The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl is here!

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I hope everyone has a great time crawling all the wonderful yarn shops in RI, and I will meet you at the Culmination Marketplace on Sunday at Mount Hope Farm (12-4:30).  I will have yarn bowls, fiber-themed mugs, BUTTONS (new!) and a few other items.

For more information, click here:  The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl

I will have all my products at my next show, the RI Wool and Fiber Festival, in May (see Schedule tab for more information).

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Beneath the Rowan Tree

It’s a beautiful, colorful, happy place.  A friend of mine, Lori Campbell, has a wonderful online business that has been concentrating on creative Waldorf-style toys and playthings meant to stimulate a child’s imagination.

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She is now taking a new turn in her endeavors and fitting out a small studio to start a new venture of dyeing yarns and fibers.  I love her colors!

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**She just let me know that the yarn rewards have DOUBLED!!**
She has started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to get this studio completed, and I thought I would help spread the word.  The Kickstarter link is here:

Rooted:: A Dyer’s Journey from Silk to Wool

If you have the time, check out her story and take a look at all the rewards for donations!

Thanks!  <3  -June

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Hi everyone!  Here is the information on the RSE preorder happening now!

The link to the event on my facebook page is RSE preorder or I have pasted the information here that my assistant has posted:

  • I will need everyone to email me their order at [use my "contact" tab above],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 items ordered, including types and glazes.

    The options are mugs (straight or curvy – in 12oz, 16 oz, or 20oz), cereal bowls, and both sizes of squishy cups. If you are ordering mugs, please indicate if you would like a graphic or words, and which ones. The options for graphics and text are here: http://risingsunearthworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/RSEgraphics.pdf and you may choose one graphic (alone or with up to three words), text only (with a limit of ten words), or plain.

    * i.e. 3 curvy mugs (20oz), red with tree graphic #37, purple with bunny graphic #2, and yellow with “I knit so I don’t kill people” in Bradley Hand font.

    We have an upper limit of 150 items, and this buy will close in one week on February 8th. At that time invoices will be sent with a due date of February 11th, at which point work will begin. You will be invoiced separately for shipping once the items are completed – approximately 6-8 weeks from the original payment due date.

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let me know – either here on Facebook or by using the email address above. Thank you!

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Last week there was an explosion.

My facebook timeline blew up with selfies of people with their RSE, all with the hashtags #dontdropyerrse and #rselove.  It was quite unexpected and very much appreciated!  I had been chatting with some facebook friends of mine and bemoaning the fact that yes, pottery does break, and I really hate it when it does.  I hate it a thousand times more when it happens to my customers, many of whom then post pictures of their broken RSE on facebook and other social media in their despair and tag me to share in their woe.  And I wish with all my heart that I could make my stuff bounce, because I know that sick feeling when it goes crashing to the floor.  UGH!

So, my friend Nikki posted this selfie to my timeline:

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and this:

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and then my friend Lori posted this:

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And then Robin:

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and Sue:

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and Shanna:

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and then rse selfies started coming thick and fast! Gwen (the organizational mastermind behind my coops and custom order binges):

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Maria:

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Sabrina:

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Danielle’s whole family:

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And they just kept coming!

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And those are only SOME of the photos that blew up my timeline!  Wow!  Thank you for the support and the kindness.  I have never felt more loved, and I am so happy you all love your RSE!

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Vote for the three items you would like most in the RSE preorder which is taking place in February!  The top three items will be available for preorder through my facebook page.  This poll will remain open until 1/22/2014.

For photos, prices and description of items available, please click on “Catalog” at the top of this page, and then click on the PDF download link to the Spring 2014 Catalog.

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Parade of Pigs 2013

I am finishing up all those custom orders and I had two customers order a BUNCH of piggy banks!  I thought it would be fun to take a photo of them all together… so here they are!

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From left to right, in no particular order, we have My Chemical Romance/Goth pig, Les Miserables/Jean Valjean pig (this one is actually Katie’s), Doctor Who pigs Ten and Eleven, Alex pig from A Clockwork Orange, Aviator pig, Pirate pig, Hellboy pig, Octonauts pig, Hobbit pig, Princess pig and Poe pig.

