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
Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007
Tiles with pattern, 2009
White Stamped Urn, 2010
Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012
Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015
From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.
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…
Sometimes you just have to make tiny things… loving these single serving creamer/syrup pitchers!
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.
It seems that the past year or so I have been photographing my work mainly for etsy and my facebook page which tends to be in an informal setting. I like to photo my work in this way for two reasons… one, because I love working with natural light in my photography… two, because it allows the viewer to see it in a way that is real to them, rather than a pot sitting on a white/grey/black background. There comes a time though when you need some new work formally photographed for shows, so this morning was that time.