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Rustic Aspen Dinnerware

It's fall. 

     We just wrapped up working on a 53 piece dinnerware set for a lovely couple in Arizona. Soup and salad bowls. Dinner bowls and plates. Along with a few serving bowls. They chose a chic French Grey glaze to go along with the texture and warmth of calico clay. Very modern rustic. 

     This was the first time we've done our Aspen line with the calico clay. WE LOVE IT! And will definitely be doing this again just in time for the holiday season. 

Our Surroundings Inspire

Tall tumbler with image transfer

     Living in the Sierra Mountains we are surrounded by beauty. We've been trying to capture that in our work lately. Sometimes it's texture. Sometimes it's color. Sometimes both. Late August and early September always seem to bring great sunsets. 

Above the Truckee River on the Glennshire Bluffs you can see a very expansive view of the Pacific Crest. 

    The mountains turn colors of rose, purple and red with the Alpenglow. The sky does the same. Down in the meadows and valleys there are almost always wild flowers to find. This time of year you can still see Purple Lupine along with Golden Rabbit Brush. The Red Willows by the water begin to turn.

Purple Lupine in Martis Valley

     The early evening and late summer colors are represented on one of our new tumblers. We layer glazes with stains and clear coats in a specific pattern that we've tested. And when they go into the kiln they almost look the same. But when they come out each pot has it's own mountain skyline with sunset.

 

 

We Put A Bird On It. What Are You Gonna Put On It?

Black Bird Soap Dish

      This dish was made using a hand carved wooden bird stamp, white stoneware slab, a rectangle mold and black wash. First we cut the rectangle shape of our dish from the slab and pressed our bird into the clay using the wooden stamp. After that we round off the edges. Then, using the rectangle mold, we shape the dish. This is where the box outline comes from. Neat-O! At this point we let the dish dry for several days before firing it in the kiln. Once fired and cooled we stain and wash the dish to reveal our bird in a box. Load her up in the kiln one more time..... fire the dish one more time....... And ginger snaps! We have our finished dish.

     So what are you gonna put on it? Soap? Spoons? Jewelry? Tea Bags?

 

You can buy a bird here

Or at Riverside Studios in Downtown Truckee, CA

Tools we used to make this dish. Note the sun tea ( all-important tool)

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush... 

Bird dish finds new home

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  Put a bird on it....

 

 

 

 

 

         

The Inspiration Behind Our Deer Serving Platters and Bowls

We took the deer to the lake today. Thought she might like it.

     We see deer all the time here in Truckee, CA. Mule deer to be exact. Well, actually we really don't see deer in the winter. At our elevation in the Sierra Nevada mountains it gets pretty darn cold and snows a lot. Did i say it snows a lot? Over 700 inches this past winter. So when it dumps the deer head down towards NV just outside Reno where the weather, and the gambling, is just a bit better in winter. 

Everyday - Any Meal Bowl

     However, in the spring, summer and fall we see deer right outside our studio. But that's not the deer that inspired our platters and bowls. Nope. Our muse is a piece of art hanging in the pottery studio. Our friend's mother created a beautiful block print of a deer and it's reflection in the water it's bending down to drink. 

A deer and her double printed reflection. Cool.

     For our platters and bowls the silhouette is created by painting wax resist onto the dish; then glazing around the deer. We like the contrast this creates both visually and texturally between the speckled calico clay body and the white glaze. 

7.5" X 7.5" x 3" 

     Inspiration is all around us. We hope this little post helps to inspire you. If you like what you see here the platter and bowl are both available in the shop or online below with an option for pick up if you live near by:

 

Deer Platter

Deer Bowl

The Stars Shine Bright In Truckee

You can count the stars by candle light.....

     

If you've been following us for awhile you know we don't usually do handled mugs. But we do get asked to do them all the time. Well...... Voilà, Poof, Bam, Presto! We just unloaded the kiln with a small batch of coffee cups with handles and image transfers. Three different images in 5 colors. 

1. The Stars Shine Bright In Truckee

2. Cricket Playing Fiddle

3. Bike

Most of these are headed into the shop today but we did set a side a couple for the web.

You can buy a green Stars Cup here : http://www.alannahughes.com/shop/stars-cup-with-handle

And a blue Cricket Cup here : http://www.alannahughes.com/shop/cricket-cup-with-handle

Cricket Playing Fiddle

A great sized coffee cup that's actually wine and juice safe too!

Sweet serenade....

Botanical Pressed Mugs Are Back

Botanical pressed mugs are back. Aspen Leaves, Lavender Flowers, Mules Ear Leaves, Indian Paintbrush Flowers and Yarrow Flowers inspire. We've crafted these mugs in the past using rolled slab clay to hand build a slender tumbler. This time around we decided to wheel throw stoneware buff clay in the shape of a coffee to go paper cup. The idea is to stop using the paper cups. And these new mugs will fit into your car or beach/camping chair cup holder so you don't have to leave them at home when your on the go or hanging out under the stars. These mugs are going into the shop today at  http://riversideartstudios.com/ . You can also contact us here on the website via email. 

Next week we will be firing some new tall tumblers with image transfers. 

 

 

All five designs.

 

Mules Ear Leaf with Yarrow in the background.

Indian Paintbrush in our greenhouse with strawberries growing up.

 

Fantastic Fox Platter

We've been making fox platters for about a year now. Usually we draw the outline of our fox with pencil on a dark or calico serving platter, paint the body with wax resist, glaze and then fire. The end result is a colored serving platter with a raw clay body fox silhouette. Which has been great. But sometimes people ask " Is that a fox or a coyote "? So we decided to paint a fox with oxide stains to add a bit more life and settle the dispute once and for all. 

What does a fox say......

Summer Stroll: Shop & Sip

Looking for something to do today Wednesday, June 21st? I will have a pop up shop at a beautiful Lahontan home from 2 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine, savory snacks and gathering of friends while shopping an extraordinary array of artists and vendors offering jewelry, clothing and gifts. A 20% share of all vendor sales goes to the Lahontan Community Foundation. Graciously hosted by the Estes, Jones, Myers & Hamilton families at their residences on Gooseneck Reservoir. 
Friends and guests are welcome! 
12317 Garwood Dean, 12320 Garwood Dean, 
8810 George Whittell & 8820 George Whittell
(Maps will be available at the Gatehouse)

Family Art Studio

     We are always telling Indigo that she can be and do anything in the world. Her response is always that she's going to be a potter. That or a horse rider. We shall see. She loves being in the studio whether she's watching or creating.

     Here she's watching Alanna throw a custom set of Sierra Soup Bowls. These are made by wedging light and dark colored clays together so that when they are thrown and trimmed you get a beautiful layered spiral pattern. 

 Indigo watching Alanna throw Sierra Soup Bowls

Indigo watching Alanna throw Sierra Soup Bowls

 Custom Sierra Soup Bowl

Custom Sierra Soup Bowl

First Blog Post

We've finally gotten around to a blog page on our website. Yay! In addition we now have a ready to ship tab on the website shopping page. Now if we can only get around to cleaning the house. 

 Our daughter Indigo holding one of our new olive oil cruets.

Our daughter Indigo holding one of our new olive oil cruets.