One thing I didn't consider when we decided to move to Texas was having to find a new clay and glaze supplier! It's almost like starting from scratch. Each clay is different. The color, texture and way the clay reacts with a glaze can compliment a piece of pottery or make it look tragically awkward. Trust me- I've had my fair share of tragically awkward pieces because I didn't feel like testing out the color first :) I learned that lesson the hard way!
Good news: I have found a new clay supplier-YAY! Of course, like everything else in Texas, the name is uniquely Texan as well...
Last week I set out to make new color samples and it has been quite a task! I didn't realize I had purchased so many different colors over my last few trips to the store :)
Here's a pic of my samples after being bisque fired. They are ready and waiting to be glazed for color swatches!
So setting up an ETSY store is way more involved than I thought it would be! I just figured I would upload some pics and sell some stuff. WRONG!!! I'm beginning to think I need a full blown tutor for this :)
Right now I'm in the process of taking pictures of all of my pottery. Here is one of the many items that will be up for sell:
We've started making custom boot jacks! I love these! These are handmade from start to finish complete with a hand cut cedar rest to ensure it's super easy to use. These jacks may be used for men's or women's boots.
For this one we used my favorite TEXAS flag as inspiration.
For the hippie chick!
Custom orders available. This shows one with a custom logo for a business.
Any colors or designs can be accommodated. Just ask!
Several years ago (yes, I said YEARS) my husband and I bought a box of old boots at a yard sale. We figured one of these days we would think of something to do with the old leather. We finally did! Our boot jacks can be made with new or vintage leather.
Orders welcome. Please allow 1-2 weeks production time.
Colors, stores, people, movies, food- obsessions come in all varieties, but I'm beginning to think mine are a little odd. Allow me to elaborate...
I'm brainstorming for a wedding I'm designing when I realize that my obsessions are resurfacing...AGAIN!! What are they you ask? While I am definitely obsessed with food (especially that of the Southern persuasion- YUM!) the others aren't quite so typical.
Drum roll please...
I, Kristen King, am OBSESSED with mason jars, burlap and brown paper bags.
They say admitting the problem is the first step to recovery...right?!
Mason jars = my favorite thing EVER! I mean what else can you drink from, use as a vase, hang for a lantern and store homemade goodies in?! As far as I'm concerned, it's be best thing since sliced bread. No question.
As for the brown paper bag, it's mainly a color thing for me. I love-Love-LOVE the color of a paper grocery sack! I love it so much I took one with me when picking out my wedding invitations, bridesmaids dresses and paint for my house! Seriously, they are all a perfect match to a brown paper bag. (Not normal, right?!)
I think my burlap fetish was fueled by my brown paper bag obsession. Of course the color is PERFECT! Not only that, I love the smell, texture and 101 ways you can use it. Curtains, slipcovers, Christmas tree skirts, table toppers, wrapping paper, pottery molds- the list could go on forever!
Now that I'm thinking about it, my obsessions have been the inspiration behind some of my most meaningful and creative event designs. You can definitely see a little bit of me in each of my events. I can't wait to see what I come up with for this wedding! It's going to be so much fun!
Did I mention the wedding is in a barn? I'm sensing a fourth obsession...