The last time I visited friends in Minnesota, I stopped by the Northern Clay Center to check out their Holiday Show and Sale. Although I can't really afford to buy all the pots I would like, I couldn't resist these two beauties. Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy uses clay slips and brushwork for lively surfaces, as seen in this cup.
S.C. Rolf typically uses layering techniques to achieve texture and design resembling landscapes such as a riverbed, yet I was drawn to this cup because of it's subtle crackling within its smooth surface. I guess Merry Christmas to myself?
It wouldn't be winter without a blizzard of course! Thirteen inches of snow later, Des Moines is still shoveling its way out of this season's first big one. These icicles decorating my house just might be inspiration for an upcoming light sculpture...
While home for the holidays, I am taking a break from clay, yet continuing to brainstorm for future projects. So far, it has been a great time to catch up with friends, family, and mentors in the Midwest. Something to look forward to within the next year or so: a firing and show for all us past interns at JD Jorgenson's!
Six months in Virginia has come and gone. Now I'm back in the Midwest for 2 months to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I think it will be a nice break, but I'm already thinking about what I want to do when I get back to Virginia!
A long time coming: glazes in the studio. After a number of tests, I settled on a glaze called Bone for a few wedding gifts. Interesting results to say the least (not sure how I feel about the bone on the dark clay body):