Monday, February 27, 2012

NCECA 2012: West Coast Teapot Show, Platter Tectonics and Pulse: Rhythm in Clay

March is going to be a busy month with NCECA and with it being held in locally in Seattle this year, I am extra excited.

As part of NCECA, I have previous mentioned about my pillow bowl being displayed in the Potters Council Show and my ceramic shoes and bag being displayed at the Nordstrom window "Feet of Clay" show.

In addition to this my teapots are part of The West Coast Teapot Show at the Columbia Art Gallery Hood River, OR. It is an honor being among such great potters with amazing teapots. Do check them out.

You can see two of platters at the Platter Tectonics/Specific Rims exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center Store

And my Dacing Divas and a platter are going to be at the Pulse: Rhythm in Clay exhibit at the ArtEast Art Center in Issaquah, WA

And at the end of NCECA March 31st and April 1st, I am planning on having my first open studio tour. Stay tuned for more info on that!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Decorative Butter Dishes

I have been making decorative butter dishes for a few years now and I am always thrilled to decorate them with unique patterns. Because of their time consuming nature, I usually made 12 at a time. This time I decided to challenge myself and make 30 of them. Most of these are for wholesale orders, so I have been a busy bee.

I made all different patterns and had to really scratch my head on these.

Few things I realized from making larger quantities at one time...
  • You increase your efficiency. For example, you pick up one tool and do the same step on all the butter dishes. Rather than picking up and putting down 10 tools for each piece. This saves a lot of time.
  • Develope quicker ways to do the same thing. I made a new tool which helps me score and slip. More on that in another post.
  • And because I wanted different designs on all butter dishes, I came up with some really cool new patterns.
  • And most of all your hand developes a memory, just like playing the piano which makes things go a lot faster and your work will continue to improve.
Do share your insights on what you have learnt working in your studio.


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