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  • The Studio Never Sleeps
  • Diane McNeil and John Dietrich
The Studio Never Sleeps

  

There are a thousand stories in the studio and this is just one of them.....

It's true, though.  Pots dry overnight.  Ideas and solutions come from dreams. It's good to have the distraction of washing dishes or folding laundry to give my mind a chance to work in the background.  John uses splitting or stacking wood and weeding the garden.  John was drying a very very large vessel months ago so he put it on the wheel and placed a weight on the pedal so the wheel would rotate s l o w l y, thus avoiding warping the vase.  That ran all night.  The studio: humming along without us.  

Then there was the time when a cat jumped down and hit the pedal (there wasn't anything on the wheel at the time, whew) and boy did that get our attention.  Heart stopping attention!!

Lately, with all our deadlines, we've been working late finishing up projects or starting them so they could be finished the next day.  Dogs sleep on the dusty floor while we work and listen to a television show.  

This is what we're working on right now:

(ok, this isn't actually us working, it's just us having fun)

John is waxing pots so we can glaze and load Wednesday.  The fish and vases for our Raku Firing Party are drying and he will bisque fire those on Wednesday too!  Wait, what? What Raku Firing Party are we talking about? 

This weekend is our Annual Ellison Bay Arts Fall Crawl.  John and I thought it would be neat to have a Special Raku Firing Party (details on our Facebook page). The fish and vases, made especially for this weekend will be sold right out of the kiln.

AND for a fee ($50) YOU can pick out the fish or vase you like, the glaze you want and we will fire it for you right there.  So get here early to pick out the fish you want.  We start at 11am and end at 4pm both days.  If it's raining on Saturday, which may happen, we'll have a special kiln opening and still have Sunday to Party!!

The following weekend, Oct 31 and Nov 1 is the Madison Handweaver's Art Show at the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison WI.  It's quite a show with wonderful creative artists who are very strictly juried in every show so you know we're all bringing our very best.  We love being there and are grateful to the people at Olbrich for giving us this amazingly beautiful space for a few days.

 We begin work on our Christmas orders as soon as we return so that we can get everything shipped out in plenty of time.  There's still time to get on our list but that window will close Nov. 15. 

Thanksgiving was my Mom's favorite holiday so it's mine, too. It's also a very popular time in Door County and Ellison Bay.  Many of the galleries here hold Holiday Open Houses and ours will feature the hot cider from Seaquist's Farm Market and cookies and In Gallery Specials.    

I  can hardly wait for winter in the studio.  Hibernating is good for the artistic soul.  But, we love meeting and talking with our friends and making new ones every day.  We love hearing your stories and how our humble pots have had an impact on your lives.  If you ever feel like sharing, send your story on to us with some photos and we'll post it here on our blog and on our Facebook page.  

I have a small request of you, too.  Could you please leave a comment on TripAdvisor? It helps others find us and it helps our business so much.  We're also on Yelp if you'd rather leave a comment there.  Both are used by visitors to Door County.  Thank you so very much.

  • Diane McNeil and John Dietrich

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