Saturday, October 7, 2017

Most awesome DIY studio tool ever

This $7 nifty plastic bin may be the best thing I’ve ever added to my home studio and gifted to my community studio. Please let me introduce you to my Giffin Grip Trimming Catcher!

Trimming leads to clay bits all around the wheel. I tend to trim many pots in one sitting, so the bits that fell on the ground had time to dry out and then were ground to dust as I got up from the wheel. This scenario is bad enough in a one-person studio, but in a group setting, it’s even more of an issue. 

But this nifty bin solves those dusty messy issues. Using a piece of cardboard as a template, I cut out the shape of the splash pan where it connects below the wheel head. I used a dremel tool cutting disc to cut through the plastic bin. I cut out one of the long sides of the bin, leaving a lip along the edges, except for where the bin needed to slide under the wheel head. Then I used the cardboard splash pan template to trace the same shape to the bottom of the bin and cut that section out with the dremel. 

After a little testing and more trimming with the dremel, the bin slides easily under the wheel head. 

An addition of a long piece of material draped over the cut edges of the bin of the bin, tucked under the wheel head, and over my legs keeps all of the trimmings off the floor.

Then I store my Giffin Grip, all of its bits, and the material in the bin. 

Best $7 that I’ve ever spent! 

While I made this specifically to use with a Giffin Grip, it should work just about as well just trimming on the wheel head. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A year has passed

I can't believe it's been a year since I posted. Although 2016 was really busy, or maybe because it was, I took a 3 month vacation from pottery this spring. If you'd like to read about my adventures, I blogged about it here.

Here's a quick Dancing Pottery year-in-review.
  • I continue to love being a member of Beech Grove Clay Works, the best studio in the Indianapolis area. 
  • Dancing Pottery was at 12 different events, markets, or fairs.

    Virginia Avenue Folk Fest

Greenwood Farmers Market

Demos at Brickyard Ceramics big summer event

German Fest

Cottage Home Block Party

 Frankfort Library Friend of Art Show

First Friday at Broken Beaker 

Yelp's Totally Bazaar

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pinch Pot Demo!

I'm one of the lucky guest artists doing demos at the
Brickyard Ceramics and Crafts big summer sale. The sale runs from July 21-23.

My pinch pot demo will be on Saturday, July 23, from 10-1pm. I'll be showing how to create a closed form pinch pot, as I make critters--birds that can be hung as ornaments or adorable hedgehogs!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest 2016

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest is this Saturday! I'll be there with at the double wide booth of Dancing Pottery and Beech Grove Clay Works. Free Music, tasty food and drinkies, and pottery!! Also many other vendors. Hope to see you there! Saturday, May 14th, 9 am until dark.

More details at their website or on Facebook.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A lovely ending to a busy 2015

As usual, the last few months of the year were a busy time for me! My two favorite festivals in Indianapolis happen in the fall--ArtSquared and GermanFest. I've also added a new favorite this year, Yelp's Totally Bazaar in December.

Art Squared is awesome. It's in my fantastic neighborhood, Fountain Square, just southeast of downtown Indianapolis. It's free, there's an ArtParade, Masterpiece in a Day, and an ArtFair. For added joy, it also was on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so the boys and I got to be the Dread Pirate Potters!

In October, there's the beer happy, German game playing, wiener dog racing GermanFest at the Athenaeum.

My new and exiting event of 2015 was the ginormous pop-up party at Indy's Central Library, Yelp's Totally Bazaar. Wow.  Huge. Thousands of people all in 3 hours.  Fun!

And to finish the year out, the tasty and generous event at Beech Grove Clay Works, Soup for Tots. Buy a bowl from BGCW, get soup, and the price of the bowl goes to Shop with Cop.  

Thanks to all my friends and fans for supporting me in my pottering madness. Love you all!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December Shows!

I got an early Christmas present this July, when I was selected as one of the vendors for Yelp's Totally Bazaar! This is a fantastic annual pop up shopping party with more than 150 local businesses at Indy's beautiful Central Library. It's from 6:30-10pm on Thursday, December 10th. Find all the details here!

On the heels of Totally Bazaar is Beech Grove Clay Works annual holiday fundraiser and sale. Join us at the studio, buy a member-made bowl, eat delicious soup, browse through other fabulous work by our members, and have a fine time! Soup for Tots is Saturday, December 12th from 4-8pm.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Feast of Lanterns 2015

Last Saturday was my second show at Feast of Lanterns. I don't often work this festival, since it often conflicts with one of my favorite dance weekends, Sugar Hill. It's hard to be the dancing potter if I never get to dance!

Dancing at the end of the contra dance line at Sugar Hill, way back in 2001.
Luckily, the scheduling gods smiled and I got to do both this year. I was especially excited about my return to this festival, since my last time at the Feast was spent hobbling around in a cast. Not the most fun way to be a pottery vendor. But this year's Feast was fantastic! Beautiful weather, a great location for the double booth I shared with 3 other potters from Beech Grove Clay Works, newly built shelves for my pottery, tasty beverages, and fantastic music.

Setting up with John, Mike and Judy
Those boys from Beech Grove Clay Works up to no good
The great new shelves that I built the day before the festival
Feast of Lanterns is a wonderful festival just northeast of downtown Indianapolis, in Spades Park. It's in a lovely city park, it's FREE, things to do for kids, tasty food and beverages, and great vendors. Like Carrie from Celebration Henna, who was right next door to our booth. I couldn't resist and got hennaed up! Carrie has a great trick of be-glittering the wet henna, which needs time to dry and set up after it is applied. The glitter looks great and reminded me to not mush the wet henna while it dried. And also, everyone needs a little more glitter in their lives!

My glittered peacock still waiting to dry
My henna tattoo the next day, should last for a week or more

And we all sold lots of pottery. It was a lovely day, and then as sunset passed, the lanterns were lit.

And the bands continued to play, even as we started to pack up our booth at 11pm. Tear down is way more fun when done to the irresistible Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Thanks to all my friends, neighbors, and fans who stopped by! Hope to see you again soon! Lots of fun shows coming up for me through the end of the year!