Pottery, Jewelry and Getting Back to Creating

Here are a few shots of some work that I never posted on here. I don’t know why I didn’t post them, probably just forgot! A couple of these items were in the Mad Women exhibit this past summer. Two of the jewelry pieces belong to my mom and the pottery has been hanging out comfortably on the shelves at home. With winter approaching, it’s time to get back to working with clay and spending time at home making jewelry while listening to records. This is the perfect time of year to refocus on creating. I bought a new sketch book the other night and I look forward to filling it with new designs for pottery and jewelry.

Exciting News!

Yesterday I was offered a ceramic studio space at the DAI! I’m so excited to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to make some more pottery! I have a lot of new ideas I want to try … stay tuned!

Pottery

I’m finally posting pics of my pottery that I finished up about a month ago. Whew! Things have been busy. I really like the way they turned out. I’m also in the process of interviewing to get a studio space at the Duluth Art Institute. Keep your fingers crossed for me! You can get a better look at them by clicking this link.

They’re done!

Tonight we are having the final kiln opening at the pottery studio. I have three pieces that have been done for a little while, but the rest of them come out tonight! I’m really excited to see how they’ve turned out. I’ve enjoyed the last 10 weeks in the studio and am proud of how my skills have progressed over this short time. I took a couple of pics of one of my favorites that I gave as a gift. I’ll take pics of the others in the next couple of days and post those as well. (Please disregard my dusty windowsill, my cleaning skills haven’t progressed as nicely.)

Pottery Productivity

I finally had a chance to get into the studio last night. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn’t thrown anything since the fall AND I was throwing with terra cotta, for the first time. I wedged three lumps of clay, each about 4 to 5 pounds. The first two pots I threw were complete junk. I scrapped the pots, let them dry out a bit and re-wedged them, ready for round two. I threw the third pot more wet than usual and it popped right up! The next two pots also went up fairly smoothly. After 3.5 hours in the studio, I was happy with how my pots had turned out. They are the three largest pieces that I have ever thrown! Now they sit under plastic and I will trim them on Sunday or Monday. Then, the fun starts again as I figure out what kind of designs I will create on their surfaces. I have a few designs in mind, I think I’ll let them simmer over the next couple of days. Enjoy your weekend!

Pottery

My next pottery class starts this evening at the Duluth Art Institute, The pictures above are some of my previous pieces—some make great planters! Alas, the last plant pictured, my curly plant died this fall. Probably due to my lack of watering abilities. That’s why I stick to succulents. They like desert life, thrive well on my hot radiator and don’t mind if I don’t water them regularly. Anyway, back to the subject of this post: pottery! This class will focus on sticking to one form and two glazes for the entire class. We are also only doing electric firings, as there are only 5 of us in the class—too small of a class to do a larger gas firing. I better choose my two glazes wisely!