Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Story Continues - Pottery Part 5

I have to backtrack a bit here, I got my years mixed up. The start of the adventure was actually 1995 not 1996 as in an earlier post.

I wish I was a better story teller because really, the adventures my friend and I had in 1996 were amazing. That year I booked us into 10 sales starting with Mother's day all the way to Christmas. Everywhere we travelled, the crocheting came along with me. It got to the stage where I had so many little circles that I dreaded sewing them together, but sew them I must. Since I had decided that each row needed 18 circles for the length I wanted I started sewing them together in groups of 6 hoping to make my life easier in the end.

We had good sales and we had some horrible sales and through it all, I kept on crocheting and of course potting. By late summer of 96 my sweetie suggested I might just be having too much fun travelling around like a hippy and if I wanted to continue this "hobby" we might just try something different. I had circles finished, but still not enough for my tablecloth.

I had been slowly pushing for a real studio to be built on the same property where we have a small cabin and finally in the fall of 96 I got my wish. My sweetie agreed partially because he wanted to keep me happy and partially because he needed to spend six months in Greece in 1997. He was leaving May 97 and knowing I would have a place to happily spend the summer would make the separation easier to handle. Therefore the building started in April of 97 and was finished just one week before my sweeties departure for Greece.
The building begins in April and there an amazing amount of snow to deal with. We were also staying in our cabin that had no running water and only an outhouse.
Building the Studio
We had two friends and my husbands carpentry helper, who wanted a learning experience to help us.
The Floor

I'm standing on the floor trying to decide the room layouts. I needed three rooms, one as a showroom, one to pot in and one for the kiln.

Up She Goes

Up she goes!

Almost Finished

Almost Done!


Six Weeks Later

Six weeks later the works begins and my sweetie has left for Greece. He was gone for six months. I spent almost the entire six months up there making occasional trips to T-Dot to replenish my clay and other materials. Doesn't take much to make me happy, my wheel, clay, a case of wine, some bear spray and I can say it was the most wonderful summer of my entire life, other than missing my sweetie of course.

Maple Cottage Pottery was born.



Blogger Jan said...

Sounds like heaven up there. What an ideal summer. And I like your finished sweater too.

January 31, 2007 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger randi K design said...

Wow Rositta, what a story. I am having my coffe this morning, before goiong to Jazzercise at 8:00,enjoying it every bit of the way... I am waiting for the continueing... Do you have bears up there by the cabin?

January 31, 2007 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Yes, there are bears and I have seen them. So far they haven't bothered me but I'm particularly careful in the fall. Lots of deer also feed in my front yard in early morning... the laast chapter will be later this week, too many Doctor appointments this week to think.

January 31, 2007 at 10:03 AM  

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