Tuesday, January 26, 2010

There's no place like home!

Do you ever have one of those days where you just can't make a thing, and nothing seems to go right?
That was my day today.
Deadlines coming up quick on my calendar, and no matter what I did, nothing was working in my favor! Yikes!!!
So I called it quits, through in my white flag & let the clay win today.
I tidied up the house, grabbed the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens from my mailbox, poured a nice glass of Oyster Bay's Pinot Noir, and lit up a sugar cookies candle!
Cozy! :)
Maybe the universe is telling me to take a night off & enjoy.
I guess I will surrender to that.
I'll try again tomorrow!
Enjoy your evening~ xo, Chrissy

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yay! I made the Front Page!

I wish I was awake to take a screen shot of it! This will do for now~ Thanks Craftcult & Etsy! xoxo

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This month's lovely blog features!

I thought I would share these great blogs I am featured in with all my great readers! I think it is really wonderful for Etsy sellers to support one another by interviewing and featuring other Etsy shops that interest you! I might try that myself here sometime soon.. I will keep you posted!

So here are some lovely and inspiring blogs you should check out with sweet giveaways!!!

Please stop by and say hello!

Thanks! xo, Chrissy

The Embellished Life

Les Bijoux Crea-Lune

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine goodness!

I finally have some Valentine designs hot out of the kiln!!! I will slowly be photographing and listing them throughout the week so stay tuned in my Etsy shop~ www.chrissyannceramics.etsy.com
Here is a sneak peak~

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mental Note....

This spring, design something raspberry inspired.
I love everything about them~

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Meditation in Motion

So, I finally got to use my new potters wheel that Santa had brought me for Christmas. It had been about 7 years since I had last thrown on a wheel. I was really intimidated, and didn't really have any expectations. I was going to sit and try to familiarize myself with my new tool, and that was all. I had one hour for fun before I had to be at work, and I was going to say hello to my new BFF.

From what I remember about my throwing days, I always listened to certain tunes that would get me to be "one" with the wheel. I needed a tempo that would transcend me almost into that space. Even currently with my work, I listen to a certain style of music that reflects what I am making. When I am producing a large quantity of tapas dishes, I listen to something loud, fast, and energetic like The Bug, Brazilian girls, or often Putamayo's Arabic Groove. If I'm cleaning up some work, I will listen to Pimsleur language tapes, or soft jazz.

Today, I loaded some Desmond Dekker onto my stereo and wedged up 2 clay cones and I was ready to go. I haven't bought a good throwing stool yet so I grabbed the lowest chair in my studio, and got comfortable for the ride. I started centering, and to my suprise, I was much better than I had thought! I had to cone up a couple of times.. but the rhythem of the spinning clay it was like a mantra to me.

I had completely forgotten how spiritual throwing can be! You are forced to live in that very moment. You become aware of everything in that moment.. the music and its steady down beat, the foot petal beneathe your bare foot, the feel of the wet clay between both of your hands, the bat and grog scraping along your palm, your deep calm breathing. It takes you out of yourself in a sense. You are so intently aware of every movement and every response, it is a total mind and body experience! I LOVED IT!!! It completely puts me in a different place, its like what they call transcending meditation. It is absolutely amazing, and such a rush and totally freeing. I left feeling high, totally alive and amazing! I felt like I had just left a yoga class, and was reminded why I need to go back! I can't wait to get another chance! I left the studio with jeans dirty with fresh thrown clay all over my thighs and loved it!

My pot however was not as note worthy, but the experience was great! I will get back to it once all my stock is caught up. Until then, I allow myself some fun on the wheel after my daily work is done, and by then I am beat!

Until next time, Chrissy

Monday, January 11, 2010

Stocking up..

Just to let you know I've been a little quiet here because I have been a busy little bee restocking and photographing at the studio. I'm still playing catch up from the holiday bustle and my Etsy shop is slowly filling up again! I listed several tapas designs in both my regular 7 inch designs, and smaller 5 inch tapas.

I listed a bunch of new goodies last night, and a few this morning. Take a peak~ www.chrissyannceramics.etsy.com

I am still working on those Valentine (and fun Anti-Valentine) designs. I am expecting to have a glaze firing with them sometime at the end of this week. *fingers crossed*

Have a great day! xo, Chrissy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Still working on them..

I thought I would be ready to show them off today..
But... I still need a few more days!
Here's a peak @ tonights process! This is a pic of me cleaning up a tapas dish before letting it set up to dry.
Check out more pics in my Flickr photostream~ www.flickr.com/photos/chrissyannceramics/
Thanks for caring! xo Chrissy

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The process~

A sneak peak at my tile making process...
Tomorrow I will show you what came from this ball of clay!
Are you so excited???

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all of the very best and more this new year and new decade! I'm feeling quite motivated today, sorting through the old and the new. I've been organizing like a maniac, and making lists that will get me through the month! I find it so refreshing starting a new year especially, but generally, I love clean slates.. a new day, week, month, now decade! It can be very freeing~
So cheers! Let go of yesterday, and lets begin a new day...
Happy 2010! xo, Chrissy
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