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Autumnal Greetings!


So here it is again, Autumn. It is too bad that the camera on my phone couldn’t quite capture the orange leaves that had fallen on my greenhouse roof outside my window. The colour matched the enamel pot on my worktable. It is mug season! And large wine carafes too! Yes, the season of giving will soon be upon us and one must prepare. I have been preparing for months but still I like to push my panic button every now and then. My motto is “Pressure Makes Diamonds”, which in my case is true!

I have been continuing with my collection of ‘vintage’ mugs and platters celebrating Guelph’s ‘vintage’ neighbourhoods. Notorious places such as The Ward, Exhibition, St. George’s, The Junction (Yes, Guelph has its own Junction) and more. I have made a mug for Sunny Acres for those who love the park and for those who perhaps have never visited I have created Little Britain instead. So many of the street names originate in the UK, plus it is a nod to the show which I get a giggle out of. Perhaps now though I should make a Little Brexit version too (all things are possible and if you want one, send me a message!).

I hear people say that blogging is done and dusted. But for now, when I get friendly reminders that I have been forgetful in updating my blog (thanks Dad), I will pop up every now and then and keep you posted.


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Finally, the final piece to complete my studio. Flashy, reflective armor plate behind my woodstove! Thanks to my ‘handyman’ for cutting and installation. It has really brightened up that corner and inspired me to get back to creating! It was a serious eyesore before with the grey cement board which bothered me for years!! Phew, it is done, the fire is heating up the studio and I can get a handle on things.

Good news! I have a new ‘proper’ website up and running. Search for BunnySafariPottery.com and see what I have been up to. Fresh new work will be coming in the next couple of months.

Have a grand February day!

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Teatime with Poe


Have you ever imagined what it would be like sharing a pot of tea with Edgar Allan Poe? It might rather glum and somewhat frightful. Best to serveĀ  chamomile tea to calm the morbid mind. Maybe invite a trusted therapist to the occasion too (more for me, than him).

Well, we won’t be able to bother him with our trivial problems, however, we can still enjoy a pot of tea made in an original handcrafted teapot. Bottoms up!

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Yes, dear readers, a photo of me doing some work! I have been busily creating lots and lots of neighbourhood mugs for some of favouriteĀ  neighbours in the City of Guelph. Currently I have The Ward, Exhibition Park, old St. George’s covered. I am working on some of the other older ‘hoods too. Officially, we have now entered ‘the mad season’ of getting prepared for that date at the end of December that all the big shops start promoting ad nauseam!!!

I have also decided to have another online retail location over at http://www.bunnysafaripottery.com to help the Canadian collectors of my work. Why? The US dollar is so expensive that I feel the pain of trying to buy something from the US (for me that would be purchasing film…..). This way, all my prices are in Canadian $$ for items in the shop.

Stay tuned for some more fun photos and I will get back to making more pots!!

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Walking in a winterland is what dog walkers do best. We had already met Sophie on the trail and I had the camera loaded with black and white film. It occurred to me at the time to ask her to be in my project especially with her dogs being black and white. But then my goofy puppy was being a bit obnoxious with her dogs and the moment was gone. Luckily, we met up again at the end of the loop. I like this portrait in colour. Sophie was kind enough to pose with her Bostons. She has been hiking this area for about seven years. Turns out she knows my partner from working at the Hillside Festival in the summer. This city is sometimes like living in a small village….Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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The Really Big Boss is this man, Ross Davidson-Pilon. He is the boss of Studio 404 , a commercial photography studio located in Guelph. Ross was kind enough to offer his gorgeous studio space for a bunch of creative types to hold a show and sale. He spied my camera when I was photographing Frances. Ross has been a successful commercial photographer for over 30 years. The last eleven years he has been exclusively digital. BUT he has an AMAZING collection of vintage cameras in his office that had me drooling. He even has the camera from a U2 bomber. I can’t believe that I haven’t met Ross before in Guelph, but I have spied him driving around on his vintage motorcycle (I snapped a shot of it with my Holga a few years ago). I am glad that Ross allowed a bunch of us to sell our wares out of his space.

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December is a crazy busy month for those of us who make a living doing shows selling our art/craft work. Some shows are awesome and some not so much. My gear was set up near this lovely woman and during a lull in the show, I pulled out my camera to see if I could amuse myself. Frances exuded a lovely energy and I had hoped she would be up for helping somebody finish an art project……She recently moved to Guelph from Toronto and has set up a great business called The Necessary Arts Company. They offer studio space and rental of sewing machines and have workshops. She is a visual artist and an interior designer AND a Mum! That is a lot of juggling but she seems pretty balanced and focused. Frances is a welcome addition to Guelph’s creative community and I wish her continued success.

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Once my son had finished his visit to the barbershop, I decided that I needed to see if I could get my hands on some new music for my studio. My favourite used CD shop was a hop, skip and a jump away from Franco’s Barbershop. I hadn’t packed my camera away yet and Joel spied it while I was asking him if he had the latest CD from Robert Plant. We got to talking about film cameras and film, then talked about old school barbershops and how they are disappearing too. I asked Joel if he wanted to participate in my 100 Strangers project. Obviously, the answer was yes……Joel is the manager of The Beat Goes On and he grew up in Guelph. He did spend some time in Cambridge, but was sucked back to Guelph by the ‘Guelph Vortex’. Joel’s wife is taking pyschology and art up at the UofG. She hopes to be an art therapist (Good to know, cause I might need one! HA). Joel was a good sport for being part of my project. I am glad that his photo turned out because I had some equipment issues in the next few frames…..ACK!………Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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While I was photographing my son’s haircut with Franco, this man was interested in knowing how many megapixels my camera took. I told him I didn’t speak the digital language and had to explain that film is still made. I think I had a harder time trying to convince him that a film photograph looks nicer than a digital image. I asked Dwight if he would be interested in being part of my 100 Stranger Project. I had his son squeeze in for the shot too. After showing me the pics he took with his cell phone of his musician friend, I realized that Dwight didn’t grasp my enthusiasm for the beauty of film. I hope his friend was happy with the shots that Dwight took…..Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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He is a blacksmith, comes from Oregon, is a member of the local hacker space and seemed to be enjoying the Hillside Festival. When I shook Cameron’s hand, I had a hard time believing he was a blacksmith because he didn’t have any callouses. Thanks Cameron for volunteering to help me finish this project! He was a man on a mission, not a lot of time for idle chit-chat. I hope he enjoyed his weekend.

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