There was a lot to love about this past year . . . here are some of our favorite photos, and a bit about what happened. (#newyearsresolutionformoreblogupdates ;) )
We started the year by moving back into our house after a year of major renovations.
That pic above is in our old house’s kitchen, transformed with a whole lot of white paint! insert heart-eyes emoji.)
We kicked off the year in the studio with a big commission for a new Inn outside Philadelphia.
These pieces were made from stoneware and fired in our now-solar-powered electric kiln.
We are really loving the new “rustic white” finish of this pottery.
We were excited to be the first handmade item to sell out in Taproot’s holiday pop-up shop with our Two Birds Spoon Rest, seen below.
In April, our family grew by one . . . we are now two potters + two kids!!
After our son was born, we took a bit more time off than expected. A slower summer turned out to be a real blessing. (you can read more about that in this post)
The warm season had a lot of highlights, including raising sheep with our neighbor.
Here they are out at the kiln shed, using our side-stoking wood as backscratchers. :)
In the fall, we flew to California to see my brother get married on 20 off-grid acres up a winding road in the Sierra foothills. (A true adventure with two little kids, one we’re so glad we took!)
We got back in the studio and geared up for our Fall wood-firing. It was our 7th firing of the big kiln we built. (Found this blog post about our first firing, if you’re new here!)
Among the 800+ pieces in this firing was a set of dinnerware for a wonderful couple who hosted their wedding registry with us.
We were so happy – and thankfully they were too! – with the timeless neutral palette of ash-sprinkled shino glaze.
(Ben took the photo below – he had the bright idea (ha ha) to put his light in the kiln behind us, which flashed when he took the shot – love, love, LOVE!)
In early November, we hosted our first Kiln Opening Celebration and Sale. We were blown away by the turn-out and the enthusiasm!
We had pie and live music and so many wonderful folks came from all over the place to see our new work and get “pick of the kiln!” It’s safe to say we’ll be doing this type of event again.
We were excited by the response to some of our new designs from this firing- including more pieces with “chalkboard” glaze, and some mason jars that can finally, technically be called a “jar.” ;)
While these all sold during our busy holiday Etsy shop update, we’ll be making more for our spring firing.
Here’s our first opportunity to announce that we’ll be returning to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair (aka Sunapee) in August.
We’re excited, and will update here when we know where our booth will be!
We are loving the slower pace of winter life . . . studio time mixed with lots of family time, a bit of skiing, knitting, baking, podcasts and even a daydream or two of summer’s garden.
Thanks for following along and supporting our handmade life! Wishing you a Happy 2017!
-Becca (and Nathan and the kids)
P.S. The re-opening of our Etsy shop with new work for Valentine’s Day will be announced tomorrow! Stay tuned on Instagram.