A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Firing

John exploring shape.

John exploring shapes.

We’ve had got the Door County Potters Guild annual Tour this weekend. Of course, we‘re fired (ing) a large load at the last-minute so we could can have a kiln opening on Saturday. We are excited to see all the new mugs and glaze tests we’ve been working on and we love to share the tension with our friends/customers.


And what a kiln opening it was. Saturday was non-stop, wall-to-wall, pottery lovers and potters-in-training. We stopped for lunch around 3:30 and even then we had people stopping to shop while we ate on the porch. The weather was wonderful, almost as wonderful as the people.  Sunday was a little slower but busy enough since we kinda wanted to sit back and study the new shapes and glazes on the mugs.

Soooo, I’ll be taking photos of over 100 mugs (the ones we didn’t sell must be waiting for their people to show up 🙂 for our Etsy store. 

I say tension, because it’s a performance, and we share the reveal, good or bad, with anyone who stumbles upon our gallery. Sometimes there is an ‘Oops’ or a ‘daminitalltohell’ and sometimes, if it’s really, really tricky, John will quietly slide the bad pot to a shelf in the back.

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This winter, the Potters Guild met to brainstorm for a theme for this year’s Tour (this weekend!) and someone (maybe John) suggested that each pottery commits to making at least 100 mugs for the tour. Most of our fellow potters jumped into this challenge with enthusiasm. Some were a little reluctant, which is all right, frankly. Makes visiting each pottery exciting..these differences.

Anyway, John and I had a difficult time getting into this. 100 different mugs in two firings. Different shapes, decorations, art, handles, glazes and the combinations is quite a job, and we also have other inventory to contend with. But after a while, we could feel the difference in the studio, in ourselves.  It’s been quite a while since John has reached so hard and pushed the clay so far. And I had a ball decorating many of his shapes and hand-building small mugs of my own.

We just had fun. We can’t wait to see these new mugs and we sure hope you get a chance to come and see for yourself.

Here it is, Thursday, and John is firing the kiln, on schedule and during the daytime hours instead of until 3am. Yes, sometimes we crazy potters fire late into the night. We are our own kiln setters!

Anyway, hear the kiln ROAR:

I might post some up here or on Etsy for sale later, but for now, they are all only available here in the gallery.



3 thoughts on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Firing

  1. We were blessed to be there just as you were opening the kiln – hope it was as exciting for you as it was for us! And thank you for letting me choose my mug right off the kiln shelf. It adds special meaning to my morning coffee, knowing who made the vessel. Looking forward to pictures of the other mugs and their new caretakers.

  2. Thanks for coming to the Mug-O-Rama and for coming here 🙂 Nice getting to know you.

  3. Pingback: Our Next Show: Monument Square Art Festival ~~ Racine, WI | Ellison Bay Pottery

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