Sunday, December 12, 2010

Open House wrap up - awesomeness:)

I had a blast at the Beech Grove open house last night! We had a fantastic turn out, and everyone's work looked really great. I met lots of new people, and got to spend most of the evening geeking out about pottery with everyone, which was pretty cool. I thought I'd be nervous being the demo person all night, but I really enjoyed being at the wheel and talking to people about what I was doing. I remember the first time I watched someone throw, and how beautiful and mesmerizing it looked to me then. It was awesome seeing other people have that same experience watching me. Best part was, I got 4 new bowls and 2 new jars thrown, and a new bag of clay for my trouble! I told Mike he could ask me to be his demo person anytime.

I forgot my camera, so the only pics I have are from my cell phone from earlier in the day while we were setting up. There was a photographer there, so hopefully some better pics will surface pretty soon.

My stuff, before set up.

Catherine Schlebecker's giant slab platter. Cathy is one of the artists in residence, and my instructor on Saturdays.

Dee Schaad's figures. Dee is a faculty member of University of Indianapolis's ceramics dept.

One of Dee's platters.

Allen Reinhardt's iguana tile table. I am desperate to learn how to do tile work like this!

This coming Saturday is my last fair of the year, the Handmade Promenade Last Minute Market. Check out the Handmade Promenade blog  to see all the crafters that will be selling work. It's gonna be a fun night, so I hope to see you there!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beech Grove Clay Works Open House

Come check out Beech Grove Clay Works grand re-opening and open house tomorrow from 6p-9p! There will be work on display and for sale from the Artists in Residence, William Jamieson and Catherine Schlebecker, as well as the students. I'll also be demoing on the wheel all evening, and my birds and a few other items will be available for purchase. Check out my Facebook event page for more info!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Things I'm making right now

I've got so many irons in the fire right now, it's hard to keep them all straight. Two shows coming up in the next three weeks, my 50 bird ornaments, the two sculpted jars, a commission of children's hot cocoa mugs for Christmas, and I haven't even started making work for the group show proposal my friends and I just submitted. Whew!

Here's some pics!
Here's the 50 birds, dried and waiting to be painted. They'll be Christmas ornaments or decorative hangings when they're done.

I've been scouring bird identification books for inspiration for painting all of these guys.

Here's the first 7 out of the glaze kiln. I just have to add ribbons so they can be hung.

Btw, I am having a contest on my facebook fan page, and I'm giving away one of these birds. To win one, just click "like" on my page to become a fan, and then find the post I made this past Saturday about the contest. Suggest my fanpage to your friends, and then leave a comment on my post saying you did, and you're entered! My fanpage is also the best way to keep on top of shows and other things going on with my work on a more regular basis (I'm much better about updating there than I am here!)

The contest ends this Sunday, and Monday I will begin listing birds on Etsy. If you live in Indianapolis, you can also purchase one at the Handmade Promenade Last Minute Market on Dec. 18th. I will be donating five of them to charity, and the proceeds from those will go to a local spay and neuter clinic, Face.

My jars in progress. I haven't started painting the cat girl yet, and the creepy girl is half done.

The cocoa mugs I've been asked to make as Christmas gifts. I think they're gonna be cute! They're kid sized, so a little smaller than I usually make.
 This last thing I'm making is a collaborative effort, and it's still in progress...

I got my first ultrasound today!

Our little punker in progress, Baby Maddy.