Fire Creek’s Studio is Moving!

It's time to let the secret out. Fire Creek's studio is moving this spring! The husband will be retiring in May, after 28 years with the City of Boise. It has always been the dream of ours to move deeper into the heart of Idaho. Though we aren't sure where we will end up just yet; expect it nestled among the mountain peaks. The of the studio move is to find a slower pace of life and a bigger,...
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Big Horn Sheep 6 Inch Tile

Hand painted Dusk was falling and the brisk September chill crystallized the air. I rounded the corner of the narrow, dirt road that led to the rented cottage on the lake. They startled at the sound of the car engine and scattered up the hillside. Perfectly camouflaged, their dusty brown coats keeping their secret, until they moved. They warily watched as the car slowly drifted to a stop to...
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What a Crazy, Upside Down World…

Shelves are bare, purchase limits are a regular thing and gas prices are through the roof. We live in a crazy, upside down world and the hits just keep coming. Inflation and supply shortages affect everyone and the clay community is no exception. With the shortages of raw materials, and an uptick of people finding the joy of clay, many glaze suppliers and distributors have no other option than...
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Flower manglers unite.

Welcome awkward rose bunchers, carnations clump mutilators and mum bouquet manglers! The hours of staring glassy eyed at YouTube videos, desperate to learn the black magic that IS flower arranging are countless. The money spent on community education classes only to have arrangements still sitting haphazardly in the vase, is worthless. You are not alone. I have a confession to make. I once was...
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When the kiln gods disapprove

Potters hold fast to superstitions and folklore. Take, for example, the temperamental kiln god. Some devise tiny ceramic icons in their likeness to gain their favor, others beseech the tiny terrors for just one more successful glaze fire. Perhaps it is the unpredictability of the work...even with the most careful planning, things just sometimes go terribly awry. Glazes run off the pot and stick...
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Following the call

I believe that any artist you ask will tell you that creativity never ceases. Often, creativity is relentless and chases away the hopes of peaceful sleep. An obsessive call to express what lies at the very core. A newly learned technique sprouts tendrils of endless ideas that nag until they come to life. A well crafted piece sparks further exploration of design. Creativity is a pull; a driving...
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Ghosts in the trees…

We're told they would be found in the small thicket of Russian olive trees that lay beyond the edge of the campground. A promise that the trees would be thick with them. The wild patch of ground is thick with waist tall brambles and thistle. We gingerly pick our way through. There is no way to quietly trudge through the bracken, no way to sneak up on them without notice. The trees seem empty,...
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New Jack Rabbit Designs

The inspiration behind the new rabbit tiles. As we all have lately, the arrival of that dreaded virus has resulted in giving us all a lot of spare time on our hands. There are many of us that are desperately searching for ways to creatively fill the long hours that fall between the cup of coffee and the evening cocktail. If you were to peruse the pages of my sketch pad, you would find about a...
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Spring flowers are blooming

March has finally arrived, the sun is shining a bit more and the studio is finally warming up some. The birds have returned to the yard. Spring flowers will soon begin to peek their heads up from their winter slumber. Well, spring flowers are already blooming here at the Fire Creek studio! Introducing... Magnolia Border Tile in Hand Painted Introducing the Magnolia Flower bouquet; a design sure...
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Exclusive Landscape Ornament

Of the esteemed Graycliff The new exclusive landscape ceramic ornament for Graycliff and Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts. Handcrafted tile artists and the style and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright have always gone hand in hand it seems. Where you find one, you'll often find the other. "Frank Lloyd Wright believed beauty, the arts,and communion with nature were vital to the well-being of people....
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