17
Nov

Birthday Salutations to our Kilted Potter

Birthday Salutations // if you see this fine gentleman today, wish him a happy birthday. Our own kilted potter, Jason made on another trip round the sun. We love him immensely. He's our rock.🤗Maker and fixer of things, master hugger, he of the fabulous laugh, punmaster splash, great dad, coach, and never one to say no to a challenge no matter what feces comes flying.Never gonna give you upNever gonna let you downNever gonna run around and desert you#happybirthdayjason #jasonitsyourbirthday#RickRollin.Image descriptions for each in Alt Text Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

tools

Tools // We talk so much about tools in studio, in our videos, with other artists and ceramic artists and potters. We all have our favourite ride-or-die BFF tools. Jason and I regularly hoard red ribs (the red rubbery tool with a hole in the middle of it, seen in photo). I have a metal bit from a disassembled scotch tape dispenser glued to a chopstick that makes my heart flutter. As a family, the bin of round sponges at our supplier, Ceramics Canada, is a joy – our son once ended up face down and feet up in that barrel as he yearned to reach the bottom through the thousands of sponges. We do like the things that we like. 🖌These days of glazing and painting, we have favourite brushes and chairs as we work through the backlog of pots. The chill in the air is reminding us that we should appreciate every warm day we have, so we are achingly behind our own schedule. Lucky for us, our priority to enjoy these moments outside the studio before the snow flies is something we can take without guilt. Our tools will wait. They are wonderful that way.🖌What are your priorities this week?…[Image description: a charcoal black work surface with clay dust, covered in a variety of pottery tools: ball tools, brushes, a round yellow sponge, a red rib, a silver carving tool, and a small piece of clay.]..#creativeprocess #creativelife #handmademovement #artisanmade #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #AlbertaMade #yycarts #canadianceramics #ipreview via @preview.app Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

The Wasps And The War

A Day Of Rest // We will be skipping our Sunday Live today because we have discovered first hand that humans are easily taken down by other organisms. In our case, the wasps under our front step are Deeply Concerned that we are encroaching on their giant hidden nest and have fought back as expected. I would not have expected a couple of stings to fell me so effectively but here I am, 15 hours later and my leg is still spasming and I'm so very nauseous. I had even scrubbed out the wounds after the stings as the old wives advised. Jason's thigh and back are finally calm from his bout with the wasps earlier in the week. We had no idea that our new housemates were so venomous. Antihistamines and ice are in rotation as we marvel at our next move since chemical warfare is failing us, and burning down the house seems a bit extreme (although flamethrowers have been discussed) Do we just wish for snow?🦂The buttercups in the picture are a more beautiful form of poison. We saw them often during our mountain hikes this summer and I was surprised that my identification guide has warnings for every variety of buttercup: POISON. At least these, we could live with in our garden….[Image description: a large number of tiny yellow five petaled flowers with green foliage, growing wild. They are pretty and nothing about them reveals their deadly nature.]..#wasps #buttercup #waspwarfare Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

do any art

Do any art // My many parts have come down with some sort of illness, or I've eaten something off, or aliens have implanted something fun, and then my head, never one to be left out, has begun to ache so I'm not able to turn to electronic amusements this evening to distract myself. In my woeful wailing, and caterwauling tantrum of wanting to do things, I'm working on wee cards for an exchange. I just want to send Encouraging Pumpkins to everyone in the world. I'm writing on each card some of what I'd like to hear, especially today.Have you ever done a card or gift exchange with strangers? Do you have any encouraging phrases that my pumpkins can impart to their recipients? I'd love some assistance to make these pumpkins a welcome gift.Not seen in the photo is the amazing glittery fabulousness of @ffrench watercolour pans I'm using in combination with the set that my mother gave me, which is seen in photo. #watercolor #ink #postcard #cardexchange #spoopy #pumpkin #lsg..[Image description: watercolour set next to a small painting on paper of an orange pumpkin with text "spoopy pumpkin is proud of you. Also happy Halloween." There is another painting on paper of an orange pumpkin tucked behind.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

