Friday, May 6, 2016

Update on Muditis Pottery (timeline)

It's been a long time since I have written in my blog. So many things have happened since then. I want to keep this as brief as possible, so this is an outline of where I've been :)

Dec 2013 was the last firing I did and it wasn't so great. I had tried some Amaco Velvet Underglazes on my leaf mugs in this load and when they came out, the leaves were dark with some black in them like the UG's had burn't out or something. I was so discouraged. Mainly, because my family had been here just a little more than a year and we were about to starve to death. Nothing seemed to go as I had planned when we moved here. I had done the Farmer's Market about 30 minutes away. The town was poor sorta like my hometown back in SC and people weren't buying. I had built my hopes up so much to be able to sell my wares, but it didn't happen like that.

My next endeavor was the Flea Market. I even took my wheel in there and threw some stuff so others could watch me. However the foot traffic wasn't enough and I didn't sell enough there either.

So when my last kiln load wasn't what I expected and things were going downhill anyway, I decided I needed to do something else to help us eat. And then .. came the Extreme Couponing. One particular day I told my husband we were going to have to swallow our pride and visit the local food pantry. I had never had to do this. I cried and cried but I had an underage child in my home and I wasn't about to make him do without. However, my husband mentioned to two friends of ours that we needed the pantry addresses and they sent us the addresses via FB. When our friend gave me the addresses, I expressed how I hated to have to go there. She asked what we needed and I told her meat! I'll never forget it, her and another lady from the church brought us food that day.

I never ended up going to the pantry. The next week I was invited to a coupon class by a friend of mine I had known for a long time. We went and I went crazy for couponing. It now only allowed us to buy stuff for free, but at a much lower cost and... I got to do something I had wanted to do ever since I moved to TN and that was, "Give back". I thought about the times when my house was burned in 2009 and the boy/girl scouts went door to door and collected food for us and how I wanted to give back so badly. So I joined a Pay it Forward group in the same town that Farmer's Market was in.

It wasn't long and after this, I was going through a hard time with our house back in SC. (if you don't know this story, we probably aren't close friends) . Instead of sitting here depressed, I decided to go on Youtube to find videos I could laugh at. There, I would find a girl coming out of a dumpster, with the store manager catching her. I laughed so hard I wet my pants!! So when we were in town the next time, I asked my husband to pull around to one of the corporate stores and let me have a look. However I had him go look. Long story short, that day I became a dumpster diver (no I don't get in).  That day, we pulled out a 400.00 jewelry box that stood up. I think they call those a jewelry armoire. I was hooked needless to say. It was brand new, the packing was still in and no broken glass mirrors on the outside. Needless to say, I was hooked from that day forward.

After this, I learned to sell on Ebay. Designed a line of shirts which are very popular today and we sell alot of them. Yea, G-d did supply my every need. Although I gave up my pottery for a time, I feel so blessed G-d allowed me to find these adventures and he took care of us. Because of this trial, and because he truly took care of us, I know I don't have to worry about how I will make it because he will continue to provide as he has.

I'm back in the pottery... I'm happy to be in there now. I just completed my first job. I'll be posting the results of that job. I appreciate you reading my update. Hope you will join me on my Youtube channel www.youtube.com/muditispottery or you can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/muditispottery .  


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What's going on in the Pottery?

Hello Friends/Potters-

I'm so happy you have stopped in. It's been a while since I have posted on my blog, but with all this integrating with Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google+, Etsy and Pinterest, I thought I would get in here and start trying to keep up with my blog. Besides.. there are some exciting things happening in my future, at least I'm in hopes of that excitement. I'll be talking about that much later.


