My bowls, essentially speaking, hold things and look nice.
I like playing around with my go-to pastel glaze, firing at different temperatures and soaks to get colour variations, as well as using textured clays to get more of an earthy feel.
That’s about it. I mean, they’re bowls, right? Just gotta enjoy them.
Plates are a challenge due to their large surface areas.
On the wheel, one has to ensure that the clay is as compressed as possible. If the plate dries with uncompressed areas in the form, it is likely to crack either before or during the bisquing—which is no bueno.
Plate throwing skill is a work in progress for me so when you acquire one, just know that it’s a special piece ‘cause a lot of my plates haven’t survived the making process! Hahahah… but seriously, I am very proud of my plates. Don’t be afraid to love them.
Vases are my favourite kind of vessel to make, hands down.
When I’m in vase-making mode, time disappears—just like a meditation. I can sit at a wheel all day making vases and I am perfectly at peace. It’s when I get all my thinking done, when I work through emotions, work stuff, manifesting goals and when I appreciate all the stuff that I have in my life: family, friends, shelter, good food, art, all of my physical abilities….
Yeah, I know it’s just making a long tube on a spinny-thing, but there’s so much more to it, I promise you.
So I had this one order in 2018 for 100 tumblers, and maaaaaan was that a lesson in production. Keeping on top of that many little guys was a trip, but I am so glad it happened.
Making those tumblers helped me with reproducing the same shape over and over. Before them, I struggled a bit with accuracy that only allowed my business to sell one-offs instead of sets.
So yeah, for the record, guys, I sell sets now. Of everything. And it feels good. They’ll look good in your kitchen, too. Just sayin’.
This is a design I’ve been playing with for a while.
Furniture designers always have a go at the tried-and-true chair design, and what they each come up with merely for a thing to sit on is pretty freakin’ cool. So, I thought, as a potter, I should take a stab at redesigning the mug.
Personally, I always end up hold a mug or a tumbler from its bottom, kind of forgoing the handle. When you use the ear mug, the handle acts as more of a thumb rest. The open rim is designed, yes, for coffee etc., but also is perfect for ice cream. That was done purposefully.