Hope to see you soon!

Fresh work!  Come see us at one of our shows this fall!  I finally updated our show schedule, so everything is up to date.  Woohoo!

Bird Feeder
Bloomers (these go on a stick for your garden)

Hanging Flower Pot

Are these new?

Jim Bob and I had quite the crummy 2017.  But have no fear, we are back and loving life more than ever.  Last year JB was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and it pretty much rocked our world.  He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is now, officially, in remission.  Woohoo!  As many of you unfortunately know, those treatments will take it out of you.  JB didn't throw pots for about 9 months and focused on, first surviving, then healing, gaining strength, energy and trying to find a happy mental state through out it all.

Now we are back in the studio and we find ourselves ready for change.  When you see us at shows in the future look for our new majolica  pots.

JB is still throwing his beautiful, well crafted pots but instead of glazing and carving them, like he did in the past, he is now handing them over to me.  I am dipping them in a majolica glaze and using underglazes and "Stroke and Coats" to decorate the surface.  You will also see some mugs, bowls and wall hanging vases, along with the usual flower pots, bird feeders and bird baths in our booth.

New mug designs. 
We are always a bit hesitant to change our work because it feels like we work really hard perfecting it and starting over always feels counterproductive.  Now it seems we find ourselves in a different form of reality.  I think cancer or any other life threatening situation will do that to you.  Now we find ourselves in a spot where we want to share more of the process together and we are ready to take some chances.  Be more playful, maybe?  Not spend every waking moment doing the same design over and over... I don't know.  So far, we are  enjoying it and we hope you enjoy them too!

Sweet little tea bowl.

New flower pot design.  These are so much fun to glaze!

We call these "Buddy Bud Vases".

Still making those fabulous bird feeders.

The bird bath, always a favorite.


Need a Pot Right Now?

We are very excited that we are now selling our wares to a few nurseries, galleries and stores across Texas!  That's right, you don't have to wait for an art festival to buy a handcrafted flower pot, bird feeder or olla from us!  Now you can stop in and buy a Green Dog Studio original from a fabulous retail spot.  Pretty exciting!  

Dual Purpose Pots

We just got back from the 2016 Hummer-Bird Festival that was held in Rockport, Texas.  Like always, we had a wonderful show.  Lots and lots of folks soaking up fantastic information about all kinds of birds!  We went to a Raptor show and saw a falcon, a kookaburra, a barn owl and an awesome vulture named Ziggy.  Tons of fun.

While we were there, people would come into our booth and tell us that they saw our pots at Mrs. Harvette Green's house.  She was on the Hummer House Tour (you can tour a group of houses that have many, many hummingbirds zooming around and sit and watch the hummers). They told us how she was hanging her hummingbird feeders from our pots.  What a wonderful idea!  Isn't it awesome?  We love it too and can not thank her enough for expanding the use of the hanging flower pots. She told us how she did it and now we will have this option available in the booth.  Way cool!!!
Thank you, thank you Mrs. Green!  You are a smart bird!  :)

Is that a bicycle wheel?

Jim Bob is making these super cool wind spinnies out of old bicycle wheels!  What do you think?  I'm not sure where the inspiration came from to inspire JB to make these but they are consuming him entirely.  He is making the brackets, cutting the sheet metal for the cones, finding thai spoons on ebay....he is all about them!  I thought they were so cool we added one to our chicken coop.  I think the chickens are digging it.

Look at the video of a wind spinny doing its thingy:

All the cones are cut from flashing and bent to form the cones that catch the wind.

The cones are all bent and attached to the wheel.

We use random beads, forks, thai spoons, fishing lures...whatever we think would look cool, we string'em up!

We spray paint the interior of the cones to add some color.

Handmade clay beads, beads and some fishing lures add some fine detail to this wind spinny!

More fun!

The Bobbit Family bought a wind spinny from us in Edom, Texas.
 Thank you guys!  It sure looks pretty in your yard!

Aren't they cool?

Come check them out for yourself at our next show!

See you then!