~ETSY~  Are there really others who don't know what Etsy is? I'm amazed that there are plenty of people who do not know what Etsy is, forgetting the fact that I knew nothing about it myself. Well... Etsy is a place where you can open up a store, IF you have a hand made crafted item to sell. It also allows you to sell  Back in August I decided to start trying to seriously sell some pots on Etsy. I have a friend Nicki @Raviolee Dreams who convinced me that Etsy would be a great place to sell my pots and she sure talked me into it. I had opened the account though back in Sept 2011 but only listed one item. I had no idea how it worked. So as I got going, I realized if I was going to sell on Etsy, I was going to have to spend time on Etsy. Well.. you have to favorite other's products, Add people to your circle, Add shops to your favorite shops, and.. Favorite some Treasuries. What I have found that works the most is creating a treasury yourself. You get so much more exposure. I was trying to figure out why it worked that way and the reason is, people click on the favorite button to favorite those treasuries, and then from there, everyone who sees them does the same thing.. It's hard NOT to click and go look to see who was featured in one. It's so exciting to be featured too I might add. I've been featured quite a few times. I think things are going to be slow for now with Christmas gone and the Tax Laws up in the air for now. It's like people are bracing for it. I'll continue to list my products though and work it like I have been. I'm going to be optimistic and believe there is at least ONE who wants a yarn bowl that might have not gotten one for a Christmas present? Ok, so now you can find me on Etsy. Here is the Link to my store until I can figure out how to get a store of my own, or a blog using a store button.  

My Store

~FACEBOOK~ Ok, I've been on Facebook for quite a while now. I can't say enough about how much Facebook has helped me get my business of the ground. I have met the most wonderful friends as well as potter's who I share the same interest with. I belong to a few clay pages on there and love being a part of a potter's community. Everyone is so helpful. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I'd find so many nice people in one place. I am so thankful that many of those friends I met on Facebook became my customers. If they weren't my customers, they passed along my name to their own friends and helped me get some sales. My wonderful friend Lisa who wanted a yarn bowl from me showed my yarn bowls to her friends and I've made quite a few sales from that. I appreciate her so much, although the few bowls I have made so far are NOT her color! I have been looking for a purple color and I've finally found one. I'll talk about that later too. So Facebook has been very good to me. I need to clarify here that I set up a Facebook page called Muditis Potteryandgifts and set it up so it was like a friends page. I wanted to control WHO could be on there. So if you are a friend on there, you know what I am saying. I just recently started another page. The name of that page is Muditis Pottery. I have it set up like a business page so people can just like the page. I will have most of my content dealing with upcoming shows/markets I will be at and my plans are to put my photos on there from now on, IF it's as easy to manage as the other page. Trying to move everything will be quite a job, so I am not sure I'll move it all.. I just might start from here and go on. I'll definitely be moving my "For Sale" folder over though. Ok, so my new Facebook page so you can run over and like my page is Muditis Pottery
I would appreciate having you on there so much and please click the Share Link under the Tool Icon over there so your friends will Like my page too. Thanks so much!


~PINTEREST~ Ok, for about 2 years I ran from this application. I kept hearing how addicting this application is. Well... after a while, I kept hearing, "Oh Sonja, you need to join Pinterest so people can Pin your pots and share them". I thought, "yea.. that's a great marketing plan"... So.. I fell, hook, line, and sinker! lol.  Actually, it's a great little application. When you are selling on Etsy, once you post a new product on there, they give you an option to post to Facebook, Pin It (on Pinterest of course) and Twitter! (We'll talk about that one next) So I am able to pin my pots straight to Pinterest for others to pin and share, and it provides a link back to my Etsy shop to purchase that item. How cool is that, huh? Another thing I really like about it... Like tonight, my son wanted to know what we wanted for dinner? I told him I had seen a recipe on Pinterest I thought would be good. It was a Chicken Parmesan Recipe I had re-pinned from another friends pin. I got that recipe for him and that is what we had for dinner tonight. It tasted truly like authentic Italian! He is a great cook too by the way. So.. if you want to find me on Pinterest and view my boards (and by the way, you can create as many as you'd like with whatever subject you choose... pin away everything on the net you want to save)you can find me here Muditis Pottery on Pinterest

