On Saturday, March 22, the very first Southwest Maker Fest will be held in downtown Mesa. I consider myself a maker, and I’ll be exhibiting there. The festival will be along Main Street near McDonald from 10 am to 7 pm. I’m not sure where my exact spot will be, but it should be fun to walk around and see all the cool things people are doing while you are looking for me. The festival is being held in collaboration with Arizona SciTech Festival, a state-wide festival of all things technology, science and math. Also, on the same weekend, is the Spark! Festival of Creativity just down the street at the Mesa Arts Center. So there are lots of great reasons to come to downtown Mesa on the 22nd, and stop by and see me while you’re there!
I recently made some tiny pots to try out some new cone 5 porcelain that I got from Marjon’s. It’s called Nara 5 from Aardvark. It throws well and fires to a nice white. These pots have clear glaze only and were fired to cone 6. After making the first couple of bottles and seeing how cute they were, I decided I’d make more and use them to create a banner for my etsy shop…which I hope to open soon!
I’ll be at Ray’s Farmer’s Market this Saturday (Dec 14) morning. Connie will be there too! If have a few new things fresh out of the kiln. Come on by!
McClintock & Warner in Tempe, near Harbor Freight.
In years past, I’ve donated my proceeds from the Pyle Arts & Crafts Boutique to my son’s robotics team. My son has graduated and is no longer on the team, but the team lives on. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a great experience for kids in high school, around the country and around the world. Each team has 6 weeks to design and build a robot to participate in a tournament to play a robots/students game that is new each year. The Arizona FRC happens in March and it’s a blast to watch. (March 20-22, 2014 at Hamilton High in Chandler)
The team has grown to incorporate 2 more Tempe High Schools this year, and I really hope they’ll be able to compete. So once again, I’m going to donate proceeds from my pottery sales the Pyle Arts & Crafts Boutique to Team 2449. Come on by and buy some pots for bots!
Arts & Crafts Boutique
Friday, October 25, 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday, October 26, 9 am – 3 pm
Pyle Adult Recreation Center – 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe
(Southern & Rural)
**You’ll find me in the PRESCOTT ROOM**
I’ll be showing and selling pottery along with my friend Connie Schultejans at
South Tempe Farmer’s Market (Ray’s Market)
Warner & McClintock, Tempe
Saturday, April 27 in the morning
The market is on the NE corner near Harbor Freight.
A new farmers’ market is starting up in the Bobbie’s Flowers parking lot on the first and third Sunday each month. I will be there on the first Sunday, along with one of my potter buddies. This month, I’ll be there with my friend Daphne Azzi and her beautiful work. So come on by to buy some fresh produce and shop for other goodies this Sunday, 10am – 2pm in the south parking lot at 5801 S. McClintock Drive.
How to Make a Stopperless Salt and Pepper Shaker on the Pottery Wheel
By Keith Phillips, January 30, 2013
Most ceramic salt and pepper shakers require a stopper of some sort – usually cork – to keep the contents in. But there is a way to make them without stoppers. Just throw a double-walled vessel, but instead of joining the inner and outer walls, form a funnel with the inner wall.
Gabrielle’s note: This article shows the basics for forming a Magic Salt Shaker. My form is more basic but the method is very similar.
I’ll be selling my pottery at the South Tempe Farmer’s Market again this Saturday December 15. There’s fresh produce and flowers, prepared food, other handcrafted items, and a couple of friendly dogs. Come on by! 9am – noon on McClintock halfway between Baseline and Guadalupe.
Come see me on Saturday, December 8 at the Farmer’s Market at Bobbie’s Flowers, 5801 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. I’ll be there from 9 am to 12 pm. I’ll have lots of great things for sale — pottery makes a great holiday gift!