Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Dread Viking Potters!

In April 2018, Vikings invaded Whitestown, Indiana! And I pottered with them! This spring, Indiana's only annual Viking Fest moved from Richmond, Indiana, to Whitestown, on the northwest side of Indianapolis. It also changed from a 1 day event to a 3 day event. New location, new organizers, brand new park land, iffy spring weather, what could possibly go wrong?!? Of course this needed to be Dancing Pottery's first multi-day event! 

Of course, I needed to add some fun new designs for the Viking theme!

And, it went wonderfully. Despite a week of rainy weather, the skies cleared and the Whitestown Park crew did a fantastic job of getting the event space ready and shockingly free of mud. On Friday morning, my wonderful hubby helped me drive my truck full of pottery and my heavy kickwheel, and towed our adorable travel trailer to the event site. 
And then we got stuck in the mud. Note to self: do not back up a camper in wet grass with a truck bed full of pottery! But, the fantastic Whitestown Parks crew came and rescue the truck from the muddy lawn, and I made it out of the camping area and to the event site.

We had a fantastic pottery enclave for Viking Fest: Mike, John, and Maria from Beech Grove Clayworks, Rebecca of Graves Pottery Co, Holly of Dowidat Ceramics, and me!

Fiona, Mike, John, and Maria

Rebecca and Holly

Sales were a bit slow on Friday, but Saturday dawned beautifully, the weather was great and the crowds arrive to get their viking on!

And I learned that Viking reinactors take their jobs seriously. 

I also learned that throwing on a kickwheel in a corset and horned helmet can be challenging. But draws an appreciative crowd. (Sorry for the noisy video, it was pretty windy)

It was an exhausting, but fun weekend. And will be on my list again next year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Yelp's Totally Bazaar 2017

Woohoo! Dancing Pottery made it onto Indianapolis Monthly's list of favorites at Yelp's Totally Bazaar 2017!! I was one of thirteen chosen from more than 150 vendors at the event!

This year was my third at Yelp's Totally Bazaar. I still find it amazing to watch the gorgeous Indianapolis Public Library transform into a festive bazaar filled with thousands of people!

Main atrium floor. A few early vendors, staking out their claim.

Arriving early, I hurried up to my assigned floor.
I love the library!

My burly hubby and I hauled my booth up to the 4th floor.

That's me!

2 hours later, all set up.

My army of hedghogs will greet Yelpers as the arrive on the 4th floor.

Prepared with a tasty beverage, we wait for the starting gong!
Then the doors opened, letting in more than 5500 people in three hours, and I was too busy to take any more photos. Here's a bunch from Dylan Gregory, and they are gorgeous!

So many people!!


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!