Tiki Time!

January 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm (inspiration) (, , )

So I have a commission for a Tiki. ^_^ I’ll need to keep preparing for the Ceramics SHowcase, but Tiki carving is such fun. Its so silly and campy. You don’t have to take anything about it seriously.

In the mean time I made it down to the Bullseye Glass Gallery. Every time I try to go there they are closed. This is usually because I foget about it until I’m in the neighborhood and I’m never in the neighborhood when they are open. Except I finally was. There was a nice exhibition on painterly glass. I really liked the works of Abi Spring and Ted Sawyer

I also saw this ginormous tile work at restaurant that is making me think about glazes and color. The tiles were flat boring tiles, but the glaze was used in a very painterly way. Makes me want to try that some. Maybe combined with portraiture? I must contemplate this further.

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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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And Crunch time is over

August 6, 2011 at 1:48 am (About my process) (, , , , )

Thankfully. I think I can take the stress of about two weeks of crunch time, which is good to know. Well, crunch time plus a bored husband. If he had more to occupy him, I’d probably be ok for 3 weeks, since I wouldn’t have to be so active in the evenings after work.

Still, thats good to know for future reference. That means that I can probably crunch my way through a single load, probably medium kiln, of work. So long as the work is simple, like this bottle. Or maybe if I did a about 5 large sculptures, or a handful of tiny smooth ones (like this one)

Knowing one’s boundries when working allows one (me) to avoid promising too much, or taking on to much. Alternativly, it keeps me honest too, knowing how far I can go keeps me from being too lazy. I was raised with a lot of anti-boundary propaganda, but I’m finding that boundaries are actually darn useful tools.

Anyhow, I should be back to regular posting next week, now that I’m not so rushed. 🙂

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Post 4th of July Post

July 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Hey everybody. Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July. Even those of you not in the USA, where it would have just been a happy day and not a holiday. (Just because its not your holiday doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a happy day. 😉 )

I’m struggling in my mind between what I want to do and what I have to do. I want to work on sculptures, but I have to do production. Hell, I have a show coming up and I’ll need to work on sculptures sooner rather than later… but getting paid is good too, and the person only has a limited time in the city.

So its more cups for me, but I have ideas, and I want to try those ideas.

Today is a Chester day in the studio, which means I have a cuddly puppy on my lap. The dogs handled the fireworks well. In Oregon fireworks are legal to sell and set off around the 4th. So of course my nighbors try to burn down the city every year. I’m not very comfortable with it, having grown up in a fireworksless state. Well, that and watching sparks hit a house and a charge going into a tellephone pole just does not inspire great trust in my neighbors ability to handle explosives. -_-‘

Of course, all the smart people went to the big, open field park to set off their fireworks. … there were about 4 of them. Gah.

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Scrap Glaze of Mystery

June 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm (About my process, Showing off results) (, , , , , , , )

So I did a test tile of the scrap glaze, and it came out mottled, and looking like a gas fired cone 10 glaze. Amazing!

So I put it on a vase and fired it, looking for some more amazing lovely results. INstead I got a london-blue celedon look. Also interesting, but yet, not what I was looking for. In fact, completely different from the test. I mean really fraking different from the test. Ah, well. At least its a slop glaze. Here’s what it looks like now:
Perhaps I should call the glaze "scrapadon?"

Still, its better than what I was expecting. Almost every other scrap glaze I’ve seen comes out a dark and dirty green. Lovely picture here from Ronan Kyle Peterson that shows what I expect from scrap glazes: green mug with mushies on it.

We already have one of those, so I think I lucked out. 🙂

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Kiln day!

June 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm (About my process) (, , , , , )

I’ve got a kiln to unload today! That means pictures coming up in the next couple of days.

I’ve already cracked the kiln and it looks like the scrap glaze decided to suprise me again. I’m not too surprised, it settled like a dry brick underwater so I was only able to get some of the material into the glaze. As I’ve mentioned before Epsom salts can deflocculate a glaze, but fist you have to get the glaze stirred up. Its going to take a couple more hours of work before I get that glaze completely mixed up again.

In the mean time its a lovely celedon blue. 🙂

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Pet Peeve: Reclaim

June 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , )

Yesterday I ended up working on reclaim. For those of you unfamiliar with ceramics reclaim, its the left over clay trimmings and failed pieces that can be and should be recycled. It takes a lot of energy to get clay out of the ground, and the enviromental toll per piece adds up if you just use new clay strait out of the bag and from the mine.

In order to reclaim you dry out your failed pieces to bone dry, add it to the wet slops and trimmings (and as much water as needed). The bone dry pieces melt into gooey puddles and when you stir it all together you get a thick mass of clay that you can then pile onto plaster bats and let dry out to a throwing consistancy. That’s the part I did yesterday.

Now, I am in a community studio so I have other people than myself dumping clay into the barrel. That means I get to encounter my pet-peeve of the studio: leather hard clay in the wet reclaim.

Leather hard clay still has water in it, bonding the clay together and blocking up the pores of the clay. Therefore, leather hard clay does not melt. It does not accept new water readily, and will take much (MUCH) longer to get to a state soft enough to throw. Reclaiming with leather hard clay in the barrel leads to a lot more time spent on wedging, since we don’t have a pug mill here. (probably wouldn’t matter as much if we did.)

So when someone sticks two large lumps of leather hard, colored reclaim in the white, wet reclaim barrell I get noticiably aggrivated. Fortunatly, such mistakes are removable, with a bit of time and effort.

But if I ever find out who did that, they are going to get the full “this is how you reclaim” lecture, since clearly they haven’t a fraking clue.

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Cups and other recent pieces

June 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm (Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So normally when I blog, I blog on the studio’s old dinosaur which doesn’t have access to my files, and I don’t want to strain it by going to graphic heavy sights while I blog. Seriously old dino, but hell, what else would you have in an environment where there is dust and paint fumes galore? Sure, its kept from most anything, but it’d be a waste to put a good computer in there.

So today I’m writing from home and I can share photos of recent work. Yeay!

I like naga, you may have noticed, so here’s a cup that I love: Naga cup

A very large bowl: large bowl

a nice cup: cup!

and some henna inspired hand painted bowls. 🙂 bowls!

Thats all I got for today. 🙂 Enjoy!

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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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