Ceramics Showcase!

February 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm (Sales and events) (, , , , )

Its comming and I have a booth. 🙂 This year Its going to be all mine, which is daunting in the face of having a full time job. I have plans for my booth though… Sandy plans.

I want to make my booth reminiscent of the Oregon coast. Sea oats, sand, sea tossed wood. The sand is making me a little worried. I mean, I’ll need trays for it, but I don’t know if I have the time to make the trays I’d need. Then there’s the part where I’ll need walls. Clearly I’ll be putting door frames together, but then what color to paint them?

This is going to be interesting. Fortunately, I already have a number of pieces to sell. I only hope I will have enough for the show. Actually, I’m kinda hoping I’ll be able to get into the group booth instead. *sighs* Less work.

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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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Saturday

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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Tuesday’s list

April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, yesterday I finished the large wall piece I’d like to submit to the gallery at the showcase. The gallery is the competative part of showcase, people put up their work and everyone votes on the best piece. Invariably, something woodfired wins. Bleh. (So sick of woodfired. People are LAZY with it and don’t do anything with it other than “let the fire decide how my pots look. At least find some way to make cool glaze interactions or try to control the ash deposits, people!!! *grump* ) However I’ve made a HUGE sea creature, the largest I’ve ever made, and if it doesn’t crack while drying, bisqing, glazing or transport its going to be Effing Awesome!

Anyhow, I also am mostly done decorating the first glaze load. Here’s for once firing! Gives me a lot more time to work. 🙂

Today I have chester with me at the studio, which is cute, but he always wants to be on my lap. like right now. So cute, but not condusive to pottery. Fortunatly, I have a big smoked bone for him to work on. Its almost as big as he is and he loves it. 🙂

I’m halfway through the last two drawings. Then I’m going to bring all of them back home and fan them dry while they’re between drywall. Here’s hoping they fire flat!

And now its time for me to go to work. Wish me luck. I got lots to do. 🙂

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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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OMG SHOWCASE!!!

March 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I didn’t think I’d get in, but I did! I’m in the largest gathering of potters in the USA! the OPA’s Showcase in Portland Oregon. OMG! So Awesome!

And because of the crazy amount of work I did over Christmas, I know I can do the same amount to fill my own shop! Woot! Granted, this time I have to glaze within half a month, but thats essentially what we did before.

I’m keeping my pieces for this show simple. I had this experiment that I totally need to share that I’m going to run with. I’ll also have some of my turquoise work, and a couple of my sculptures there. But really, for this show I’m focusing on the functional. Yeay me! *does happy dance*

Time to go throw like a MudderFukka! Emphasis on the MUD!!!

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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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Sangamon’s Principle

April 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The simpler the molecule, the better the drug. The more experience I have with prescription Drugs, the more true I’m finding this to be. That and the nitrous oxide really helps to keep me from freaking out in the dentist’s chair. Ever since I got 16 shots to the roof of my mouth while getting my wisdom teeth out I’ve been terrified of needles (as in medicinal shots) and dental work.

In case you didn’t guess, I got dental work done today. Yeay.

My group of artists came together for the Rose festival pretty well. We ended up with 7 people in all. I like everyone’s work, and they are good people to work with. We’re having our first real get together on Wednesday, so I’m crossing my fingers. I get a bit nervous about social situations, especially ones in which I have some form of responsibility. Since I’m the head of this group, I’m really nervous about everyone enjoying this working experience, and I hope everyone really sells a lot.

Last weekend I went to the OPA Ceramics Showcase, one of the largest, if not the largest, ceramics only showcase in the USA. I’ll definitely be sharing some of the potters I found here, probably tonight or tomorrow. For now, I need to get to the studio.

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