It’s hard to believe that we are already a full month into the new year and I haven’t even wrapped up 2013 yet!
My last post was in the fall when I had just begun designing my annual Christmas ornament. Here’s a peek at some pieces “under construction”.
I enjoyed making these ornaments every step of the way, really liking a porcelain clay that was new to me. This new clay is very smooth and nice to work with. It fires to a really white, translucent finish. I love that when it’s held in front of a light or in the sunshine, it seems to glow!
I’m happy that many of my ornaments have found their way to the homes of friends, family and wonderful customers who have added them to their Christmas ornament collections! I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of many families’ traditions.
2014 is already full of new projects and opportunities! I’m in full swing again in the workshop and look forward to what’s in the works!
It may be a bit late, but I wish you a Very Happy New Year!
I know that Christmas comes around the same time every year, but it seems that each year, my handcrafted porcelain ornaments hit the shows and shops “hot off the press”!
Or more accurately, out of the kiln!
I have a design idea that I’m quite happy with right now. There are several pieces ready to be bisque fired so that I can test a few glaze combinations and choose the one that will best tell my story for the year. You probably won’t know what has inspired me, but this year’s will represent a couple of heartfelt events. Just my little secret within the design.
2013 is year 22 for my dated, Boulder Creek ornaments! Boulder Creek is our small town, tucked into the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s about an hour and a half drive south from San Francisco. Since 1991, I’ve added nearby towns and personalized ornaments for friends and family.
When I meet my customers, I’m surprised that many collect my ornaments! It’s always fun to hear that they have favorites and tell me how they are displayed or sent far away to family and friends. It’s such an honor to be part of a family’s holiday tradition! Very humbling.