Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll loveā€¦ Learn about Reading Desk

Blog Profile / This Artists's Life


URL :http://whitneys-pottery.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Arts / Ceramics
Posts on Regator:154
Posts / Week:0.5
Archived Since:January 19, 2009

Blog Post Archive

my studio

My studio is less than a half block from my house. I live in a quiet, residential neighborhood, and my studio is housed in a row of unexpected storefronts. These storefronts used to serve as neighborhood businesses back in the day. There are people in my neighborhood who have lived here since the 50's and remember when my place was a hair salon. Show More Summary

the way of the stressed-out potter

Sunday, I woke up at 4 am. I would have liked to have gone right back to sleep since there was no reason in the world for me to be awake at 4 am, but no, that's not how it works around here. I had some thinking to do. I had an orderShow More Summary

clearing the shelves

Skipping out on all of the holiday shows was one of the kindest things I've done for myself in a while. At the same time, I simply don't sell as much work. On the other hand, I don't have to make as much either, or spend money on things like show fees, show help, and $5 beers. Show More Summary

Leo 1996-2012

Our cat, Leo, died earlier this week. Our lightfooted and athletic kitty started showing her age gradually, then all of the sudden with a round-the-clock sleep schedule, a stiff walk, and inability to jump on our laps without help. The last week she had to be helped to her food bowl, then her cat box, and then the vet came and put her to sleep. Show More Summary

holiday open studio

The kiln is firing away as I get ready for my annual Holiday Open Studio. I will have all of the usual goods: lotus bowls, flower bowls, poppy plates, vases, creamer and sugars, and lots of cake stands. So many cake stands. Also one-of-a-kinds, samples and experiments, and a few marked down seconds. Show More Summary

choosing wellness

I'm sick right now. I started getting sick last week when I took the week off to go to Yosemite, and a couple of days into my trip, my throat started tingling. That is always my first warning sign, my illnesses always start in the throat. Show More Summary

process is everything

I'm doing something a little weird right now, which is reading Thomas Keller's The French Laundry cookbook cover to cover. The French Laundry is a Napa Valley restaurant about an hour away from where I live. I've never eaten there. I will eat there someday, and I know people who have eaten there and talked to them about the experience. Show More Summary

testing mr. right

My mother asked me very casually the other day, "So, when are you going to start working with your new porcelain?" My mother had no idea that she just asked me the equivalent of, "So, when are you going to find Mr. Right and get married? Your eggs are getting old and no one is going to want you!" For the record, I already found Mr. Show More Summary

get out of my booth.

It's Tuesday, and I'm finally recovered from my weekend selling at the Renegade Craft Fair. Did I say selling? What I meant to say was showing, I was showing my work at the Renegade. It was, unfortunately, the most beautiful day of the year on Saturday. Show More Summary

euro shock

cheese booty I've been home from France for for about a week and a half, and it's been a slow process of re-integrating back into my regular life. I went to El Presidente. I would rather pay 50 euro in overweight charges and bring it...Show More Summary

stoop bombs, bathing suits, carousels

Three things:1. dog shitFrance does not have any laws or cultural expectation that one should clean up after their pets. Therefore, I've become familiar with all types of dog shit: neatly piled logs made by large and polite dogs whoShow More Summary

take the time

Another week has gone by in the life of my France residency. I've been wrestling with all kinds of fear. Fear that time is going by too quickly and all the things I want to make will not get made while I am here. And then, fear that I seem to care more about getting down to the beach every day than I do about making stuff. Show More Summary

brief from vallauris

I've been in Vallauris for about 10 days now, and I've been finding my rhythm and establishing a pace. I'm the type of person that tries to integrate as much as I can into my surroundings. It's like adjusting my personal frequency, so I can tune in more acutely to what is going on around me. Show More Summary

the cheese incident

I arrived in Vallauris yesterday after spending 5 days in Paris with my pottery posse, Rae, Sara, and Christa. Paris was slightly overwhelming. I was reading The Greater Journey while I was there and that book made me realize I should have made a serious plan in advance. Show More Summary

travel jitters

Whenever I'm getting ready to travel, I have to contend with the fact that there is a part of me that hates to travel. Even before the most exciting trips, like the one I'm about to go on, I think that it wouldn't be so bad if the whole thing got cancelled, thereby relieving me of the burden of exiting my familiar and cozy bubble. Show More Summary

je voudrais un verre de vin.

There's a lot going on with me right now. Actually, there's only one thing going on, which is I'm getting ready to leave for France on May 17 for a 5 week residency. Plus, 5 days in Paris. There are many tangential activities associated with my trip that makes it count as four or five things. Show More Summary

who's the boss?

I received this seemingly innocuous email this week:Hello Whitney,Please provide a tracking number for PO 666.Currently the ETA on this PO is 4/10, which means it would had to have shipped on Tuesday to arrive in time. We need to know...Show More Summary

cake stand and I are breaking up

I have a boyfriend, and his name is Cake Stand. We've been together a long time. I realized something recently when I walked into my studio and found all of the cake stands I made earlier in the week with large cracks across the surface of the plate: Cake Stand and I have an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship. Show More Summary

writing a newsletter that doesn't suck

While I've been ignoring my own blog, I have been doing lots of other writing, including this guest post for Flashissue about writing a newsletter that doesn't suck. Since I was writing the post for another blog, and not my own, I had to come up with a title that didn't include "suck" and just kind of clean up the language in general. Show More Summary

hole in my head, bubbles in my brain

I had a tooth pulled last week to make way for an implant. I was told the Chinese regard losing a tooth as an event that signals change in your life. Since I'm not Chinese, I regard it as an expensive pain in the ass. Even so it does seem as though change is afoot. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC