Thursday, October 30, 2014


Here are some finished cups with the faceted bases. I have made the faceted vessels and soda fired them in the past, but I am working to find ways to achieve similar effects with options available to students at the Eagan Art House. We have access only to electric fire.

These cups have bases coated in iron oxide and left unglazed. The finish is irregular and similar to dry effects in soda fire.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I added ribbons to a pile of new clay pendants lat night. Pretty little necklaces are now ready to sell!

And I can't resist a picture of my big bowl of buttons!

I hate recycling clay at home by hand, so I make buttons an pendants from the scrap slab pieces. The only problem with this practice is glazing. Each and every little shred of clay I create then needs to be finished with glaze. It is way more my style to stock pile these little treasures before glazing until I finally break down and have to glaze 100 all at once. It makes me want to poke my own eyes then I put off finishing the net group and the cycle remains quite cruel. They sure are pretty when all finished and hanging out together!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Electric Pots

These came out of the electric kiln today:)
My spiral mixed clay mugs look nice with their colored rims!

New batch of buttons!

More printing...these leaves are from a screen print with underglaze. I made a drawing of this amazing leaf that is very prevalent in Brazil, and then made a silk screen using that drawing. I then printed that on to the slab on top of other transferred slip patterns.

Sgraffito is nice, but I don't like the texture of the clear glaze over the black underglaze. I will use black slip next time.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ideas across form

I have done this faceting on vessels and jars...

And last night I did some sketching to pull the idea onto other in the studio today I started fleshing out some ideas.

I still need to add handles:

Need to trim the bottom and cut out little feet...

And I will smooth this join out once the plate has set up a bit.

Not bad for a day's work and creative play!

Monday, October 20, 2014


I am glazing and loading an electric kiln full of the final stage of last week's productivity. I am glad for the tried and true options that electric firing provides in light of the weekend's kiln trauma. Ahhhhh, just program it and walk!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Naughty Kiln

I was re-firing my wee kiln yesterday when I heard popping.....and yep, I blew up two pieces which took out my entire kiln load...

God bless angle grinders! I had to grind every shelf, and my kiln floor. Ick.

Here are my only survivors from the load...small treasures, but at least SOMETHING made it!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


I made these with my adult Beginner Clay Experience class and they are toooooo cuuuute! I want to make a series of them for fun, maybe with my kids tomorrow while we are firing the kiln! Happy almost Halloween!

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Pottery Give Away

The winner of my pottery give away drawing was David middle school band director from Ada, OK. Facebook sure makes the world seem small and full of reconnections! I remember once (actually several times) he gave a tuner to the three oboes and told us to go into the practice room to tune. We were not to return to the band until we were "in tune." At the time, I thought it was odd, but on every occasion we took this task seriously and proceeded to spend a large chunk of the band period in the practice room seeking the nirvana that is "in tune." Years later, when I found myself the teacher of beginning band with the help of small group lessons weekly as well as TWO teachers for the 150 4th and 5th graders, I saw the tuning request for the sanity saver it must have been for him. No beginning and should have two oboes much less three. Mr. Vandewalker had full 6th grade band every day, but I don't think we had any small group lessons, no Smart Music, no helpers.....just Mr. V. Despite the limitations of the program set up at the time, we learned to play really well. We loved music, and all three oboes for that year continued and were still playing for the Ada High School Band when I moved from Ada after 10th grade. I have thought of him often as I went on to teach middle schoolers and high schoolers and I realized what a gift his instruction was! Mr. Vandewalker and my band director at the high school, Mr. Warren, were the biggest influences on my becoming a band director. Thanks a billion! I am thrilled to pieces that you won my little drawing!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swirl Cups

I ambitiously threw 15 of these today, torched them and trimmed them, and then only got handles on about 10 before I wore out. They are pretty though and I had fun throwing swirly style....hadn't done it in a while:)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Today I was rushed and feeling late to my class when I discovered that I didn't have a class today! So I got to spend the whole day to myself in the studio! I made a herd of mugs, a cake stand, two serving bowls with sgraffito on them, and I added pedestal feet to these printed slab bowls. I was on fire today!!!!! Also, I have been busy working on my website in the last two weeks! Check out the new site and gallery and subscribe to my newsletter too!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


This is a picture of my friend Amy at her studio in Lower town Saint Paul during the St. Paul Art Craw. She has started a series of 1000 pieces and I admire her goal. She just has art pouring out of her! Check out her site too!

I have been spending my time doing inventory and getting ready for holiday business. I ran across this pretty pitcher! I need to make more with this glaze combination!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Alternative Firing

Today, my class at the Eagan Art House held an alternative firing FIESTA including horse hair, Raku, and are some of my pretty tiles from today!

And a horse hair pot...

And some nice crackle re-fired results...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mono prints on clay

I have been working on these slabs of clay.....printing and layering.....I am happy with today's clay play!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Swirl Pot

I love this pot but find getting a good photo of a very dark pot nearly impossible......grrrrr!

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Monday, October 6, 2014


Here are some tiles from my inventory. I was feeling a little sad that my dragon friends have left my garden as it gets colder:(

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Large Scale Work

Here are a couple of pictures of large serving bowls. The first one has a cut edge that I love to put on my larger pieces!!!!! The second is a set of bowls with hollow rims. I like a heavy rims on the large serving is nice to have a rim that can function as a solid way to grip big pots!

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