Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10 Things that make me happy. 11 things..

Thanks to my friend Catherine 'Fraisedesbois' at I have decided to follow her lead and 's suggestion to write down 10 things that make me happy on my blog, because why not!? I have so many more than 10 but I'll start with that..

1. It wouldn't be quite right if I didn't start off my list with Pottery because afterall, that is what My Heart Makes. Pottery makes me so happy that I want to do it forever and forever.:) It is the harmony that has brought everything together in my life and excites me every day. I dream about it, think about glazing when I should be concentrating on my breath at meditation class, and wonder how I could define my style while I'm on the the bike at the gym. Addicted you think? So worth it.

2. Flowers make me very happy. Seeing pictures of flowers (such as the ones on Catherine's blog:) are neat, drawing flowers is also really fun, and just admiring them in the spring is bliss. The flowers that my beloved brings home for me much more than he probably needs to is true bliss. I just love um.

3. Good music is decadent. Also the moments when I discover a new song or artist and a little spark goes off in my brain of amazement is just wonderful. Like the time Reed took me to see the Stars in concert for the first time and I thought I was in love.

4. Daydreams make me happy. When I get lost in a lovely thought and just go with it and let my mind just give in to the fantasy world of what could be, that's the best. It's like for 5 minutes I'm somewhere else and it feel real.

5. Cute cuddly adorable animals. I never outgrew it. Those posters I used to line my walls with when I was little of little bunnies, fuzzy kittens in hats, and shaggy puppies hugging, they still make me very happy. If you want to instantly light me up, show me a cute animal. My little fur ball Bella makes me happy, especially when sits on my lap or reluctantly lets me hold her. She's becoming more sociable every day and it's quite amazing.

6. Picnics and lying on a big blanket in the sun. I guess this automatically expresses my love for spring too..

7. Speaking of seasons, I adore Autumn. The colors that come with the changing of seasons is just incredible. I wish i could just bottle up my love for autumn, occasionally unscrew the cap and just breath it in.

8. Reading a good book makes me very happy, but then sad when it has to end. I adored all Truman Capote books especially Music for Chameleons and Breakfast at Tiffany's, The History of Love by Nicole Kraus, and the Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami. It's so amazing when I can find a book that I just love and then ever better when I can suggest it someone else to read.

9. Having a day out with my mom. We have done a lot of things together that are favorites like going to art museums and to dance performances but one of my favorite rituals is also my number 10 favorite thing.

10. High Tea. I love good tea, and adore scones and clotted cream. Even though I don't eat much dairy, I make an exception when I go out for high tea on special occasions. Tea & Sympathy in the West village makes you feel lux like Maria Antoinette with pink cake and beautiful antique tea pots, if you go to Harrod's in London, or the four seasons you get the royal treatment. I don't care where it is, Real High Tea is like a dream on earth.


11. This list wouldn't be complete without my favorite person in the world. Reed makes my life amazingly happy. I love traveling with him, wandering the streets, hiking, and simply relaxing.  We go on all these adventures together and they are always memorable with Reed. He is the icing on my cake of life. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Studio Assisting!

I was handed the most amazing news in my pottery-making life last week. Lisa of the painted pot asked me to become a studio assistant! This is going to change my life and teach me all the things I need to know to work in a studio- Amazing! I have my own shelf now for storage, full use of the studio and perks! Lots of perks! I am going to learn how to mix glazes, use the kiln and all the good stuff. It's really fantastic and I fully intend to take full advantage of this position. Here's a photo from some recently finished mugs from the same style I designed in the last round. Hope these come up just as well!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cargo Collective

Thanks to my talented boyfriend I have professional looking photos and a temporary website to showcase my portfolio/ resume and grad- school statement of purpose! This is a fantastic site. It has helped me to look at my work in a different way and to feel proud of the work I've done.
Click here to view my Portfolio
After I get a bit more work done, I'm thinking I will get a permanent site for my work and perhaps try to get some commissions. In fact, I am proud to say that I have my first commissions right now. My very good friend Paul has asked that I make a set of plates for his mother so I am working on a set of six dinner sized plates in Floating Blue. They're due to be ready in approximately a month and a half- I wish I could produce faster results but with all the limitations in the studio this is what it has to be. Either way, it's a great opportunity. I was also commissioned to a do a mug for Reed's mom and I'm thrilled...hoping the commissions keep coming. It's very exciting!!