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2019 The Year of the Platter

It’s time for my annual blog post. Actually I’m a little late. It usually happens in January along with dietary changes, the promise to exercise, and the “this time I mean it” declaration to get taxes done sooner rather than later.

It’s also time to make the usual pledge to blog more often. BUT! I’m not going to make that pledge. I will blog when I can and if it’s another year before I write the next post, then so be it.

...And again, "BUT!" I would like to be more frequent with my blog. I do enjoy writing as you may or may not be able to tell from the descriptions I write for my pots and the distance between the current blog post's title and any mention in these 3 short paragraphs of anything related to said title.

So let’s get to it.

Last year I decided to set a learning goal of making 12 functional teapots. I’m happy to report that I made my goal.

Here are just a few:

It was so satisfying to have an objective and actually achieve it! That's why I've decided to set a new goal for this year.

My new goal has been official since late December 2018. But I've been a little challenged getting to my studio (not to make excuses). And giving myself some post-holiday re-charge and rest time was critical.


Without, further delay, and in case you haven't read the title, I hereby announce via this time delayed blog post to you and the world that 2019 is officially declared "The Year of the Platter!" Go ahead and imagine, along with me, balloons dropping from the ceiling as the band strikes up your favorite dance tune along with the deafening roar from the multitudes reverberating throughout the cavernous hall where this was announced.

My goal is twelve platters, but I’m going to give myself lots of wiggle room in the making in order to explore various shapes and sizes. Generally one thinks of platters as large, shallow and oval. I’m going to explore various shapes and sizes. I will play with my usual decorating techniques and see what else want to show up.

Like much of my work I generally like to see where the muse takes me. If it's at all as adventurous as the tea pots it will be quite a ride!

Hopefully this won’t be the last you’ll hear about this throughout the year.

Wish me muddy hands!


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