Thursday, September 1, 2011

Update, News, and more...

It has been quite a while since I posted here and for good reason. There have been major changes in my life and some changes have required my kiln to shut down.

A very unexpected moved resulted in our finding a very lovely little basement apartment overlooking Puget Sound. The exchange being no place to fire my kiln. Though I didn't care for that part of it, it was a necessary change in order to downsize our expenses.

We had a very 'hairy' time of it there for a while, we had to move twice in two weeks! But we're settling in now. I am hoping to find studio space for my kiln and artwork, hopefully for free or for exchange. Until I can find a place to set up my studio, I will be limiting my activities to painting and selling ceramic beads and pendants at local shows. My online shop is still up but is on hold, meaning you can't purchase anything from it...but look around...if you see something you like send a message to me using the "Contact Us" tab in the eCRATER shop, and I will get back to you asap.

Thanks for your patience and for reading my blog. I've got clay and ideas for some cool mobiles so keep checking!

Art on!
Love, Teri.

©2011 Teri Helton

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wet and Cold

That's what the days are like here in the Pacific Northwest this time of year. Don't get me wrong, I love this weather, but it isn't very conducive to firing my kiln especially the way I have to. I've been away from ceramics during the holidays. I've got some pieces ready to fire but need to create more for a full kiln load.

I've plenty of ideas kicking around in my head and am doing a lot of sketching.

My shop is on hold while I re-vamp it and put up some new pieces. It's taking longer than I expected, but I am sure it will be well worth the extra effort.

More later, keep creating!

©2011 Teri Helton

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Out With the Old?

With the holidays in full swing, the new year will soon follow.
I have been giving thought to my online shop and will be revamping it. Time to remove those things that aren't selling and give some others a shot.

I have new items in the works but they won't be ready for a while yet. This is the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest, not to mention it is cold. I usually wait for a dry day to fire the kiln. That gives me plenty of time to get a load ready.

Yule will  be here in less than a week and Christmas a few days later. Much to do as both holidays are celebrated in our family. Look for a revamped online shop sometime after the first of the year, weather permitting! Happy holidays, everyOne!

Art on!

©2010 T.Helton

Friday, December 3, 2010

Decorating and Creating

Well, I've been swamped with holiday preparations and decorating, so the ceramic work had to take a backseat for a while. I did find time to take breaks and 'play in the mud' a bit. Working with clay does remind me of making mud pies.

I mentioned making pendulums in my last post. Well, I did try several designs and am happy with what I have done. One particular design came about purely by accident. Some of my best designs have come about that way. I made two different sizes, a smaller one and one that measures about 2" long. I twisted the clay in such a way that I won't need to add a design impression to the surface of the clay. I usually put an imprinted design on my beads and buttons, but the twist effect is quite nice by itself.

I plan on glazing the pendulums. I will have to bisque fire first then glaze.
My biggest concern is whether or not the pendulum will have enough weight to swing properly. Won't know until after they are fired. Creating ceramics is definately a waiting game! More the mean time...

Craft on! Get creative!

Love, Teri

© 2010 Teri Helton

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ideas In The Works

There are ideas shooting out of my head in all directions. I have been jotting things down and forgetting some too. I love it when I have something to write with and a notebook in my pocket! When I don't, well lets just say I have lost many a great idea that way!

My latest brainstorm is not really a new idea but new to me. I'm working on pendulums. You know, the kind used by dowsers for divination. They often use a brass plum-bob, the thing than hangs down from a surveyor's tool, or a hand carved gemstone on the end of a chain. Well, that's one of my new projects. I have some good designs. I think they will work. I have to wait and see after firing, if they are heavy enough to do the trick.

I've also carved some rubber stamps for pendant designs. I will be trying them out soon, too.
Due to the coming holidays, I have all my clay and tools in the spare room, not a lot of space. Thankfully, making such small pieces makes it easy to work just about anywhere in the house!

Well, that's it for now. Keep smiling! Thanksgiving is coming and yes, I do, love turkey!!

Craft on!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Keeping On.

Whew! The last show for me this year has come and gone. It was a fun day and I made some sales. Best of all was I had a wonderful time with like-minded people and met a lot of very talented local artisans.

I'll be settling down to creating now. I usually create something new every day whether it's an actual ceramic piece or a sketch for a new design. Ideas are a big part of the creation process and I am always jotting ideas down as either sketches or journal entries.

I spent the last two days re-vamping my online store. The next few days I will be photographing items for the shop. It takes time to photograph, edit and list items, so I take it one step at a time. Photos first, then editing, then the actual posting.

I wish you all a creatively magickal day!

Craft on!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What's Coming Up Next.

I've got a small local event coming up in October. It's a charity event that raises money for local individuals and families in need of emergency assistance. It's not a biggie, only one day, but my daughter and I have done it for a couple of years and it is simply a lot of fun. It's a Psychic Fair complete with card readers, healers, belly dancers, and a lot of crafts and metaphysical products. I do quite well for a 1-day event.
I am looking forward to it. It is a chance to just have fun while still working.
This will be my second event since creating my online shop so I will be handing out a lot of business cards and hopefully generating interest.
I'm fully stocked so all I have to do between now and then is load my case and go.
More later...