Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|paper plate compositions|
The class was part of Arrowmont's Master Weekend Workshops, which allowed students to explore questions beyond a beginner level. It was a great fall weekend for the surface class. Students worked very hard and developed wonderful designs. Many left with more questions than answers--a good thing to fuel studio research for months to come.
|class photo on a perfect fall day|
|visitor outside clay studio|
|recognize any of these forms?|
|Chris was the lucky winner of a Linda Arbuckle dish!|
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Ever need to transport pieces that have been glazed and not fired? This happened to me recently, as I needed to get a stray jar home from Montana. I was a bit worried that the glaze would rub off during the 3 day drive back to Kansas City. Spray Starch was suggested to me by fellow ceramic artist, Chanda Glendinning--and guess what!? It worked! Flawless finish.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Anyone who has been to one of my workshops knows how much love I have for craft foam. Not only is it available in bright colors, but you can purchase it with an adhesive backing that works great for making quick custom texture mats for clay. Here, I'll show you how to quickly make your own texture mat using craft foam and scissors.
|Purchase craft foam with an adhesive back. It is available at many hobby and craft stores, as well as discount stores.|
|Cut shapes out of one of the sheets of the peel and stick foam|
|Create a custom design by placing your cut-outs onto another sheet of craft foam. Here I have used two levels of peel and stick foam (white and yellow) and attached them to regular craft foam (red).|
|Place the texture mat face down on a slab and use your rolling pin to transfer the relief pattern.|
|The craft foam won't stick to the clay and your design imprints perfectly!|
The craft foam texture mats can be reused countless times. Play around with positive and negative imprints by cutting away and adding to the texture mats. Different thicknesses of the craft foam will yield different depths of texture. So many possibilities!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
|treat server under loose plastic|
Since most pots are viewed through photos on the internet, making picture taking an active part of process, evaluation, and evolution just makes sense.
Form is as important to me as it is to most makers. The in-process photo also allows me to see Form, uncorrupted by my obsessive surface decoration. ;)