I started making my first ceramic spoons a little over a year ago. I wanted to make a spoon to go with my sugar jar, but really had no clue as to how I would make one that didn’t look like a ceramic soup ladle that potters made in the 1970’s for their soup tureens. I started playing around with some hand built spoons, but they were very primitive looking… like a third grader made them. My intention was to make the spoon and the sugar jar a full composition, a flow of two separate pieces coming together as a unit. I felt that for this result to happen the spoons needed to be thrown on the potters wheel. So I took to the internet and searched handmade ceramic spoons. There weren’t many out there that had the feel I wanted except for one potter, Chandra DeBuse. I looked at her spoons and thought, they are so playful and full of life! They have a fullness to them, and they don’t look primitive. They looked sturdy, unlike many of the spoons I was seeing, which felt like they would break with the slightest little mishap. Chandra’s spoons were getting very close to what I had in mind, but did not look like they were thrown on the wheel. So I logged these images of her spoons in my little noggin, and continued to keep searching for others. I then found Lorna Meaden’s spoons, which are very nice. They are full looking, like Chandra’s, and very sturdy, and functional looking, and parts of them looked like they were thrown on the wheel. I had what I needed to move on. I thank Chandra and Lorna for their inspiration. Now it was time to set out making some spoons on the potters wheel! Spoons that expressed who I am as a potter. It took me a little time to make them look right, and feel right, and function well, but like all things learned in pottery… patience is the key to success. Here are the latest batch of spoons from the most recent kiln firing, and a photo of the sugar jar and spoon which can be found on my etsy FoodieCeramics shop.
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.
It was such a busy holiday schedule this year. I was quite wiped out after all the shows, sales, and packing of online orders. Then came Christmas with lots of family visiting… a few wonderful days of a completely full house… once it was all over I just laid on the couch for a couple of days.
This past Monday I was back full time in the studio and the new cycle of pottery for the year began. It started with filling an order for mugs and making a batch of test tiles for testing Sheffield Pottery’s new version of their 92700 porcelain. Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with paperwork, packing orders, and making some keepsake urns. Today was finally a full day with my hands in the clay… ahh, what every potter wishes they could do all the time! I trimmed the keepsakes, and made lots of lids for them. Tomorrow it’s trimming the tiny lids, which is very difficult because they are so small, (the size of the urn is about 3″x3″).
And so the cycle continues…
Holiday shows are here, this weekend is Hosie and Sara’s… I’m all set for that one. Of course, as always I am just trying to fit a little more in for one more bisque firing by the end of the week! My Open Studio Holiday Sale is less than two weeks away, December 12, 13, 14!
Today the work table was very busy with making and attaching handles for batter bowls and brie bakers.
Oh the teacher in me…
My students always find lids the hardest thing to do, so I made a quick 6 minute video on how to make a simple lid with a flange.
Check it out here.