Moving on up!

It's now almost the end of July and I am starting to feel "officially" moved in to my new studio in the Ravenswood neighborhood. I moved in July 1st after having a one month studio hiatus and I have hurriedly been putting it together.  It's about 10 blocks north of my most recent studio on the opposite side of Ravenswood.  It's a great space with nice light, high ceilings and a really great open feel.  It's in the Bulldog Lock Co. Building (if you are in the neighborhood!), Studio #105!

I will post more pictures when it is a bit more put together, but here are a few snap shots! 

A view from the front.

A view from the front.

A view from the back.  

A view from the back.

 

A view of the "kitchen"

A view of the "kitchen"

A view of the other "kitchen"

A view of the other "kitchen"

If you want to stop by, I will be working in there Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Just let me know!

Alphabet Cups

I got back this week from a month long Artist in Residence position at the University of Montana, Missoula.  There I got a great little studio space with graduate students who were warm, kind and making incredible work!  It was an inspiring time where I got to make a lot of work I normally wouldn't have had the ability to make.  I often don't get long 8 hour stretches in the studio and some pieces I made in Missoula needed to be started and finished the same day due to the delicate nature of their design. 

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

The collection that started it all!

The collection that started it all!

Another "project" I worked on while in Missoula was every morning I drank from a different cup that was in Julia Galloway's cupboard (she was my gracious and generous host!).  It forced me to try a different cup each day, looking and examining it.  Several of the artists I wasn't familiar, others were artists whose work I had always admired. I posted them each morning on Instagram (an image sharing social media platform).  I also decided to post them here, so those of you who don't use Instagram can enjoy this beautiful collection of cups!

 

A is for Andy Brayman

A is for Andy Brayman

B is for Birdie Boone

B is for Birdie Boone

C is for Bernadette Curran

C is for Bernadette Curran

D is for Doug Casebeer

D is for Doug Casebeer

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

G is for Andrew Gilliat

G is for Andrew Gilliat

H is for Sarah Heimann

H is for Sarah Heimann

I is for Ingrid Bathe

I is for Ingrid Bathe

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

K is for Kristen Kieffer

K is for Kristen Kieffer

L is for Lorna Meadon

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

N is for Aaron Nelson

N is for Aaron Nelson

O is for Sean O'Connell

O is for Sean O'Connell

P is for Peter Pincus

P is for Peter Pincus

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

T is for Sandra Torres

T is for Sandra Torres

U is for Ursula Hargins

U is for Ursula Hargins

V is for Victoria Christen

V is for Victoria Christen

W is for Mikey Walsh

W is for Mikey Walsh

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

I hope that you enjoy these pieces as much as I did and do!  Maybe you can start your own Alphabet Cup Project with your own collection!? 

Workshop at Arrowmont

If any one out there is interested in taking a workshop with yours truly, I will be teaching a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts from September 21-27.  The cost is $515 for the workshop, plus room and board.

It will be a great time for everyone!

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Inspiration of the Day

I am always looking for new sources of inspiration, but I generally don't have the time to fish around through various websites, pinterst, instragram, etc (although I LOVE to do this and would spend my entire day doing so if I could!)  The Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York is one of the most splendid places on earth and is a wealth of design ideas: Enter their "Object of the Day" email.  It's a great little email that gets sent to me and always has interesting historical, as well as social, information about each object.  I just thought I would share my complete love for their website/daily email because an image of Russel Wright's flatware opened up in my Inbox today.

Flatware designed by Russel Wright

Flatware designed by Russel Wright

Workshop at Pewabic Pottery

In case you've been  interested in doing a workshop with me, November 16th & 17th at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, I will be doing a hands-on workshop.  The cost is only $175!   We will go over beginning pinched forms, how to work large, how to taper in forms, how to create different surfaces with your fingers and much more.

Find out more information here:  

Pewabic Pottery

photo by Darcy Demmel

photo by Darcy Demmel

Photo by Darcy Demmel

Photo by Darcy Demmel

New space and new work!

Many things have been happening here in Chicago over the past several months.  The biggest change was moving studios this summer which took MUCH longer than expected.  Now, with most things in place and a kiln set up and running, I am ready to get back making work as you can see!

The new space isn't very far from my old studio, just a few blocks south. The new address is 3717 North Ravenswood Ave, Unit #115 in Chicago.  In addition to having a great new location, I have a great new studio mate!  Jayson Lawfer and The Nevica Project occupies the front part of the space, while I occupy the back.  Jayson buys and sells all kinds of art, but specializes in ceramics, so it great fun to see all of the treats he brings in.

Another big change is I am going to be dropping down to cone 6 clay and glazes, so if there are any of those blushed pink pieces that you have had your eye one, now might be the time to snag one. I am not sure how long it will take to get my glazes reformulated.

