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.



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!