My 2017 resolution was to “master mug making.” I did not succeed, but I did some other cool stuff instead. So for 2018, I tried again with the slightly adapted “get better at making mugs” because best case: I’d get better. And worst case: I’d do other cool stuff instead, again. It’s going pretty well. We’re almost done with the year and I’ve made some of my favorite mugs in the whole wide world. A few lucky people have gotten one to use themselves, but mostly I’m hoarding them and admittedly my coffee and whiskey intake has increased significantly.
Namaskard vases are restocked (the first series of these sold out over the holidays).
My ceramic goal for last year was to master mug making. I didn't really -- there wasn't enough studio time. I'm trying agin in 2018. Here's the first batch. Actually not too bad -- mug bodies are consistent. Just need to work on getting more comfortable and consistent with handles.
A group of shorter pots with painted glaze, inspired by the landscape of Iceland.
My quest to put paints & glazes in dialogue continues with these vessels inspired by the Iceland landscapes.
Below are images of the process & final results, along with a couple shots from Námaskarð (an area of bubbling geothermal mud pools near Lake Mývatn).
Over the long weekend, I brought a few of my things up to a friend's house in La Honda. Everything made it up the windy road intact, so we brought them into the woods along with a little picnic.
Pottery and prints looked right at home in the habitat that inspired them. Can't think of a more lovely family to spend an afternoon with, eating scones and berries in the forest out of handmade mugs.
Developing pieces inspired by pioneer species: moss, lichen and fungi bring life to inhospitable environments and make it possible for new growth to arrive. Beginning to translate this concept in various media. Also, ecological succession is magic.
I've been fighting off a cold for the past few days so in between napping, drinking tea and blowing my nose, I've kept in touch with the outside world through Instagram. If I can't stand up long enough to make something in the studio, I can at least be inspired by those who are busy at work! Here are some of the ceramic artists who inspire me.
mtwashingtonpottery Stunning simplicity, LA artist Beth Katz.
@studioarhoj Possibly the happiest studio on earth, Copenhagen based Studio Arhoj posts a good balance of beautiful and whimsical pottery.
@katandroger Kat Hutter and Roger Lee are busting out these graphic beauties from their LA studio.
@tortus_copenhagen From the prettiest workspace in Copenhagen, Eric Landon posts gorgeous inspiration along with extremely helpful video vignettes of his hands in motion on the wheel.
@helen_levi I love how Brooklyn's Helen Levi plays with marbling different clays.
@hey_yonder_shop Artist and shop owner, Linda Fahey, creates delicately decorated pieces to sell at her Pacifica, CA store.
@a_n_k_ceramics Maine's Ariela Kuh makes some beautiful shapes. I am particularly inspired by how she plays with black and white (both with clay bases and glazes).
@smallwildshop A little different from these others is Small Wild's Danielle Pederson who keeps things magical. I especially like how creatures in her online shop are organized by Habitat.
Fired before my trip, but since it will be a couple of weeks before I have new ceramic work, I'll post these lovelies to tide us over :)
In honor of our current weather (high 70's and sunny), I'm posting the newest pieces in my desert series.
It can take some time between throwing or glazing a piece and seeing it come out of the kiln. Which means, I sometimes forget what I've put in and how I glazed it! To help me keep track of what's getting fired this week, I sketched a little inventory. Evidently, it was a productive weekend.