About The Artist

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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!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Rough Week

So last week was a rough one when it came to my art. I had a desire to throw but once I found the time to do so, nothing turned out right. I think I'm getting to ambitious and trying to make too many pieces at once. I have several local galleries where I want to sell my work but I do not have enough finished pieces to sell yet so I'm feeling some pressure to get some work done.

I had planned on getting Christmas gifts thrown and fired so I wouldn't worry about them any longer and could focus on some fun pieces like my turtle bowls and snake mugs, some of my "critter creations" as I call them. So last week I set out to make most of my Christmas gifts as well as a few other pieces. I took three days off of work for a small vacation and gave Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon solely to pottery. I threw 15 pieces within those two days but few ended up turning out to be what I had originally intended. For example, I had wanted to throw a tea pot that looks like an elephant but by the time I got around to throwing the trunk I completely forgot my original design and the trunk ended up largely out of proportion. The tea pot is now just a plain tea pot:


I plan to glaze it with some crazy color like a bright yellow or green so its not so boring. I have not given up on my original idea either, I will attempt the elephant tea pot again...possibly this evening.

Other pieces that emerged this week are several jars that I just threw with no real plan for them. They turned out all right but nothing really special:


This is a jar I threw that later resembled an apple...so I went with it. I did have to include a little critter though, hence the worm poking out of the lid.












This was a lidded jar that needed a handle so I made one out of a snake.




I'm hoping once I glaze and fire the jars I will like them more, but right now they just seem basic. I'm really striving to make pieces that stand out and get people's attention. Something that, when in a gallery surrounded by other pottery, will stop someone; catch someones eye. I know I am still a beginner and have a lot to learn, that my pieces are not yet very complex and difficult to make, so right now what I want is for my work to be fun and unique and to stand out. I want my pieces to make people smile when they see them and for people to say "I've never seen something like that before."

1 comment:

david said...

So I'm taking a look at your snake-handle jar, and I just came up with a rather cool idea of something you could do to make that design unique, and cleanly geometic; remind me to tell you when you get home from work.