Wednesday, November 28, 2018

pottery pulled from the kiln today

 these are tiny little little experiments ..... these stars and heart are done after just one kiln firing... not the norm...... but i knew they were super dry, so i just straight up glazed them without bisque firing them .... one and done. made me happy that it worked.... made me happy that there is a way to have a sped up process on small pieces.

 BLUE! .... this one above is a new to me glaze. yes! i love it.

and above is a before and after pic of two trays ..... the color is a bit off because of lighting .... but still .... just magic that you can put in a chalky plain thing and get out shiny colorful wonderfulness.... 
and right below here are the same two pieces in natural lighting ... outside, on the rock where i take my pics .... though the leaves are not green anymore ..... but it was too cold out to look for a better spot.... 

happy pottery! happy day to you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


this summer before some big trips, i got the new iPhone ten because it has a phenomenal camera. i took this on a florida trip in early november.... such a happy memory and so happy with how the photo turned out!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

LIAV camp .... scarf making

i took a class at life is a verb camp .... it was called aerie fairy scarf making ... it was joyful making ..... i started with orange roving .... merino wool that was dyed orange but pretty fresh off the sheep..... i shaped it and wet it and pounded it and whoa!! got an awesome orange scarf! pure magic!

Monday, November 19, 2018

you are a human sparkler.

i have been making joyful affirmation canvases. here is one i make for annabel, a pal's daughter who is just turned 16. how many human sparklers do you know?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

pottery pottery pottery

i just adore pulling things out of my kiln! here is the newest batch ... still warm in the photos! 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

be kind

when i work on canvases, i frequently do multiple back grounds at a time ..... so i'll put green paint on four canvases and then another color and another layer and on and on til i have multiple backgrounds done ..... and then i wait for the inspiration to hit for the foreground ....i had an idea for a big piece .... so i did two very big canvases and two smalls ..... i did a small as a practice and loved it ... then did the large gift ..... and then i decided to do this small for the life is a verb camp auction..... and a friend bought it. yay!

Friday, November 16, 2018

wedding joy

 i went to the most fun and beautiful and joyful wedding i've ever been to..... my nephew michael married the wonderful sneha .... i got a trip to california and awesome indian clothing for the hindu wedding. what a joy!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2018


only golden or orange or sparkling shoes for my fun trip to a wedding in california!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LIAV camp

 i go to life is a verb camp nearly every year ..... and the creator, patti digh, asked me if i could make award plaques for the recipients of some awards ..... so ... i think a plaque is wood ... and these are my usual canvases.... but, i think they turned out swell......

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

you are awesome.

i made this for my pottery teacher of 15+ years .... it was her 80th birthday. she is amazing. extraordinary. awesome. and i wanted her to know it! ...... the canvas is big .... maybe 24 by 30.... i have another background similar to this ready to be something for someone.

Monday, November 12, 2018

before and after

 here are some wheel thrown pots ..... all bowls actually ..... above they are glazed, but not yet fired .... below they are fired ..... i am really trying to improve my skills..... i'm perfectly able to center and throw a good sized bowl on the wheel .... but now i'm trying to make GOOD stuff .... with better craftsmanship as i have my own wheel and more time to work on some issues i have!

Friday, October 5, 2018

big and happy

 i made a quite large happy bowl ..... it is a shallow bowl and i have high hopes for it!!! only time will tell!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

i found a giant leaf on the side of the road ... its stalk had been run over ... all the other leaves were standing tall ... and this was on the ground .... so i felt ok taking/stealing/rescuing it for a higher purpose. i carried it about two miles home.

 i rolled it into clay... then trimmed it ... then made a nest of towels and dry-cleaning bags for it to rest in ....
rolling the leaf took a lot out of it ... i'd been hoping to use it for multiple platters but discovered one was all it could manage.
i babysat it. i went down to my basement studio and visited it often .... to make sure it didn't crack ... it was doing great .... 
i measured twice to make sure it would fit into my kiln .... i knew i was cutting it close! 
and then the magic moment of opening the kiln .... oh! no! .... it had exploded. likely because it was not bone dry .... i thought it was! wah!!
 i did not do my usual kiln happy dance!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

unicorn. you. you'nicorn.

i'm a painter. sometimes in all my pottery joy, i forget that. but i had an idea for a BIG piece for a friend .... and then decided to do a small version for LIAV camp auction .... so i did the little one first to practice before i tackle the giant one..... i like the painting ... but i'm super proud of the words. that's my poem on there.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

when turquoise goes green.

 i'm not sure what happened.
and i'm a bit disappointed.
and it's one of those things, where i should be appreciating the learning opportunity....
but my turquoise glaze ( a new one) turned out green.
objectively, they look fine.
but since they don't match my expectations, i have trouble loving them.
i did not do the open the kiln happy dance.
but i think it'll all be ok.
as potter errors go, this is a small one, huh?

Monday, October 1, 2018

8 bowls

i glazed 8 bowls tonight ....
 that one in the bottom left of the photo is pretty big ... top left is pretty small .... these are all working on better form on the wheel .....

four of the bowls have a celadon base ....
 four of the bowls have and ann's blue base .....
 the celadon ones have blue bits ... the blue ones have celadon bits....
... some of them have black .... it's the part that looks black in the bowl photo....
two of the celadon ones have some mexico point  on them too .....

and now it's all about finger crossing to see how these mixtures worked out.

Friday, September 7, 2018


i adore this new glaze. 
i forget the real name, but it is turquoise wonderful to me .... and did well highlighting the textures i love so much .... i have a quartish jar of it and had to brush on three coats, front and back .... so i need to sort out if i can buy it by the gallon .... or the five gallon ... or whatever amount those massive buckets of glaze are.... so here are three platters in new turquoise.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

red! with specks!

red glaze!! with specks.
it is a crystalline glaze. while i was glazing them, andy saw them and said, what are all those chunks? .... and those were the crystals .... that then awesomely melt into the glaze .... 
i think this looks awesome on the bowls (they are small, see last post) ..... but not as super on the textured plates. it's not terrible on the texture, but i think the crystals obscure some of the texture .... 
still learning. i like that.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

happy bowls ....

i pulled four happy bowls out of the kiln this morning .... 
so on my kiln/glazing learning curve, i've at least found an excellent clear glaze that i love..... 

on the wheel throwing learning curve, i'm still WAY at the beginning. but happy here. i'm just practicing small to improve my technique. i can throw bigger, but they aren't as technically proficient ... so i'm upping my proficiency small this week ..... 
i'll probably make big here and there cause its fun, but in my head, i'm going for higher quality (of which these are fine but not FINE)