Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wood Fired, Salt Glazed

Buttons from the groundhog wood firing on Thursday. These should add a new dimension to the bags!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's In the Bag

I intimated earlier this year that I was working on a new idea. This is phase one! I have made a series of tote bags using reclaimed upholstery sample swatches for the exterior. The insides are lined with the upholstery samples or a heavy cotton duck lining. The handles are woven cotton. Right now I am using the tassels on them, however this morning I applied various oxides to a variety of stoneware buttons that I made. They are being fired in the wood (salt) kiln here at Jugtown later this week. These will be used on the bags. The bags show are approximately 9.5" tall x 11" x 7."

I didn't know that I would like sewing! It is a nice break though from the chemicals and sharp edges I work with in jewelry making each day. I will post some of these on my web site for sale and will have them at some shows with me.
Don't forget the Annual Fund Raiser for the North Carolina Pottery Center is coming up next month on April 25th! Many loyal potters from around the state are donating pieces to help raise funds for this wonderful museum located in Seagrove.

They will be auctioned by Leland Little Auctions & Estates, and will be available for viewing soon on his web site, and the NC Pottery Center web site. I had a chance to see some of the pieces the other day, and there is a great selection. You don't have to be present to bid in advance, which is the great thing as this is being promoted nationally, so spread the word and take a look!!

Hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NCPC Going, Going, Gone Auction

Coming right up, April 25! The annual fund raising auction for the NCPC (NC Pottery Center). Pam and I collaborated on a tea set that we are donating. This year the North Carolina Pottery Center is partnering with Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd (LLAES). In addition to an outstanding selection of contemporary and vintage pottery, the auction will offer pottery related items, such as books, posters and photographs. These items will be available for viewing on three web sites, and which will offer national exposure of the items, artists and the North Carolina Pottery Center. The new expanded preview period, which opens later this month, also provides an option facilitated by LLAES, Ltd., for absentee and advance telephone bidding for persons unable to attend the live auction. The doors open at 3:30 and the auction starts at 5pm. Come out and bid on some truly wonderful pieces and support a great museum!

then I made this:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Contest, but it is about you!

I have been focusing on my Facebook page too much lately, then decided to update my web page but my web host doesn't seem to be able to work with me, time to change hosting companies. I am switching from Frontpage to Dreamweaver, which I hated when I started doing the web site, then got used to, and then started really liking it so switched over to it. NO problems! So let's think about my own site. Got it all set and ready to publish, doesn't work with Dreamweaver and what they gave me as specs. time to switch Hosting companies. Stay tuned and hopefully my web site will be changing somewhat and getting more up to date! will also be changing as I have been appointed to replace a former board member and so will be (hopefully!) going on the Board next weekend!! The NCPC is a great organization and I will be so happy to be adding what I can to their BOD. If you are not familiar with it, please visit the web site, come to Seagrove and visit the NCPC and see that it is truly a museum of great importance. We, in Seagrove, are so very lucky to have a museum of this caliber located in our little town of many pottery makers, and oh yes, Seagrove is the largest community of working potters in the US, so maybe it all is just fitting as it should be!

Celebration of Seagrove Potters was a great endeavor, took many hours each week and I have loved my involvement in implementing it. Time has come to let others take over and move on to other things! And one can spread one's self a bit too thin when one is volunteering time on something that one really likes doing! (Note to self, remember that!)

Now onto another topic that I just posted on my JLK Jewelry Facebook page. If you aren't a fan and are on Facebook please become a fan and a friend. Following is a post I just did on Facebook. I would love to see some comments here! I know that there are at least a couple of you reading this. And yes, marketing myself better must become a priority this year, well at least make the list this year!

OK JLK Jewelry fans, I'm thinking we ought to have a contest for a piece of jewelry. I'd like to build up the number of fans on my page, but those of you that are already fans ought to have at least 2 entries or more if you can bring in more fans in this contest. So tell me, is there something you'd like to see me do?

I know a lot of what I do is one of a kind... so give me some ideas on how we can do this....create a one of a kind to enter to win, you design it-I make it (this could be fun best design gets made and won-this could become a series!!!), I make something and post it. I am open to ideas so post them or email me at, but I would sure like to get something going soon!!

I know a couple of people look at my blog, so please leave some comments or email me privately at I'd like to do this contest both here and on FB, but I want it to work for those that want to win something and that like my work. Plus this will help give me inspiration, and maybe get me past my leaf fetish.....more pix to come on that subject!!!