Saturday, April 30, 2011

The artist's vase

Interesting to look at from any angle ~

Put all your brushes, knitting needles or other long tools into it ~

Add water, flowers, branches - create a still life to paint. I like my pieces to have multiple uses.
And for dinner artisan-made breadsticks - yum!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Glazing is messy

Glazing my bisqued pieces is not really my favorite part of working with ceramics - I prefer throwing at the wheel with my hands right in the clay. There is always a lot of clean-up to be done afterward.

Ready to be fired, only a day and a half away from being smooth and colorful!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Spring Sale

Spring is truly here - and with it a Spring Clearance Sale for some of my garden ornaments and pendants. You'll find it here:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Neriage - Agateware - Swirly Blended Clay - different names for a striking design!

A lot of fun to make: You wedge red and white clays separately, then wedge them together briefly, let them sit for a bit to even out the moisture content, then throw your bowl. Trim when leather-hard to uncover the unique pattern.

With a few pieces of fruit - a still life!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Long ago in Germany

Today I found a photo of my old college, the Werkkunstschule in Krefeld (College of Arts and Crafts). As a young high school student I took a drawing class there on top under the glass roof, and later studied art and ceramic design. Those were eventful years with good teachers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

From tree to vase - soon!

Our Fuji apple tree shows off its first blossoms, what fun! Can't wait for fresh apples.

And I want to put some of those blossoming branches into my new vases once they are fired.

For some reason these make me think of Easter, a bit of an egg-shape?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Making glazes

I was never good at chemistry in high school - and here I am mixing chemicals to create colorful glazes, pretty amazing!

All my glazes are made from scratch with materials bought at Auburn's own ceramic supply store - five minutes from my studio. It's great not to have to drive to Sacramento for that.

This is the glaze I'm making today, creamy yellow, a semi-matte that varies from firing to firing.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


A lovely day in the studio with the sun shining brightly through the window...

These funny-looking shapes will hopefully become pretty useful ring holders - maybe in my turquoise glaze?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Waiting to be fired in the kiln

All cleaned up and ready for the drying shelf - this one will hold a lot of fruit or veggies in the kitchen.

The openings let the air circulate and keep fruit fresh.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A look into the bisque kiln

It's great to open the kiln - lace salad bowls, yarn bowls which will be sky blue after the next firing, spoon rests, and some out-of-season holiday ornaments.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lace Bowl Clean-up

It takes a long time to make all these openings - time I spend thinking about new designs.

This is one of the lacy fruit/bread bowls I have been working on. It's leather-hard, so I cut the holes and carved the rim. Now I need to clean the "sharp" edges.

Spring is here - and my studio is dry!

Finally the sun came out and the "rivers" on my garage floor dried up; I can work again.

View of the olive tree and old sheds out of the studio - so calm and inspiring.