Saturday, June 18, 2011

what's on the shelf......

what's on the shelf this week?
Lots of orders......
Commissions can be a great support system behind an artist during the slow months in the beginning of the year. I try to manage small orders throughout the year and save the big ones for January and February when I am really slow and don't have much to do. This year I taught Winter Term at a local college and didn't have quite as much time as usual. So these past couple of weeks I have been trying to finish many orders that have stacked up on my list. This group of bottles is due next week. They will be glazed a shiny turquoise called Andy Martin's Show Saver glaze.

Also on the shelf this week are many pieces coming out of the Lotus Series.
I have an order for 2 large loti, 3 medium and 7 small. So far I have made all but 4 small loti which I hope to finish today.

Off the shelf this week is a big order that I did for the Greensboro Children's Museum. The request was to make tiles and plates that thank the museum donors by having their name carved on the pieces. I had a wonderful time working with Betsy Grant and the staff at the museum.
In the following picture are the tiles that they have hung on the barn in the Edible School Yard.
Here is some information I have quoted from their website:

"The Edible Schoolyard History

The Edible Schoolyard is a teaching garden and kitchen where children and their families can learn how to grow healthy food and create delicious snacks and meals using fresh, local, organic ingredients. The Edible Schoolyard offers children a chance to build practical gardening and cooking skills, to connect with the natural world and to enjoy nourishing food.

The Greensboro Children's Museum has been selected to be the first children's museum in the country to have an licensed Edible Schoolyard, a program created by Alice Waters and the Chez Panisse Foundation!

The Edible Schoolyard at GCM is expected to serve as a national model for other museums and children’s institutions nationwide promoting health and wellness in young children and families. "

The garden is exceptional and beautiful. They have chickens and rabbits.....and every vegetable, fruit tree, herb that one can possibly think of. What an amazing place to have in ones home town. I am proud to be a small part of such a wonderful museum.


Jacky said...

Oh I want to come and play in your studio. Firstly those tiles are fantastic, I would love one like that with my name on. You make me want to do pottery!!!
Your lotus collection...I have just come back from Thailand and I just love the lotus flowers and pods. I wish I could buy somehing from you?)
As always...fabulous pottery.

Jacky xox

Leanne Pizio said...

Hey JackY!
So good to see you!
I still have the kimono fabric for you. I have to get that in the mail.
I wish we lived closer but if you are ever over this way please come play! Would love to have you in the studio!
WOW! Thailand! that must have been wonderful. I will stop by and see your new work:)
I don't have anything up on etsy right now but if you ever see something on the blog you want just give a shout.
Thanks so much,

Undaunted said...

Hey Leanne! I love the texture on those bottles! And you know I love your sgraffito! Did I see a couple of squirrels on those tiles? :) I love the pods too, they're so different!

Unknown said...

what a worthwhile and blessing of a project. May it spread worldwide! Love your plaques and what they did with them, Leanne!

Leanne Pizio said...

Hey Un did spy a squirrel:) I miss feeding the squirrels in Hyde Park....

Hey Deborah! Big wave from NC. We miss you down here. Come back soon.

Unknown said...

Waving and saying-- I want to sooooo badly! Annoys me that I haven't made it down there yet this year. Odd how connected I feel to y'all and the area.