TIki !

February 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

SO I had a commission recently for a pair of Tiki’s. I love making Tiki’s BTW, so if anyone out there on the net wants one from me, just say the word!

So is a tiki I made for her! (Unfortunately the other one broke, but I do have an image that I have to get off another computer… it’ll be here soon I promise!)


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The Upcoming show!!!

December 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm (Galleries, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, here’s the first poster! The show is going up next week and will be up for 2 months at the SCRAP Re:Use gallery. 🙂 Since all my clay is reclaim, and I’ve been using this yummy reclaim glaze (or two) I feel that this is a great place to give my work a first show.

A show at the SCRAP Re:Use Gallery

All the weird post human critters you know you want to see. :}

Also, its a good excuse for all you Portlanders who haven’t been to SCRAP yet to go check out the awesomeness that is the creative reuse center of Portland. 🙂

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Pasta Jars and Mermaid purses

August 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm (Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , , )

As promised! Photos of my works in progress. 🙂

So It turnse out the mermaid purses needed to be worked on while still really wet. Or at least not as dry as the back yard made them in half an hour. -_-‘ summer drying is crazy fast. Useful in some ways, not in others.

And the pasta jars are awesome. I’m feeling pretty good about them, even if my height ceiling is around 13 inches right now. That’s still way better than before. Ah Progress.

Now, I need to go take care of my husband, who managed to break his toe while walking the dog.

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Pasta jars

August 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , , , )

Throwing pasta jars on the wheel is haaaard. Spaghetti and other long noodles average around 12 inches these days. That means I have to throw a cylinder a little over 13 inches. I can do it now (Production work has done wonders for my skills) but its hard. Of course, I could try throwing it in three pieces instead of two (two jar pieces and a lid makes three) or maybe I just like the challenge.

Its not as bad as it could have been. Spaghetti used to average around 20 inches. o_O well… actually, that might have been easier, since then they either made pasta bird nests out of them or folded them in half (10 inches!)

Still, I should have some fossil style pasta jars coming out. 🙂

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Antique Pottery!

July 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm (inspiration) (, , , )

Sometimes its fun to go digging in the past for inspiration. I stumbled across this jug and I am in love. ^_^


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Watering plants

May 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , )

There’s a garden out back. Its a scruffy little thing cleared out and designed by a urban farmer, and maintained (somewhat at random) by a mildly interested studio memeber. I go out there an look at it, and wonder about whats going to happen in the summer.

You see, right now its spring in Portland. This means its Wet wet wet. In the summer though, things dry out. Last summer there was a struggle to keep some of the freshly planted plants alive.

Now, bisq ware is porus. It can hold water but it leaks. Slowly, ever so slowly, but its constantly weeping water. Not enough to get a little rivulet running from the pot. Only enough to make a small ring-shaped puddle.

I’m wondering if I plant a lidded jar into the garden near some plants, if that will keep them moist enough during the summer without having to waste water by hosing down the plants.

I think I’m going to try, just to see. That is, if the gardener is ok with the plan. Because, I know from growing up with a gardener for a mom, they are very fussy about their plants. But I’d really like to find out, wouldn’t you?

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Preview of art…

April 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm (Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hey, so here are some of the drawings in clay and my ginormous sculpture that I’ve been telling you about. This is all before they were bisqed and I’m happy to say they all made it through firing. ^_^ Also, a little bonus: a little preview of my new functional line.

lots of swirling legs.  You know you want it.  Oh, yeah.  Oh yeah baby.

Gimme your tentacle love!

Snakey woman holding herself still and beautiful, trying to be

Trying to be more

snakey woman twisting her coils in knots, trying to be a better person

the knotted tail

"What I'm bringing to showcase"

An idea of what my functional work will look like at Showcase.

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April 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm (About my process, inspiration, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, I was going to be booth building today, but my sanity security system (aka husssband) kicked in and helped me recofnize that I was about to burn myself out. So today is off, maybe tomorrow. To be honest, I don’t know if I could do much more now, but it sure felt good just to keep going. Not keeping going is feeling good as well, but its not like I can relax really, there’s this anxiety prowling at my peremiters. Still… sleeping in was real nice, even if I had to fight myself to do it.

The kiln load came out and it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. My glaze was too thick so I lost 65% of my pasta bowls, a few others, and the red is cloudy. :/ Its not unsellable, its just not what I wanted and part of me is totally freaking out. There’s nothing I can do right now than feel bad, so I’m trying to not dwell on it too much. I wish my husband were better at the comforting thing… I could really do with someone telling me its ok and that my stuff looks fine. Unfortnatly, pottery just isn’t his thing, and he’s not good at soothing. He’s getting a little better, but its probably going to be 10 years or so before he’s good at it, if ever. WHich doesn’t do me any good right now. :p

However, despite a the freakish fire of my bisq, the drawings came out flat and my sculpture is in on whole beautiful piece. No cracks or explosions! Now all I have to do is figure out how to glaze it. I know I’m using some glass melt, but beyond that… o_O I’m thinking! I’m thinking!

And I’m going to go give myself some henna tattoos for the show. If I’m pulling from tattoos as inspiration, I should probably have some to go with my Elf-ears. 😀

Oh, and I do have pictures… I post later, right now my husband wants to watch community with me. ^_^

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Frack the damn kiln.

April 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well… we’ll see how this turns out, but at least I gave it a 10 hour candle. In my tied state last night I somehow missed putting in one of the temerpature steps. So at this point I know it took 12 hours to fire my kiln bisq. 10 hours of that was candle. … I don’t think the sculpture is going to survive. ergh.

At least I can’t blame anyone else but myself.

The Glaze kiln errored out (again) at 2159, which is 9 degrees hotter than its supposed to have gone. I think I’ve finally figured out the mystery of the large kiln’s errors. Its not controlling the climb down, it is trying to heat the kiln down to temerpature. I think this might be a computer error, so maybe in May they can get that looked at. I’ll mention it to the owner anyhow.

Today is a lot of decorating and a visit to a nutritionist for my husband. Should be fun.

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April 21, 2011 at 7:48 am (Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a photo of an unfired/glazed drawing that I hope to take to the Ceramics Showcase!!!

A venomous Naga doing the Cobra Pose... in a snakey way.

If a Naga does Yogo, she'd might as well go All the Way.

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