This piece you see on the wheel in the picture above actually ended up being boring and I flattened it (see photo below). I ended up making a small bowl instead, with a swirl in the center. Nothing fancy, but at least I got going again.
Saturday Mom is coming over to help fire up the kiln and we're going to make some clay jewelry. I'm really excited about it and will take tons of pictures of the process! So have a good week readers and check back next weekend for another blog!
About The Artist
- I am a jeweler, a potter...an artist I suppose. I have been creating hemp, glass bead and wire jewelry since 1996 but have only been throwing pottery since the Spring of 2008. I plan to open my own gallery and workshop within the next five years but for now I make my work out of my home and sell in galleries and online. I sell my work to feed my hobby and because I am running out of room for my creations in the house. My art, like this blog, is in it's beginning stages and I hope that as my reader you will join me in my journey as an artist and enjoy it as much as I know I will!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The picture above is Max with the nearly finished vase. He started out by forming what looked like a little shot glass from a hollow tube of glass. He then too white and pink glass that, when heated, was softened and he draw lines into the shot glass with the colored glass. He then heated the shot glass and swirled the pink and white lines. He did a little glass blowing to get the final vase shape.
The glass blowing was set up outside under some tents so I didn't see that studio. It was set up at Graham Lawing's house and had a lot of his work for sale. He made these great glass tumblers and I really would like a set for my house. He also had a lot of ornaments and vases like this one:
Their pieces were by far my favorite of the work at the studio tour! I wanted to buy one of everything.
I recognized some pottery from the brochure, Batton Clayworks. They make very unique pieces and are in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. I've seen their work at the Guild show as well as a craft show in Weaverville and in several galleries. Their work is very whimsical and so fun and this weekend I got to see their studio and talk with one of the artists! It is a husband and wife who actually make their living off of their pottery! Here is one of many of their fun and funky teapots:
There was one another potter we saw as well at Center Point Studios (love the name!). She did a demonstration but we only caught the tail end of it. I did get to talk to her a little bit about throwing though and we talked about the clay we both use and how we fire. She had a wonderful garage studio with so much space! And on the other side of the house her husband had his wood turning workshop.
We didn't continue on the tour after that though. Because of the trolley we lost a lot of time waiting for it or walking and chose to leave after the second glass blowing demo. We'd seen most of the work I had wanted to see though so I was happy. All in all it was a fun experience and I will most likely go back again next year. Though I'll be wearing sneakers next time and not bothering with the trolley...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I have decided that I will start by going to the Open Studio Tour for the Kenilworth Artists Association. I've never been before but someone left a brochure for the event in the lunch room at the office and I thought it looked great. So next weekend I will be riding around the Kenilworth studios in search of a little inspiration!
I will then begin work in my home studio once more. This summer my goals are to get my kiln in working order, make more snap-on charm jewelry with jewelry boxes and find at least one more gallery where I can sell my pottery.
Check back for updates on my progress and thanks for you patience!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This kiln is a very old Duncan kiln. Duncan was bought out my Paragon and are no longer made but from what I read they are decent kilns. Paragon still sells parts for these kilns and even had a manual for my specific model on their website so I was happy I had some guidance.
The kiln was designed as an energy-saving kiln and is made out of what seems like a heavy-duty styrofoam that supposedly NASA uses as isolation. It is very lightweight and small. It is a manual kiln so I will have to fire on nights or weekends since it cannot be left unattended. That part of it is not ideal but I can make it work.
I brought the kiln home about two weeks ago and have read the manual cover to cover. Tiffany even turned the kiln on before I picked it up and said it did get hot so it does work. I just haven't been able to find the time to try it out for myself.
As I wrote in my previous blog, I plan to never again fire work at the Odyssey so I am banking on learning this kiln well enough to use for all of my work. As I said, it is very small and will most likely only fire two or three of my pieces at a time but I never make more than that at a time anyway so I think it will suffice.
So I vow that now that my special orders are complete I will take some time to enjoy the holidays and then learn how to use my new kiln. It seems like quite a process and I feel like I will learn the most from trial and error but I am up for the task and I look forward to learning how to fire my own work. So have a Merry Christmas my readers, and keep checking in after the holidays and I'll keep you updated on my progress.
I still cannot believe how well the lilies turned out! They were a lot of work but so much fun and now I can add clay flowers to my portfolio. And I also have some great news...the two final lilies were also the last pieces I will have fired at the Odyssey because I now have my own kiln! I used the Odyssey to get this final piece finished but from here on out I will be doing all my own glazing and firing!
So this final piece of which I relied on the Odyssey's help to complete was a success and a great way to start a new chapter in learning this craft. Merry Chirstmas everyone!