Our New Logo

We are changing things up around here!  We have decided to brand ourselves a little differently and start by going by our official studio name:  Green Dog Studio.  We had our wonderful friend and artist Jeff Bent with Sporecloud design our logo.  Our inspiration was those old seed packets from the 70's. We think he did a great job, right?

Daisy, our Lesser Jardines' Parrot
The first question we get is why a parrot?  Well, we had a wonderful Lesser Jardine's Parrot, Daisy, for years.  We traveled to art shows with her and she hung out on a tub while we sold pots.  This, of course, was before we had children.  At one of our art shows, a fellow artist asked, "Where is Daisy?  Your little green dog.  She is just like a little green dog."  We thought she was absolutely right! She was like a little green dog.  She could do tricks, she was loyal as a little dog and traveled with us just like a little green dog!  So when it was time to create a studio name we thought Green Dog Studio would be perfect. 

 Daisy, unfortunately, had a immune disorder and became very, very sick.  Her life was not at all as long as we expected but she made a huge impact on us while we had her.  We are so glad that we named our studio after our little green dog.

So I want to get some t-shirts, hats and new business cards that will bring our new branding all together.  I am also working on a new sign for the booth that will show our new logo large and in charge!  Look for it at our next show!

That's a Ton of Clay

Here at Green Dog Studio we use three to four tons of clay a year.  At the end of 2015 we made our year end clay purchase that gets us started making pots in the new yew year.  We get clay at Armadillo Clay Supply in Austin, Texas.  Luckily Armadillo is pretty close to us.  Armadillo is located in south Austin and we are just north of Gonzales.  We can get to Armadillo in about an hour which is really convenient for us.  Even though going to get clay is fairly simple to do it's still somewhat of an ordeal.  We usually take full advantage of being in the big city and have a little fun and a good meal while we are out and about.

This is what the truck looks like with 2,100 pounds of clay in the back.  That is a touch over the payload of our truck but it seems to handles it well.  You can certainly feel the load as it effects the whole truck from the feel of the ride to handling and breaking.  You can even tell by looking that there's something very heavy in the back.  

When we picked up clay this time we had just gotten back from a show and still had the shelves and tent in the back.  The guys bring the clay out with a fork lift and they put the pallet at the same height as the tale gate and pretty much slide it right into the back of the truck.  I have big sheets of cardboard in the back of the truck so it makes sliding fifty pound clay boxes around pretty easy.  There are 42 fifty pound boxes of clay in there.  Looks heavy huh.  I really dislike clay day but over the years it's becoming an easier chore...partially thanks to Charlie and Grant.

When we get to the studio I back up to the patio to start unloading.  This is a restaurant supply storage rack my potter friend Charlie Pritchard of Luling Icehouse Pottery gave me.  We put it down by the tailgate and start sliding clay out and stacking on the rack.  It took sometime to figure the best stacking configuration but finally it came together.  Eight boxes per layer works well on this rack and each layer of clay adds up to 400 pounds.

400 pounds
800 pounds
1,200 pounds
1,600 pounds
2,100 total pounds
Here is the clay slotted in with the pallet jack.  I put 2 by 4's on the jack  because the rack is slightly taller than the reach of the jack.  I also put some supports under the rack to help support the dead weight of the clay.  It may be over kill but it feels right and I don't know if Charlie has another just lying around.

After the clay is all stacked up nicely we bring in the big guns.  Thanks to Grant we have a pallet jack in the studio and it is one of the handiest tools we have.  Just jack it up and slot it into position and clay unloading is done.  We use the pallet jack for moving everything we can.  If the jack will fit under it we will always opt for the jack rather than trying to grunt things all over the studio...everything from clay to work tables, the futon, the flat file, the pug mill and even the wood burning stove once.  It's a bit hard to stow but it makes up for it in convenience.

Using a garden hoe makes getting the boxes pretty easy.  The cardboard is covered with a fine mist of dust as is everything when you live four miles down a dirt road.  Just hook the box with the hoe and give a pull...it sort of glides out of the truck.  It's like playing shuffleboard with fifty pound biscuits.