Making Asparagus Trays

I call these Asparagus trays, but the reality is that they can be used for anything from fresh cut bread to clementines.

I thought it would be nice to share some photos of how I make these oval, long handled trays!

Freshly made.

Freshly made.

 

Block Printing Tool from India

Block Printing Tool from India

Circles becoming Ovals

Thrown bottomless, then made into oval.

Cut Bottoms to Fit the Oval

Joining the top to the bottom.

 

Asparagus Trays Drying

With handles, drying on worktable

 

 

 

Patterns through the Years

I went to college for ceramic art 30 years ago… ugh, I’m getting so old.  The first 15 years after college were spent teaching pottery, farming, and having kids.  The last 15 years I have been a full time, making-a-living-from-it potter.  When I look back at the pots I have made, there is a thread that keeps surfacing… and that is pattern.  I really love the repetition and movement that happens with overlapping patterns.  I also love the soothing repetitive lines of a ripples in the water, or windblown sand. Patterns are literally everywhere in nature.  It is no wonder that artists have consciously or unconsciously include it in their art.  My favorite patterns are from Islamic architecture and American quilts.  Check out my Pinterest board on quilts and patterns!

Included below are pots of mine from the past 10 years.

Goblets with stamped pattern, 2004

Goblets with stamped pattern, 2004

Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007

Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007

Tiles with pattern, 2009

Tiles with pattern, 2009

White Stamped Urn, 2010

White Stamped Urn, 2010

Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012

Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012

Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015

Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015

From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.

From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.

My New Biodegradable Clay Urns

This past summer was a very productive summer for me, designing new biodegradable urns.  I started making biodegradable urns two summers ago using recycled paper, re-claimed clay and wild flowers, (see website).  Although I liked the urns the timing wasn’t working so well, because the flowers that worked well were only available for short periods of time.  This really limited the time of the year I could make these urns.  I knew within the first year as they began to sell, that I had to make these differently. 

My first love before pottery was printmaking, especially mono-printing.  This past winter I took a workshop with Catherine White, she had us create mono prints and collage on paper.  My love of mono-printing was revived!  Two of my potter friends Mary Barringer, and Tiff Hilton, who also took the workshop decided we would meet at my studio monthly to continue the painting, and collage work.  From there, I began to incorporate these mono-printed papers into my urns!

 I have been busy taking photos, re-vamping my biodegradable urn page of my website, and setting up a new etsy shop,  (both not quite ready yet, but very soon!)  Here is a little preview of a few urns, from the Blue Series!  More to come soon!

 

 

Tiles, and the Many Hats a Potter Wears

This week was a busy week in and out of the studio.  Throwing, trimming, glazing, teaching, photographing work, applications for shows, packing pots, and gathering photo’s and text to give to the web designer for my totally new website!  I guess that is my typical week though… Whew!  How many hats do we potters wear? 

Today I took off from the studio to set tile to my kitchen counter… tomorrow I’ll grout them.  I made these tiles two years ago, they have actually sat on the counter with no grout for that time! 

Ready for the tiles

Adhesive on, ready for spacing

Ready for grout

Spacing tiles over the stove

More pictures coming later in the week.

Clover Leaf Pattern

I have been using metal stamps for years on my pottery.  They are from an old Tap and Die factory here in Greenfield Ma.  I love the fact then when you use a stamp, another whole pattern appears other than the stamp itself.  With this particular cross like stamp the negative space becomes a clover leaf  image.  It starts to play with your eyes creating an optical illusion.  These are tiles I make with this pattern.  I’ve always loved them and wanted to more with this pattern on a larger surface. 

 

I had mentioned in an earlier post that January was the time I catch up on making new urn forms.  Here is one with the clover leaf pattern, drying by my sunny window.