23
Oct

from instagram Oct 23, 2021 @ 06:54

Today at 10am! We packed up a variety of handcarved yarnbowls and unique mugs with our slipper soles, wee bowls, head pots, shawl pins, and we are on our way to FIBRE SHINDIG. ONE DAY ONLY. We are in the big gym to your right. . . #FibreShindig #yarn #yycevents #yarnbowl #yycknitters #oct23 #MissYouJacy

19
Oct

from instagram Oct 19, 2021 @ 16:38

SHINDIG SATURDAY! // And here we go! Our first show since October 2019 is Oct 23. We’re packing yarn bowls, kitchener mugs, F #CK mugs including extra tall F #CK OFF I’m GAMING mugs, slipper soles, and the gorgeous shawl pins by our friend Carolina of @SzaboGlassCreations We’ll also have buttons and little sweater ornaments – as well as pretty wee dishes to hold your preciouses. We’re pretty excited. <3 See you Saturday at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, darlings! . Bring your masks, proof of vaccination, hand sanitizer, and air hugs – we'll be COVID safe as we can. @FibreShindig The Shindig Collective #yycevents #yycmarkets #yycyarn #yycknitters #yyccrocheters

13
Oct

from instagram Oct 13, 2021 @ 22:41

Glaze test results // I’m contemplating glazing half my head pots in a clear glaze with no dimension for a cold alien feel, and for the other half, I want a range of rich skin colours and “life”. I did several tests and well, lucky me that failure is part of the journey to success. These are my favourite results thus far. The right result, a thin tenmoku, has shine in the deeper crevices that I’m not sure if I’m a fan of yet. The matte RIO warm brown tones on the left is the only truly successful glaze test that seemed to capture the nuance of rich tones within the same face. I now know what doesn’t work in my glaze and underglazes “kitchen”: other tests came out quite green or jaundiced, or my wiping was far too aggressive leaving the colour to fade completely after firing. My clear glaze on top of the testers almost always turned my browns to greens, or even clear (as seen on the top of the left pot), a glaze chemistry fascination. I’ll keep working and practicing and testing but I’m quite excited about finding one that has such potential. 🥰 (Tagging @liz.larue.7 so she can see this process update!) . . . #sculpture #pinchpots #facesculpture #clay #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #potteryprocess #redironoxide

11
Oct

from instagram Oct 11, 2021 @ 09:05

Happy place // Grateful for this day, Indigenous Peoples Day in many places and Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. The last two years have had challenges but have also held incredibly healing. I was suffering such burn out at the end of 2019 after a surgery that didn’t go quite right and a toxic work environment that was about to get worse with a reorg that would only add to the overwhelm. I couldn’t figure art-life balance and boundaries were shadows. All I had was exhaustion and tension. . Now I’m in a new work team that feels like a group hug even while supporting healthcare frontlines during this pandemic. My own health is managed by two great outpatient clinics. My art is moving into a place of joy, and the artist community I’m part of is a gift in itself. I live in the beauty that is Treaty 7 territory and I’ve made it more a priority to explore this area and the history this year. My kid is living the amazing tween spirit life and this partner of mine keeps me laughing with the type of belly laughter that comes from my toes. And I have these art supplies and a pile of sketchbooks, and a line of freshly thrown bowls waiting to have things carved upon them. . So much to be thankful for. . . #grateful

10
Oct

from instagram Oct 10, 2021 @ 20:40

Bottoms up! / Dry faster, will ya?? . . #yarnbowls #greenware #potteryprocess #makerlife #patience

09
Oct

from instagram Oct 09, 2021 @ 18:00

Carving // my phone malfunctioned in the middle of today’s impromptu live however this is the end result. . . [Image description: White clay bowl with a cut out on the left and a carved floral / succulent motif across the front. The bowl is sitting on a large gold foam rest against a charcoal background.] . . #yarnbowl #wheelthrowing #wheelthrown #carvedclay #ceramics #pottery #potteryprocess #CanadianCeramics

07
Oct

from instagram Oct 07, 2021 @ 23:02

Carving a leather hard ceramic yarn bowl, high speed version. After carving, it will sit and dry completely then visit the kiln for its first round of firing. We will then apply glaze and place in the kiln for the final firing. #ceramics #potteryvideo #ceramicvideo #potteryprocess #yarnbowl #wheelthrown #freehandcarving #CanadianCeramics #makerlife #studiolife #highspeedvideo

07
Oct

from instagram Oct 07, 2021 @ 11:31

People? // Our first show is coming soon on October 23 for @FibreShindig and this (kilted) guy will be there first thing in the morning and returning in the afternoon. Will we remember how to people?? Our last show was 2019! Jason will have leather slipper soles ready for your feetsies and a collection of mugs for you or for your holiday gift giving. We’ll also have yarn bowls, buttons, and adorable little dishes! . This show will be following the vaccination program so have your vax record ready at the door! . T-shirt by @zenliondesign . . [Image description: Tall white man with salt and pepper hair in a top knot and shaved sides with a long beard, wearing a black leather jacket and a black t-shirt with white lettering that says “VACCINATED still anti-social”. He is against an outdoor fall background.] . #fibreshindig #yycknitters #yyccrochet #yycevents #yarn #yycmarkets

