A bit of history…

I thought I’d go back a bit and give a brief history of the creation of Big Hill Pottery…..cos it’s only been around a few months!
Until last August, there were 3 lovely goats living in what is now the studio….they were sweet but we thought it might be a bit too hazardous to try and make pots with goats wandering around….altho it would have given a very unique ambiance to the studio, and think of all the wild and wonderful names we could have called the studio….Wandering Goat Pottery, Goatta Go Pottery (sigh!), Dancing Goat Pottery, Goats Aplenty Pottery….and on and on I could go! It was either get rid of the goats or the ping pong room on the second floor of the barn….ping pong won out, so the goats were taken back to the farm they came from.
Terry had built this barn about 6 years ago so it is very good shape and only needed the very basic changes to be made.
So began the destruction of the stalls etc, opening the whole space up and laying down new floors (lots of plastic went down in the place where the goats spent most of their time!), new walls with insulation….by mid October we were ready to paint! We had the whole place painted and ready to go by mid November…..it took this amount of time because we still had bookings at the cabins, so that takes quite a bit time. We were also frantically putting away all the vegetables from the rather large garden! We are still eating carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes and squash that we harvested. The house, cabins and studio are all heated with wood so there was lots of outside work being done at the same time.
I was able to start production by the middle of November and we decided that a small show at the studio, just before christmas, would be a good goal to aim for. It felt like we needed to cement things before the end of the year. So I managed to fire 2 kiln loads and we actually had a few folks drop by and spend some money! It felt very good to have made that commitment to end 2009.

8 Responses to “A bit of history…”

  1. 1 beet
    February 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Nice Kids!
    Did i hear the see garden!!?!!!
    47 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and building! It’s time!!!!

  2. 3 Annette Boyle
    February 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Congrats on your site – looking good – Every best wish for the success of Big Hill Pottery.
    Annette & Charlie

    • February 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Hey Annette….thanks for your good wishes….we’re having a great time putting it all together, nothing like a new venture to get the blood moving! talk to you soon!
      love linda xxxxxxx

  3. February 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations on getting started up again. We are looking forward to seeing your new work. Some of those glazes look spectacular! Let us know, if and when, you might be interested in doing business with Ardith One again. Thanks for staying in contact.
    Wishing you all the best in your new life in Cape Breton.

    • February 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm

      Hey Bev…thanks for your comment….and of course i still want to do business with Ardith One….after all you guys were the first – and that was a few years ago eh!!! there will be some images of some of the new work up here soon!

      hope you and Bill are well!
      cheers, Linda

  4. 7 wildfirepottery
    February 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Looks great Linda!! Love the pictures…i want to see more pictures of your studio now that you are working in it!

    Forgot to tell you about zibbet, an etsy-like online site for selling crafts. You can check out my shop there at:


    They are like etsy, but have a monthly fee, instead of a percentage based fee and I like the interface better…we can chat about it any time if you like.

  5. May 2, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Great to read about the history of your pottery. Sounds like you both worked very hard to get the barn sorted. Must be fab to have such a huge garden & vegetables 🙂

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