Recently I made another trip up to Portland, Maine to pick up an order of clay. By the end of my Black River commission, I was completely out of clay and ready to hit the wheel to start some new work and tie up some other loose ends. I usually order 300 pounds of clay, but this time around I ordered 500! They are all stacked up against the wall near my wheel and I have already dug into it!
I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my latest work that I am calling the “Love Line”. This idea actually came from my husband, Andrew. As most of you know, I made mugs for each guest at my wedding as their favors to take home. To the right shows one of the mugs I made, taken by Mary Dougherty Photography. The image stamped into the mug is a stick figure image of a boy and girl holding hands with a heart above them. Andrew used to draw this image when he would sign any card or letter to me. I started to draw the same for him on my cards and letters to him. Each person who took home one of these mugs also got to take home the meaning behind the stamp, so this little image has become quite endearing to us.
One evening, Andrew and I were sitting on the couch talking about our schedules and my business plans and product. Andrew was drinking out of one of the mugs I had made with the love stamp in it and said I should do more product with the stamp. I wasn’t sure at first thinking, well that was just something special for our wedding. Andrew then said they were a hit because the stamp told a little story and people love a good story behind someone’s work. I thought that was a brilliant idea and started sketching items to me made specifically for the stamp. I think Andrew even came up with “love line” as a catchy play on the radio station. I thought it was clever and witty, so that is how the “Love Line” started.
I am only making a few items with the stamp to start with to see how it goes. Hopefully it will be a hit! A few of things I am making are candle pots, covered jars, and tall flared mugs. Here is a little preview…
These are the first of the covered jars made for the love line series. I made four of them so far; I just have to attach handles to the tops of the lids.
Here I am creating a “button” stamp to each of the pots. I attached a small circular, flat piece of clay to the outside of the pot and then stamped the button with the love stamp. When glazed, the button will be left as raw exposed clay and the rest of the pot will be glazed. I think it will add a nice little detail and texture to the pot.
I am also working on a bunch of candle pots specifically for this new line of work too. I bought hole-maker tools and they work so well! No more tedious hand-cutting circles!
If you have any ideas for line items to add to the “Love Line”, please don’t be shy, share them! Leave me a comment.