one of my favorite days of the year: raku day!

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Usually about once a year, I get the amazing opportunity to participate in a raku firing with some members of my ceramic community.  I love anytime I get to fire my work and open the kiln to see the finished pieces, but raku is a completely different and very exciting process!

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Raku firings are a special type of ceramic firing where the fired raku piece is removed from the kiln while still glowing hot.  I love seeing pieces at this stage, because it isn’t typically something you get to see up close and personal.  The pieces glow orange and fiery, the glaze bubbly.

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After the piece is removed, it is placed in a container (we used trash cans) filled with combustible material (we used newspaper) in order to get really neat effects on the surface of the wares.

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The whole process can be a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it – some of my favorite pieces have been fired this way!  To top it all off, we head to a beautiful piece of land up north of Santa Rosa in northern California, and I just love being there in the hills with the amazing trees and creatures.

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Between the raku and the fresh air (when away from the firing…), it is definitely one of my favorite days of the year!

Oh, and there are puppies!

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Below are a few more snaps from the day this past weekend.  Enjoy!

Xox.

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tsoana ceramics giveaway!

It’s been a really exciting time in these first few months getting the business officially up and running.  There are three things I know for certain:

  1. It is a lot of work to run a small business!  From the paperwork and record keeping to production and connecting with stores and potential customers, there is always something that needs to be done.
  2. It is insanely satisfying!  I feel like I’m finally doing what I’ve been wanting to do for so long, and it feels really, really good.
  3. Most importantly, I couldn’t do any of this without you, my beautiful tsoana friends, followers, and customers.  You all are amazing.

To truly thank you, I am hosting the first tsoana giveaway.  We are giving away one of our most popular designs:  a beautiful bee mug!

Due to the platform I’m using, you’ll need to visit this link to enter the giveaway.  Best of luck!

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(Note:  the giveaway mug is similar to this mug, but is not this exact one.  Due to the handmade nature of our items, there will be slight variations in shape and color.  This makes the end product unique and more beautiful.  Thanks!)

in love with the process.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve definitely been in ‘production mode.’

Working on my website, organizing and planning tsoana’s details, and, of course, fulfilling ceramics orders!

One thing is for certain, and that is that I really love the process.  It’s kind of like that phrase that goes something like:  it’s all in the journey, not the destination.  While I certainly like hitting the big goals and reaching my ‘destinations,’ I also like to step back and enjoy the details in the process.  Without the process, we would lack growth and understanding.  We would lack the fine details.  Without the process, tsoana and our creations loses the love.

Without further ado, an ‘ode’ to recent process:
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Hope you’re having a great, productive week.  Let us know what you’ve been up to with the hashtag #worktoinspire !