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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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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Preview!!!

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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Finishing the pots!

January 20, 2011 at 3:43 am (Showing off results, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , )

Ok, so it’s been a little hectic in the studio. I spend the first two weeks of January THROWING LIKE MAD to finish up the last of the pieces. I never did get a photo of all the work (sad) but Cori did so I’m going to try and get it from her. However, for the past week and a half I’ve been helping her finish the pots. I’ve been painting on the solid colors, and she’s been carving and decorating. Its very colorful and a very nice break from throwing and trimming day in and day out.

cups

In other news the finishing class is starting up again this week. I feel like I learned a lot last time, and I’m looking forward to a longer session in which to implement my ideas. 🙂 There’s going to be more structured experements, and a pit fire! Woot!

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Ok! I can DO this!

December 8, 2010 at 4:23 am (About my process, Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , )

So I started yesterday on my 351 pots by January 15th, and I am stoked! I can totally do this! I did 28 pots yesterday, and 22 today. 11 of todays pots happened in a little over 30 minutes! So I’m going to increase my bat collection and tear through these pots even faster than I thought I could. 🙂 *does a little dance*

I’m going to try and keep a photo log of this effort. Hopefully, next time I take a picture with my crappy little camcorder I’ll remember to switch to distant view instead of keeping it on close-up.

begin 450 lbs of clay. in a Month, this will all be pots!

10lumps

30pots Thirty Pots at the end of the day!

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Iran

June 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm (About my process, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’ve been pretty taken up by the Protests in Iran. I have been interested in Iran/Persia for several years now, ever since I started reading Shahnameh [link] . In particular I found the story of Zal and Rudebah as amazing and fascinating. An ancient epic where Diplomacy, not martial skill won the day; where the strong character who saves the day was a strong, intelligent woman, where the two lovers are crossing racial boundries…

Yeah, so I really like Iranian culture. I’ve been learning more about the country and trying to learn the language. I really suck at learning languages.

So ever since the clumsily rigged election results were announced I’ve been paying attention. As the protests started as startlingly quiet marches, to when the Basiji started hurting, then killing people. As the protests were repressed and then became more violent. My heart is with the people of Iran. I will do what little I can to support them.

Unfortunatly I am an American, so there’s not much I can do. If our leaders speak out we feed into the Iranian Goverment’s accusations of this being a externally run coup. There is such a long and painful history between Iran and the US, that any action taken must be taken with this history in mind. Doing what is right isn’t doing what feels good.

I hope that this time around we can make up for the horrible mistake that was supporting the Sha of Iran in 1979.

In art news, in case you’re wondering, I have a sort of job throwing pieces for someone else. While its slowed down my own work, I’m actually OK with that right now as I’m actually getting paid for what I consider to be practice for my own work. Besides, I get time to think about my ideas. Yesterday, I threw myself a Platter that’s going to be a little over a foot when I’m done. First time doing that, and I’m pretty happy with the result. 🙂

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Rose Festival

June 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Hey all! Great fun was had at the Rose Festival, and now I have the pictures to prove it!

http://www.mchalm-mcd.com/rcgevent.html

Lots of people came and talked to us, asked questions, were mesmerized by the clay. In all it was a good day. 🙂

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Oregon Potters 1

May 4, 2009 at 2:35 am (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , )

So I promised that I’d share some of the great potters I found at the Ceramic Showcase. First up is Mr. Charles Gluskoter

Slab built lantern.

http://www.potterybyhand.com/pages/framesets/lanterns.html

His glazes were really gnarly textury things, and his style made you feel like you were looking at artifacts. Its not hard to imagine that his work come from some ancient civilization some where. If I had the money, I would have one of his pieces right now.

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Balancing time

March 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Its hard to get to the studios to throw right now.  Part of it is me trying to get things done around the house, and for the home.  Another part of it is that I’ve been reading Twilight, aka, super sparkly suave vampires. FYI, I’m going to kick Bella’s ass if she doesn’t grow a real spine soon.  (I’m on book 3)

I’m a voracious reader.  When I’m reading a story it kinda’ hooks into me and I read it as fast as I can, needing to know what happens next.  (I started reading the series three days ago.  Its not the most challenging of writing.)  So right now I’m working on the computer, updating web-pages, etsy, job search, etc. and working very hard to ignore the question of “will Bella ever kick Edward in the balls for treating her like a child all the damn time.”

Err… why, no, I don’t think I like the characters very much.  Why do you ask?  

*sighs*  So in art news, I’m working on a giant jelly.  I’ve got a bell that is about 9-10 inches wide, and I’ve got a length of cloth to bunch up into the (hopefully) fantastic tentacles.  I found some old tentacles that I made a while ago but didn’t have the jellies for, and now, happily, I do.  yeay!  Of course, I still have to make about 6-7 more tentacles, not including the giant tentacles of doom and time consumption for the giant jelly. :/

If you come and visit me at the Radius Studio this Friday for the First Friday Event, you’ll get to see my tentacles. ^_^  I’ll even let you touch them. You know you want to. ;p

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Back to business

January 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Hey there. So I kinda’ dropped out in a post Christmas funk. Rather, around Christmas I had a damn good excuse not to do anything, and once I started not doing anything, it was hard to stop.

So now I’m back on my feet, so to speak. I now have a dance class near my studio, once a week, early in the morning, for the next two months. Yeay! I like dancing a lot, and I like the exercise, being in shape, looking hot, etc. The down side is that the studio isn’t open for practice ever, unless you’re willing to pay more money. I don’t have more money. 😦 Boo.

However, this does mean that once a week I get into my studio way early in the morning. 🙂 It makes me feel better and more productive. Since the setting of the sun is like an off-switch for me when it comes to work, I think I’d like to get to the studio earlier in the day more often.

Sadly, this means that I somehow have to convince my husband to get up earlier in the morning as well. I’d cook breakfast to tempt him, but he doesn’t eat breakfast. :/ Durn.

I’ll think of something. In the mean time, more studio time, more time in the sun makes for a happier Meghan. 🙂

Now, if only the kiln would be fixed. (Or pay me to fix it! )

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