Monday, June 28, 2010

Diana Fayt workshop!

1. I love my husband and his desire to support my insanity

2. He's helping me find a way to do the Diana Fayt Workshop at MudFire in Decatur, GA. We are driving up with Hunter and he's going to watch H while I get to be in the presence of some awesome people! ACK!!!!!! I can't wait.

::::happy dance::::: ::::super happy dance::::::

It's nice to have someone who supports my clay addiction and understands it. He loves the fact that everything is handmade in our kitchen. He even knows the names of 90% of the artists. Right now he is drinking out of a steven colby and earlier he had tacos off of our fabulous Jen Mecca plate.

Here are the cake stands and a dinner plate I've been working on. I'm looking forward to soaking in the greatness that is Diana Fayt

Saturday, June 26, 2010

potter moms

are amazing.

seriously, moms are amazing in general, but the ones that can throw down some clay are extra amazing in my book.

It's 5am (better than 3am, I suppose) Hunter is fast asleep again and I'm trolling blog land and thinking about heading to the studio for some "me" time.

I took a year off from clay work because I was so sick during my pregnancy, I thought once the baby was out I would jump right back in where I left off. I didn't realize how much having a child changes you. I could feel a change but couldn't figure out exactly what that was.

Hunter is now 6.5 months. I have been back in the studio re figuring out who I am. I think it shows in my work. I believe there is more compassion and heart in the objects. I am definitely a lot more detail oriented and pay attention to certain things that I never worried about before.

Sometimes I can get sloppy but that is only because I know nap time is almost over and I need to hurry, but for the most part the new sloooowed down work is working for me. Since I can't be in the studio all day, I work out a lot of things in my head and sketch a ton more. It's a very different approach than before, but I like it.

And I have such an incredible amount of respect for people that have survived infanthood and keep making fabulous work.

Some of my favorite potter mom/bloggers/rulers of the universe

Jen Mecca
She has 3 kids including twins!! I'm in awe. Sure, i'll be the first to admit my huge potters crush.

Leah Bearce Guerin

Viki Hartman

Heather Dahl

Sophie Milne

Jim Guttuso- special shout out to a potter dad

Linda Johnson

- another potter dad

Judi Tavil- the woman who inspired my blogging

These are just some of my favorites, sometimes it is a nice reminder that there are other potter parents out there who find the balance for a happy home and happy studio life.

Friday, June 25, 2010

100 degrees- no problem

Thought I'd share a picture or two from the sauna.

In contention for the messiest wheel ever

L to R- small bowl, dinner plate, bowl for Dylan, experimental cup cake stand, experimental cup cake stand upside down.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

i like to do drawings

It's been so hot here in Florida and since my studio lives in the garage for now... woooooo weeeeeeee hot. So i've taken to slowing down some more (didn't think that was possible eh?)I went to the used bookstore and got the North American Animals encyclopedia.

Here are some of the marine life

Thursday, June 17, 2010

it's that time again

3am. I'm starting to get used to it, I used to loathe it.
I hope Hunter stops wanting to eat at 3am soon.

Anyway, good thing about it is that I get quiet read blogs time and I found a new one that I love!

amazing stuff over there!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

new photos

I like how the whales are evolving.

My local clay supplier was out of the standard dark brown (until august..booooo) so I'm using highwater red something or another. I can hardly wait to get the dark brown back!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

kiln shenanigans

Uhhhh.... So really, I'm a novice at kilns. In grad school, I wasn't a ceramics major and the tech did all the firing. I got a small manual kiln right out of gradschool... and then decided to invest in an automatic. I just push some pretty buttons and whamo- stuff is fired.

I began a glaze firing at 6am, everything was going great. At 10am I left for gymboree and the kiln was at 1100 and some degrees. When I came home at 1pm the kiln was off due to a power failure. Not sure why that happened.... :/ and it was at 1000 and some degrees, so i'm not sure when it shut off or what that will do to my glazes. Guess we'll find out late late tonight. I'm slightly nervous, but what can you do.

I need to figure out why the kiln shut off...

I have my best load ever in there. I decided to really take a boat load of time on each piece. The etchings have really come together.

I snapped 2 picture before firing, I should have taken a few more just to document the process and have some sort of visual reference in case they die in the glaze firing.



wish me luck!!

On a Hunter note, he LOVES music Gymboree and banging on bongos. Hilarious and I should post a video soon. :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Atlantic Beach Art Walk

6 months after having my son, I'm joining our local art walk. I'll be showing at the natural food store- Turtle Island Foods. (363 Atlantic Blvd)

I'm pretty excited because I love their food, and food and handmade goodness make a decent pairing. Jake is looking forward to it as well because they have live music and organic beer. :) Beer also makes everything better.

come visit! June 17th 5-9pm.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

fetish ghost clear cone 6 glaze

I had been looking for a cone 6 clear glaze, I know... doesn't seem that hard but nothing I mixed seemed to be "the one". Well I was reading Fetish Ghosts blog (which i always refer to as fetish goat... don't ask)

anyway his cone 6 clear liner is damn near perfect. LOVE IT!!!

Thank you for posting some of your glazes on your blog.

20 G-200 Feldspar
20 Ferro Frit 3134
15 Wollastonite
20 EPK
6 Talc
19 Silica

It doesn't run, stays in place, great for wax resisting, not cloudy... love it.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

DHR the answer to your (my) problems

I've been stalled out in making anything, so if I can't share about my work, I'll boast about my husband.

He built this site

not dirty or filled with hippies

It's just a rad internet radio station with great talent who aren't signed up with a major label. The bands (so far 90ish) have great live shows and in my opinion are refreshing compared to what is on the am/fm.

Anyway, I was playing with hunter and needed music.

I don't have much on my itunes so that was crossed off of the list
next I thought Pandora!!! quickly crossed that off because I can't deal with the commercials

then it dawned on me, DHR was the answer and we happily grooved along.