Saturday, December 22, 2007

Article in the Local Newspaper
In advertising for my studio sale, I emailed a submission to the local paper's calendar. To my surprise, a couple of days later, one of their staff writers phoned me to see if they could do a feature on me and my work. I was so flabbergasted when she called that I think I responded to her statement, "We'd like to write an article about you." with "Really, are you sure?" Luckily for me, she went ahead and wrote it anyway.
Davis County Clipper

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Studio Sale
On Saturday, I hosted a Open Studio/Holiday Sale at my house. It went really well and was oh-so-nice to do a sale without leaving the comfort of my own home. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy fairs and festivals a couple times a year, but this was a surprising delight to find that when someone was not here, I could go back upstairs or out in my lab and work on other things. Below are some photos of the show.

I "borrowed" furniture from all over the house for the set-up downstairs.

Most of the artwork was courtesy of my two-year old daughter and my 22 year old brother who is a fabulous painter. The paintings in the picture above are drips and splashes from my daughter.

This is a close-up of the center table.
I definitely will be doing a similar sale next year. The only thing I'm planning on doing differently is having it a little earlier in the month of December. A lot of the people who dropped by seemed a little stressed running around trying to get stuff ready for Christmas.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Holiday Sale and Open Studio

I'm hosting my first ever open house and sale next weekend. For advertising, I created postcards, printed them, and spent all of tonight getting them addressed and ready to send out. Because I've never done a sale like this before, I'm interested to see how it all goes. I've attached a pic of my postcard below. I'll be spending this week cleaning out my studio and house and making sure everything has price tags.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Butter Dish

Simply a place for a stick of butter, or much, much, more?
Here's the latest from the studio :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Join EtsyMom in the search to save Rudolph!

This is a fun little holiday promo that the Etsy Mom Team has banded together to create.

Here is the official shpeel:

Rudolph ran off and needs to be found before Christmas Eve. He is
hiding in EtsyMom shops. When you purchase the item with Rudolph, you
will received a free gift. Prizes vary from shop to shop, see item
description for prize details. Santa can't leave the North Pole
without him, so please hurry!

Thank you for shopping Handmade with EtsyMom!

To find these elusive items, you can just type etsymomrudolph in the search box at the top of the page on Etsy and press Enter. Not every item with this tag will be a winner, only the ones that also have this picture in the listing:

Monday, November 05, 2007

Mud In The Trees
Ceramic Ornament Giveaway

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Pit Fired Work

These brand-spanking-new pots were pit fired Halloween night.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Etsy Mud Team Autumn Challenge

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

History in the Making

Here is Charlotte and me at the History in the Making show in Rochester, NY. My husband and I flew to the opening last Friday night. It was an amazing exhibition with lots of remarkable pottery. A highlight was being able to listen to Val Cushing give the opening remarks and hand out the prizes. One of my favorite quotes from the show: When speaking about the jurying process, Val said, "I always told my students that if they didn't get accepted in a show, it didn't necessarily mean their work wasn't good. I also told them that if they did get accepted in a show, it didn't necessarily mean their work was good either." What does this say about Charlotte? Val hastily added, though, that "I was quite impressed with all the pieces here tonight." Below are some pictures from the show.

A nice thing about no-one knowing what I looked like was being able to "listen in" while people talked about my work. While I snapped this shot, the man whose finger is shown above was giving a great critique about the colors and textures on my piece.

What a crowd! There were a lot of people packed in there Friday night.

One of my very favorites was the wavy bowl you see here int eh middle of the shot.

I just adored the glaze on this tea-set. This piece was even more impressive in person.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Etsy Mud Team Teapot Competition

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Avenues Street Fair
Last Saturday, I participated in an arts and crafts street fair. There was an amazing turnout and my pottery did quite well. Here are some pics of my booth from the show.

Avenues Street Fair
Last Saturday, I participated in an arts and crafts street fair. There was an amazing turnout and my pottery did quite well. Here are some pics of my booth from the show.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Press Release for Worldwide Women Artists Online Exhibition

Local artist, Tara Robertson is proud to announce her participation in
an International Online Exhibit. She will be featured along with 33
of her fellow artists from the World Wide Women's Artists Online
group. The World Wide Women's Artists is an international collective
of women artists showing and selling their original art through the
worldwide web.
Texas artist, Sharon K. Shubert will be the first WWAO member to host
the new series of international group exhibits on her website!
The artists are from throughout the United States, Canada, United
Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Bangladesh!
The 34 exhibiting artists will be showcasing a variety of different
mediums. Mrs. Shubert has put together an excellent, creative and
interesting, must see show!
The exhibit will be available for viewing during the month of
September, 2007.
All works are for sale!
Don't miss this wonderful International showing of creative
women artists!!!

