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My booth at the Harvest Festival

This is a story about why I don’t do shows. It’s a true story.

I love making pots…I mean, really love. So much so that when I started making pots I overwhelmed my family and friends, which left me no other option than to see if others would like them.

I had the good fortune to marry a guy with a large barn and outbuildings. Kings Creek Pottery was born so I could justify making as many pots as I wanted!


The Kings Creek Pottery Shop

My shop is an old milk house (about the size of a two seater outhouse) on our property and perfect for my needs.

When I started out I needed to get the word out that pottery was available for purchase and that meant doing shows.

Starting with small, inexpensive local craft shows, I was able to get my “name” out there in my community. But how to cast a wider net? The big shows are wildly expensive and 1) I did not have the money and 2) did not have the inventory so, easy decision to cross them off my list.

Booth display at ARTwalk

Booth display at ARTwalk – Cobleskill

Then there are the mid-range shows. I looked in a 60 mile radius, basically. These shows cost in the $100 – $200 range. After trying a few of those I quickly lost my enthusiasm… having a booth next to a kettle corn booth was one of the worst experiences, but mostly it’s the standing around hoping for a sale that wears me out. My mind keeps wandering to: I could be in my studio working right now. 

There have been shows where the booth next to me, selling little tchotchkes, was kicking ass while my booth, with awesome stoneware pottery was crickets. And there was the show that had a great venue but was so poorly marketed, no one showed up! I literally packed up and left  – I know, but seriously?? [click to continue…]


IMG_0558I work in cycles, as most potters do. To me the beginning of my cycle is when I make pots.

I usually focus on custom orders first, then think about what holes I have in my shop inventory and work to fill them.I also look at what sold in Margaretville to fill in that inventory.

During this time of year I start thinking about what I need for the holiday shows…maybe something new to have in stock…and ornaments, lots of ornaments!

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August Morning in Gallupville

Is that the holidays I’m hearing? The knocking is soft, but it’s definitely there.  It gets louder and louder each day now!

Our mornings are often foggy this time of year, cool nights and warm days. The leaves are getting that muted look…not as crisp as they are in the spring and summer. Yup,  we are heading into Fall.

The sheep will leave us by the end of September. Chris and I are already cutting back our perennials.

This is the time of year I start really focusing on inventory, especially since I added my pottery to a shop in the Catskills. That means 3 places to keep stocked: The Gallupville Shop, The Etsy Shop, and The Catskill Mountain Artisan Guild Shop. Whew….a lot of pots to make!

I also have some custom orders to work on. This changes my strategy when I get in the studio. The “production” in production pottery is kicked up a notch. Now I make 12 at a time of whatever I am throwing. But this is good, it’s what I love to do and wanted to do with the added time I have in my life now.

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The new reality: I have less time than ever.

In my mind’s eye I would be updating this blog every week, making more pots than I could imagine, and firing Lucille once a month. Ha! In fact, I have been in the studio less this summer than ever…and I miss it.

Puzzle Time In Vermont

When I worked full-time I would hoard my weekends for studio time. Now that I don’t have the job, I find myself thinking; “I have plenty of time…”.

But if I don’t put things on the schedule, it doesn’t happen.

Maybe I’m making up for lost time…

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Things have been Jumpin’ this July at Kings Creek Pottery and Kings Creek Farm. It really started late in June and hasn’t slowed down yet!

School ended late this year. Graduations took place mostly on June 27th…which might explain the lighter than usual attendance at the Kings Creek Pottery Open Studio event.

The calm before the storm!

The calm before the storm!

That said, it was still a wonderful time spent with other artisans and our wonderful customers…even if it did threaten rain all day.



Peanut Butter & Jelly Gluten Free Vegan Muffins. Not sure why the photo is turned around…sorry about that!







I think we really impressed our guests with the food treats this year. We each bring something to share with each other and our customers. I shared gluten-free, vegan muffins and before you snub your nose to them – have a look!

They were amazing and everyone enjoyed…you can try them yourself. The recipe is from The Minimalist Baker. Try everything on her website!! Awesome food….

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A beautiful morning to fire up Lucille!

I have been back at pottery for 14 years now and I’ve had Lucille for four…four and a half years (?)…and I am still learning.

From last week’s post you know I am in the final push,  preparing for the Open Studio Show and Sale on June 27th here at Kings Creek Pottery.

Firing the electric kiln for bisque, prepping bisque ware for glaze, glazing, loading Lucille and firing her up…so many steps!  As usual I had more pots than could fit in the glaze firing, which was a predicament because many of those pots are custom orders….and I wanted others for the show. Drats!

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I never did have babies. Kings Creek Pottery shows are as close as I come to “birthing” things…and the Final Push is upon me!

As a part-time potter (for now) it is always a challenge to get inventory up to a level I am comfortable with before a show.  I always fear not having enough. My anxiety before the big event…to date no one has complained that there were slim pickins!


Fired up and ready for glazing



Thankfully some pots dried enough to finish loading the electric kiln for a bisque. That occurred overnight on Saturday.

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It’s hard to believe it’s the last weekend in May!

On Friday, Chris and I took a ride to Timberlock to deliver some hay. It was a nice afternoon for a drive, but the black flies in the ‘dacks are really buzzing! Somehow I managed to escape without a bite. We had a quick visit with family who are opening the camp in preparation for this years’ guests.

If you haven’t checked out Timberlock yet, I highly recommend checking out their website. It’s the perfect place to get away from “regular” life, no phone service, limited wi-fi…just lot’s of outdoor fun and relaxation in the woods. Perfect for kids and adults to unplug for a week!

thumb_IMG_2364_1024Saturday I trimmed, decorated, and put handles on pots. This is my favorite stage of working with clay. The finished result is 6 small casseroles, 6 honey jars and 12 mugs. [click to continue…]


May has felt like mayhem, but it’s all good!

I don’t know if May has been the same for you…but we’ve had out of town guests, a college graduation, retirement events, and all the other parts of life that just keep happening on top of them!

This weekend I finally got back in my studio for some focused work and it felt great. So here is what I’ve been up to during the past few months:

You may know that we lost our Jesse this fall due to a freak blood issue, which was very sad (you can read about it here).

We couldn’t take it long before we filled up the house with another pup to keep Asticou, and us, company. Meet Belle!

It looks like Belle is going to be a wonderful studio hound. She is very curious about the wheel and thinks the clay would be a nice snack. (I am discouraging that).


Taking it all in


The nose tells the truth

I am working hard to put together a kiln load. That load will contain many custom orders, which I will be glad to have behind me.


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Welcome to the new Kings Creek Pottery site!

I decided to ditch the blogspot site and graduate to a grown-up edition here at WordPress. Unless you have some computer geekiness in you, that might not make any sense, but for Kings Creek Pottery it’s a stage in growing up.

IMG_0552Though I ditched my previous content, I plan to bring you more updated information…and on what’s been happening in the studio, etc.

For now just know how truly grateful I am that you found me!

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Kings Creek Pottery can be found on Etsy  HERE!

Have a great day!