Bye bye, 2016!

cleaning the kiln sitter

The Kiln may be Scrooge but we aren’t – Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from us to you! We’ll fire our last kiln of 2016 on Boxing Day since the kiln called it quits yesterday twice, and we can take a hint. It’ll be fixed in no time but for now, eggnog for all! #ceramics #KilnTech #KilnSitterContactCleaning #paragonkilns

Knitted Mugs

I try not to have favourites.

Knitted Mug

I don’t want the other mugs or bowls or buttons to be envious or feel unloved. Everything has a function, even if that function is to be put in the “Bad Day Box” for a future aggression-relieving smashing session. Some pots may be more attractive to look at and definitely feel nicer to hold but I can’t openly declare one better than another in front of the others. Maybe a button is a little off but that’s what makes handmade items so special and unique, right? Sometimes you can see our fingerprints in our work, and you can see clearly that our hands are making everything that you see in our online shop, at the markets we attend, and in the gifts that we give. Everything is beautiful in its own way.

Knitted Mug

All of these reasons are why I snuck these mugs into the house, far from the others, to tell them how much I adore them. I fawned over them. I cooed at them as if they were baby animals. They thrill me. This experiment has been a complete and total success.

Ribbed for my pleasure, indeed.

Knitted Mug

We worked hard to make these knitted mugs, and they are 100% handmade here in our studio. They feature my own knitting that was molded for the slabs (and yes, I wish I’d blocked that sample a bit more aggressively). Dishwasher and microwave safe too!

We will have this newly released mug at the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair in northwest Calgary on November 12 & 13 from 9am-5pm at the Triwood Community Center. Selection is limited so if you’d like something ribbed for your pleasure, come early and see us at our booth! Jason, myself, and Cheryl will be there to assist and either hook you up, or comfort you if we are sold out. I hope we see you there!

from instagram repost:

from the studio:

All cheer mistress of glazing, Myrna! She has been by keeping us out of the looney bin and keeping us close to schedule. The kiln is firing every day this week to keep up, and her brushwork is making magic over here.

Bonus: She keeps Jason in line. It’s like a win-win all around for me.

Repost・・・Happily helping @chasingfirestudio maintain sanity as the#calgaryfibreartsfair stampedes ever closer. #ceramics #glazing #freenotcheap #imshoppingwhileipaint

Packed Kiln

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Jay packed this kiln TIGHT. Calgary Fibre Arts Fair starts Sat morn and we can’t stop until we have full shelves for our fibre-loving friends. Glazing starts tomorrow afternoon once these cool down from their peak of 900C at around midnight tonight!

Tidiness & Yarn Bowls

Get a good look because this is as tidy as my table has been in over a year and it’s about to get muddy again!

I love making bowls on beautiful autumn afternoons with my door wide open to let in the crisp breeze. How many more days until the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair?

tidydesk

I also updated my portfolio of recent yarn bowls so that people can see what types of yarn bowls I love to create!

Fall Shindig – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that came to see us, show off their projects, and pick up pretties from our booth at the Fall Shindig. Thank you for supporting our little studio and shopping local!

How did it go? We spent the day laughing! The vendors feel like old friends and there isn’t a table that doesn’t impress. We met crafter families, brand new humans in fabulous knitwear, and repeat customers that had grown taller, more talented, and funnier than since we last met. We made new friends and have a list of new ideas, and matched colours on many a project. Our new booth helper Cheryl loved the atmosphere of the show. Cheryl was amazing in the booth – she IS a knitter and crocheter herself, as well as an accomplished artist – and with her at the booth, Jason was able to take the day off to rest an injury. I always brag that fibre people are the nicest of all people, and you prove me right again.

Thank you to our troop of clay helpers aka the clay indentured servants, and a late night Friday truck fixer, who made this show possible: Cheryl, Lori, Jill, Myrna, Shauna, Jenn, Mike are the friends and family that help make dreams soar. Our legions of emotional support keep us going too so thank you for the private messages and offers behind the scenes, the phone calls and emails, those who hand us a beverage when we take a break, and the love. (Hi Mom & Dad!)

Today, I spend time on the couch drinking from my own Sheepie mug while I figure out two colour brioche with my new Sea Turtle Fibre Arts’  Breakwater Bulky in Bookworm. I couldn’t come home empty handed, could I?

Sea Turtle Fibre Arts Bookworm

Not seen here but also acquired:

And now, back to that tea and knitting. Today, we rest.

Thankful for this firing

from the studio:

I am thankful for this latest glaze firing! Such a lovely flock of sheep, ready to meet their new friends at The Fibre Shindig on Oct 15. We’ll be onsite from 10am to 5pm on Saturday Oct 15 at the Hillburst-Sunnyside Community Centre in Calgary. One day only! 

Sheep Mugs in kits @ Knit City!

 

Sheepish Sheep Mugs

Flock of Sheep with a Herd of Turtles

There’s a flock of Sheepish Sheep mugs heading out west to Knit City 2016! Sea Turtle Fiber Arts and Chasing Fire are teaming up – and I’m so excited, I can barely contain myself because the match is perfect: shiny sheep mugs with the eye-catching colours of Sea Turtle’s yarns.  Sarah has paired each sheep with the perfect yarn in each kit, and I can’t think of a better match for the chilly days ahead; pour a cup of something warm, then knit, crochet, or weave the day away.

You can buy these kits at Sea Turtle Fiber Arts within Knit City, across from the concession at Booth #129. There are a very limited supply of these kits in Vancouver, so be there early for yours.(and then buy so much yarn from Sea Turtle because OH WOW THE COLOURS!)

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Best Dad Ever – The Spiderman Mug

Having a potter for a dad is a big win (especially if you’re six years old and love Spiderman). A custom Spiderman mug for the smallest human in our house.

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Jay kept this mug a surprise from our little boy, which is a challenge when The Kid is constantly “helping” us in the studio and working on his own pieces beside us. It had to be loaded into the kiln first so it wasn’t seen, hidden on top shelves above view, and glazed all in one very time-consuming session so it wasn’t left on the work table to be seen. When you’re madly in love with your son, it’s worth the work.

This mug has been pronounced perfect in every way by The Kid.

Best. Dad. EVER.

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