2023 has presented me with challenges. Challenges that require my energy to be in many places other than my Back Porch Studio. In 2023 -2024 I will be selling only ready to ship items as my time allows. I plan to focus on pet dishes, mugs and wine cups May through October in preparation for the 2023 Holiday Season. If you are NOT in a hurry, please … More Throwing Season 2023
Up early this morning. Firing my last kiln load of the season. These two are up to something. I’m not even going to ask. Wedding bells for our son soon! Much deep cleaning, baking and merriment ahead. But first, coffee ☕️
I need extra hours in the day and extra energy to complete all that needs done. Planting Mowing and weeding Weeding and mowing Soccer Baseball Each and every day, I wake up, thank goodness, and seize the day clay! Oh yeah . . . …and laundry!
Spring has sprung! 100 pounds of clay! Playing in the mud, indoors, of course! Still a bit too chilly for the back porch. I am making bowls using slabs of clay draped over a mold. Finishing the rims of these three bowls while enjoying while enjoying a cup of coffee in a handmade mug 😉 … More Life in April
Oh my! A new year! I’m almost afraid to ask the cosmos . . . “Now what?” So, I will not ask. Instead, I will turn my attention to my list of things “To Do” before spring. Top on my list is to sort through all the extra things we have acquired due to my … More Onward
The falling leaves gather around my pottery wheel. My throwing days have come to an end for the year. The temperatures have dropped quite dramatically this week making it a challenge to photograph my pottery on my back porch. “They” say it may snow this weekend! This month I have been busy with many behind … More Take Time
Would you look at that! It’s mid-October. And here I am running around like a squirrel gathering nuts before the snow falls! Instead of gathering nuts . . . I’m glazing and firing. Glazing and firing. Repeat. When I’m not glazing and firing, you will find me on my back porch unloading the kiln and … More Squirrel!
Soaking up the sun on our back porch. Why, yes. I made the mug! 😉 Test tiles waiting to be fired then glazed and fired again. I feel like somebody is watching me! This is Midnight. He is the Semi-feral cat we adopted. He seems to be adjusting very well and has become the most … More A View from My Back Porch Studio
As with every year, we spend so much time preparing for Christmas and then it is seemingly over in the blink of an eye. We had a nice Christmas Day – different, but in a good way for us. Each decoration, tradition and recipe held a very special place in our hearts and minds this … More Christmas in the Blink of an Eye
2020 has sucked. It has really sucked. I lost my mom in June. Lost my mother in-law in September. And this week we lost Miss Kitty who was 20 years young. “The earth will never be the same againRock, water, tree, iron, share this greifAs distant stars participate in the pain. A candle snuffed, a … More Nothing Loved is Ever Lost
The back porch has a half dozen handmade pet dishes filled to the brim with cool fresh water. I made them just for her, Miss Kitty. She prefers drinking from the Tonka dump truck. It used to be our son’s now it’s our grandson’s Miss Kitty’s. So, I keep it filled with cool fresh water. … More You Can Lead a Cat to Water
The sunflowers made it despite the critters of early spring and summer. You never now how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. ~Bob Marley
Life has completely turned upside down since the changing of the clocks back in March of 2020. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the dinosaurs returned. Today, the dinosaurs have, indeed, returned much to our grandson’s delight! I am delighted the dinosaurs prefer lettuce over sunflowers!
I am sensing a theme for this year. Mayhem. Life has changed since early March. Shelter at home. Social distancing. Face masks. Shortage of toilet paper, Lysol spray and disinfectant wipes. Here it is June of 2020. I think I have finally grown accustomed to dear husband working from home. Both of us have learned … More Mayhem
Happy whatever day it is! With dear husband working from home since mid-March, it is as if every day is Saturday. Not that he works from home on Saturdays but he is home. Every day. Both of us in the house through the week has taken some getting used to. I think we will survive. … More Checking In
Hello from the blustery and snowy arctic tundra! Okay. Maybe not THE arctic tundra but from my back porch. Brrrr! Though it is winter, I have been playing in the mud inside where it is warm. I am looking forward to sharing with you my latest clay projects. Happy Friday!!!
I don’t know if it was just me or what but this holiday season seemed to fly by so quickly. I think father time is anxious to start a new decade! From our house to yours, Happy New Year!
It seems as if just yesterday was early fall. Leaves changing from summer green to magnificent shades of red, yellow and orange then falling to the ground. As November came to a close, families gathered. A time to be thankful and overeat. The next season is upon us. Christmas and winter hard to ignore. Bare … More Between Seasons
Okay. Maybe not wordless but it is raining, again, and it is Thursday. So,what does one do on the back porch when it is raining? Take pictures, of course! Aside from taking pictures of my rainy day, I did load the kiln to fire tomorrow. A glaze firing! I am looking forward to Sunday when … More Wordless Rainy Thursday
At last, the sun shines today! The forecast, however, is calling for MORE RAIN over the next 10 days! Sigh. I’m growing tired of grey days and rain.