Sunday, July 21, 2013

How to tell your potter is from Maine...and possibly a redneck...

I think the title of this post will be self-explanatory by the first photo.  As I made pretty floral vases...I came to the conclusion that not everyone wanted flowered containers to put their flowers in, and not everyone had flowers to put in a flower vase.  So, where pray tell do I put these welding rods?  Or my pile of Spruce gum for safe keeping?   I was a bit irritated the first day I made these.... and, apparently wanted to shoot something, because the bullet vases were a result of that deep meditation at the potter's wheel.  And...they are here to stay.  I have had a wonderful response, primarily by men, but many women too...even those who don't wear camo underwear!  I'm also adding to the line a liquid soap dispenser, or if you prefer, a fast orange shop hand cleaner dispenser.  Naturally, I am also adding to the line a bullet hummingbird feeder!    
After constructing the bullets, I moved on to a folky-native Mainer version of the black bear. 
 Below is the top view...a parade of prints encompassing the rim of the vase.
One of my favorite flowers, the Lady Slipper.  Each year I anxiously await their bloom and wish it lasted much longer. They are such a delight to see in the woods, it is the sure sign of summer.
 Mother black bear and her cubs under the majestic mountains.
 Keeping with the wilderness theme....an animal tracks wax warmer...a compliment to any rustic cabin, lodge or homestead.  
 Deep red, pierced, floral wax warmer
The Maine coast is notorious for it's Puffins.
 This abstract small jug or vase is one of my favorite pieces. The clay is naturally a deep brown, almost black.  I carve deeply into the thick thrown clay body to create wells for the red glaze to pool in, then fire.  This is the result and I am so pleased with the color combination.
When I finished decorating the raw brown clay with the white slip into these wildflowers (lupine & others), I loved the contrast and old world quality so much, that I left the exterior natural with just a satin clear coat over and finished off the interior of the pot with a deep firebrick glaze.
Equine Pottery...has been a rare thing this year.  Not that I haven't made some...I'll explain in a bit.  When these tumbler's came out of the kiln I was very pleased with the vibrant contrast between the white stoneware and the dark blue glaze, they almost look black. 
And, her is part of the explanation for the lack of equine pottery this year.  This extremely large bowl would have been glazed and fired had it not cracked in the initial firing.  The crack is on the bottom, but not a typical S crack or split.  It is actually on only one side of the base and just enough to ruin the piece for sales purposes.  I still intend to glaze it, but upside down, leaving the rim natural clay rather than the bottom.  I think it will be pretty and I really could use a new huge bowl.
And last, but not least, Moose Track mugs, bowls, double-handle casserole baker and gravy boat. I have had some fabulous results with this glaze on white stoneware, but on the earth tone clay, it changes color and is much richer, more dramatic.  This reminds me of the beautiful, and dramatic, Katahdin region. 

I hope you enjoyed some, if not all, of the pottery here today....if not the bullets, at least appreciate the workmanship.  Have a wonderful week enjoying the summer in all its splendor, thunder storms and all...because it won't be long when we'll be complaining about shoveling snow!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Maine Lobster Buoy Pottery

Maine Lobster Buoy Pottery is here!!!  The one, the only, the original designs of Peasley Pottery...time to haul some pots and eat lobster...or feed hummingbirds and salt your water for boiling those crustaceans!
Maine Lobster Buoy Hummingbird Feeder
Maine Sea Salt Buoys
The Maine Lobster Buoy Hummingbird Feeder's and Maine Sea Salt Buoy's are both available in custom colors to match any lobster fishermen's buoy color or home decor.  The Maine Sea Salt Buoy's are my spin off of the salt pig.  I wanted a salt pig in my kitchen, but to be honest, the name isn't that appealing to me and I didn't find one that fit my Downeast Maine roots.  My family originates from the coastal town of Jonesport, Maine...there's even a Peasley Corner!  My ancestor's were sea captains, fishermen and ole salts, and I am a former lobsterwoman, so I wanted something that brought my fond memories of the sea into my home.  When I think of salt, I think of the sea.... and lobster buoys!  And lobster!!  Everything is better with lobster on it!  Keep the pig, salt the buoy!  And there you have the birth of the Maine Sea Salt Buoy.

The Maine Lobster Buoy Hummingbird Feeder, once again, was born out of my love of the sea ...and feeding hummingbirds.  It's only natural in Downeast Maine to have a buoy hanging off the shed roof...so it is wicked awesome that it also feeds the hummingbirds! 

Another sea worthy pot....Gulf of Maine Whale's - sculpture/luminary...now you can go whale watching, day or night, without leaving home.....

North Atlantic Right Whale
Finback Whale
Humpback Whale

I may have to post another entry or two this month to show you all more pots and to let you know what is happening at Peasley Pottery.  Hopefully, it will make up for the two month gap of silence....who else is asking "why the silence" besides me?  Louise is...and I thank her for it! My mud buddy Lynn passed on that wake up call and thank God, because otherwise, we may have gone into a third month..maybe even a fourth...   I think I was in the midst of potter's fog and it was as thick as pea soup! That's my excuse.... :)