~Twitter~ Last but not least... I had no use for this application.. at least I didn't think so. UNTIL... I met a sweet friend on Etsy who told me if I was going to really market my products, I needed to get Twitter and TWEET everyday, at least once a day. When I first signed up, I laughed because there was no-one I could think of that I wanted to know about! I told my friend.. "Who other than you, can I follow"? I don't get into too many movie stars and don't really watch TV much, as I'm always looking at clay videos and trying to learn how to make more money. She said, just pick a few people and then warned me about who I followed for fear that I may pick someone who pins porn links.. So.. I've been on the lookout on there to make sure I don't. I just pray I don't accidently follow someone who follows that stuff! And with all this social networking going on, you wonder how long it will be before someone hacks into your account and then posts something you don't believe in and totally embarrasses you and you are then left to hope and pray everyone knows you better. Well.. lets hope that doesn't happen!!!  So far, I've been trying to TWEET my products once I list them on Etsy. I don't have many followers yet but in case you are on Twitter, you can follow me and I'll follow you :) You can find me here. Muditis Pottery on Twitter

Well... How's that for a blog post? I am sorry it's so long. I think I'll save some of this for another day.. I don't want to bore anyone.. Oh yea.. at least my 2 followers :) Thanks you two!!! Love yall! I hope I get more soon.. I'll work on that too. There is so much time involved in Social Networking!!! Love it though! I'm looking forward to growing my business... One post, at a time!
 

Thanks for reading,
Sonja @ Muditis Pottery





Monday, May 14, 2012

What I've been up to

It's been a while since I have updated my blog. Just not enough time in a day it seems anymore. I'm trying to get myself on a routine, so I have a set schedule as to when I throw, trim, bisque fire and then glaze fire. Then that doesn't account for the time it takes to video, or take pics of my work. I'm not really complaining though, I LOVE what I do.

I moved my Pottery Wheel to our sign shop so now I can throw there. Not only that, but I also went ahead and got myself a business license. I guess if you are going to be serious about it, you just as well get serious! I can now display my work in my sign shop and sell from there. I have plans to create a sign for myself but haven't done it yet. I also plan to change my makers mark, or Chop Mark as it's called. I made a simple one to get by with in the beginning but it never was something I was totally satisfied with. So that will be in the works, along with business cards and also some flyers of some of my work, Once I get some good pieces out the kiln.

For the past few months, I've been concentrating on forms. I am still trying to get a better bowl form. Here is a pic of one I just threw and then did some chattering on.

                                                                                   
Here is the inside of the bowl











                                                                              


Here is the bottom where I did some chattering. I love the way the chattering looks on the bowls. It was mentioned by my friend Don Goodrich that Celedons look pretty good on textures, so I'll be using something like that, or a stoneware wash. I have some plans for this bowl :)








Here is the bowl standing up. I like the way it looks standing up too :) This is a 3 pound bowl and it was the first 3 lb lump of clay I have thrown :)









Then I decided I'd throw my first Trinket Keeper. The bottom was thrown using 1lb of clay. I made the lid 4 times before it was a suitable lid. YES alot of work goes in to throwing forms. But there is nothing like looking at the finished product and being at least pleased with it, knowing how hard you worked on it.



And... here is the inside... looking down at the gallery.








Here is the bottom of it where I did some chattering. I can't wait to glaze this one. And... this one is MINE! lol









I've been working on my Mug Forms as well. I don't have any pictures of them but I do have a video you can look at if you want to see them. It's a bisque firing.








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Monday, December 12, 2011

Coyote & Potter's Choice Glaze Firing

Here is a video I did on Dec 12, 2011. I was just starting to use the Coyote and Potter's Choice Glazes. I have a few good pieces which came out of this bunch. I especially like the Red and Shino bowls. They were purchased from a quilting friend of mine out in Australia. I was happy to know they were going to a good home. I really think someday I'll make myself a stacking set of these bowls. Loving the colors. Then there is the Shino bowl which is a Cedar color bowl and it has some blue in it. I really thought this one turned out pretty.

Well have a look and see which pieces you like as well.







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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Empty Bowls Project Completed

I am finally finished with my Empty Bowls project. I also just did that last glaze firing in my own kiln for the first time. I must say that I am very pleased with the way my bowls came out. So much room for improving, but at least I am still learning.


I did the photographing of each of these bowls and did a presentation video to show them to everyone. I like it this way because it gives me something to look back on if I ever wondered which bowls I gave. I finished photographing them, delivering them and making the video yesterday. I spent alot of time this morning looking for some music to go with the video. My son says the music is depressing. I think it is relaxing music. I wanted something soft and smooth. Well, I thought this one fit the bill, so I bought it off of Itunes and then used it on the video. Hope you will like it.


