Ceramics showcase!!

April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Ceramics showcase is coming!  I just spent a week putting up posters.  As many potters have already noticed, it is hard to come by good pottery posters.  I now have several extra posters featuring a beautiful ceramic sculpture.  If you want one, send me a note on etsy and we can work out getting one to you. 🙂  

This year I’m taking Trilobite and Ammonite work to the showcase.  I’ll be in the group booth which means a lot less frenetic work on my part, but a lot more in time spent at the showcase working.  

Here’s some samples of the work that will be there!

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Pasta Jar! 

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Sake Set!

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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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After 7 hours of sleep

April 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I feel a little less tired than I have the previous days. I’m off to a late start this morning because I had to work on business cards. Fortunately, that is taken care of. 🙂

I brought my camera today to get pictures of the pieces I’m bisquing, incase they don’t survive. Large tiles like to warp and when you see my big sculpture, you’ll konw why I worry about that.

Anyhow, today is a bisq and then back to decorating. 🙂 I’m almost done with the functional work and then I’ll be able to do the drawing on the vases. I’m really looking forward to that!

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Late night update

April 15, 2011 at 3:51 am (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, 12 hours after I arrived here this morning the day is over. Class rocked. I managed to do a demo on something I’d never really done before. I think I tried once years ago and failed. But this time… its prettyful. 🙂 I’m totally keeping the demo piece, and maybe I’ll have time to finish it for the showcase (insert laugh track)

I found I forgot my slip trailing tools, having left them at home where I was drawing yesterday evening. Turned out to not be a problem. I used paint burshes to fill in the colors for the patterns. I think this might actually be a more efficent way of working, so I’ll just keep it up. 🙂

Also, that dress I mentioned before. I acutally found a pretty awesome dress. ^_^ I’m going to be hot for the first night of the sale! Hot and with cute elf ears. ^_^ ANd henna tattoos. And my real tattoo being shown off. I’m going to have fun with that.

Booth building is on the plate for tomorrow. I need to find shelves, a good table and levels for the table. Also the right color of cloth. And lights. Lots and lots and lots and lots of lights.

Now, before I start writing in circles I’d better go home. I gotta bike home now, in the rain. I think I’ll catch a ride on the max for most of the way home, I’ll stay dryer that way. Yeay public transportation!

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Just when you think you’re done…

April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , )

You find yourself working every day with wet clay. Argh. I feel like I’m trapped in an eternal loop of wet work. I’m not throwing anymore but then I had to put the jars together, and trim, and now I need new slabs to draw on because most of the other ones warped and broke because I dried them improperly. Yeay me.

But really, after today, that’s it. Hell, after 12 PM that’s it. No more. If it doesn’t get done by then, IT DOESN”T GET DONE. This afternoon will be dedicated to bowls. Lots and lots and lots of bowls. So many bowls.

Oh, and finding a pretty dress for the show. Tee fucking hee. :p

In other news, I’ll be sharing my booth with a friend. Thats good news for me on terms of costs and having to fill the space. Also having an extra pair of hands to help design and set up the booth. Yeay!

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Stilll tired after the weekend

April 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

but at least I’m not completely loopy. Unintellagable, maybe, but not loopy. Last week was 52 hours in the studio. My final count, I think, was 265 pieces in 3 weeks. I may end up doing more, but only if I get done with what I have early.

Ha ha ha. *whimper*

I feel sorry for the people around me. Right now I’m going so hard that I am getting sloppy and taking up a lot of space. Working in a community studio and that means I have to work with/around other people. The upsides are great normally, I focus better with other people around, I like talking to people, and there’s always someone to ask for an opinion about an artistic piece. The downsides are generally upsides as well: you have to be considerate of other people and leave the space clean. If I didn’t have other people, my natural state of chaos would probably mean I’d have silicosis by now. I am NOT a neat person by nature or training.

So now I’m so busy I’m getting sloppy with my clean-up, and sloppy with my space usage. Its frustraiting to have to stop every day at 3 to clean up some areas and consolidate my production down while I’m in high production, and I’m sure its frustraiting to others to have to deal with that mess if I don’t. Even when I do, I’m still missing stuff. So I feel bad, but at some point I’m stuck just accepting that I am who I am. I can’t keep chasing after an ideal person who’s not me, I can only work with what I have. I am a Messy person who is trying to corral her natural entropic tendancies. I am going to screw up, make mistakes, and there’s no way I’ll ever meet the expectations of a naturally (or well trained) neat person. Especially not while in high production.

So far only one person has complained, and he was also throwing little hissy fits that he couldn’t get at the kiln when he wanted to. (The over all impression was that he was extremely unhappy his night in the studio wasn’t starting as he had planned it to.) I suppose while he’s a neat person his burden is that he’s not very flexable or patient with others. I would feel bad for him if he haddn’t started yelling at me, but he did and now I don’t. (Yelling is a bad trigger for me.)

Now, instead of wanting to try harder I just want to school this guy on being more flexable and patient. My rational, intelligent, and otherwise smarter side tells me that would not get me anything, much less what I want. *sighs* But the emtional side of me, well, she’s a bitch. I do my best not to listen to her in these situations.

I had a hard time getting through to him that I was not going to fight with him, but I think that’s because his yelling (ontop of being hour 52 of the last 5 days in the studio) triggered my fight instinct and I could’t stop yelling until he did. -_-‘ I was trying to hard just to get the fuck out of there. I did eventually get the fuck out of there, but now… Now I spend to much mental energy on trying to figure out what to do with the situation because of the yelling. Its stupid. Its annoying. I wish I could stop but I can’t. *sighs*

ANd its past 9:30 so I need to go get my ass back to the wheel and trim the 30 or so pieces I have left to trim from last week. Have I ever mentioned that I hate trimming? I do. Ces la Vie.

*sorry about the horrible spelling in french.

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