Featured | The {well} Studio

October 29, 2014 § 4 Comments

You guys.

I’m so honored (and, yes) very excited to share today that I’m featured over at The {well} Studio!  WELL stands for: Women Entrepreneurs Loving the Lord.  Yes.  Amen.

I’ve loved reading some of the other Featured {well} Girl interviews.  When we get real with others and share what’s really going on behind the scenes, behind our smiles and websites and blogs, our beginnings, our excitements, what we’ve lost, where we’ve let go, what we’ve learned from our Almighty Father, how He’s grown and strengthened us, we help and love others, and we open up our hearts to be helped.  God has so often used those times of raw, real life honesty, whether sharing face-to-face or via a blog or website, to reveal something to me about myself.  He’s shown me my strengths, and my utter weakness in all of my broken humanness.  Weaknesses where I can ask Him to come, to teach me, and grow me to become more like Him.

The gift of community is that Jesus lets us know that we are not alone.  Someone else has been there.  Felt that.  Worried about that.  Felt happy and excited about that.  We are human, all made in His image.  And to be a connected, honest, real, loving body of believers following Him, and leaning on Him and on one another through the journey, well, that is a most beautiful thing.

I’m happy to be a part of that today.  Sharing my (pretty short) journey so far into this small business world as a follower of The Most High, amongst other women who love Him and pursue Him with their hearts, souls, minds, and hands.

Arrow + Sage | The {well} Studio

You can read my interview here!

 

In Him,

Anna

Studio | Works in progress

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cold. Rain.

Autumn is making a dreary entrance this year, but it’s cozy indoors.

The garden is starting to wind down, and around this time every year I get the urge to purge and yank out annuals. Put the garden to bed for the winter. But in reality, it’s too early for that and all the zinnias are still so lovely.

My small studio space has been a comfortable, warm place to create with the rain and cold outside.

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In other news. I’m getting a kiln this Saturday! I’ve had the incredible opportunity to use my mom’s kilns for the past several months, and now I’ll have one here. She’s practically giving me her first kiln and I could not be happier or more grateful. My mom has been such a vital part of this whole pottery thing for me. From teaching me how to hand build, and sharing her studio space and kilns with me, to encouraging me, learning new things alongside me, and enabling me to make a space to create in my own home. So here I am, with a fully operational home studio, and my own kiln on the way.

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The past several months have been such a journey. Working with clay has pushed my controlling nature around, with some force. I’ve grown so much. There’s so much loss and letting go in this art form. Things that go wrong, pieces that crack, glazes that don’t fit.

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Try something new and sometimes you get magic, sometimes you get epic fail.

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I’m thankful that the Lord has used this season to teach me things, to stretch me, mold me, much like clay in His hands.

OK, time for another cup of joe. This rain!

Anna

Garden | Summer fades.

August 31, 2014 § 2 Comments

Fading to fall.

Summer gardens, harvest.

A collection of inspiring things that have caught my eye and iPhone lens, lately.

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Zinnias. Freshly picked.

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Late summer harvest.

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Arranging.

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Mexican sunflower city. Zinnias too.

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Obedient plant.

Enjoy your weekend!

Anna

Fresh from the Studio | Hammered Sapphire

June 27, 2014 § 2 Comments

So I’m into blue.

It just kind of happened and now I can’t stop. Teal, slate, indigo, cobalt, sapphire.

I started working on some new textured pieces and got kind of carried away with myself (and one particularly wonderful tool) because, well, clay is fun to carve.

I tested a glossy sapphire blue that breaks really nicely over texture and loved it over a white clay body. The carved clay has a hammered look after being glazed.

Hammered Sapphire Bud Vase by Arrow and Sage on Etsy

I’ve listed a small batch of these, stocked and ready to ship, in the online shop.

Sapphire Bud Vase | Arrow and Sage

Perfect for a few fresh blooms from the garden to make the weekend even brighter.

Happy Friday!

Anna

Fresh from the Studio | Cobalt + Cream

June 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Summer’s here, and so are fresh new hues for some of my work.

Been working with some deep blue glazes lately, and I really, really love them.

Pair of Watercolor Mugs

Cobalt and cream. Deep blue and soft off-white. A classic combination that doesn’t disappoint. I mean, even some of the most delicious food is in this color combo family. Blueberries and half + half, anyone? Doesn’t get any better. It’s so summer.

The white portion on each mug is actually the color of the clay fired to maturity, glazed with a clear, satin finish.

Watercolor Mug by Arrow + Sage

The overlap on these two glazes ran and bled into each other nicely. It was somewhat unexpected and ran more than I thought it would. Makes me think of a watercolor painting.

Watercolor Mug | Arrow + Sage

I decided to keep this set, but I’m working on some more and I’ve created a small batch listing in my online shop.

Cheers!

Anna

Garden | Blooms + Bouquets

June 6, 2014 § 4 Comments

You guys. Summer’s coming!

I love the spring so much, but so many gorgeous things (at least in my garden) start blooming in the summer.

I’ve been watching my bee balm wake up for the past week; now both varieties are in bloom. Hydrangeas are going nuts, and the jasmine, echinacea, and a few varieties of salvia are showing off, too. (Insert: DYING to see my salvia guaranitica bloom. This will be the first year!)

I took the morning yesterday to do some work in the garden. Watering, sowing a few handfuls of zinnia seeds (Where, you ask? I don’t know. Somehow found a few bare spots) pruning back seed pods so I don’t have a ba-jillion irises next spring. That kind of stuff.

I usually bring fresh-cut flowers into our house toward the end of the week so they’re all lovely for the weekend. Last Friday I cut just jasmine and hydrangea from the garden and it made the most simple, gorgeous arrangement. I repeated today.

Hydrangea + Jasmine Cuttings

Plus it makes the house smell amazing!

Nothing like loads of fresh flowers from the garden to make a girl want to make some big vases to house them. So I did. They’re drying. The two things I love the most – gardening and making pottery – require so much patience and waiting. But it’s so worth it.

Happy Friday all! Go pick some blooms and have a great weekend!

Anna

Fresh from the Studio | Dark + Textured

June 2, 2014 § 4 Comments

Woah, it’s June!

Time flies. In general, and when you’re having fun with clay.

I’ve been working with some dark clay bodies lately, and I’m loving the results. OK don’t get me wrong, I love the pure white look, accented by some indigo or slate gray, but the darker clays are so deep and rich.

I was on a hunt for dark, almost charcoal colored clay, when I found Standard 266 at Claymakers in Durham, NC. I was so skeptical at first. The clay body looked a little darker than a regular brown clay, but nothing like what I wanted. No test tiles available to see in the studio, either. But, when fired to cone 6, oh my gosh, dark chocolate!

I especially love this clay only partially glazed to show off the clay body itself. Using lighter glazes creates such a contrast. Big fan. And I added texture. Of course texture. Simple and lots of it.

Below are a few snapshots of some of the finished pieces I’ve created using 266.

Arrow + Sage | Texture

Arrow + Sage | 'Earth and Sky' Bud Vase

‘Earth and Sky’ Bud Vase

Arrow + Sage | Cylinder Succulent Pot

Textured Cylinder Succulent Pot in Mocha

More to come!

Anna

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