Hi All, I just updated my website with the work from "Red, Yellow, Blue", my exit show at St. Pete Clay. Click here to check them out!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Today's video is short, sweet and nothing fancy - pouring white slip on a brown pot. White slip is liquified white clay. I do this because colored glaze is most vibrant on a white background. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
It has come to my attention that the videos I've been posting aren't viewable from an iPhone. I saved this video in a different format, so I hope this resolves the issue! If it does, I'll reload the previous videos in this format as well.
Here is a quick video on how I create raised surface texture on my work. I use a technique called "slip trailing". Enjoy!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Here's today video - Trimming a Plate.
After I throw plates, I let them sit out for day, flip them over, cover and let the clay moisture equalize during the next day. Its easy to get wonky plates - they must dry slowly and evenly. At minimum, I wait two days until trimming. The consistency of the clay is of hard cheese.
I don't use my splash pan to catch the trimmings because it fills up so quickly. So I let myself become buried in chocolate shavings and sweep them up at the end. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Recently, a lovely couple contacted me through my etsy about creating their tableware. Ellen and Vinnie will be getting married in late fall and I will be working on finishing this exciting project for them within the next month. I thought it would be an *extra* special project for all parties involved, if I documented the process of creating all of the work.
Usually, it is very difficult for me to force myself to take pictures while I am working because I like to stay focused. However, I think this is the perfect opportunity to be more intentional with documenting and sharing what I do.
After kids camp today, I threw the first 12 dinner plates. Please Enjoy the video :)
Sunday, May 25, 2014
My work has changed directions. It's very refreshing. About a month ago, I spent a day doing my favorite activity ever: testing glazes. No really, I love it.
Anyhow, I got some pretty spectacular results from this test. I couldn't believe it. Really though, I have never been so thrilled by a batch of tests before. I just had to use them. I had to showcase them.
I brought those tiles home with me every evening and back to the studio in the a.m. for 2 weeks straight. #nerd
I made 1000g batches of 16 glazes. (paired down from 24) Yep thats right, I am now working with 16 beautiful lush, soft, matte, inviting colors. Every color of the rainbow. Here is a sneak peek at the new look.
I am using terra cotta, dipped in off white slip and fired to cone 4/5. Smooth, matte, exteriors paired with glossy white interior. This shift has freed myself from some of the frustrations I was having with my abstract, colorful surface I have been developing over the last year or so. More to follow at the end of the week.
This pic below shows the nice glossy interiors.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I had a great week in the studio this week. Recently, I've been working in "Speckled Brownstone" which is a mid range light brown clay. I fired an entire kiln of work made in this clay a few weeks ago, but it didn't work great with my surface on many of the pieces. It has manganese in it, which gives it a highly speckled surface and looks just like iron spots.
So this week, I switched over to a low-fire terra-cotta that can be fired up to cone 5 (maybe 6) and turns a deep, creamy brown color at that temperature.
Working in a new clay body & color has given me new ideas and an entirely fresh look at what I making. Although, as I am making these new ideas, I've been finding myself thinking "that looks so much like ________'s work". So that is a struggle, but I am working through it.
I think these cups and saucers are going to have lots of beautiful, runny, colorful glazes layered on top.
Monday, March 17, 2014
The last two weeks I committed to making things other than mugs and I am going to carry that momentum through April as well. This week I worked on jars, pitchers, and oval platters. My surface lately reveals floral elements which I am enjoying, however my next batch of work I am going try to combine my past abstract, lyrical surface and this more stylized floral imagery.
The group of SPC artists in residence are off to Milwaukee tomorrow for NCECA. I'll be sure to share when I get back!