glaze test 6.7.2018

I bought a few new containers of Amaco Potters Choice glazes, and decided I’d like to try and combine the glazes to see what happens when they’re layered. Ceramists often experiment with these “glaze tests.” The plate is one I made from a rolled-out slab of clay. After the bisque firing, I layered 6 glazes,…

spring garden 5.24.2018

My garden is looking gorgeous this spring. Here are photos of just a few 😉 of the plants that I tend. Ferns: Ostrich (Matteuccia struthiopteris,) Maidenhair (Adiantum) and Japanese Painted (Athyrium niponicum) Barrenwort (Epimedium) – three types Forget-Me Not (Myosotis) Hosta and Lungwort (Pulmonaria) Columbine (Aquilegia) (Hybrids) Leaves of Peony and Japanese Red Maple (Acer…

art quote – Negroponte 5.17.2018

“Making art is like getting clued in at a certain moment. It could be that simple, because for a moment in time you give up on yourself. You take a serious look at what really matters. Then, and only then, something starts to happen and you watch it like an observer. It’s magical because you…

spring art sales 5.10.2018

I just finished up with 3 art sales in the last 2 weeks. Whew! It’s a lot of work! Here’s a photo of the lists I make in order to keep myself sane. Each show requires different setup and display supplies, so checking items off the list as I gather them up helps keep me organized.…

new blue vase 5.3.2018

I started work on a couple new larger vases early last month. The vase I write about in this post is the one on the right in the next photo. Here are both vases with a coating of black slip. In ceramics lingo, slip is a liquid mixture or slurry of clay suspended in water.…

poem 4.26.2018

Bridal March, Part II: Threshing & Sifting by Laura M Kaminski Not too surprising: doctor grounded me from driving, from really using that shoulder in much of any way. Told me not to roll over on it in my sleep, recommended sleeping upright, more or less, in some sort of chair. Five weeks. Stuck in…

finished paintings 4.19.2018

In my most recent post about painting, I promised an update when all the paintings were completed. I finished them a few weeks ago, but it’s taken me this long to sign each one and take photos and decide on titles. They’re small, I know, but they’re still good enough to hang on a wall.…

art quote – Tharp 4.12.2018

“Experience – the faith in your ability and the memory that you have done this before – is what gets you through the door. But experience also closes the door. You tend to rely on that memory and stick with what has worked before. You don’t try anything new. Inexperience is innocence, naivete, and humility.…

heart of clay 4.5.2018

I’ve been making some ceramic hearts lately. Here’s my process in brief. I start by rolling the clay out flat with a rolling pin, then cut out the heart shape with a cookie cutter. I gently push out the inside to give the heart some dimension. After I roughen up the edges and add a…