Sunday, December 30, 2007

StudioÉLAN on the front page...

by Eleanor Hendriks

...of Etsy!

Can you tell I'm spending too much time on the computer? Go on now, get a life!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

World Travellers

by Eleanor Hendriks

Two of my stopperless salt shakers have found new homes across North America: one in Maryland and one in California! Etsy is making the world smaller. Goodbye, salt shaker friends -happy trails!

To see my other items seeking international travel adventures visit my Etsy shop !

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Unloading the last kiln of 2007

by Eleanor Hendriks,

Many potters say that unloading a kiln is like Christmas. I sure think it is...

...especially when there are little faces like this peeking out at me....

...and here are some of the results for the first class at StudioÉLAN, Fenelon Falls.

Congratulations to Sandy, Rochelle, Ross and Marjorie on some great results. I loved having you as my students this fall. Don't be surprised if you see something insired by your work in my next kiln load!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

If you wait until 3:00am....

by Eleanor Hendriks can make an etsy treasury!

Here's how it looked...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The first Classes at the new StudioÉLAN...

by Eleanor Hendriks

...are coming to an end. I've had eight fun sessions with 6 beginning students who started coming to the studio once a week back in October. Now their work is glazed and waiting to go into the kiln tomorrow with the last of my production for the year.

Some of their finished pieces from the first kiln firing this session. I always try to fire the kiln twice in a session. This gives the students a chance to see the huge change glazing can make to their pieces. I also encourage them to keep a few of their very first pieces, even if they aren't in love with them, to use as glaze test pieces.

And as for my work, I'm planning on firing a few more of my Dip Dishes like the ones I have been listing on etsy in more great colour combinations. In the background are a few casseroles that aren't going to make it into this kiln. I just can't decide how to glaze them and I have put too much work into them so far to experiment on them now!

I am advertising new sessions of classes starting in January and again in April. I hope lots of people sign can be very quiet in the studio without any students.

And what is germinating under here?!?! Stick around -they should sprout in January!

Friday, December 07, 2007

StudioÉLAN is on ETSY!

by Eleanor Hendriks

So, after much fussing, StudioÉLAN is selling online!

Just a few pieces so far, but more will come as time allows.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Sale Transformation

by Eleanor Hendriks

The biggest motivation to get all the previously mentioned transformation done was the...

1st Annual StudioÉLAN Christmas Art Sale.

This show was held November 9, 10 and 11 2007 -I invited 6 other artists to show their wares at my studio along with my pottery. We had food, cider, holiday decorations and lots of fun!

Guests were:

  • Janice Addison -watercolour painter from Seagrave, ON

  • Morris Young -woodturner from near Bobcaygeon, ON

  • Suzi Silhanek -artistic lampmaker from near Bobcaygeon, ON

  • Sally Wells -french beading artist from Woodville, ON

  • Meg Silhanek -bead jeweller from near Bobcaygeon, ON

  • John Poole -photographer from Fenelon Falls, ON

I'd love to try my hand at embedding a link to their work but not a single one of them is online!

Instead I'll tantalize you with a few photos of their displays at my studio during the sale:

Janice Addison

Meg Silhanek

Suzi Silhanek

Morris Young

...and our Christmas tree completely decorated in ornaments handmade by us!

Now why on earth would I tell you about all this after it is all over?!? Simply this, if you would like a snail or e-invite to the 2nd Annual StudioÉLAN Christmas Art Sale to be held in November 2008 just let me know -we'd love to have you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Studio Transformation

by Eleanor Hendriks

StudioÉlan went from this...

To this...

And then to this...

And finally, to this...

A bright, cheerful pottery workspace with heat (just in time for winter) and lots of power for ...

..the kiln.

This transformation took from February to October, two electricians, one backhoe, 6 bottles of Dawn, 3 floor epoxy kits, 15 gallons of paint, a truckload of drywall, plywood and 2x4's, 4 doors, 6 (energy efficient) fluorescent lights and HOURS of work.

But it still looks like....

...a garage!
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