One of my last customs

I was pretty happy with how this guy turned out, so I thought I’d share him with you.



That’s all!  Enjoy your spring!

A shift in focus for RSE

Dear Customers and Friends-

It’s time for Rising Sun Earthworks to change direction.

I sold my first piece of pottery when I lived in New Mexico 18 years ago.  It was a blue mug I sold to a neighbor who happened to be walking by my garage as I was unloading my kiln one day.  For many years I have been active creating both in-stock and custom pieces for my loyal customers.  At this time, though, I am feeling the need to indulge my creative and artistic side and set the production aside indefinitely.  Therefore, as of March 1, 2016, custom orders of any kind will no longer be an option.

I will continue to take orders from ACBA clubs through the end of the year, but will no longer take individual orders.  ACBA is the American Cavy Breeders Association who gave me my start and really supported me from the very beginning, and I owe a lot to them!

In the future I will continue to do local shows, but for the most part I am going to indulge my artistic side and just create things that I feel like making, when I feel like making them.  These will probably end up in my Etsy shop, which I will try to keep better stocked with unique pieces as well as some of my standard items.  Without deadlines and the pressure I put on myself when filling orders, I hope my creativity will reawaken.

Thank you to all my loyal friends and customers who have supported me through the years!  I hope this change will allow me to have more items- and also more unique items- on offer in my Etsy shop in the coming months.

Some pieces from 2003-2004

sculpture 2

Happy New Year!

RSE wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope 2015 was good to you as well!

There won’t be much news on the blog for a while. About 3 weeks ago our water heater burst and flooded the basement. The studio is a shambles so RSE will be out of commission for quite awhile. I will post an announcement here and on my facebook page when we are up and running again!

Thanks for all the love and support from all the friends and family of RSE!



Upcoming show Saturday, 12/05/15

Hi! I hope you can join me at the 2015 Holiday Craft & Little Picture Show in Jamestown, RI. It will be held from 9 to 4 at the Lawn Avenue School, 55 Lawn Ave, Jamestown, Rhode Island.


Happy Halloween!

Do you have your costumes planned out?  I have mine- it’s called “relaxing at home with my sweatpants on.”   I must be getting old- I just don’t go all out any more like I have so many Halloweens before.  No more homemade costumes for the kids.  No more elaborate Jack O Lantern wroks of art.  About 5 years ago I suddenly decided to turn the whole bottom floor and garage into a haunted house for any trick or treaters that were brave enough to enter!  I don’t even want to think about all the work that went into setting up and tearing down that mess.

Here are the first Halloween costumes I ever made as a mom… 19 years ago!















This year, I have been busy making these pumpkin mugs and that’s about it for Halloween prep.




Here it is the night before the big day, and we haven’t even carved pumpkins yet!  Those are on the agenda for tomorrow, along with apple picking (since Katie’s boyfriend missed our last apple picking session a couple of weeks ago) and candy-giving-away-ing (and eating).  If I get really ambitious we might crank out a batch of caramel apples.

I’m looking forward to an evening of spoopy movies and seeing all the neighborhood kids’ great costumes!  I hope your Halloween is equally as enjoyable.  :)

[According to Katie, the word "spoopy" is the new, hip, cuter version of "spooky."]





Well, August snuck right on past without a post!  I spent most of it in the studio, but in the past couple of weeks life has gotten a little more interesting.  Just a little.

The gardens have exploded- either with weeds or with things like this enormous sunflower- I think this thing is 10-11 feet high!



And time for all the pumpkin things like these baked pumpkin doughnuts which were pretty tasty, especially on a floating blue RSE plate (heh heh).

(recipe here:  Baked Pumpkin Donuts)




Zombie walks are becoming a thing.



And it’s back to school time!  Here is my daughter getting ready for an anatomy class in pre-veterinary medicine:



In the studio world, I am getting ready for the 41st Annual Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair!  My most favorite show of the year.  I hope to see some local friends and customers there!

