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Filed Under:Arts / Ceramics
Posts on Regator:117
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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

a successful first bisque

4 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

I wrote this post just over a month ago, but for some reason, I never posted it. So here it goes (and there is more to follow). ___________________________________ I’m declaring my first bisque firing a success. I have never been so excited to fire a bisque before. But after more than a year of producing nothing but green-ware, [...]

My new L&L kiln

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Can you tell I’m excited? After being without a kiln for the last 11 month, I finally got my kiln! It’s an L&L Davinci x3236-D Automatic. I have been asked many times how I chose my kiln. It is a huge decision to make, so I wanted to share my thought process and maybe it’ll help [...]

Studio Potter Newsletter: A New Community of Potters

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Studio Potter has a monthly newsletter! The amazing Molly Hatch (I seriously covet her work…) is the editor and she asked me to write something for it inspired by the theme of their upcoming issue: “Boundaries and the Digital World.” Studio Potter Magazine played a big part of getting me hooked on clay. There was always [...]

A New Sense of Normal

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

This post is a very personal one. It’s one that I’ve been wanting to write for more than two years but it’s been too hard, and although I’ve attempted, I’ve never gotten through it before. This is not about clay, but it helps to explain why I sometimes disappear from writing for periods of time. [...]

NCECA Pre-Conference: Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

A few months ago, when I heard about the pre-conference happening before NCECA, Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010, my thought was- ‘I have to be there’. Then I read the list of presenters and once again thought- ‘I really need to be there!’ But, the reality is that I can’t make [...]

New cups, and updates in the clay blogging world

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Here are some cups that I’ve been working on… This is just a little peak at what I’ve been working on. I am making a bunch of tea bowls that will be given as gifts/favors at our wedding celebration this summer. It’s fun to think about these pieces going out to our families and friends [...]

Assignment: Exploring a form, part 1

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

I taught advanced throwing and soda firing classes at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago for the past 10 years. I’m not currently teaching, but I am giving myself assignments. It’s something that I’ve always done to push myself to discover new forms, new surfaces and refine the old standards. Last month, Michael Kline posted an [...]

Studio work table

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

The last table for my studio was finished this week. It can be wheeled back and forth between the glaze room and the throwing room depending on what I’m working on. I designed it with a fairly large overhang so it’s comfortable to work at. I hate sitting at studio tables when you can’t really [...]

New clay trap for the studio sink

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

It’s been a busy week setting up the final details of my studio. I know once I’m deep into the clay, it’s hard to find the motivation to take care to the remaining items on the to-do list. I really don’t want to mess up the plumbing, so I was anxious to figure out some [...]

Trimming splash pan

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

One of the things that I knew I wanted to build in my new studio was a nice big splash pan for my trimming wheel (I have a separate one that I use for throwing). I often use a large foam bat or a Giffen Grip, so a regular splash pan just doesn’t work. Plus [...]

My new pottery studio, so far.

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Thanks for the warm ‘welcome back’ and all the congratulations and well wishes! All the comments and messages make me feel like I’m at a reunion of good friends that I haven’t seen for a while! I’m full of warm fuzzies. As promised, this post is all about my studio build out. A few months ago [...]

Become a fan on Facebook.

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

One of the best parts of writing this blog is connecting with other people.  When I first began writing it 5 and a half years ago, I had no idea that it could be such a back and forth dialog. I created a Fan Page on Facebook  to help continue the conversation! I just started [...]

The case of the missing pottery blogger: solved!

5 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Well… after a loooong hiatus from both blogging and making pots, I’m back. I never intended to take such a long break, but the rest of my life kind of took over. Thanks to all of you who inquired about my whereabouts! I kept meaning to write a little update, but it’s been a whirlwind of [...]

Pottery Clearance Sale!

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

As moving day draws closer, my studio gets a little emptier. I’m officially past the point where I could make any work. My wheels, tools and (most importantly) clay are all packed onto our first Pod. It feels very strange to be without a studio to work in. It’s been a long time since I’ve [...]

Do you have a woodkiln?

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Do you have a woodkiln? Simon Levin is building a map of woodkilns from around the world. It’s a searchable database.  What an amazing resource this is going to be!  Help out by submitting your kiln or passing this onto someone you know who has a wood kiln.    For privacy reasons only post kilns submitted [...]

Moving Sale - Mugs and Dinnerware

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

I’m almost done setting up my studio for this weekend’s sale. Displays are getting dusted, pots are getting priced and shelves are getting organized. It’s making the prospect of packing up my studio a little less overwhelming.  I’ve been sharing previews of my moving sale all week on my blog and I’m continuing today with some shots [...]

Moving Sale - Practical Pots

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Generally speaking, pottery is practical. But I have  mentally categorized a group of my pots that I think of as extra practical. I decided that today’s focus for the sneak peak into my Pottery Studio Moving Sale would be the super practical pots that once you have, you’re not sure how you ever lived without [...]

Moving Sale: Necklaces

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

As promised, I am going to highlight different pieces on my blog that I will have for sale this weekend in my Pottery Studio Moving Sale. I’m sorting through my inventory as setting up the sale throughout the week. Last night I set up the display of necklaces. I had to stop myself from keeping [...]

Studio Moving Sale!

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re going to be leaving Chicago and moving to Minneapolis soon. This also means moving my studio. Since I’ll be building a new kiln, I realized that I wanted to start fresh with a new body of work. I’ve been gathering up work from galleries, clearing off the [...]

A new beginning

6 years agoArts / Ceramics : Pottery Blog

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t been posting lately. It’s not for lack of want… just a lack of time. Some big changes are in the works. Ian and I just bought a house and we’re moving to Minneapolis! We were caught off guard by our own decision.  We’ve been in Chicago for [...]

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