There’s an old fridge in the basement studio at Bungalow Pottery Studio. It’s from the first owners. I updated the fridge in the kitchen upstairs, and put it downstairs. Other than the “different strokes” magnet on the fridge there was nothing that noticed.
Last night I was finishing glazing, feeling so behind in my orders––I just got a new kiln, which was TWICE the size of my old one. Picking up messes, towels in the basket, wiping down, and thinking, “I need to get these orders out, I wish this would hurry up.”
Then I looked up.
Id never seen this magnet on there. I didn’t any of those word poem magnets that I was aware of.
I was so focused on doing, productivity and progress had stolen my joy. Anxiety over appeasing customers, whom I’d explained the delay to, and they all were graciously understanding.
I hadn’t really listened to them–they told me they understood–and I had dismissed their kindness. I had loathed this load in the kiln and made additional pieces I approved of, but they didn’t have the love, excitement, and joy my other pieces have.
Be. Don’t do. I’m not a human doing, neither are you. Be a human being. BE A BEING.
Today, while the kiln cools down, I’m working on the website, and thinking to myself, I want to spread my joy, be present with people in their homes, tables, and create gathering.
I can’t do that if I’m letting my joy be stolen. Neither can you.
I got two lovely pieces from Bungalow Potter and really love ’em! BP has some really beautiful items–and I really enjoy the website. My mug and bowl in my casa have added some much needed color. LOVE IT!
I Picked up this beautiful little pitcher from Stæven Lewis Frey of Bungalow Potter last week. Oh my word. It has brightened my whole house. Pictures don’t do it justice. So impressed with the weight and quality. It’s beauty blesses me daily. In fact, I wanted one of everything….every piece I saw in Staeven’s studio was purely lovely. Handmade may cost more, but you get what you pay for.
I used to not like pottery. It was pretentious, and not practical. I feel like I’ve discovered pottery all over again–that’s practical, humble, and I can use it every day and not feel like I have to manage a hedge fund to have it either.
I own some pottery from Bungalow Potter! I came upon this business online, now I cant stop purchasing things! It makes such a great unique gift that lasts a lifetime and there are SO many choices too. It is all handmade from beginning to end. The customer service is very personal, straight from the artist himself. He is quick to respond to questions and very friendly.
Being friends with Stæven already, I always was asking for lessons–but couldn’t believe it when I actually had one. It was unbelievable. I had no clue what I was doing, but made pieces out of clay–I’d never thought I could. It was more like therapy–or playing–than work!
I came to make a mug for a birthday, and ended up making three pieces! Stæven made it easy to understand each stage, making everything fun and never overwhelming–walking me through every stage, and letting me express my ideas–helping me get there. AND I love my pieces!