This blog focuses on pottery created at WillowAK Pottery in Willow, Alaska.
The porcelain pieces created are handmade; unique; food, microwave, oven, and freezer safe; and wanting to be used and enjoyed.
Yes, they are here, beautiful, healthy and ready to sell on Saturday at the Spring Art Tour 2019. Thanks to the Mailers. The sale of red dahlias is a fundraiser for Willow Library Association . . . and more specifically is targeted to help build a new Willow Public Library.
Another area of the studio is set up knit hats, felted wool clogs, baby gifts, music CDs, and books. An "eclectic" collection, yes. And outdoors healthy, wonderful dahlia plants ready to beautify your property. The Mailer's plants are incredible! These are likely to sell quickly, based on the reputation they have for doing well in new locations. It is 11:00 at night as I'm writing this, and I there's plenty of daylight to photograph the plants, but I think I'll hold off on that until tomorrow.
Here are some non-pottery items you'll find in the studio:
It's nice it is to have a handmade baby gift on hand.
Select . . . and make a donation to the Willow Library Donation Box
Music lovers may find something here. Select ... and donate.
Felted wool clogs in a variety of sizes, and other knit items.
Yes, winter will come again. A new hat for you or a friend?
On track, with third kiln unloaded today. Some of the usual and some of the unusual. With the tour less than a week away, there's need to pick up the pace a bit.
I should also mention that at this stop on the tour you'll find 50+ dahlias, a life-long collection of fiber arts books, and a collection of music CDs as well. The sale of plants, provided by Bill and Kathy Mailer and Cindy Forsyth, and the books and CDs provided by Joan Edwards, are all fundraisers for the Willow Library Association.
Now, to the pottery from kiln 3. An additional posting is intended later in the week to show knit pieces you'll find at this stop on the tour.
Bacon cookers...drape strips over giant mug and catch all drippings.
Ornaments...the best large moose ever from my kiln!
Sam Chung of University of Arizona presented a fine ceramics workshop in Anchorage last weekend. It's great to see others work with clay and to learn new techniques and tips from the masters! Thanks to the Anchorage Clay Arts Guild for offering the workshop.
I promised to post photos of work from kiln 2 for the upcoming May 25 "A Great Day To Be In Willow" event. The plan is to have kiln 3 images posted next week, so do check back to see the blog at least once more before the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The flyer about the multiple events on that day is here.
Hopefully, there's something from kiln 2 that you like! Thanks for looking.
Pie plates/platters in various sizes and surfaces.
In Alaska, the rustic look appears and appeals on many forms.
Oval platters, feminine vase, sauce warmer, and bacon baker.
Love what the glazes did on the interior of this bowl.
Look for details...stamped, carved, and brushed.
Salmon again, a couple serving bowls and tiles.
Closer view of fish on hanging tile.
Bowls and apple bakers... request the recipe with the latter.
Mugs, moose, and upright spoon holders.
Within a week, I'll post more large serving pieces, yarn bowls, bacon bakers, ornaments, buttons, and whatever else I round up in the studio that has had its first firing and is awaiting glazing and a second firing. With less than two weeks to "A Great Day To Be In Willow," it's time to hustle.
If you have questions, please send them. I am happy to answer and to send additional photos if requested to do so. Since this is a one-woman operation with a wonderful helper (think husband), I am familiar with each and every piece you see posted. Hope to see many of you on May 25!
Yes, the Mailer's Dahlia Sale will be set up with 50 plants, and a very extensive collection of fiber arts books, donated by Joan Edwards, will be for sale. These are fundraisers for the New Willow Library and Community Upgrade Project...which is rolling right along. For those of you who are runners and walkers, meet at the Library at 10:00 to register and get your exercise before heading out on the Studio Tour of three studios. The details are at: http://willowakpottery.blogspot.com/2019/05/spring-tour-2019-kiln-1.html
That's all for now. Come back to see what gets fired in kiln 3.
Time to start showing some of the new work that will be available on May 25 during A Great Day To Be In Willow. First, the flyer with details about why it's a great day to be in Willow, and then the new pottery from Kiln 1.
Here are items from the most recent glaze firing. Images should enlarge.
Large serving platter, matching mugs, and a couple other pieces...all in sage.
Another round of bowls to hold yarn...Happy Mother's Day!
Bowls...carved, silk screened, and embellished in many ways.
There's always need for a variety of small pieces, even butter warmers!
The apple bakers are ready. They've been popular.
The serving pieces, too, are ready to go to new homes.
Mugs, tumblers, and mini bowls, of course.
Pie plates, always.
And, these cute little ones will proudly hold whatever you put in them!
Along with pottery, as well as woven, quilted, and wooden pieces, you'll find hand-knit items in the pottery studio during Willow Holiday Art Tour. Some are felted, some not. Check them out:
Cable hats! A selection of color, size, and details. All are 100% wool.
More hats, headbands, and Christmas stockings
Cozy Clogs. Knit, felted, embellished and ready to wear.
Hat and sock sets of washable sock yarn make special gifts for little ones.
Yes...a Silent Auction for the Library! Participating artists are donating pieces of their work to a silent auction for the Library/Community Center Project. Items will be displayed and bidding will take place at WillowAK Pottery. Please consider bidding or making a direct donation to the "Match the Mayor" box that will also be here. 100% of the high bids and the money in the box will go to this fundraiser. Thanks for participating in some way if you can.
Finally, we've reminded you that Dec. 1 is a Great Day To Be In Willow. In addition to the Holiday Art Tour there is a craft bazaar and soup/bread lunch at the Methodist church and a 6:00 holiday dinner at the Community Center. 'Tis the season. And now 'tis the time to go clean the studio!
We are again fortunate to have Melinda and Bill Dale pieces for sale at WillowAK Pottery!
Melinda designs patterns and creates, with precision and an artful eye, quilted pieces reflecting her love of nature, color, and Alaska.
She, too, has big news, a new sewing machine yet to arrive at the time of this posting.Yes, she is excited about this addition to her sunny and spacious sewing studio.
Here's a look at some of the beautiful pieces Melinda has made so far for the Holiday Tour. Do enlarge them to see the detail. (Yes, the pens in the photos are to give you an idea of the approximate size of each item.)
Bill, too, has been busy in his wood shop, designing those special cutting boards you can never have too many of for serving, display, and even cutting! They sure make wonderful gifts! Wow...the fine woods of many types and Bill's beautiful workmanship are impressive.
Remember... Saturday, December 1, in Willow. Several events, fun opportunity for unique, handmade gifts, and a nice mix of socializing and supporting in the community. Do come by if you can.