It’s been a while, indeed!

Hello everyone,

I apologize for my absence. It’s been a time to just decompress after the debacle with the gallery. Here’s a peek at a collaboration I did with my best friend for her wedding topper:

Front

Back

On the cake

They’re actually salt and pepper shakers! I threw the body and then we got together and I taught her how to make some basic hand-built accessories. Not only was this extra special to do for me, but being able to work on it together was a memory made.

I’ll be taking part in the Advent Craft Market in December. I will be pricing my items to sell, sell, sell, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to drilling wells in India. Once I have more details I will post them!

T

 

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A little more information.

Madison Record article on the closing of 16 Main Gallery.

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-Tisa

Wait, what?

Dears,

Change and I aren’t the best of friends. I like change but I don’t like, like it.

After some careful consideration, prayer, thought, and general back and forth I’ve come to the decision that my time at 16 Main Gallery has come to its end. I’m so incredibly thankful for everything that this place has been to me.  I started out as just some bum kid volunteering to get wheel time to being nurtured and mentored within something that I’ve come to love so very fondly. I wouldn’t be the potter I am without 16 Main. I probably wouldn’t BE a potter without 16 Main.

There are going to be some announcements coming soon, so stay tuned.

This is not the end! I repeat, this is NOT the END! I want to go out big, so please make sure to come out for Thursday (the 26th) night from 5-9pm as we are a part of the Gallery Tour. There will be some yummy food (um, mini Nutella cheesecakes, anyone?) and I’ll be throwing throughout the evening. I promise I won’t splatter you!

For the month of August all of my pottery will be 20% off so as to make the move easier. If you need to set up a time to come in to the Gallery after hours please leave a comment here and I’ll get in contact with you immediately. This reduction will only apply for the month of August and you will have to make the purchase through me at the gallery or online. The best time will be to come in on a Saturday since I’m there all day from 9-5pm. If you are out-of-town/state this deal still applies, but you will have to cover shipping.

Until I get settled and find a new place to work I won’t be able to take custom orders, BUT as soon as I’m situated I will let everyone know in a big way! I LOVE doing this, so sales or no sales I’m still a mud gal.

So…change and I. Not a love thing, but I think I might learn.  🙂

❤ Tisa

Process of Mosaics

Hello friends!

Glazing: Before and After

My dear ones,

It’s been a while, has it not? The month of May to June was such a splendid and life-changing time. I graduated college and turned 25. Along with all of those shenanigans I’ve also had the opportunity to glaze and fire frogs for a display at the Botanical Gardens in Huntsville, as well as have several pieces of my pottery go to a new bank for display. I’ll be attending the ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow. How strange to say something like that! I can’t believe how blessed I’ve been within this entire mud adventure.

I’ve been working heavily in the last few weeks to maintain a steady flow of inventory. I never thought that would be something I said. Some times it’s easier than others to choose colors to glaze the pieces, but I tend to get a bit blocked for one particular reason: most glazes look nothing like they will after firing.

Example One:

A soft, powdery blue?

Pretty close.

Example Two:

Maybe a pink? No…

A deep plum after firing.

Example Three:

Easy, right? This one is going to be white.

It’s a clear glaze on a Speckled Buff clay.

It’s a trying exercise with the mosaic pieces I’ve been doing since I have to use several different colors. They may look exactly the same in liquid form but nothing alike when fired, and I don’t want to end up with a whole side or line of the same color.

And speaking of mosaic pieces…here is a sneak peek of two new ones that I’m currently glazing…

This piece will be multi-colored.

This bowl will be glazed in all different shades of blue.

Once these pieces have made it through the entire process I’ll put the pictures up as well as more information on how I actually did this technique. It takes a LOT of patience and even more time, but it’s so very worth it in the end when you see the results.

❤ T

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When Things Work

I literally jumped up and down when I saw this in the kiln. I was so excited that it actually came out looking how I wanted. Making the stamps weeks before and firing them…all that time of babysitting the clay to be able to stamp it when it was the perfect balance of wet and dry…all the time spent meticulously glazing each little square with a tiny squared brush. It was most certainly worth it. Kimbra’s (my latest music love) album “Vows” was played over and over whilst doing this project which only attributed to the happy colors.

Psst…check her out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewMTRN9So88

I saw this design on Etsy by another potter, but it was made using a slump mold instead of throwing the bowl. They essentially rolled out a thick piece of clay and pushed it into a pre-made bowl. It makes it a little more difficult to keep that thrown bowl shape since I’m only pushing against my palm instead of hard plaster, but what can I say? I’m a snob about using molds. I made one for my sunflower using a large wok, so I can see the benefit of them. I think they take the challenge away. I’ve always done this for the love of it. Selling my work is a major benefit when it happens since it funds the act itself, but as soon as all of this becomes only about engineering to sell there will be a problem. I don’t want to lose the enjoyment.

Speaking of the sunflower…

I lost a few petals along the way but I made it for myself so it isn’t too big of a deal. Sunflowers just make me smile…there’s something so welcoming about them. I used a golden yellow and a bright yellow glaze on it so that it would add some color depth to the piece. All that’s left to do is epoxy the hardware for it to hang. I want to make a few small ones to put in the gallery as well.

Thursday, June 21st is the next Art Stroll 16 Main will take part in in downtown Huntsville on the square. I sold my little piggy bank (picture above) and a few other things at the last one. The free concert on Thursday nights at the gazebo in downtown Madison is starting back up on May 31st so we’ll be open in the evening for that time since it’s across the street from us. The series goes into August and it’s such a lovely time to be out and enjoying some local culture. It’s free and goes from 6-8 with the Madison Arts Counsel providing free face painting for children and selling some treats.

I was asked to remake a favorite mug that broke by a friend of mine. It’s called the Monday Mug. The original was bought several years ago at a festival and the series would get progressively happier as the week went on. Pretty cute idea, eh? I’m going to put this on the list of things I want to make but create it in my own style. His face makes me want to poke him in the belly to get him to giggle.

My June hand-building class at 16 Main is on the 16th at 10am. It’s a Saturday and I keep the class size small so I’m able to work one-on-one with each student. To reserve a space call 16 Main at 256-325-0161.

Kimbra is going to sing me to sleep now, so goodnight to you all.

T

Derby Days

Hello my dear ones!

Derby Days is this Saturday, May 5th, from 10am-6pm on the green in downtown Madison. There are going to be several activities going on that are family-friendly and we’ll be selling the lovely derby hats at our gallery.

Hope to see you all out there as it’s going to be a great day!

<3T

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