Gearing Up For A Busy New Season!

Gearing Up For A Busy New Season!

Life has been quite busy at lifefire pottery during 2012 and we’re excited to add some new venues for our work. Jared received 3rd place in the recent Currahee Artists Guild Spring Show and was also featured in a regional exhibition at The Bascom, in Highlands, NC from January through March.

The Currahee Military Museum in downtown Toccoa is featuring a small body of work along with the latest craze – The exclusive Camp Currahee Mug commemorating the The 17,000 soldiers of the 501st, 506th, 511th, and 517th PID who trained at Camp Toccoa during World War II.

We are also excited to participate as a vendor in the Brenau BBQ Championship this weekend, May 25-26 in Gainesville, GA. Come Friday night from 6 – 9 p.m. for preview party or anytime Saturday. For more information:

We also plan to participate again in Art In The Square in Gainesville, GA September 15 & 16th.
Check out this video from last year’s fun:
Wheel Throwing at Art In The Square

Our home show, The Toccoa Harvest Festival is scheduled for November 3rd & 4th in downtown Toccoa.

Our pottery classes have also expanded this year to include Tuesday and Wednesday classes. Tuesday afternoons are avaailable from 1:30 – 4:30 if you’d like to experience wheel-throwing first hand!

And finally, after all that, we hope to expand our studio and finish construction of our manabigama wood fired kiln by the end of this year! We have lofty goals here at Lifefire & we look forward to visiting with you throughout the rest of this year!

Practice Makes Practice

Practice Makes Practice

At Lifefire Pottery, Jared Kaup offers step-by-step instruction in the art of wheel-throwing.  One-on-one instruction is the method.  A student will throw on the wheel during the first half hour of the very first lesson  As with any art, practice is the key to improvement and Jared attempts to cover the fundamentals as many times as neccessary to help his students achieve their next level of skill.

Lessons are $35 per 3 hour session, offered weekly.  In just 3 weeks, a student can expect to experience the entire process of making a piece of pottery.  Call today to schedule your first lesson!   770 539 4676

 

Lifefire Pottery Welcomes the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society’s Autumn Train Passengers to Toccoa’s Harvest Festival!

Lifefire Pottery Welcomes the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society’s Autumn Train Passengers to Toccoa’s Harvest Festival!

With Gainesville, Georgia’s Art In The Square 2011 fondly in our rear view mirror, Lifefire Pottery is now set to the task of preparing for our annual home show, the Toccoa Harvest Festival. This year’s festival is to be held October 29 and 30, alongside the Currahee Artists’ Guild Fall Show. We are excited to welcome our friends from North Carolina to our beautiful small town and we look forward to meeting you as you browse through the streets of Toccoa during your brief stay in our area. We ask that you kindly visit our booth – a one-stop-shop for all things pottery! If you are a collector or simply an avid user of hand-made, locally created, artisan work, we are certain you’ll find something that appeals to your taste!

Our booth will be located within close proximity to The Studio & Frame Shop, home of the Currahee Artists’ Guild and showplace of the Guild’s Fall Art Show and Sale. If you are interested in pottery but aren’t sure where to find us, make The Studio your first stop and ask for “Jared and Janet Kaup” or Lifefire Pottery and one of our dear friends will point you in our direction!

We will gladly wrap your items for easy transport on your train ride back to NC and will also arrange shipment back to your home if you’d prefer not to travel with your purchases.

Whether a train visitor, or one of the other 9,000 expected to stroll through these streets, we invite you to stop by and pay us a visit! Our pottery is priced from as low as an $8 spoon rest, so we’re certain we can find something that fits your style and your budget! The holidays are close at hand and we trust that you’ll consider Lifefire Pottery to meet your gift-shopping needs.

Should you be looking for special pottery items, colors, uses, etc., please contact us today and we’ll make some items for you to preview at the Harvest Festival. We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again soon as we showcase our beautiful little town!

Mothers Day Raku at Chase’s Hardware in Gainesville GA

Mothers Day Raku at Chase’s Hardware in Gainesville GA

We had an AMAZING time firing raku with lots of kids for Mothers Day in Gainesville.  Even a few parents got in on the fun!  Raku is a process that is great for kids!  It’s abstract, surprising, and forces you to be open to starting over!  Kids almost ALWAYS say, “It doesn’t look ANYTHING like I thought it would!,” but they are usually fascinated by how it DOES look!  Several pieces were show-stopping gorgeous and we hope that the lucky moms and grands are proudly displaying their masterpieces!  Stay tuned for Fathers Day opportunities!

Raku Kiln Opening and Horse Hair Demonstration

Typically, when we fire our raku kiln it has been for the community and the grand celebration that we orchestrate around the event, but earlier this month (honestly due to an electric kiln malfunction the day before a show!) we had the opportunity to experience what we’ve lovingly referred to as “Raku for 2.”  It was a beautiful Friday – hotter than the devil’s armit for September, but beautiful nonetheless.   We grabbed our coffee from the kitchen counter, grabbed an SD card for the zi8 and got to work glazing, waxing, loading, reducing, scrubbing, admiring, re-glazing (sometimes), re-firing (sometimes), and in short…doing the “raku thing” sans audience.  At the end of the day we had a serious load of new wares to take to the next day’s show, many gigabytes of poorly shot video (you’re welcome!) and a dirty driveway.  Ahhh…for the love of raku.  It was a great day and we had a blast.  After 11 years of marriage, this kind of day is one of the best “dates” you can have – full of laughing together, working together, high fives for good pots, wrinkled noses for bad pots, and an great feeling of being a team at the end of it all.  That’s lifefire.    We hope you’ll find this video educational, interesting, and just-inspiring-enough to make you want to join us for our next firing.  Who knows, maybe it will spark some lifefire in you too…

Past Work

Past Work

       

 

 

Meditation

Meditation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Kaup receives Honorable Mention in The Currahee Arts Guild Fall 2009 show for Raku fired sculpture.

 

 

 

Elegant Dining

Elegant Dining

Jared Kaup receives the First Place Ribbon in the Currahee Arts Guild Fall 2009 show.

Chantilly the Tortoise

Chantilly the Tortoise

This is Janet’s “Chantilly”…3rd place winner in the Currahee Arts Festival, Spring 2009

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Tea for Two is Jared’s Honorable Mention Winner in the Currahee Arts Festival, Spring 2009