Whimsical? Yes indeed.

When I was a bit younger I saw a movie that was about a lady and man that eventually meet and fall in love. That part was pretty boring for me, but what made it magical and memorable was that this lady lived in the most lovely place. It was some kind of apartment complex with a courtyard and fountain in the middle and flowering trees all over it. It was like a little tucked away fairytale home. The ground around the little fountain was covered in twirling, happy flowers. They fluttered down gently and blanketed the air and courtyard like a sweet Spring snow.

I was enjoying the air outside and all of a sudden I couldn’t stop thinking about this scene and the lovely flowers. I had to create it some how.

…so I did. 🙂

I’m out of my favorite clay until the pallet gets delivered, so I had to use this speckled buff clay. I’m not a fan of speckles and I don’t know why. Maybe having the opportunity to make these sweet ones in it will change my taste. Choosing the glaze will be the toughest part for me. I don’t want to overdo it and ruin that fluttering movement. Perhaps white and pink flowers over a clear coat on the body of the bowl? Hmm. So many options.

 

T

 

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A happy wallflower.

Dear Friends,

I am not comfortable being the center of attention. I love being a helper or a behind-the-scenes worker. As soon as eyes are on me I start to feel like a blood pressure cuff is around my head and tightening away. It just isn’t pretty.

I taught a class today on hand-building and after having a mini freak-out sesh about the fact I had fun! Here are some pictures of my students work:

I’m thankful that all of my students just wanted to have fun and enjoy the process. It was nerve-racking for me to teach! I have no clue how people get up in front of a bunch of people and do stuff like this all of the time. Kudos to you. Kudos AND brownie points.

I ended up throwing a big bowl after class so I could try a design that I had seen on Etsy. Someone used a slump mold to make a bowl and then pushed in tightly packed squares and glazed them each different colors to make it look like a mosaic.

I don’t like using molds. It’s not that I’m against them in theory…if you’re in production and need to make a lot of something that are all exactly the same then go for it. I simply love to throw and I love the challenge of getting things from the raw material to something useable whilst battling gravity and force. You know, the fun stuff. 😀

I got an order for a tray with a dandelion design on it modeled after the one on the wedding invite my customer got. The one on top is a flat piece with a lip following the design. The one on the bottom took me about 4 hours to make. No molds. No supports other than good old-fashioned newspaper and prayer. It was hard. Very, very hard. I can understand why people use molds for things, but I want the challenge. It may or may not  seriously suck, but at least I can say the entire thing was handmade and done so with love.

And just because it makes me nearly squeak with joy…

A new box of glaze has arrived. It’s so on.

-Tisa

 

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Picture updates.

Hi Friends!

Tonight I unloaded some glazed pieces from the kiln and posted them to my pottery Facebook page. You don’t have to have a FB account to look through the photographs.

Link to available pottery album:

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Tisa

I told you so…

That phrase is devious.

When I had my first wheel lesson the instructor kept telling me that he couldn’t explain some of the things, that I had to feel them. I would feel an air bubble. I would feel if it were becoming off-center. I would feel, blah blah blah. I would be baffled and frustrated because there was no explanation for me as to how to better approach the learning process. Feeling is abstract and abstract doesn’t help my technique.

It’s two years later and I find myself teaching beginning wheel and those dreadful words came out of my cringing mouth knowing how it feels to be told them: “You’ll feel it.” Ugh. But there is indeed no better way to explain it. You have to continue to throw to get it. You begin to “see” with your hands. I’ve been told that there are potters that practice throwing with their eyes closed or covered just to hone their sense of touch. I’m way too much of a klutz to attempt that, but I like the idea behind it.

Needless to say… I’ll take a, “I told you so,” from Mr. B.

December was a fantastic month, but I didn’t get much throwing done…hence the lack of pictures. I’ve been rather busy (throwing) lately, however, so I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve been up to! My head is whirling with ideas and I can’t wait to flesh them out in clay. I’ve got 2 yarn bowls, 2 large sunshine bowls, a pitcher, and a few other goodies waiting on glaze fire. Yesterday I threw a set of 4 bowls in white clay that I’m going to splatter different colors on after they have gone through bisque. They’ll be aptly titled ‘splatter bowls.’ I made a large dog treat jar (plus two others for a custom order) for the Gallery. I think I’m going to start making stuff and leaving it in its bisque state so if a person wants a particular glaze color they can choose the piece and then the glaze.

Happy 2012 my dear ones. I have a feeling this year is going to be magical. 🙂

<3T