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Planet Bean Goldie Sherman PlanetBeanme

I have been drinking Planet Bean coffee since they opened here in Guelph, many moons ago. I can thank them for the jolt of caffeine when I was dragging my ass while trying to learn how to make pots on the wheel.  They were so conveniently located close to the old studio on Wyndham Street, that I could grab an extra cup or two for the studio mates. That was great, especially when I thought that buying Goldie Sherman an extra cup of Fair Trade Joe would keep her sweet while she patiently shared her wheel wisdom with me. Fortunately, all that apprenticing worked, because I can throw mugs with my eyes closed! Not that I do, I’m just saying I can.

What a great combination of supporting Guelph’s only Fair Trade & Organic coffee roastery AND some of your local potters! All three locations here in Guelph have our mugs until Easter. I was pleasantly surprised by how great the posters turned out (I was only expecting a wee flyer).  A great thing for us ‘downtown creative types’ is that the new folks to Guelph who live South of the ‘Stone Road Border Crossing’ can get an idea of the talents that hide out in other parts of our grand city. Even those folks out in the East end of Guelph can find our work while fueling with caffeine. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to be in three different places all at once! I get all discombobulated!! Love that word! Feel free to drop that in a casual conversation. You can impress your friends! Hell, buy them a mug and impress them even more!

Before I go, can you guess what I am firing in my kiln? More mugs!!!!

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Holy schmokes! I won something! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at this years show. You may be reading this thinking, ‘hang on, Bunny made sure I filled out one of those ballots before I left her booth.’ Just to be clear, I didn’t force anybody or twist their arms or pinch them. Thank YOU for taking the time to fill those out, I really do appreciate it.

The show was so well organized. Lynn and Sonya and the gang of Art Angels did a fantastic job. Big kudos for coming around with the water mister to make sure we were able to get a splash of relief from the humidity. The businesses in downtown Guelph did a great job of making the participants feel special. A loot bag of free art supplies from Wyndham Art, was like getting candy!!!!

It was great to see all of the familiar faces from the market and the community. Meeting so many new people was the highlight of my day. I am sure that my pots are now enjoying their new homes and don’t miss me at all. The best part was watching people’s faces as they got my wacky sense of humor depicted on many of my pots. My “mug shots” were a big hit and I need to make more. People were somewhat confused when they saw my display of reused record covers, they assumed I was selling records…….I was using them to display my necklaces. Interestingly, the one of Barry Manilow kept getting brought to the front, but his doey eyes kept following me around my booth and I had to hide him away. FYI, none of the records were from my personal collection…honest!


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Have you wondered where I went? Did I melt in the last heat wave? Did I jump in the pond and get devoured by the goldfish? No way people. I have been back full time in the studio throwing, trimming, glazing and firing the kiln, all in preparation for the 10th year of The Art On the Street show downtown Guelph. I know Allan will shake his head at the mention that this show has been on for ten years, cause like me, he remembers the old days. Back in the day, the very first show was held in the same square as all of the city buses who would flow in and out every half hour and not only blast you with exhaust but bring ‘tire-kickers’ who were exhausting us while waiting for the next bus. We were the shock troops, the bait, to get people out and visit their downtown. I can happily report that many years later, this show is fabulous and is one of the best advertised juried art shows I have been in. If you live in this city and aren’t aware that it is coming this Saturday, why then you should check your pulse, because you are dead. So many people come to see this show and sale that there isn’t any room for the tire-kickers, they get moved on by those who fully appreciate what we get up to hidden away in our studios.

I will not only have a fabulous selection of pottery on hand, but I will also be showing some of my film photography (yikes!). I have some pieces that I am rather proud of and chuffed to show off. Heck, you may even be the one who buys one to add to your collection! Now don’t be put off by the weather forecast threatening high heat and humidity, there is a beer garden to help!!

My kiln is on its last firing to put some final details on some new work. I can show you a photograph of what they looked like before their bisque firing…….trust me, you will want to see this in person. Oh yes before I forget, I will have some of my film cameras loaded with film all ready to capture some more people for the 100 Strangers project. I only need about 50 more.

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End of Summer, originally uploaded by claygrl.

Mother Nature is the queen of the colour wheel. Look how well the golden rod is paired with the purple thistles. It gets better too. Now the purple asters are flowering. The summer smell in the meadow has disappeared and been replaced by the change of season. The leaves are beginning to crunch under foot. Time to bring out the woolies.
I am loving the new to me $3.00 Polaroid Spectra camera that I found at a local ‘antiques’ market. The film is only slightly expired and yet has all the colours those PS gurus are pushing. That ‘vintage’ look. Now that I am over 40 I suppose I am a certain vintage.  Yes, yes, you may compare me to a fine wine anytime. As long as you don’t call me a fine whine! Ba-dump-bup!   Seriously folks, I may have to start saving my spare change to fund all of these Polaroid film purchases.  Or perhaps I need to finally start to sell some of my actual photography prints. They sell well on my mugs and other pots. We will see.

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Tis the season to rock and roll, or just roll on by.  I’m just rolling along with all that comes my way.  Xmess orders are being worked on and will be completed by the 23rd (gulp!).  One more early morning Farmer’s Market to attend to, then an evening Xmess market on the 23rd at City Hall.  THEN THE MAYHEM OF THE SEASON BEGINS!
Fingers crossed I packed all the orders for the market although I know I will have forgotten something.  Never mind.
Time to catch up on my beauty sleep…..


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Holy Carp Batman! Is there no end to the talents of this crazy potter?  Why I think she must be dishfunctional!  Why yes, my dishes are functional!!  Apparently these have a certain appeal to those people who are of the Pisces persuasion.  Honestly I didn’t think that when I was making these pots, but now that it has been brought to my attention, I will ‘work it’!  Thanks Anna!

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Here I am again, on a coldish June day, procrastinating before I start to trim a load of large bowls.  I realized that I haven’t updated the activities in the “Urban Farm”.  New ideas seeded themselves in the mind of the “farmer” over the very early spring.  Plans for a greenhouse and plotting how to prevent the tomatoes from succumbing to the dreaded blight were at the top of the list.  We also welcomed a new gardener to share the patch.  I love the idea of sharing our small plot of land with others in the community who fancy a bit of soil.

Even though spring crashed into summer this year (technically it isn’t summer yet, BUT) we did have a few chilly nights where seedlings had to be wrapped in blankets, heaters installed and bleary nights spent checking temperatures inside the greenhouse.  Farmer Mark really does have a green thumb and a real talent for hard core vegetable gardening (who knew?).  He has even managed to convince one of our friendly neigbours to give his lawn over to tomato plants!

Now that our son is older he can participate in the gardening experience.  I have fond memories of ‘helping’ my parents in the digging of a garden.  I can still taste the sweet of the peas that I picked early one morning all by myself much to the dismay of my Mum.  That was when I think I grasped the concept of the ‘early bird gets the worm’, err, peas!

Notice the ever helpful hen?  We kept the girls over the winter…..why pop them into the soup pot when they continued to lay eggs all winter?

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