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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Moving

August 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , )

So I’m going to be moving in the next week or so. Blergh, its such a hassle. On the up side we’ll be moving into a nicer, quieter apartment where the staff is friendly and (so far) hasn’t lied to me. Also, I get to paint walls. I’m so sick of plain white walls. Also, no graffiti on the walls.

Best of all, I’ll be on a bike path that leads to my studio. No more having to wind through neighborhoods and high traffic areas. Sure there are bike lanes through the high traffic areas (mostly) and the neighborhood roads have little bike signs on them, but its still a hassle to have to deal with cars that may or may not respect your right to be on the road. (Likely hood of respect has an inverse correlation to vehicle size. People in SUV’s are the worst.Sometimes I susspect that person didn’t really mean to try and hit me, but then I wonder why they didn’t hit the breaks sooner. I’m wearing neon yellow.)

I’d be a real happy person if cities had dedicated bike corridors through them.

Anyhow, at the same time I’m going to be bisquing next week and firing the week after that. Pasta jars, naga mugs and bowls. Whee! -_-‘ when it rains…

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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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Day one of Ceramics Showcase

April 30, 2011 at 4:55 am (Sales and events, Showing off results) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, starting out I had my usual show funk. It consists of worrying too much about the bottom line, and needless feelings of desperation (which just makes my ability to interact with people complete crap.) Then I figured out that writing bad poetry somehow makes me feel better. I think its because I am doing something creative and even if I’m not a good poet, it helps me vent my feelings and so I laugh better, and can be happier for everyone else.

Wierd. But hell, whatever works. And maybe someday I’ll get good at it. (Ha!)

Still, once I was able to pick up myself, I started to do better in sales. Not fantastic, but not miserable. I had a good time too, and the music at night was pretty rocking. 🙂 So very much despite myself, I had an awesome day and am feeling pretty darn good right now.

I have some lovely pictures of my booth to show with you, along with some of my new works. ^_^

As you can see, I’ve got a whole new line of work. It is, admittedly, easier to make and I’m really enjoying the drawing right now. I’m going to keep doing my sea creatures as well, but this is the sort of thing where I can do a large batch quickly and then spend more time on sculpture love. Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of my sculpture pieces in the show. :}

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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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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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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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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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