I just uploaded a bunch of work to my Etsy site, specifically some cups, even some espresso cups!, but work is also available at the locations listed below.  The Objective Clay site is a great place to find a lot of plates at the moment, so if you are looking for some of those...look no further!

Small snack plates! 

Small snack plates! 

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SMALLest City Fair!

This weekend I will be doing my first "craft" fair ever. I am a little nervous to be quite honest!  I have always shied away from events like this, BUT I decided I would make a few exceptions this year in order to try and share my work with more people in Chicago.  So, if you happen to be in the neighborhood, this Saturday I will have a small table set up for Versionfest13 as part of the SMALL Manufacturing Alliance.  It's from 1-7pm, Saturday June 15  located at Maria's and Pleasant House Bakery: 960 W 31st Street  Chicago, IL (in Bridgeport).  Admission is free!

For more information and to learn more about what is happening at Versionfest13 check out the link here.  Hope to see you there!

On the move!

I am very excited to announce that at the end of this month I will be relocating studios in Chicago.  My new space won't be moving far, but I will go from a 50 square foot "mouse house" to a 500 square foot studio space.  I am *really* excited about this.  This new space will offer so many more opportunities and I am looking forward to sharing those with you!  The total space is 500 square feet, but I will only get about 350 sf since the front space will be occupied by The Nevica Project and Jayson Lawfer.  There are great times ahead.

Here is a lovely photo taken outside our studio by my new studio-mate Jayson Lawfer

Here is a lovely photo taken outside our studio by my new studio-mate Jayson Lawfer

Hide'n' Seeka!

So for those of you in or on your way to NCECA in Houston, see if you can find this little gem hidden somewhere!  Artist Adam Field has put together a great line up of artists who have donated pieces to hide around Houston and 36 lucky folks will get to take these home with them!  Follow it on Instagram at #Hidenseeka .

If you find him, you get him! 

If you find him, you get him! 

 
Here is a snippet of some of the other folks involved.  What a crew!

Here is a snippet of some of the other folks involved.  What a crew!

Have you seen me?

Coming soon to a Pottery Making Illustrated near you...

"Originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, March/April 2013, pp. 17-21.  http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-illustrated Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."

"Originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, March/April 2013, pp. 17-21. 

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-illustrated

Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."

Free Shipping Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder, I am still doing free shipping through my Etsy site for any purchase over $70.  For purchases $70 and under it is only $5.  Not too shabby! 

I just posted several vases, both small and large, that would make great table centerpieces.  Not to mention, what girl wouldn't like a beautiful boquet of tulips in one of these for Valentines Day?

How to: Glaze

Well, I have been in a bit of a predicament.  I have some larger pieces that I have wanted to glaze, but I can't quite fit them in my glaze bucket.  I know that you can pour glaze over the pieces, but I don't want my work sitting in a pool of glaze.  I know that some people use a foam or sponge to help support it, but I didn't feel that would quite work either.  

Enter the mesh screen!  I realied I could build a little mesh screen on a frame to hold the work up above the bottom of the bucket. That way, I can pour the glaze over, the glaze goes through and my work isn't sitting in a pool of glaze!

The total cost was bit ridiculous considering what it is, but it was only because I didn't have a lot of the tools I needed (such as a miter saw). I know that i can use these tools again in other contraptions, but here is the finished product!

Tada!

 

Generational shift

So this month, not one, but TWO articles came out in two different magazines.  I knew about the article in Ceramics Monthly, but I didn't know about the plug in Ceramic Review! So that was a real treat to see that!

Almost two months ago now, I cam back from Arrowmonts Utilitarian Clay Symposium and I was really energized and invigorated by that time together.  So much so, that i began writing a little something, just for my own personal record. Then I thought, "Maybe someone else would want to hear about this?" and so I sent a note to Ceramics Monthly with my article and asked if they would be interested and lo and behold, they were!

The article is a little insight into some of the ideas and conversations that went on late into the night at UC6. It was so great and I feel very fortunate to have had such great artists for company.  If you have read it, I would love to hear your thoughts, even if you didn't go to the conference!  You can pick up a copy at any large bookseller.

 

So much to say, so much to say.

I think I could honestly type for the next 3 days straight with all of the fun and incredible things that have occured over the past week. I got home from Arrowomont on Sunday with a great group of new friends and endless amounts of inspiration.  What a joy!

I also just discovered that I was selected as plate #1000 for the Plate a Day blog which is one of my favorite blogs to pop in on. I can't even say honored I am to receive the comments that artist and blogger Carole Epp made for my work!

Here is the post

#1000 Plates

All of that to say...I am heading out tomorrow to do a workshop in DC at the Lee Arts Center for 2 days and then I will be back again and hopefully able to post some information and talk a little bit about my experience.

'Til then!