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About that culture of acceptance and support within the clay community …

The last couple weeks have been hard on my corner of the clay world. Friends of mine have publicly shared experiences of bullying and harassment, and then weathered more bullying and harassment in the responses of some of our colleagues. They’ve been asked for more details. They’ve been asked to prove it. They’ve been treated with hostility or dismissed. And I get it. If you’ve had nothing but good experiences with an organization like Pottery Northwest, and now you’re hearing vague reports of some pretty egregious behavior, this all feels sudden and bewildering.At my first NCECA in Kansas City I kept hearing from all corners how supportive and accepting the clay world was. Not all snarky and back-stabbing like other...

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Lazy Weekend Mornings

Treated myself to a cozy, lazy breakfast in bed this weekend.     And when I got up for a sec, I had to reclaim my spot from The Majestic Chimi. She's a soft, snuggly floof but with absolutely no spacial awareness. All she cared about was a window through which to chirp at the birdies.     I'm in love with my Sunset colorway right now. The bright splash of color is reminding me that spring is on the way. On this tray I have a 12oz Mug, Ring Dish, and Lunch Plate all in Sunset color. Plates are new, and I'm happy to make them for you but they're not in the online shop yet. Email me if you're interested!...

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Happy New Year, Friends

Look, I don't think 2021 will be an easier year. But I do think I learned and grew a lot last year, and I'm hopeful that with new tools and connections I'll be able to make more of a difference. And with some greater clarity and sense of self I'll be able to make more art. Went for a walk on the beach with my morning coffee (I'd like to do more of that this year) and was just really grateful for this beautiful place I've found myself in. When I moved to Whidbey Island in 2016, it was supposed to be temporary. But the island had other ideas, and now we're building a home here on the shores of...

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Took my Red Sea mug out for a walk in Coupeville, WA

There are only so many sunny days in a Pacific Northwest fall, and I try to take advantage of every one of them. So today I took a few of my mugs for a walk and a little photoshoot. There's a great deck with views overlooking Penn Cove and that I thought would make a great background for some mug photos. Turns out the red door of the Little Red Hen bakery and the red siding of the Toby's Tavern were a great backdrop for the red highlights of this Red Sea mug. Plus, lots of beautiful foliage on the bluff. Think I'm going back to take more pictures. It's pretty great to live in this damp paradise with all these old buildings and...

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When does Autumn become Christmas?

When do I trade in my giant pinecone and delicately ombre'd leaf bouquets for sparkling stars and evergreen boughs? I vote day after Thanksgiving. Which means I get to show off the icy hue of these Blue Sea mugs contrasted against some warm autumn colors for another week at least. Enjoy!

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