I thought I'd write about something else here for a moment. Yesterday while my son Austin and I were photographing the bowls, I told him, "I know you won't understand why I make a big deal out of these bowls, and the pottery, and not just that, but just learning how to do this in general". I proceeded to tell him that I've wanted to do this since I was a little girl. I told him that my parents had hobbies but those were their hobbies and we were not taught to do them. I said, when I was 15 years old, a lady I baby sat for taught me how to cross stitch. At the age of 15 years old and learning that skill, excited me so much and caused me to believe that I could do anything if I wanted to. From then on I learned how to crochet, knit, and some folks don't know this but I've played the guitar since I was 15 years old too. I got my dad to teach me a few chords and I remember I learned those chords so quickly, I'd tell him, "Come on, I'm ready to learn another one". He never seemed to be quick enough to teach me the next one so I got some books and I learned some new ones and then I learned how to put those together and play songs. You see, that was one talent that I was born with. I did not have to force myself to learn... beg anyone to learn, take lessons really... I could hear a song a few times and I was playing it. It just came natural. I was never pushed to learn a skill... never really offered a chance to learn many things, so as I became older I got involved in so much. I LOVE to metal detect. When I was growing up, I would look for arrowheads, flint, pottery... I was about as addicted to that as anything else I have tried. About approximately 8-10 years ago, I got myself a metal detector and now my husband and I go to Myrtle Beach each year and hunt. Most of the time, at night when folks are off the beach. And so while telling my son some of these things, I started to really think about my passions for different things and I told my son this. "See son, I am already 48 years old. I am getting older every day and although not OLD... I find myself trying to catch up every day. I'm trying to learn as fast as I can about ALL those things I've wanted to learn all my life". He just sorta looked at me like... "You're not old". I said to him, "Every chance I get, I want to teach you about what I am doing. If you choose not to do any of it, it's fine with me. But at least when you get older, you won't say, "Mom did this and that, and dad did this and that... but they never showed me how to do any of it". I told him I wanted him to have hobbies too and that it was very important to have them.

Back to Empty Bowls now...
I enjoyed doing this project. The real reason is, back in 2009 someone tried to burn my home down. It took us a year to get it re-built. (long story)  We lived in our burned home for a while too. (another long story). We were sent an hour away to a warehouse to see about getting food. When we got there we were told there were 2 places in our home town to get food. We came back home and never really found out where those 2 places were that had food pantries. I can tell you that through a really wonderful home school mom, kids from the girl scouts and boy scouts went door to door and collected food for us. I will never forget meeting this wonderful lady an hour away to pick up all the food. I was so thankful for what they did. What generosity was shown that day through a bunch of kids. I vowed that one day I would try to help others so that there would be no-one searching for food and not be able to find it. We never went hungry, and I had family I could have run to if we were starving and they would have fed us, I'm sure. But there were supposed to be places you could go to for help when things like this happened. At least that is what I thought. I remember going into United Way with my husband and them telling us they had nothing at all to give us except a 10.00 card we could use at Walmart. Well anyway, when this project came up, I knew I wanted to help. Although I started off doing pinch pots in a class and the bowls were going to be donated to empty bowls, I never dreamed 7 mos later I'd be turning bowls on the potter's wheel in order to donate bowls for this cause. Life is funny sometimes... You just never know what's up ahead. 

Well, I am going to close. If you have never been involved in Empty Bowls in your area, and you'd love to be a blessing to your community. Ask around and see if you have such a program in your area. We all might not be able to do much, but when we put together just a tiny bit from each of us, it's amazing what we all can do by giving just a little. I was inspired to help and I hope somehow or someday, you'll be inspired to do the same.


Blessing to each of you who read my story :)


Sonja

Monday, October 3, 2011

My First Bisque Fire Kiln Opening

Well, I finally was about to open the kiln to see my results. I was disappointed right off because once I got the lid up, I seen the cone on top had not bent much at all. As for how everything turned out.. Well, everything looked great! Nothing cracked, not even my bowls I had added extra clay to in the bottoms due to trimming too closely. I thought I would post that video here on the blog.