New Designs

I love this chocolate brown clay that I have been playing around with from Laguna. Instead of covering it up with glaze, I want to expose it. I have heard other potters complain about it cracking easily and not being compatible with their glazes, but I haven’t had those problems. For the time being, I am sticking to my bone glaze because I love the contrast with the dark clay. I have used a sgraffito technique where you (carefully!) apply the glaze to the damp clay, then carve into it when the glaze is dry but the clay is still soft. I have tried partially dipped pieces with varying angles. I even have a ceramic installation using this clay where I only dipped the edges in the bone glaze. Now I have moved onto the negative space of the circle. It evolved from the buttons I was making for a while, that then led to my desert moon design that you can find on my slate blue mugs. I have taken this very simple design to highlight the rough, raw nature of this dark brown clay.

So many of the items I make come from my own personal needs. Right now I need a mortar and pestle, so I have been sketching out some different designs that I will be experimenting with. I think this clay will be the perfect choice because of the texture. I will leave the inside portion unglazed and use this bone glaze on the exterior. I hope to have a few of these available for my holiday markets. My own kitchen will store the ones that didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted. My house is full of experiments that needed some improvements.

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Welcome!

Thanks for checking out my brand new website! If you are traveling here from by old blogspot site, thanks for following through. It has been close to three years since I closed up my studio in Dixon, NM and moved my family to Tucson, AZ. I tried to set up in my dimly lit one car garage, but it was very depressing and kind of cramped. Then I tried to work on my back patio. That worked part of the year, but not without a lot of problems. Several months ago we managed to build a little backyard studio and that has been a great fit. Although it is tiny, it has great light and I am able to regulate both the temperature and humidity. I haven't had a single item crack now that I am inside, that's a big deal when you live in the desert. Unfired pottery cracks when it dries too quickly. 

 

About a month ago I threw in the towel at my non-profit job and decided I would make a go at selling my pots here in Tucson. Right now I am dedicating my time to getting my inventory up in anticipation of an open house sale at my studio and the holiday rush that always requires some deep shelves. I will participate in some local art shows, so keep your eye out and sign up for my email list on my 'contact' page. I will stock my online store periodically and you are always welcome to contact me about custom orders or a time to stop by my studio to see what I have available on the shelves. Thanks for stopping by!