• Who out there has a challenging child?  I see you!  We have a crazy, smart, strong willed 3 year old and man some days are exhausting.  Today was one of those days.  But as my aunt said at least you have a partner!  So to those with strong willed kids doing alone or with a partner this giant mermaid  mug that may be filled with wine is for you! winemug
  • Went to lunch and the craft store to keep our minds off the cooling kiln!  Well mainly me!  The bridesmaids gifts are out and all I can say is wow!  This glaze combo which has been named wrecked, has become a favorite. It never disappoints and has a lot of subtle details . Although all the mugs are similar they are all different in there own amazing way!  alwaysabridesmaidneverabride
  • Went to lunch and the craft store to keep our minds off the cooling kiln!  Well mainly me!  The bridesmaids gifts are out and all I can say is wow!  This glaze combo which has been named wrecked, has become a favorite. It never disappoints and has a lot of subtle details . Although all the mugs are similar they are all different in there own amazing way!  alwaysabridesmaidneverabride
  • Sometimes living in Rochester can be a big bummer!  We are home to one of the largest and best medical centers in the world but with that we have a high number of really really sick people hanging out in and around Rochester.  Today at my full time gig I helped a guest find a place to get her head shaved.  She is going thru chemo and her hair started falling out and she just couldnt take it anymore.  Did you know that will shave it for free?  How great that they do that!  I know she will rock that bald head while kicking cancers butt! baldandbeautiful
  • Sometimes living in Rochester can be a big bummer!  We are home to one of the largest and best medical centers in the world but with that we have a high number of really really sick people hanging out in and around Rochester.  Today at my full time gig I helped a guest find a place to get her head shaved.  She is going thru chemo and her hair started falling out and she just couldnt take it anymore.  Did you know that will shave it for free?  How great that they do that!  I know she will rock that bald head while kicking cancers butt! baldandbeautiful
  • Hubba hubba!  I love this glaze!  I gotta full kiln to fire tomorrow and by Friday afternoon I will have 2 peacock  bowls and a bunch of leaf mugs...Im so excited for everyone to see them at my next show!  Speaking of my next show, I will be at the Rochester Garden and Flower club event July 20th at the Heinz Center. Any garden club members?  kilnfired
  • Glaze combo test mug.  So typically I dont use tiles, I use mugs or bowls.  Because it gives me a better idea of how it will look.  Also then if it turns out good then I have a mug to sell and if it turns out bad... oh well someone will probably like it  This one turned out pretty good.  I think I might try a different base next time. If your a potter are you a test tile person or do you just go for it?  howiamaco
  • The kiln is cool and the leaf mugs are out! This leaf is an elm  leaf from one of the many elm trees we have on our property.  These were a total experiment and I learned a lot from this batch... cant wait to make more. handmademug
  • The kiln is cool and the leaf mugs are out! This leaf is an elm  leaf from one of the many elm trees we have on our property.  These were a total experiment and I learned a lot from this batch... cant wait to make more. handmademug
  • In Rochester they are celebrating as you know us Minnesotans are super proud of any celebrity big or small that hails from our great state.  Prince was our native son!  We were super proud of him above all others!  He even trumps Judy Garland!  So for your Sunday enjoyment here is a have a great rest of your escaping weekend.  theartist
  • I am just going to leaf this right here! Man I love a good pun.  pottery
  • Well I was hoping I would wake up this morning and it would feel like spring... it did not.  This time of year in rough especially after living in the south for 11 years.  We actually got a happy light this year as the winter really affects my mental health and I feel like it did help ease a little of the winter blues.  But I am to the point where my body needs the real sun and a real warm breeze. duncanglazes
  • What a lovely day!  Maybe we will go and eat on a patio somewhere.  What is your favorite alfresco restaurant?
  • Blue skies!  Getting some much needed color to my hair and planning my glazing session for tonight.  My kids are out hunting snakes  with daddy!  None better make it back to my house!
  • Just did the last turn up to  on my kiln setter.  Tomorrow we will have some new mugs to fawn over!  I love kiln opening day... it is like Christmas for me.  I have a hard time sleeping the night before knowing that the next day I will have a bunch of new pretties... or a bunch of duds!  My last kiln load was 5050 they were all pretty but I had some runners!  This week I need to work on throwing some bowls some will be berry bowls and others will just be bowl, bowls!