Guinea Pigs and Custom Orders

Hi everyone- how is your summer going? Things are going well in RSE-land.  I am wrapping up the squishy cup preorder which went very well.

I do need to talk about customs which I had mentioned a while back- that I was hoping to do a big batch of customs for the holidays but wasn’t sure at the time if  I could squeeze them in.  Well, it looks like I may not be able to do a full-fledged giant batch of orders like I have done in the past.  I have had a few big animal club awards orders come in and that won’t leave me much time for customs.


One of my favorite awards I have done.


ACBA, or the American Cavy Breeders Association, gave me a big push over 10 years ago when they started ordering awards for their guinea pig shows.  At the time I also bred and showed cavies so the club members and friends wanted to support my business.  As time went on, they continued to support me, even after I had to finally make a decision between my cavy hobby and my pottery, due to demands on my time (obviously pottery won).  I am very appreciative of this, and have always made their awards orders a priority in my studio. Specialty awards

My first batch of awards orders… kind of embarrassing to see these now!


This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate all my other customers as well!  What I am going to try to do, that a lot of other work-at-home moms and artisans do, is start offering “custom slots” in my etsy shop.  For a small deposit, you secure a spot to order something (or a number of things) from my catalog and we work out details and colors and timeline after that slot is purchased. I hope to start offering these after I am completely finished with the squishies and they have all gone off to their new homes; there are a couple of straggling orders I hope to get out in about two weeks.  I will make a post on my Facebook page every time I put up one of these customs slots.

Have a happy rest of your summer!


Update:  Preorder is full!  Thank you everyone!



I will be taking orders for squishy cups starting June 1!

Here is the facebook link:  Squishy cups

For those of you not on facebook, here are the details:

STARTING MONDAY, June 1, I will need everyone to email me their order at, and include this information:

Name on the Paypal account
Name on Facebook
Paypal email
Correspondence email (if different from Paypal email)
Zip code (or country)
Number of squishy cups ordered, including sizes and glazes.

Glaze choices are here:

Child squishy cups hold approximately 8 ounces and are $9 each.

Adult squishy cups hold approximately 14 ounces and are $14 each.

There will be no minimum and no maximum per person. We have an upper limit of 150 items, and this preorder will close in two weeks on June 14. Then invoices will be sent with a due date of June 21, at which point work will begin. You will be invoiced separately for shipping once the items are completed – approximately 4-6 weeks from the original payment due date.

IMPORTANT! Shipping: If you do not live in the US, you might want to get a shipping estimate before placing your order, as international shipping for larger packages has gone up quite a bit recently. I can ship up to 4 pounds by International First Class which is not (quite) as pricey: 5 child sized packed, or 3 (possibly 4) adult size packed should weigh in at under 4 pounds.

I’ll be happy to provide shipping estimates no matter where you live! If you live in the US and order 1 squishy, you may be paying the same amount for shipping, so it makes sense to stock up ;)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by using the email address above. Thank you!


This year’s event at Coggeshall Farms promises to be a fun one!  They have added music, dancing, games, a cookoff and at least 3 food trucks to their activities! Tickets are available at a reduced price online- for more information click here:

RI Wool & Fiber

I will have lots of yarn bowls including my NEW leggy lamb yarn bowls and chicken bowls and I’m going to try to whip up some spindle bowls in the next week or so. Hope to see you there!



Hey locals!

I will be participating in the Culmination Marketplace of the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl on Sunday, April 19.  It will be a gathering of wonderful artisans from around the area who dye and spin yarn and make other fiber-related items.  The Marketplace will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI.

But BEFORE the Marketplace, every yarn shop in RI will be participating with great deals, raffle baskets and other exciting things!

To learn more about the yarn crawl, click this link:   Great Rhody Yarn Crawl

I will have my NEW lamb-shaped yarn bowls, some chicken bowls and salt and pepper shakers, and of course a great selection of yet more yarn bowls, buttons and knitting- and fiber- related mugs. Thanks, and hope to see you there!