Monday, April 14, 2014

fun in the sun

a couple weeks ago, my hubby and i took a much needed spur-of-the-moment vacation to Oahu to visit family and have some fun in the sun! here's a little visual recap for you...

somewhere on Oahu © samos 2014 
North Shore © samos 2014

somewhere on Oahu © samos 2014
USS Arizona Memorial © samos 2014
our Jeep © samos 2014
first hawaii selfie © samos 2014

at Waimea © samos 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Savor Your Life

a new book by Robin Norgren

Do you remember awhile back when I mentioned another collaboration I was invited to work on? Well, if not, don't worry. I may have been keeping quiet to surprise you. SURPRISE! What an odd word once you see it in type...hmmm. (grin)

So my dear friend Robin told me about this project she was working on and wondered if I'd be interested in going in on it with her by providing images of my pottery. Of course I was totally honored she'd even think of me and extremely excited to be part of her new project, a book called

Savor Your Life: 100 Days of Words and Actions to Deepen the Way you Live your Life

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and not just because my friend wrote it and you can see some of my pottery...that's only two reasons to buy it. No. Seriously. Robin's words are very genuine and will touch your soul. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Open Sky: MuddyPotts

A couple months ago I started selling my pottery on another e-commerce site: OpenSky.

If you haven't stopped by yet, I welcome you to do so today for a special FREE SHIPPING offer! Use the coupon code: firstdayofspring and have your new muddypotts piece shipped for nothing! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

InSpiRed by Friends Near and Far

bisque ware

Every now and then I get into a non-creative funk. I usually disconnect from GOD, family, friends...Its not intentional, it just happens. Then I'm overcome with guilt for being the way I am and have to hit bottom before I can change my attitude and get back to being ME. 

A few weeks ago I decided to put MuddyPotts on vacation until March 17th. I haven't been throwing due to some physical pain I'm trying to work out. Today I've decided to bite the bullet, do what I can and move forward. 

I have been inspired by several artistic friends. One being my dear friend Robin Norgren who always finds a way to face the fear and balances her creative life with the fullness of her family life. She is currently working on another book, Savor Your Life, in which she has so graciously asked me to be a part of. Another inspiration is my friend Kelly Thiel. She was recently honored with one of her sculptures published in a book called 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I saw the Modern Masters exhibit at the DAM. How can I not be inspired surrounded by such talent? So instead of riding the so called soap box, I'm off to the easel to pick up my brush and paint. If it is another month before you hear from me:

 I promise it's because I'm busy painting, sculpting, and glazing pots. ~ samos

waiting for color

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

in the studio

my somewhat clean wheel

I went to bed last night anxious to get some work done in the pottery studio. So first thing this morning, I cranked up the heat, put my apron on and started throwing.


and this is what needs glazed this afternoon...

bisque ware

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Artists are ALWAYS Learning Something New

morning notes 

Today I was introduced to a free video series that was promoted by Handmadeology. They were given by Sara Shaw of Entreprenette. I was a week late in catching the videos, but lucky for me, our technology allows me to view them anytime and there's still one more video to watch next week! As I was watching them and taking notes, I was thinking of how fun it is to learn something new that I had never even thought of to advance my art career. I'm always looking for new ways to better organize my time since I am the sole proprietor of KoiStudios and MuddyPotts. And even though researching, blogging, and writing up listings has to be done and is time consuming, it is important to find the time to educate yourself whenever possible. Even if it means you may be working into the wee hours of the night in the studio since you spent 3 hours on your computer in the morning...

Now that I have done a little research and revamped the look of my blog, I suppose it's time to put on the apron and get my hands dirty!

By the way, what do you think of the new look on the blog? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day!