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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Show Prep

December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , )

I have a show coming up. I’m pretty darn nervous about it, I don’t feel like I’m going to be ready. The things I wanted to do… I don’t know that I can get them done. I kept putting off making sculptures because I was focused on more immediate and financial concerns. I thought I’d still be jobless at this point and have plenty of time to focus on my sculptures.

Ha. What an idiot.

Now I spend every night watching tv and texturing little forms. Not that I’m complaining about being able to do work at home, but this is not exactly how I planned on doing things. I’m also afraid that its not going to look good when its done. ergh.

and I need to make so many more slugs its not even funny. Every time I think I’ve learned my lesson…

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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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Tomorrow is set up…

April 27, 2011 at 2:06 am (Business story, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , )

So I’m trying very very hard not to completely freak out. I totally would be too if I didn’t have some good restraining influences. Still, I’ve got plenty of work to do. Today I did the personal presentation segment of my preperation. Meaning I got my hair cut and my nails shellacked so they don’t look all nasty and studio abused. Now they are merely short and shiny.

I finally got color in my hair, namely some purple splashes that my husband is not saying anything about because he liked my hair long and natural, not short and unnatural. Maybe I’d entertain his opinion more if he got rid of the beard, but he likes his beard while I like my hair short (and am enjoying the color) so I guess we’ll just entertain each others grooming choices.

The booth walls are painted, such as they are. The fire retardant is on the cloth and cardboard, and I’ve got 15 lights to light the booth with. Now I have to do paperwork and maybe some mehndi on my hands.

Part of me is screaming in panic, and I keep having to push that part of me away, putting those neurons behind a shield to protect the rest of my mind from the shit storm they want to start. I think I’ll go take a shower and cook some dinner. 🙂

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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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Last week of clay prep.

April 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I have a glaze firing on WEdnesday, a bisq on Thursday, and another glaze on Monday. ANd then thats it. o_O Which means I don’t have a lot of time to write right now, but alas I’m going to anyhow. I’ll just keep it quick.

I’ve got my uber jar that I made during class. I want to take it to the show, but we’ll see if I get it done in time. It is an awesome jar though, if I say so myself. (and I do!) However, I have a ton of bowls to decorate. I got some done over the weekend, and I got most of my drawings done over the weekend. Yeay me!

I’m trying to decide how I’m going to do the plates, and “simple” is the word that comes to mind. I also have a bunch of jars to do. Hoy…. so much to doooo.

Now its time to go do it.

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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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Getting my show on

November 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I haven’t heard back from Scrap yet, but things are looking up. I submitted one of my ceramic pieces to the Volunteer show, and it was accepted. So I feel like I’ve passed the first hurdle of explaining recycling in ceramics pieces.

I’m in the process of making more brittle stars. They’re really fun to work with, but then on the other hand, the tentacles are very extremely fragile until I fire them. It’s a long process t weave the tentacles in and out of each other when you’re pairing stars together. Even worse, though, would to be to try and make a brittle star with the arms stretched out strait, like a big brittle splat on the ocean floor. I can’t even imagine that making it into the kiln.

Next week I’m going to start teaching my first ceramics class ever. Its about finishing pots, how to decorate that vessel that you’ve learned to throw. Basically, its going to be a lot of practice.

Lastly, we’re having our Studio Christmas sale on the 10th of December. Come by and check out our work, maybe get a last minute gift for your boss (who really needs a better mug, we all know it. 😉 )
In other news I’m looking at some temp work until my job at Struble picks up again. Right now I’m practicing my typing on an older keyboard so that I hit the keys hard enough and am used to the space issues when I take the test. I’ve been using the flat-as-a-pancake Mac keyboard and I gotta’ say, once you get used to it its a lot easier to use. A lot less stress on the hands, that’s for sure.

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Preparing for a show

November 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Business story, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m participating in the Handmade NW WTC event in the World Trade Center Portland. Everyone is invited. Come by and see my new line of work. 🙂

I just remembered that they even have me up on their page. 🙂

I’m pretty excited. I don’t have to have a tent, and its under a glass roof. 🙂 Pretty light no matter what! It could be raining and it’ll be dry and warm. Yeay!

The only down side is going to be sitting all day listening to Christmas music. I know that many people complain about hearing Christmas music when going into stores (I’m one of them.) I would just ask you to console yourselves in that we vendors and shop personnel have to listen not only to Christmas Music, but to the SAME Christmas Music on loop for 8 hours. ARRGH!

Its not that I don’t love Christmas. I actually do. I enjoy it being a nice one to two day event with about one to two weeks of preparation and minimal christmas music playing. Seriously, we’ve not had any new christmas songs once the merchants took over the holiday and made it all about the gifts. 😦

I know, I know, I’m a merchant selling my wares. Christmas is a vital part of the merchant economy. Well, damn it all if I think greed is bad and having your entire economy poured into one basket case of a holiday is a bad idea. I’m more about quality than quantity, and I make goods that (I hope) reflects that. I want my functional wares to last a long time. I want my sculptural and decorative goods to serve their purpose and be used again and again.

So please, from the bottom of my clay-loving-heart, don’t buy cheep crap this year. Buy cheep if you have to, but don’t buy crap. Invest in a quality item that will last you a few years. It’ll save you money in the long run, and it will make your living space a much more beautiful place.

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