Monday, November 30, 2009

Save the Date 12/13/2009

We're going to be hosting a fantastic Holiday Open House this year at our new home in Austin, TX. I hope you all will be able to join us on Sunday, December 13th.

Once again, thanks to all of my fellow Austin potters for joining us for the show. It should be fun and we're in a great central location so hope to see you soon!

This is a rough layout of the card...I'm just waiting for a couple of Hi-Res photos from some fellow potters before it goes to print.

Back Home

We're back in Austin after having a great week in NY and I'll post about it I think I owe a follow-up post on E.A.S.T.

Today I'm getting settled back in and reclaiming my studio from it's tour set up as a gallery space. What I have left over from E.A.S.T. will be over at our house for a Holiday Open House that we're doing on Sunday 12/13. I'll announce the details soon and get some images up about it.

For now, I just want to thank my fellow Austin potters who have all been incredibly welcoming. Ryan McKerley came up with the idea of a group open house as a way of letting people know that I'm new in town making pots. Ryan is one of the founders of Art of The Pot and he's called in reinforcements with some of his Art of The Pot co-founders. So, I hope you'll save that Sunday to come by our house and check out all of the work. So far we have a great lineup including, Ryan, Lisa Orr, Michael Merritt, Chris Campbell and Claudia Reese. I'm printing up a card today so let me know your address if you'd like one. keith (at) kreegerpottery (dot)com. (sorry...trying to avoid spam by not writing out my full email address)

Static Bisqueware

I, like most potters, tend to complain about how boring/dry/static our bisqued pots look before their final firing. Perhaps I wouldn't complain if they looked this nice before they get fired. Michael Kline is busy firing his woodkiln today and I can't wait to see how they look afterwards.

For anybody birthday is coming up soon....just thinking out loud here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The prep has begun for our Thanksgiving Dinner. We're in NY and have done a ton of stuff. I'll need a whole post to cover it all. For now, I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

E.A.S.T Weekend #2

It's studio tour time once again with second weekend of E.A.S.T. upon us. We're number 61 on The Map, 902 Gardner Rd Unit 18. I'll be at the studio from 10-5...but that's not all.

Tonight is the Big Cobra Studios Party. I may forgive them this once for mis-spelling my name. It's slightly harder to forgive the fact that they left Michael Merritt's name off of the poster. He is my guest artist after all.

It starts at 5 and will most likely go on through the night. One of my neighbors is a lighting designer and he's been busy setting up some heavy duty lights for the festivities which includes mariachis as well as a dj and judging by the sign hanging up seems to be sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka as well. It should be a fun night. Hope to see you all throughout the day and into the evening.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Recovery Day

Today will be a day off from the studio.

Thanks to all who came to visit during E.A.S.T. And if you didn't make it....don't worry, you have next weekend to stop by as well.

I just dropped Javi off at school. He had a friend from Cape Cod visiting this weekend and the two of them had a great time. It was great to see Javi get to hang with one of his friends. I can't believe how many Austin activities they packed into this weekend.

The girls were in Houston for the weekend with Evangelina's parents. We're off to La Grange today to meet her mother halfway and get the girls. It will be nice to have them home. Plus, I get to grab some Kolaches from Weikel's Bakery....mmm!

The rest of the week will be spent photographing the new work, getting some of it off to some shops back east and the rest up onto the website. Saturday is the big party over at Cobra Studios for E.A.S.T. and then it's off to NY for Thanksgiving. I guess it's the time of year when the next time I look it will be 2010.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

E.A.S.T. Day 2 Today, 10-5

We had a good day yesterday with lots people coming through to check out the studio during E.A.S.T.

Today is day two of the tour and Michael Merritt and I will be in the studio again from 10-5. Hope we'll see you soon. We're number 61 on the E.A.S.T Map or you can click the map below for directions.:

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Friday, November 13, 2009

All Set Up

We're just about all set up for E.A.S.T. which begins tomorrow. I've got a few things to tweak tomorrow morning but with Evangelina's help the place looks fantastic. Hope we'll see you this weekend. We're at 902 Gardner Rd. Unit 18.

For more info on E.A.S.T. check out their beautiful website.

New Plates

Here's some new plates with the cityscape designs. I'm happy with the results. I'm leaning towards the blue designs a little more...I like the old-school blueprint feel the blue stain is giving the smaller plates.

E.A.S.T Catalog

E.A.S.T starts tomorrow. We're still setting up and pics are coming shortly but here's a quick peek at the catalog. It is quite a publication and I'm excited to see what this weekend will be like.

That last pic is the ad for the huge party planned on 11/21 for my studio complex.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009

East Austin Studio Tour

I'm starting to find out that this East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T) is a pretty big deal. I'm incredibly excited about it and better get to work mixing glaze so I'm ready for it.

I had just about the best weekend ever and after I catch up on my work I'll tell you all about it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sugar Creamers

Been a while since I've made any of these but I'm at the end of my throwing cycle and that's when I usually don't know what to make. I was working out a few design ideas in these four as I was throwing. Sequoia Miller has a new blog and he addressed that idea nicely the other day:

A great thing about making as a practice is that design and fabrication are interwoven. Our culture separates them for specialization (and wealth) but one reason why craft rules is that we can make things and think about them at the same time.

check it out here.

These sets will get some deco and then they'll head into the space being saved for them in the bisque which I'm planning to fire off tomorrow.
Here's that bisque. Almost ready.

Coming up next weekend is the East Austin Studio Tour. I thought I had planned ahead well but it's almost here. I'll mix up a glaze or two tomorrow and hopefully fire a glaze kiln on Monday.

Tough Commute

I hope I can make it back up the hill to our house at the end of the day.
Of course, I'll have to catch my breath first.