  • Im so glad the sun finally showed its beautiful face!  Following up on my post earlier this week here is another one with fun feet.  What do you think of these dainty stars?  handmade
  • Fresh from the kiln hand built mug.  I dont do a lot of hand built mugs but was inspired after NCECA and see so many amazing hand built mugs. I am in love with how the glaze turned out on this one.  Check out my stories for a video of this bad boy :) pottery
  • Typically I am not a painted glaze type person.  I have several dipping glaze recipes that have been past down to me and I love the movement and variations I get from them.  Also I love the easy application.  In the past 6 months I have been introduced to PC glazes I was gifted them so I thought hey Ill give those a try.  I never thought I would get the same movement and variations as my dipping glaze... boy was I wrong.  This is a combo of and glazes.  It has come to be a favorite combo of mine!  I am looking forward to the endless possibilities.  Eventually I will get my sh!t together and do a variety of test tiles and incorporate my studio glazes too.  handmade
  • Getting ready for the spring market.  If your in town make sure you come out and see us on Saturday.  handmade
  • Need to be pricing stuff for Saturday but I am just chilling on my deck enjoying the weather.  I hear it is going to be beautiful on Saturday.  Come down and see me and all the other artisans spring market from 10-6 buylocal
  • Lets talk handles.  Back when I was a noob to pottery I made the most ridiculous and non functional handles, my mentor would try and show me the right way but I was set in my ways... what can I say Im stubborn to a fault sometimes  well now Im super conscious about the handle.  I make all kinds of handles for all kinds of drinkers.  Personally this is one of my favorite handles I call it the ear... because it kinda looks like an ear  what type of handle do you prefer on you mug?  pottery
  • Playing around with textures.  Some of my favorite texture rollers are from I have a bunch of mugs ready for the kiln with this texture on their handles.  I can wait to glaze them! mkmpotterytools
  • Well in true Minnesota fashion it is cold again!  Just glad Im not further north they got record breaking snow  apparently cold weather is good for you though, something about lowering inflammation  who knows!  I still love Minnesota and I am a proud Minnesotan but Im calling uncle!  minnesotaproud
  • I love seeing pictures of mugs in their new happy home!  You can get one for your home this weekend at where I will be!  Im super excited that asked me to be in their booth.  I will also have the elusive garlic grater plates with me!  If you own a pottery by Jessica original be sure to post a photo of your happy mug!  See all my Rochester locals this weekend. rochester_mn
  • Instagram vs. reality swipe and see!  Yes that is my daughter giving a Halloween  decorative skeleton a piggy back ride! Yes that is a sled  under the slide, yes my backyard is a disaster!  Gotta love having having crazy kids  just remember what people show you on social media is not always the whole truth or even close to it.  instagramvsreality
  • Instagram vs. reality swipe and see!  Yes that is my daughter giving a Halloween  decorative skeleton a piggy back ride! Yes that is a sled  under the slide, yes my backyard is a disaster!  Gotta love having having crazy kids  just remember what people show you on social media is not always the whole truth or even close to it.  instagramvsreality
  • Everyone wants this white bowl!  To be honest I want it too!!! I see more white bowls in my future.  functionalart
  • Kiln is cool and ready to unload!  Maybe I will post some previews in my stories...lots of this combo in the kiln for the who is getting excited for June 1st!  rochester_mn
  • The waiting is the hardest part!  A kiln is firing right now and wont be cool enough till tomorrow afternoon for me to see the results.  I have some test cups in there and cant wait to see the results  I love kiln opening day!  Its full of so much anticipation!! tohottohandle
  • The excitement never ends at our house.  I had just gotten home and turned the kiln up to 100% shortly there after the lights start a flickering.  Next thing you know I feel like I am back at FT Bragg explosions abound!  Something happened at the substation and we are without power!  No problem right. Wrong... the back up power for the beaver system in our house is not working... and that is a huge problem because that thing has been running non stops for days due to the crazy rain  well my dads friend to the rescue!  We are borrowing his generator to pump water out!  Thank goodness for friends! Now for your enjoyment and stunning drippy mug. mugshot
  • Yay for it finally being day!! Come down and see me and the other amazing artisans from 9:30-4pm in the Slaterly park neighborhood. It should be a great time! blockparty
  • MN mug shot Monday!  What a lovely day the weather was wonderful.  Tomorrow my kiln master will be minding the kiln  Im super duper excited because Im trying some new stuff! I got some new glazes at and was so super helpful!  I love that we have some of the best clay and glaze suppliers right here in Minnesota.  We are so blessed!  mnmugshotmonday
  • Wine cups will be at Shakespeare in the park on June 15th.  Did you know that they say Shakespeare invented the name Jessica?  Interesting finding out the history of a name! Do you know the history behind yours? winecups