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.
Photographing for my etsy shop… its gotta be a little different from the boring grey tones for me. Yes I know the grey has it’s place… the galleries, the books… but for etsy, I’m thinking color, and the appeal of it, for the general public.
The patterns on my biodegradable urns are made from paintings I have done on paper. I thought, wouldn’t be cool to use that same paper as background for the photos. I like the results!
I have been focusing on the biodegradable urns as I have the last two summers. The grasses, leaves and wildflowers are readily available… although I seem to be using less than I have in the past. I’m leaning more towards the patterns as I have always done in my porcelain pottery. I love patterns and optical illusions… these feel like they are coming together to give the quilt like feeling I love so much.
Here are some photos of the pieces at different stages of drying in the studio. Once they are completely dry I will photograph them for my etsy shop, LuciaUrns