02
Oct

from instagram Oct 02, 2021 @ 14:17

Trimming // Trimming yarn bowls. While the clay is flying, @itswilwheaton reads to me. It’s a perfect afternoon. . . . @giffingrip #ReadyPlayerTwo #Audiobook #giffingrip #trimming #wheelthrown #potteryprocess #ceramics #pottery #makerlife #studiolife

02
Oct

from instagram Oct 02, 2021 @ 09:22

Cold toes // From now until end of day Thanksgiving Oct 12, slipper soles are on sale in shop (link in bio). My toes are COLD so yours might be too so let’s get to work warming them up, shall we? This luscious black leather was a chance add to our lineup and it is now one of our most popular. Our supplier always steers me to the softest yet durable for our feetsies. . . . #Etsy #Slippers #SlipperSoles #slipperseason #SlipperBottoms #Sale #yyc #soles #MadeInAlberta

26
Sep

from instagram Sep 26, 2021 @ 19:30

Pause // we “should” be prepping for our show on October 23 at @fibreshindig but instead we took the weekend to escape to camp – disconnect, reconnect, and soak up the glorious autumn. Sometimes, we have to remember that the days are long, but the years are so very short. . . . [Image description: There is a dirt pathway through a forest of yellow leaved birch and aspen trees, and some conifers dabbled about. On the path is a tanned white older child with long curly brown hair, his back to the viewer, in blue shorts, a bright yellow t-shirt, holding a long stick out to the side. The sun shines warmly on the autumn scene.] . . #Alberta #Autumn #AlbertaHikes #kananaskis #family

19
Sep

from instagram Sep 19, 2021 @ 19:45

Garden // I planted some hardy hens and chicks into garden today, and the patterns carved on today’s yarn bowls reflect these new additions. MORE FLOWERS. I carved until my toes were too cold for the patio, then wrapped up the session with some hastily carved leaves, relocated to the drying rack in studio, and hustled myself to the warmth of the house. Fibre Shindig is coming soon October 23 @fibreshindig so mark your calendars! . . . #wheelthrown #handcarved #ceramics #pottery #AlbertaMade #makerlife #potteryprocess

15
Aug

from instagram Aug 15, 2021 @ 12:42

Workin’ // It’s gonna be 34C (93F) again today and I’m heading out to lay in cold water after this pot is complete. How are you keeping cool, friends? ️ [Image description: Freshly created grey clay empty pot with a human face sculpted onto the front. A white clay covered hand holds it in front of a background that contains a hanging brightly coloured pink and turquoise beach towel.] . . #pinchpot #headpot #claylife #plantpot #handmade #canadianceramics #sculpture #facesculpting #facesculpture #facestudy #pottery #ceramic #ceramicpots #handbuilding

03
Aug

from instagram

I make heads so they can grow hair // I was in grade four or five when my teacher handed out raw chicken eggs, and we drew faces upon them. We then blew them out so they were hollow, and carefully peeled off the top bit of shell. We crafted the fanciest of toilet paper roll pedestals for our eggs, then propped them atop and added soil and grass seed. Adding a bit of water, they were set upon the classroom ledge and we were asked to dig into our wee selves and find patience. Within days, we had the start of grass shoots and within weeks, were able to trim and style our little egghead's grass hairdo. 🥚I can only assume this is remnant sweet memory and bliss from that project. You never know what will stay in a young artist's heart, only to arise again over three decades later.🥚..[image description: Two white plant pots with faces. The left contains a jade plant and the right contains a delicate circular vining plant with multiple strands down the pot's "face". They are perched on a white shelf in front of a bookshelf]..#sculpture #pinchpots #houseplants #handbuilding #KeepArtInSchool #canadianceramics #pottery #ceramics #cone6oxidation Posted by Intagrate Lite

02
Aug

from instagram Aug 02, 2021 @ 22:11

I make heads so they can grow hair // I was in grade four or five when my teacher handed out raw chicken eggs, and we drew faces upon them. We then blew them out so they were hollow, and carefully peeled off the top bit of shell. We crafted the fanciest of toilet paper roll pedestals for our eggs, then propped them atop and added soil and grass seed. Adding a bit of water, they were set upon the classroom ledge and we were asked to dig into our wee selves and find patience. Within days, we had the start of grass shoots and within weeks, were able to trim and style our little egghead’s grass hairdo. 🥚 I can only assume this is remnant sweet memory and bliss from that project. You never know what will stay in a young artist’s heart, only to arise again over three decades later. 🥚 . . [image description: Two white plant pots with faces. The left contains a jade plant and the right contains a delicate circular vining plant with multiple strands down the pot’s “face”. They are perched on a white shelf in front of a bookshelf] . . #sculpture #pinchpots #houseplants #handbuilding #KeepArtInSchool #canadianceramics #pottery #ceramics #cone6oxidation