I had been longing for something new, but I wasn’t sure what it was. So I set out on an adventure traveling down the paths that called to me. Trying new things, and being open to new possibilities. The path I took has been winding, and around every curve, new wonderful things have appeared. In life that is what we must do at times. Try things, explore, simply have fun along the way. If you ever feel stuck, or misplaced in life, I invite you to embark on your own journey, let your heart be your compass as it always knows the way.
The road to funky farmhouse and my new wheel thrown collection actually started with hand building the button collection. It was through exploring this line that I strengthened my “try it” muscle. And trust me, I needed that muscle strengthened! It was through the curiosity and strength to try new things that I was able to say yes to all the paths I have taken over the last few months.
I was able to say, yes let’s see what this is about, when my wonderful friend Pam Fernandez messaged me to say that a food blogger was looking for a potter. That food blogger was Teri Turner from No Crumbs Left. (Check out her amazing food blog here) I reached out to Teri with intentions of bringing to her my work, and my current style, even though I felt my current style was in need of a make over. Teri had a different idea, and that was with the use of my hands to make her onion elixir bowl. My heart said, yes let’s try this and see where it leads.
That path lead me to a new clay body. A clay I would never had picked on my own, simply due to its’ color. I have always worked with white clays, as I am a bit of a neat freak. Dark clays stain, and are harder to clean up. But what I was missing out on in my clean little studio was the way this clay moves. This clay is wonderful to work with, and so worth the extra clean up time.
After making a few prototypes for Teri it became clear to me that my heart was not in it to make her bowls, but instead to create with this new clay. I thanked Teri and let her know. Even though we did not end up working on a project together, I am so grateful that our paths crossed and I believed she was meant to come into my life.
The next path I took brought me to Sue McLeod. Sue and I are in a potters mastermind group together. It was months prior when I joined this group which is ran by Paul Blais, the host of the Potter’ Cast. It is a super fun podcast all about potters, check it out here.
Sue is like the glaze whisperer. Her glaze and chemistry knowledge is deep and she is one of the kindest, most sharing people I have met. If you are a potter or know someone who is, they have to look Sue up. She shares her in depth knowledge on her website and in workshops. (Here is the link to her website)
I had an image in my mind and in my heart for a glaze I have never done before, and had not seen. This image is what I wanted to put on this beautiful new clay body. I reached out to Sue, and through her tips and suggestions I was able to achieve the results I wanted. Without Sue I don’t know if I would have gotten there, she was my short cut that saved me many bumps and bruises. Thank you Sue!!!
Oh, that’s not even the end of my journey yet!!! Great, I have these pots, I have made my vision into a reality, but now what the hell do I call this??? That is where my friend Rick Copper comes in. I so enjoy Rick’s company. He is an amazing person to talk and laugh with. He is bursting with quick wit and creativity. (He is also a freak about spelling and grammar, so I don’t even know how he reads my blogs and emails! Hahahaha) Rick is the one who came up with the name Funky Farmhouse for me. Immediately when I heard it come from his mouth I was like, YES!!! That’s it!!
And now here we are launching and introducing this new collection. I know that this is not the end of the road, simply a resting and look out area before we continue on this journey. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the journey so far, and thank you to everyone who will become a part in the future.
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Until next time, keep the sunshine in your heart and pottery on your table.
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