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Merry Horse Cup

24 May

I love my cup. It’s the merry horse, leaping like he has wings on his heart. I’m not sure I could ever make another horse as merry as this one. 😀

The Merry Horse Cup

It’s lovely and thin — I can feel the volume it encloses and the thinness as I hold it. The hand carved background is a great place for my happy little pony to live. The glaze is called Twilight, and it’s a little different every time I make it (which I actually like). The carved portion isn’t glazed on the outside. It’s colored with an iron oxide wash. It doesn’t wash off and it gives the clay a variable warm color. I discovered this technique by accident, but it turns out I’m not the first to have used it. Reinventing the wheel . . . again.  😆 Every time I think I’ve made a great discovery, I soon find someone’s been there before me.

I have other cups like this one, but this one isn’t for sale. There aren’t any at my etsy site at the moment, but if you’re interested, let me know. I can send you a picture of some that I do have, or make one especially for you.

Main Street Square Farmers Market, Rapid City

13 May

The more serious side of the booth

My daughter Cheri (above) helped me sell an amazing quantity of pottery for a first day of market, early spring, distressingly chilly day. We arrived a few minutes after 7 am, found our parking space, and began hauling out boxes. Selling pottery isn’t like selling jewelry. Everything must be carefully packed for the journey down from the mountain, and the unsold pieces have to be rewrapped, reboxed, and repacked when it’s all over. Only the kettle corn guy remained with us as we loaded the last few boxes, carefully placing them so they couldn’t slide around in the truck bed.

And here are some of the wackier pieces. I call them ‘whimsical.”

People wandered about, laughing and talking, coming together into groups and then scattering like birds. Musicians strummed and sang and mothers commanded, “Don’t touch, now!” Alas, Cheri and I were shivering under our nice shady awning, but one can’t have everything. Sales kept us busy, and  that more than made up for the seasonal chill. The Main Street Square staff did a great job getting the word out, and the people of Rapid City responded not only in numbers but also in shoppers looking to buy. That it was the Saturday before Mothers’ Day no doubt helped a great deal, but I now have high hopes for the rest of the season.