faces

Faces // The final results of the first two face pots for my wee plants …[Image description: two clay pinch pots with faces, side by side with excessively moody lighting.].#creativeprocess #creativelife #handmademovement #artisanmade #buyhandmade #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #AlbertaMade #yycarts #pinchpot #handbuilt #canadianceramics #kiln #kilnfired #kilnfolk #ceramicprocess #handmadeceramic #shoplocalyyc #handmadeyyc #handcrafted #studiopottery Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

pinch pinch

Pinch Pinch // Pinching technique to make a pinch pot with face in today's igTV video. I'm still refining the features on this sweet little planter, and I have some holes to poke in his bottom, but he is well on his way to being a loving home for a wee spider plant that I picked up this week. Check out the igTV video to watch me create this pot from a ball of clay using my hands and some simple tools. ..#pinchpot #planter #facepot #sculpture #handbuilding Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

slow craft

Slow craft // Slicing up leather for Heels & Toes slipper soles today. I'm imagining warm toesies as the nights are chilling here in Alberta, the mountains reminding us of the cost of living so close to their majesty. These and many other colours will be heading to our good friends in Edmonton at @thefibrenook so, my sweet friends to the north in #yeg, get those slippers knit, crocheted, sewn, and pop in to the shop to choose the perfect sole match to keep you safe from slipping and prevent wear & tear..Not in Edmonton? Visit @stashlounge in Calgary or check our bio for a link to our Etsy shop to order yours. …#slippersoles #slippers #buylocal #makersmovement #handmade #knittersofinstagram #crochetersofinstagram Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

pot dealer aka my kid thinks he’s funny

Pot Dealer // When my son was in Grade 3, he told his teacher that his mom was a pot dealer. He giggled as he watched her face contort, speechless, and then he skipped off to recess. My little angel mentioned this to me as we walked home from school that day, proud of his wit, and I was torn between laughing, crying, and rushing home to clean for the inevitable visit from a social worker. A phone call to his teacher and social media proof of our POTs cleared the air, however I'll never forget that moment when I realized that our child had picked up our sense of humour and it would certainly bite me in the arse for many years to come. When I saw this t-shirt later that year, I yelled "TAKE MY MONEY" and it is still my favourite shirt for studio days. It makes my son giggle, and my friends roll their eyes. Mission accomplished all around. ⚱.[Image description: white woman with brown hair in a blue t-shirt. The t-shirt has white icons of ceramic pots with white text "POT DEALER Pssst wanna buy a nice pot?"]…#creativelife #handmademovement #artisanmade #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #handcrafted #studiopottery #punny #ipreview via @preview.app Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

locked and loaded

Loaded // All cozy and stacked, ready for their long hot day in the kiln as they magically (scientifically) turn from formed mud to permanent forms. Kiln firing one of two, and only three days behind schedule because sometimes, clay doesn't dry just because you want it to. Clay that isn't completely dry before entering the kiln is a great way to guarantee an explosion.Now it's time to finish filling this kiln and fire it up! See you in 24 hours, little clay babies..[Image description: Sixteen ceramic mugs loaded into kiln, viewed from above.]#creativeprocess #creativelife #handmademovement #artisanmade #buyhandmade #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #AlbertaMade #yycarts #canadianceramics #kiln #kilnfired #potterymug #wheelthrown #kilnfolk #ceramicprocess #handmadeceramic #shoplocalyyc #handmadeyyc Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

