<![CDATA[Sarahmics - Blog]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:51:40 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Making Time]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:17:11 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/making-time

We are all busy. We live in a fast paced world. I'm guilty of letting my work consume me: skipping meals, missing coffee dates and family events. It's something I'm working on. I'm lucky I love what I do and do what I love, but it does make it hard for me to choose other things above my "work". I'm trying to find a balance.

Today I succeeded in finding some time to stop and smell the roses (or eat the crepes!). I truly believe that handmade pots have the power to slow you down and make you enjoy the moment.

This plate is pretty small, only 5" in diameter. My dinner plates are usually twice that! This smaller plate forced me to only eat two of these scrumptious crepes. The carvings create slight dips and picked that collected honey. I was able to dip into those areas as I ate. I also held the plate in my hand, rather that setting it on the table. This was probably due to the size of the plate. But it made the meal that much more intimate. I truly tasted each bit.

The mug has a new style handle. It is so comfortable and user friendly. I enjoyed drinking my aero press coffee out of it. The slip trailing was fun to caress with each sip. The lip on this mug is absolutely delightful! It's comfortable and stops any "dribbling"!

The real and blue colors were very calming. Today is the first warm day of the year and the blue in these pots matches the blue sky.

It took extra time today to make the crepes, but it was worth it. I started my day late, but I suspect it'll be a great day!

So, slow down and ....eat the crepes!

http://www.realsimple.com/m/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/lemon-crepes

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<![CDATA[Pots and Their Jobs]]>Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:24:27 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/pots-and-their-jobs
I LOVE using the pottery that I have. 

And it might sound vain, but, I LOVE using my pots.  I fee like it sort of completes the process.  The piece goes from mud to me eating off of it.  And not only eating off of it, but the piece has the ability (maybe even the job) of ELEVATING the meal! How fantastically cool is that?

That's going to be my focus with the blog for a while.  I've always felt that certain pieces have, unspoken, jobs.  They can make a situation feel fancy, special, comforting, etc.  


Previously, I have used this blog to post about weekly projects I would make for a year at a time: Year of the Teapot, Year of the Bowl, and Year of the Cup.  I did pretty well with those, until making a completely new piece every week became unfeasible.  Those projects helped me explore techniques and styles I wouldn't have tried otherwise. 

I'm excited about this new focus and I hope you guys will all follow along.  I don't know how often I'll post, but let's just see how this goes.  :)

This particular pot just makes me feel good.  When I use it, I taste the food I'm eating.  I savor each bite.  Whether I'm eating ramen noodles or the above dish (rice, with grilled red peppers, tomatoes, and onions, with a side of avocado and a sunny side up egg).  I tend to slow down and appreciate the food I'm about to eat.
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<![CDATA[2 In 1 Cups 9 & 10]]>Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:08:47 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/2-in-1-cups-8-and-9
texture mug and knobby cup!

I am late posting but it's been a busy couple if weeks. we got chickens and a got a new wholesale account! I also had two big wholesale orders due this week, so lots going on.

texture mug was fun. I had to throw it extra thick to accommodate the carving, but thin it out near the rim for drinking comfort.

the knobby cup is just weird and makes me feel funny looking at it!! haha but if feels so good in my hands! it was fun.
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<![CDATA[Cups 1-5 Glazed!!]]>Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:46:23 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cups-1-5-glazed
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in use!!
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Sgraffito tumblers
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pour over set
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cup with wall hanging case
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<![CDATA[Cup #8 Hand Built Tumblers]]>Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:29:42 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/sun-mar-02-2014
i love these. hand   built from slabs. i wanted to leave the seams exposed for linear interest and as a hint into how it was made. i love how the seam down the front adds movement. im not used to hand building, i mostly throw on the wheel. but this was fun! i found a cool ceramic tile at Lowes on sale and i used that to create the texture around the cup. they have attitude and i like that! i think these should be colorful!
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<![CDATA[Cup #7 Linear And Floral]]>Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:25:23 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cup-7-linear-and-floral
this cup was a magical blend of childhood inspiration, planning, and spontaneity!

i wanted to make a cup similar to my favorite "fancy" cup from my childhood. it had a thicker base and was divided with a 2/3 upper section and a 1/3 lower section.   it was a taller style cappuccino glass mug.

i sketched out this design and started the mental planning. how much clay would i need, how to throw it, where to leave it a bit thicker fir the base and support so it didnt slump.

then, i was throwing, following my plans and something happened. the clay spoke to me. yes, it sounds silly. but if youve herd this, you know. its awesome. i started to listen and thats when the lines and petals started to form.

this is a special piece for me. it will be hard to sell, if i do. very sentimental: )
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<![CDATA[Cup #6 Dimpled Cups]]>Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:49:15 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cup-6-dimpled-cupsSomething Reallllly cool happened to these cups...they cracked!  Now, that's not a sentence you hear a potter say very often, or ever!  I threw these cups this morning, ran some errands, and came home to leather hard cups.  Wayyy harder than expected.  The cups had really dried out just during the few hours I was gone.  I was surprised when I pressed from the inside, how soft the inside of the mug was in comparison with the outside.  But this was the cool part, the inside was still soft enough for me to push, and the outside was hard enough to crack, but not too hard that it cracked all the way through!  Just the "skin" of the cups cracked, that's whats so magical! My original plan was to just have all these bumps and dimples all over the mugs, but the cracks were just an added bonus.  Now I'm going a totally different direction with glazing.  I want to make more things like this: teapots, bowls, vases, ect! I am truly inspired!!! yaaayyy, this project is "doing it's job"!  I think these will be so fun to hold.
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<![CDATA[Cup #5 Pour Over Set]]>Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:22:38 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cup-5-pour-over-setI am so excited about this set!  I can't wait to fire and glaze it so I can USE it to see how it works! I had my first cup of pour over coffee a few weeks ago. I thought it would be similar to a French press type of coffee taste, but, to my surprise, it was better!  ooooweeeee! I did some research and decided on this design.  I feel like whenever I make something that almost forces someone to slow down, it sort of brings you back in time.  I guess that's because "back in the day" things used to take longer and now we're impatient with our microwave, iphones, and computers!  I said all that to say that, this style coffee drinking takes time and therefore made my mind go back in time.  That's why I think this set has a sort of vintage feel.  The shape and handles look almost 50's to me.  Glazing idea in the last photo :) Anyways, I'm excited! 5 down and 52 to go!
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<![CDATA[Cup #4 Part Two]]>Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:37:32 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cup-4-part-twoHere it is! The cup that took two weeks...well a week and a half but whatever! haha  This cup was so cool, it needed its own case.  and, since it's not really an everyday cup, i thought it would be cool if it hung on a wall like a painting!  oh ya, this is my new favorite.  I threw the "case" on the wheel in a similar shape as the cup and then cut out the front so that the cup could slide in and out.  I created a groove tht the cup could sit in for stability and added the back with the hole for hanging and the top.  I mixed up some slip and started adding details to the case.  and tada!  super cool new cup! I can't wait to glaze this piece :)
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<![CDATA[Cup #4 Part One]]>Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:41:41 GMThttp://sarahmics.weebly.com/blog/cup-4-part-one
this cup is going to be so intricate, it's going to take two weeks. this is for last week,  part one :) just wait until you see what i have planned! ! woohoo its gonna rock!
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