diced in a food processor)

salted caramel sugar (optional for sprinkling over muffins before baking)

Mix all dry ingredients, mix in all wet ingredients. Drop into muffin tins and Bake at 350 for 15-20 min.