the schedule

The Schedule // Spoiler: it's changed twice already since this photo was taken (my dates for activities were wayyyy off and Jason has items to add to the first August bisque so… revamp!) However, we have an outline, a checklist, a guide of sorts to take us into mid-October. It may change wildly depending on what "Digital School" looks like for our son, what repairs are needed around our home before the snow flies, and if anyone in our community/cohort needs support. Or if we get sick. Plan A is in place but we don't mind having other plans in the wings, just in case.How are you organizing your weeks? Are you still creating with the robust strength as you did pre-Covid Times? Do you need strong calendar organization or can you wing it with ease? 🦁🤡 Our circus would love to hear how you manage!#studioplanning #artpractice #studioorganization #productivity Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

share the chairs

Share The Chairs // Potters on the trails!⛰We ran away from home: hooked up the trailer, packed the fridge, and hit the trails. It turns out that it takes hiking daily in fresh mountain air to tire out the tireless ten year old. We feel accomplished! I'm also pretty sure that I have encouraged calf muscles to grow again after months of missed spin classes. #JasperNP #OldFortPoint #HikeAlberta #rockymountains #CovidSilverLinings Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

bright

Bright // Today was peaceful and full of laughter.️These toes really are this bright. Two at a a time socks in "Another Freaking Rainbow" by @seaturtlefiberarts are keeping my hands busy as these sweet summer days pass me by. ️ Happiness is knitting on the patio as we watch the sun set after a game of extreme bocce. I didn't catch any fish today but maybe I'll get luckier tomorrow. I'd like walleye for lunch. ️#knittersofinstagram #rainbowsocks #selfstripingyarn Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

Bees on igTV

Bees on igTV // I made a couple of bee mugs on the Sunday Live this morning if you want to pop over to our igTV and take a peek. Maybe I should be finishing painting the inside AND outside of our house but also, these bee mugs need to become a reality. 🖤🖤Our Sunday lives are not as regular during the summer because we'd rather be out camping WITH the bees but we are still on when we get the chance. What are you doing on your Sunday?#handbuilding #ceramics #beemug #plainsmanclay #potteryvideos #handbuildingvideos #clay #handbuiltpottery Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

slow down

Slow Down // I am part of a bulk buy food co-op that involves my pulling into an alley, popping my trunk, and having a nice lady load me up with whatever random food I have bulk purchased during the round. Today: my blueberries are here!I will be eating blueberries until I am blue. I am Very Pleased. Oh, some will be placed on cookie sheets and frozen, then placed in bags for future munching but a good portion will not survive to that step. I love Friday food pickups. They allow me to take some time to slowly savour these bursts of flavour, close my eyes, and be grateful.What is making your grateful list?#blueberries #foodcoop #slowfood #alberta Posted by Intagrate Lite

18
Jul

always the roses

It's That Time Of Year / It's the time of year when I show you my roses. I know, I know, every damn year I ram these babies into your feed. Their blossoms are so heavy right now that the stems are bowing, the red so vibrant and vivacious that my little phone camera struggles to capture their luscious beauty. I want to devour them. They are velvety soft as I push them into my face but the thorns draw blood, which is fitting because they demand a blood sacrifice in blood meal at their feet to look this good. They remind me, as they bloom twice every year, that the world is a good place. With the injustice we see, the assholes on the news, the angry feelings that visit us as we to witness fear and evil, that there IS good. We can do good. Others are doing good. We just need to look closer. Listen. Watch. Their bloom is my favourite time of year. I need this reminder more now than ever as the struggle is harder, as emotions seem to be always overflowing, as working from love rather than anger and frustration is a bit tougher.The roses are "Hope For Humanity", created to honour the Red Cross. That the Red Cross was core to their creation, and that these roses do better with blood meal on their roots will never stop thrilling me (thank you Denise @poppyyarnandfibre for connecting those dots for me!)They bloom twice every year and don't mind neglect. I had to ignore them last year yet this year, they came back gangbusters. Their leaves gave me a gentle reminder that they could use some greater attention, but they are perfect fancy roses for our chilly fickle climate. And they never cease to inspire.What's meaningful in your garden, friends?#yycroses #roses #hopeforhumanity #yycgardening Posted by Intagrate Lite