My friend Eef sent me a link to a blog called Lovely Clusters, which has been kind enough to put together a list of creative bloggers. I'm questionably creative, but I do have a blog, and I do go around telling people I'm an artist so they'll think I'm cool and not just the huge dork and social retard I appear to be. So here's my submission to the list:
My name's Lori, I'm 28, and I'm a ceramic artist/potter originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, now living in Indianapolis. I've got a big ol' fancy BFA in Ceramics from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University, which is where I met my weirdo punk husband Nich. We live together with 5 bastard cats, 2 goldfish, and a Leucistic Texas Rat Snake that looks awesome, but is cranky as hell. I make stuff out of clay, and I'm working towards doing pottery as a living full time, but I'm trying to content myself with learning as much as I can and knowing that making stuff everyday is pretty cool, even if I have to eat ramen to do it.
I create a lot of cups, which is sort of an obsession of mine (hence the blog title). I lean mostly towards making functional art - I love well designed tableware and things that enhance your everyday life. I occasionally make things that are more conceptual, but I can't help but laugh at myself a little when things get too deep - who am I kidding? I can't even keep my shoes tied half the time, so who am I to comment on the ills of society? My conceptual work is usually concerned with my own life experiences, my struggles with mental health and being bipolar, and things like memory and emotion. I started off as a painter, so I draw and paint a lot as well, and keep a daily drawing journal which I post on this blog.
I get really inspired by music, animals, the whole crafting and DIY movement, graffiti, street and underground culture (whatever that is anymore), and looking at other artists in as many different mediums as I can take in. I'm also an obsessive reader, so I've always got a stack of books, graphic novels, and zines next to my bed, in my car, and scattered in random places where I might be sitting.
In case you want to stalk me, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Flickr, and DeviantArt. You'd totally be stroking my ego if you visited them all.