 

Here they are from behind:

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And details from some of my favorites!

My Chemical Romance pig.  I gave him a pasty Goth kind of complexion with some smeared eyeliner:

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The recipient of this pig loves their Black Parade album especially, so I put a gothy parade uniform on him and I gave him a tattoo.

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One of the Doctor Who pigs.

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He’s holding a sonic screwdriver- this is #10.

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One of my favorites- Aviator pig!

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He has a scarf blowing back and a tattoo of some aviator wings.

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And here is Octonauts pig, for a fan of the children’s TV show.

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I thought I’d give him a tentacle instead of a tail, LOL.

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I also especially like Hobbit pig.  He’s wearing the Precious in his ear since he doesn’t have fingers, heh heh.  He has a hobbit door in his side.

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Some Elven script on his side, and he doesn’t go anywhere without his pipe!

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And finally, Poe pig, who was in the wet clay stage a few posts back.  Here he is finished!

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He has some Poe-ish quotes on his sides and keeps his telltale heart under the floorboards.

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Thanks for looking!  This was an especially challenging and fun group of pigs!  Please wish them safe travels to their new homes!

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Rhonda B!

Congratulations!

You were customer #14 on my list, and the random number generator chose you!
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Thank you to all who sent in orders last month, and thank you for helping me celebrate 10 years of RSE.  I am humbled by the kind response my pottery has received over the years- thank you everybody!

Rhonda, since I have already sent out your package, I will send you a refund immediately.  And to everyone, I apologize for not doing this drawing sooner- I was so anxious to dive into these orders that it completely slipped my mind!

 

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New Product Photos

As promised, I have photos of my new products!

The Garlic and Ginger Grater:  This produces a fine paste when a clove of garlic is rubbed over the ridges in the bottom of the plate.  Add olive oil, parmesan and spices for a delicious Italian bread dipping sauce!  Recipe included.

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Garlic Keeper:  Holds 2-3 heads of garlic.  Inside is unglazed.

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Redesigned Batter Bowl:  Handle is twice as thick as previous design.  Spout is shaped all the way down the bowl, and is larger, sturdier, and more flared out.  This bowl holds 2 full quarts.

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Try them out!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RSE!

This month is RSE’s 10th birthday!  Can you believe it?

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Also, it’s CUSTOM ORDER TIME!  This is my annual Holiday Custom Order event.  I have some new items in my catalog that can be found on this page.  They are so new I don’t have photos of all of them yet, but I will add them to the catalog as soon as I pull them from the kiln.

And of course I have to do something special for RSE’s birthday, so how does FREE SHIPPING sound?  Good, right?  I wish I could give ALL of you free shipping, but I would hardly break even then, so we will draw one of RSE’s custom orders to receive free shipping on that order.  To be eligible, just place your custom order and, if I have to go to a lottery style system because of too many orders, you’ll need to be one of the lucky names drawn, of course.  Then before orders start going out, I will have someone do an official random drawing of all customers’ names, and the person who is drawn won’t have to pay shipping!  Yay!

The newsletter is going out momentarily.  If you missed it though, you can find it on this page.

Happy Customs Planning!

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Last week I gave a brief synopsis of the end of our summer.  And I believe I promised something from Rising Sun Earthworks?

Thanks to our everloving knucklehead of a dog, I am finding myself needing to raise some funds.  Apparently he must have eaten a rotten $1K squirrel and, though he appeared at death’s door on Tuesday night, the next morning he was bouncing off the walls so obnoxiously that the vet’s office called bright and early for me to “Please come get Georgie.”

Grrrr.

So, to help a bit with those medical costs, I will be putting up a coupon code in my Etsy shop for 15% off.  This coupon code will be valid until Sunday, September 22.  This includes everything in the shop- I’ve loaded it with some glaze to order goodies, and I’m also debuting two new items!  One is a wine chiller-slash-utensil holder-slash-vase.  These are really versatile pieces:

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The other pieces is a cute little item that I’ve been asked a lot to make- I just never took the time to sit down and make them!  Sponge holders!

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And that’s the big news at RSE!  Oh!  I almost forgot-  The code is Georgie. ;)

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