Posts made in January, 2013

Dynamic Duo

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Challenge | 0 comments

I am a sucker for a cute sugar and creamer set (which might have something to do with my obsession with multiples).  But, there is something challenging and very satisfying about making two distinct pots relate to one another. A potter can has several options that help two pots seem like they belong together.  Color is one of the easiest elements to incorporate into a set and it unifies pots regardless of how diverse.  Other design elements such as surface treatments, embellishments, or shape will also help relate pots to one another.  However, these elements are less easily translated across forms. Potters are faced with the task of creating relational genetics among the ceramic members of the set in many situations (dinnerware/tea services/etc.).  If you are looking for a creative challenge, perhaps you can make a sugar and creamer set.  Send me a photo so I can be inspired by your...

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New Platter

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Pottery | 0 comments

We were commissioned to complete a platter to coordinate with a leaf teapot that a customer had bought at a show last summer.  We were happy to comply and the end result was...

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New Year’s Goals for Creatives

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration | 0 comments

One of the benefits of working in clay is that I get to meet lots of creative people – and not just potters.  I have met musicians  painters, book binders, knitters, weavers, jewelry makers and many other craftspersons.  The world is filled with interesting people who are actively pursuing a passion.  So regardless of what your medium of choice is, perhaps you are like me and desire to increase your creativity.   But if I am to make distinctive and soulful pots, then I need to pursue it because I know it won’t ‘just happen on its own’.  So here are some things I intend to do this year in order to cultivate creativity. Take a monthly inspirational outing – I read this suggestion in a book on creativity, and, I implemented it last year.  The outings included concerts, walks, museums, historical sites, etc.  It wasn’t really about what I did but more about the attitude with which I did it.  I approached each outing with anticipation and attentiveness.  Although I didn’t have a plethora of new ideas after every outing, I was always revived. Turn off the noise – This is a challenge for me and causes me a lot of discomfort because I tend to work and listen to audio books/podcasts/TV/music (you get the picture).  But, whenever I turn off the noise, I think of new things I want to try.   So I am going to try to incorporate more quiet in my work time. Make an idea box – Gather all the clippings, quotes, writing, notes, pictures, recipes, or whatever you tend to accumulate.  Put them in a box and shuffle through them when you feel like you need a new idea.  I made the box last year; but this year I plan you select ideas and try to work them out in clay. Take a workshop/class – This is always a great way to cultivate creativity.  Last year, I took a class in paper marbeling and one in book binding.  Sometimes it is fun to just dabble.  Even if you can’t go to a class, perhaps you can find some instructional courses on  You-tube. Whatever your craft, I hope you find more ways to be inspired this year so you can fill this world with lovely expressions of yourself – and, if you have any suggestions that have been helpful to you, please share them!...

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New Year’s Goals for a Potter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

I know I benefit from setting goals.  So to that end, I thought I would post a few suggestions for New Year’s Goals. Throw larger – I often hear potters discuss making larger pots.  Try to double (or triple) the average size pot your throw well.  For example, if you throw a 3lb bowl, try to throw a 6lb bowl by the end of the year. Select a glaze palette – Choose a few glazes and learn how they behave and how you can use them to showcase their best attributes. Upgrade your tool kit – If you use community tools or if your tools are worn, try to upgrade a few of your most used tools. Take a class or workshop – Never stop learning.  Sign up for a class with an instructor whose work you admire or who is showing a technique you haven’t tried. Overcome that annoying challenge – Do you struggle pulling handles or making lids that fit?  Whatever it is that you seem to struggle against, plan to practice it in 2013 until you elevate your skill level. These are just a few suggestions.  Whatever you work on this year, I wish you much success....

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A New Beginning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in About Me | 0 comments

The New Year has begun.  And although I am optimistic about all 2013 has to offer, 2013 feels different…larger.   Perhaps that is because while I am welcoming the new year, I am also welcoming a new decade of my life and as I am contemplating goals for 2013, I  am also thinking about where I want to go in this new stage of life. Working in clay has enhanced my life and pushed me beyond who I thought I could be.  But now I am asking myself why I am making pots.  I think that is a question all potters ask themselves.  In fact, it is one I ask all my beginning students.  Answers vary, but basically most of us can’t fight the compulsion to make pots. That was my initial answer but I think that has changed.  For a while, I made pots in order to make better pots.  Learning how to throw was a challenge.  But having accomplished the basics, it seems appropriate to ask the question again.  Why am I making pots? I love making pots; and I love the process.   I like planning and investigating shapes and designs.  I love how handmade pots enhance eating a meal and drinking a coffee.  Now, I want to create pots that are beautiful and soulful and I think this is my next pottery...

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