Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist. My current emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with me on Facebook at Drye Goods Studio.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Past Present and Future

"Past and present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love."
Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons



I am trying to winter over my Scented Geraniums in the sunroom. So far, so good! Today I clipped off the leggy stuff to use for sachets. The house smells wonderful!

Lavender harvested last summer for sachets and household products.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Meet Amy Wharf

Amy and I have been friends for a very long time. She was already a member of the Pottery Place Plus when I joined about 15 years ago. Her pottery is made with classic style and soothing colors. Let's see what makes her tick. Oh! Be sure to read all the way through-there is a recipe-yum!


Have you always been an artist? If not, when did you start?

I have always been interested in the arts. From early childhood I had an interest in drawing and making things. However, in fourth grade I started to study the cello and so spent the next eighteen years focused on music, rather than the visual arts. I had my first exposure to clay in my junior year in high school. It was love at first touch. But I had decided to pursue a musical career so could not continue to work with the clay. About 30 years ago I made the decision to switch to pottery making as my artistic pursuit. I have found I get more satisfaction making a pot that can be used and enjoyed every day than I did from the ephemeral musical arts.


Why did you pick the media you work in now? How do you describe your work? 

I work with clay because I get great satisfaction from every part of the process. I love the feel of the clay when I am throwing on the potter's wheel. I enjoy dividing the pot into sections to decorate with carved or stamped patterns. The variables in the glazing and and firing processes have made me more accepting and open to chance. I describe my pottery as elegantly functional. I start with a classic shape and then add decorations based on the beauty I see in nature.


What inspires you?

I am inspired by the thought that my pottery is used and enjoyed on a daily basis. In my personal life, I have rebelled against the industrial food production system. I grow, harvest, hunt, freeze, and can the food I eat as much as possible. I use my pottery to cook, serve and eat from. By extension, when a customer uses my functional pottery, I hope they are "joining the rebellion". I give my favorite recipes to my customers so they can immediately start using their newly purchased pottery.

June's Boy Scout Casserole

6 cups Mashed Potatoes (made ahead)
8 oz Frozen Green Beans (cooked but still firm)
1 lb beef or venison burger (brown in skillet and drain off fat)

Add the following to the meat in the skillet:
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes; 1 6 oz can tomato paste; 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper; 1 1/2 teaspoon Marjoram: 1 clove crushed fresh garlic; 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes; 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes

Put the meat sauce into the Peone Creek Pottery 2 quart baking dish and layer the green beans on top. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the green beans, making dips and peaks with the spoon. Garnish with 1/2 teaspoon paprika.

Put casserole in a cold oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake casserole for 45 minutes. For a crowd size meal the recipe may be doubled and cooked in a Peone Creek Pottery 4 quart baking dish.


Do you have a favorite tool or piece of equipment?

My pottery is either thrown on the potter's wheel, made from a clay slab, or extruded. Once the basic shape is about half dry I decorate it. I have a few commercial tools I use but many of the tools are ones I have made or found. These include pieces of wood, screws, chopsticks, sea shells, leaves, and embossed wallpaper; anything that will make a unique mark or impressions on the clay.

Why do you like the co-op environment? What do you get out of it besides sales?

I never went to school to study pottery making and was working a full time job when I first set up my home studio. I didn't have much association with other artists. So taking the leap and joining Pottery Place Plus brought me into a new world of learning from and collaborating with other artists. This has helped me enormously with business aspects of being an artist and has also been inspiring creatively. Seeing other members grow artistically and explore new ideas has given me the courage to do the same and just GO FOR IT when I am in my studio.

Amy's work may be seen at Pottery Place Plus as well as many local art fairs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!

"In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!"
Mehmet Murat ildan


Friday, December 28, 2018

Eco Printing from the Deep Freeze

I hope you had a lovely holiday! But it is time to get back to work. Trouble is, when everything is covered with snow and the plants are asleep, it can be a bit of a challenge to get anything done.



What with art fairs and then my husband's mishaps last summer I couldn't get to all the iris, so I froze them by taking the flowers apart and placing the petals between layers of wax paper and sliding the little packets into upcycled plastic zip bags from the kitchen. As you can see they start to bleed as they thaw, so it is advisable to wear gloves and work quickly. You could probably press and dry them, I haven't done this with iris, but I have with hollyhocks and the color is not quite the same. Freezing them gives a result more like fresh flowers. There always seems to be enough room in the freezer for our food and to tuck in a few flowers here and there. The fabric is silk crepe de chine with pre-applied rusty nails.


I also used some spiral eucalyptus from the florist and left over poinsettia leaves, both red and green. Iris petals don't print, but do dye the fabric





So with a little pre-planning it is possible to eco print when the weather outside is frightful.

Have a wonderfully prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Winter

"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation."
Paul Theroux

A semi-frozen puddle on today's walk, I like the little heart shaped bubble in the upper left corner.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Snow Day

Like Snow
By Wendell Berry

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
Melody Beattie

I am grateful for all the support, help, and understanding I received this year, thank you all.