The Soup Bowl and Saucer pictured above will be part of the exhibition. It is also currently listed for sale on Etsy.

Monday, August 27, 2007

BUYER INCENTIVE SALE ♥ ◦ ♥ ◦ ♥ August 27 - August 31

BUYER INCENTIVE SALE ♥ ◦ ♥ ◦ ♥ August 27 - August 31
Visit any participating Etsy Mud Team shop listed below - Look for the "Buyer Incentive" item - Make your purchase and get the "Buyer Incentive" item FREE!

Purchase requirements vary within shops- please check each shop for details!!

Ant's Pottery ◦◦◦ Averly ◦◦◦Baily Bowls ◦◦◦ Blue Sky Pottery ◦◦◦ Ceramica Botanica ◦◦◦ dgordon ◦◦◦ DK Pottery ◦◦◦ Earth 'N Elements Pottery ◦◦◦ GinPin's Shop ◦◦◦ Into The Fire ◦◦◦ Jessica Sharrah◦◦◦JMNPottery◦◦◦ JudyBFreeman ◦◦◦ khphillips ◦◦◦ Montezuma Mudd Pottery ◦◦◦MudPuppy◦◦◦ NKP Designs ◦◦◦ Tara Robertson Pottery ◦◦◦ Vegan Dish ◦◦◦ Vessels & Wares

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Product!

I've always wanted to have some ramekins to cook cobblers and souffle's in. Perhaps it's egotistical, but I always figure if I want something, someone else it bound to--so I made a bunch of them. I listed the first pair (pictured above) for sale on Etsy tonight.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Burn, Baby Burn (A pit-firing picture diary)
Pit firing 8/4/07

An innocent pile of bisque-ware, awaiting their fiery trial...

The initial chemical coatings; computer etchant (ferric chloride) and a thin mixture of cobalt water
Selected pots are painted with a 1/2 water 1/2 etchant solution (warning--be sure to use gloves and plastic coatings on surfaces whenever dealing with ferric chloride.)
Pots painted in ferric chloride are wrapped with copper carbonate, hay, salt, and cut-up copper scrub pads.

Salt and copper carbonate are sprinkled liberally on a bed of hay on top of a sheet of newspaper. The pot is placed on the hay bed, then coated with scrub pad pieces, more salt, copper carbonate, and a sprinkling of hay.

The whole thing is wrapped loosely and secured with a little bit of tape (any kind will do)

Other pots are selected for a Cobalt treatment.
The Cobalt pots will be coated with hay, Miracle Gro, and salt.

They are layered and wrapped in the same fashion as the etchant vessels

All the pots are packed away to take to the firing site. As a bonus, the newspaper wrappers also keep the pots from getting broken on the way.

Supplies that I bring to a pit firing; more copper carb, salt (table and rock), sawdust, matches, newspaper, red iron oxide, lighter fluid, more hay, and wood chips.

The back of my car all loaded and ready to go

The empty fire pit

I create a bed of chemicals and combustibles for the pots to rest on. This includes (from bottom to top) charcoal from any previous firings, large wood chips, sawdust, rock salt, copper carbonate, and red iron oxide.

Newspaper bundles are gradually layered on this bed with kindling
Hay and more chemicals (salt, red iron oxide, and copper carb) are added loosely to the growing bonfire.

When the whole thing is piled up, it is doused with lighter fluid and lit on fire.

Burn, baby burn!
Sometimes when logs settle, I can actually see pieces in the fire while the flames lick them. I don't stoke the fire after the initial building, I'll just adjust logs occasionally for even heating.

Unfortunately, during this fire, it started to rain. The cloud just sailed in from nowhere. The fire still burned, but was not nearly as hot and did not go for nearly as long. As you can see, some of the logs didn't burn all the way down. As it looked like it might rain again, I cut my losses and let it cool down rather than re-positioning and re-lighting.

The hot pieces waiting to be pulled from the ashes

Pots are placed on the stones around the fire-pit to cool down

The pots wait to be packed back up in newspaper and taken home for cleaning and sealing


Some nice oranges, reds, and pinks came out on the Ferric Chloride treated pots.

I wasn't very happy with the Cobalt pots this time around. They needed to get much hotter than they did to receive the characteristic blue blushing from the cobalt/miracle gro combination. Some pots had still-interesting black, brown, and tan coloring. These I kept and sealed (see next two pictures).

Two had nearly no coloring at all. These I will re-fire.