Saturday, December 12, 2009

Art vs. Craft

I'm so excited about this round of work, I woke up this morning at 6:30am and couldn't go back to sleep!! I am proud to say that I really feel that my work has gone to the next level. If you know me, you know that I usually practice modesty, but this is a shining achievement that even I will admit out loud. It's also amazing because in all the years of making art, this is the first work that I can confidently say stands on its own as well made, and beautiful, without it's maker needing to give an explanation. This brings up discussion on Art vs. Craft. A topic that Reed and I continue to converse about. Right now, I look at my work as both art and craft, and I consider myself an artist. But it will be interesting to see how that position evolves in my life as I continue to make work.
I should note that the weight of these are so light and even, you can tell that the overall form has been a huge improvement on my part. Also, the foot (base) on each mug and serving bowl, are the cleanest, and most professional looking, I've ever done. (I will try to post a pic later of the bottom of these pieces) Unfortunately, these are not the greatest photos and you can't see the brilliance of the color, but take a look. There will also be a forth mug coming out in the next glaze fire to complete the mug set.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kings Cup

The glaze fire turned out so well! I choose to do sets of two to test the colors. I'm thrilled, as always by floating blue, and the glossy white is really beautiful, and not so manufactured looking as I feared. Randy's red actually turned out redder than I expected, which was fantastic!
These teacups are my pride and joy for the moment. A feat that is difficult to achieve in this unpredictable world called pottery. I salut this work but instead of tea, I think I'll cheers with a cup of hot chocolate!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cup of Tea

I am proud to admit that I'm producing my teacups rather quickly- be still my heart I think my studio is finally firing my work. I am on my way out the door to see if these new tea cups have been bisqued and if so, I should I have a total of about 8 tea cups to glaze.
I may have mentioned that I loved glazing, and if I did, I will admit I really only love it when the glaze turns out well. My last round wasn't so hot. I fired a set of bowls in Calico and boy did they surprise me! I was so let down by the turn out of these, it was like a slap in the face. I mean seriously, these bowls were really nice. Nice shape, nice weight, very close in size, but the glaze just ruined it! So prey for me. These tea cups are my babies.
Please Gods: hook me up with a successful glaze fire, or I don't know what I'll do..

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Item #1

Enter collection item number 1: Tea Cups
I am working on sets of oversized tea cups and saucers. Who doesn't find these sweet and endearing? But also, it makes me wonder what ever happened to tea time? maybe we never really did that in America, but we should! I for one love a good cup of tea and the only way I could only enjoy it more would be with nice warm english scone, some strawberry jam and clotted cream. But if your on a diet like I am now, and I can't exactly indulge in my favorite delectables, how about indulging by using a fabulous and worthy tea cup and saucer. It's not exactly the same, but at least it makes tea-time more fun.

Set the table

It's all about sets. I'm on my way to making this into a handmade business so i need to make sets. Everything looks better in sets because you can outfit an entire table. Not that I don't like the idea of mismatching pieces, but they somehow still need to be cohesive together. I am working on making pieces as close in size and shape as possible, and I think it's finally working. But one thing I am finally embracing is allowing each piece to be slightly different because naturally by hand it's impossible to make each piece exactly the same and anyway I want to avoid it being manufactured looking. That's part of the beauty of the hand made.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Floating Blue

These cereal bowls turned out perfectly. The floating blue glaze was a complete success and they are very close to being completely uniform, all fitting comfortably stacked. This is for sure an achievement for me being my best set ever and first set of bowls. Getting a great result is the best feeling because there are more chances than not that the work won't turn out the way you planned. I must have waited 3 weeks for these to be fired after I glazed them and I don't even want to think about how long the entire process took considering the speed my studio runs the kiln. I guess the wait only makes the positive result feel that much better.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


How do you make a vase look really good? Just like this: Add some amazing flowers. Actually, I was just having a conversation with a fellow potter in the studio about this. Sometimes the work speaks for itself, but often it's the presentation that really grabs the attention. You can try and sell a vase without flowers, but when you add the flowers a person can identify with it, envision it in their home, in the foyer greeting them as they arrive home from work , or on their dining-room table; the icing on the cake of an almost set table.
I've often noticed in interior design mags that the spaces they shoot may be attractive but it's the stylists who really do the magic adding the flowers, objects and changing the light. This was always my favorite part of the design process. Thanks to my thoughtful boyfriend Reed and his contributions to my constant desire for flowers, I have been able to take my vase up a notch in the world and really make it look fantastic. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Greek Inspiration

Reed and I took a trip to the MET where we both felt inspired. We spent most of our time with the Greek and Roman ceramics and I focused my attention on the painted patterns and the shapes of these ancient yet very contemporary looking objects. I feel inspired to start exploring these throughout my own work. I am drawn to these patterns and textures and can certainly learn a lot from the shapes that were created for functionality and ceremony. Even though we've been to this section before. We were struck by how modern these looked and how they could easily be created today and never given a second thought.

Before and After

The most satisfying part is looking back on the process. There are 3 significant stages of ceramics. The wheel throwing phase, the bisque phase and then glazing. Because the process requires so many stages its easy for many things to go wrong which makes a finished and successful piece feel that much more gratifying.

Coffee Break

Seaworld and matte brown win again!
I am actually having coffee in one of these as we speak. I think the new ritual is to try them out before giving them away to get the entire experience. They begin as 1 1/2 pound mounds of clay and slowly become a finished functional piece of art. I'm proud of these because sets are difficult to create. They're all slightly different but I think that just helps emphasize the hand made-ness of them. And the way things have been going lately, you never can tell how the glaze will turn out and if it will drip or crack.
I am definitely inspired to create more sets and give them as gifts for the holidays. But I better get going because the holidays are quickly approaching and the firings are moving at the same glacial rate.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Shiny and New

I'm thrilled that some of my pieces came out of the kiln. These turned out nicely. The seaword glaze only dripped a smidge on my mug and the other glazes worked perfectly. Only sad news was my serving bowl somehow ended up skewed, I'm guessing by the heat. Firing is such a mystery. What does happen in that kiln.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Firing takes patience

More pots waiting to be fired: I am attempting two sets of cereal bowls. And all the while I am STILL waiting for my mugs and vases to come out of the bisque fire. Unfortunately my studio has an extreme wait time for firing and I have now been waiting since the 2nd of the month for those items to come out of the kiln. These new items will have to wait a possible long while to be fired, so I guess Ill just keep throwing in the mean time.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Love you can eat

Though very small our first miniature crop is here! They are delicious, ripe and lovely, and will make for a nice snack with Reed's homemade hummas. This is quite thrilling.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


These will definitely be sketched and hopefully applied to something ceramic. Thanks to Reed..

Monday, August 3, 2009

Grow Love

Reed and I have started a small garden in the front yard of our Union Street apartment. We are growing a bunch of things some of which were here when we arrived and others that we added. We also have a small herb garden with basil (my favorite), parsley, peppermint, lemon balm and two tomato plants. This is our very first time growing vegetables and we're loving it. I call these tomatoes our babies.

Clay Born

This portion of the process might be the most satisfying. I hope some day it will be the end result that gives me that feeling. Seeing that I have created a beautiful, usable object from an unshaped slab of clay is amazing. My ability to make sets have improved a great deal in the last few months as did my handles.


My first posting of my ceramics in process. Throwing clay could quite possibly be my favorite thing in the world. It's waiting for it to be fired that makes me crazy and then the glazing that can either make or break the piece.