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An Artist Journey - The ups and downs of creation, and how to keep moving forward.

It’s been 4 years, let’s celebrate!!!

Can you believe it?!?!? Hey guys! Four years ago, I opened up and launch this website and business. Looking back, I can’t believe it’s only been 4 years as so much has happened, so much has changed, and it’s hard to even remember my life before I had Off Your Rocker Pottery.  Some of you have been on this journey with me since the beginning, some of you are just joining, but I am grateful for you all. Thank you for your support, I couldn’t do this without you.  Going from many years of making pottery as a love and...

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Have you ever noticed the lines?

What are those lines in handmade pottery? They are called throwing rings.    Hey guys! If you have ever looked closely at a hand thrown piece of pottery (did you read the email or post about what thrown pottery is? You can read it here)? You might have noticed little rings around the pot.    Think of them like the growth rings in a tree. Each “ring” represents the potter pulling up the clay, little by little.    Some rings are very pronounced and large, almost bumpy. The rings in my pots are very small and smooth. You have to...

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Bottoms up!!!

No one cares about the bottom of a cup.... WRONG! I care, I actually care a lot, and so should you.  Hey guys! Let’s talk about the bottom of pottery, because it is important! Unexposed clay on the bottom of a pot can feel rough, but the bottoms of all my pieces are soft and smooth.    First, all of my pieces have what they call a foot. This is the inner cored out ring on the bottom. The reason why this is important is because it allows for less surface area to be on your furniture when a piece...

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What’s with all the holes?

Have you wondered what is up with this holy bowl??? Hey guys! These are called berry bowls. They are perfect for fruit and vegetables, especially things such are blue berries, strawberries, and grapes.    They make life easy and help you choose healthy snacks more often.  How it works, you place your fruit or vegetables that need to be rinsed into the bowl. Then rinse them off, and it drains right in the bowl for you. I make all of my berry bowls as a set, so they come with a catch plate. This way you can place the freshly...

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Do you know what that means???

All of our handmade dinnerware is wheel thrown.  So what does that really mean??  Hey guys! I’ve been making dishes out of clay for... I’m going to age myself here, 21 years now. So sometimes I talk about things or use terms, and I forget that many of you may not know what those terms mean. So, when I say my pieces are wheel thrown it means that for each and every piece, I sit down at a potters wheel and form the dish from scratch. (Think of the movie Ghost, but Patrick has yet to visit my studio!) I don’t...

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