03
Aug

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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

01
Aug

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Hot Sunday // And when it is hot, we make empty heads in the shade on the deck. It's 32 C here in Calgary, and I may now just pour myself a cocktail, and go lay in the shade with the hose misting me. Because WOW. ️…#pinchpots #sculpture #facesculpture #facesculpting #CanadianCeramics #AlbertaPotters #plainsmanpottery #handbuilding #ceramics #pottery #studiolife Posted by Intagrate Lite

30
Jul

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Heading into bisque // I keep meaning to run a bisque kiln but then I make more heads that need to dry first, which extends the wait. I'm learning patience. And how to make duck lip poses in sculpture. Both give me mixed emotions.🦆[Image description: three different sizes of white clay pinch pot with humanoid faces sculpted onto the front.]..#ceramicartist #handemadeceramics #ceramicpots #ceramicplanter #ceramicstudio #ceramicsculpture #claylife #pottery #potteryart #handmadepottery #handbuiltpottery #sculpture #functionalpottery #potterymaker #potterymakers #potterymaking #potteryprocess #pottersofinstagram #potterslife #AlbertaPotters #canadianceramicsstudio Posted by Intagrate Lite

16
Jul

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Big Faces Keep On Turning // The latest pot in progress from the very hot back patio. ..[Image description: a grey clay pot with a face with oversized features. ].#sculpture #portraits #pinchpot #plantpot #ceramics #clay #pottery #CanadianCeramics #AlbertaPotters Posted by Intagrate Lite

13
Jul

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Book Learnin' // Got a book. Doing stuff from the Book. "Making Comics" from Lynda Barry is really fun. (she is @NearSitedMonkey on instagram). Five stars, would recommend for back patio drawing thus far in that I actually sat down and drew something fun and didn't get all angsty and serious about the darned thing. This is me as an astronaut. I strayed a bit because I lost focus when someone was yelling for me. Note: Rarely does one yell for me when I am not doing art. When I am lonely, I should hold a pen or paintbrush, then wait… Anywho, focus is wibbly wobbly at the best of times. This is fun. Do you have any drawing practices that you go back to to free yourself?..[image description: Open book detailing a drawing exercise and on top, 4" x 6" index cards with the top card with a black ink drawn line frame, titled "me" with the date July 11, and a black inked cartoon figure of a woman with short curly hair in a headband with an astronaut helmet and suit against a starry sky. ]..#drawing #practice #artpractice #comics #artist #penandinkdrawing Posted by Intagrate Lite

13
Jul

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Faces // The back patio and I have been making faces when the days are too hot to do much else. I'm keen on larger-than-life eyes, drawing them larger and wider on each pot. Huge eyelids upper and lower, nose and lips coming into reality as I work. The birds sing, and I sculpt until the kiln is eventually full (not yet) and the heatwaves that keep rolling over the city start to calm. These pots are not what I was planning but sometimes the heat takes us where it takes us. .[image descriptions for 4 images:Image 1: grey clay with middle hollowed in the start of a pinch pot. Image 2: two balls of grey clay with the middle hollowed out in a pinch pot, with the ball closest to the viewer smooth and sponged and the furthest rough. Image 3: top view of a grey clay pinch pot plant pot with a somber face. Image 4: front view of a grey clay pinch pot plant pot with a somber face, and the start of another pinch pot in the background. ].#sculpture #portraits #pinchpot #plantpot #ceramics #clay #pottery #CanadianCeramics #AlbertaPotters Posted by Intagrate Lite

15
Jun

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Achievement unlocked: Fully vaccinated Covid-19 //The rest of the household are booking when they are eligible in the coming weeks, aiming to be 100% in our house by early July. #vaccinationdone️ Posted by Intagrate Lite

21
May

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Faces // I worked on more small pinch pot faces during our brief hot weather spike this past weekend. Now as the weather chills as May long approaches, I’m cleaning up these cheeks and pondering the sizes of the pots. This larger one is significantly larger than the two in the last set, which I like for larger plants. I adore the unruly hair that plants add to give these pots their real finishing touches.#canadianceramics #sculpture #pinchpots #pottery Posted by Intagrate Lite

21
Apr

Handle it

Handle it // getting handles on, waiting for mugs to dry, the cycle continues. ..#plainsmanclay #wheelthrown #albertapotters #ceramics #clay #ceramicmugs #potterylife #ceramicartist #ceramicsstudio #potteryprocess #CanadianCeramicsStudio #canadianceramics Posted by Intagrate Lite

14
Apr

Going Batty

Testing // Jason made a new bat system for me because our beloved supplier Ceramics Canada is out of stock. We had a box of bisque tiles laying about, so we're making due with those as the bats. So far, it's working great although it will take more practice for me to pull the clay up from the tile that is so close to the bat that holds it. And to remember to keep the bisque wet enough so my mug doesn't SURPRISE! pop off while I'm throwing. I'll call the first run using these small bats a success and I'm looking forward to trying more this weekend. …#batsystem #throwingbats #bisquetiles #canadianceramicsstudio #albertapotters #testing #neverstoplearning.[image description: A line of five freshly throwing pottery mugs made of white clay, each on a square bisque tile.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

13
Apr

Studio Assistant

Studio assistant // This blurred image is Lily. Lily is some strange mix of terrier and dachshund. Or cat. And something very very fast. She's very very #helpfail when we are working on projects because she really likes to be near us, which does not help since her input is rarely useful. She is mostly in it for the snacks, if you must know. She spent our house painting project woefully penned in a bedroom after being unable to resist dipping her rear into paint. Repeatedly.Anywho, this is now our one and only four legged studio assistant. She was still enough for me to capture just one photo of her in the studio where she isn't just a blur. She is mostly just a blur though, so the three blurring photos are the more accurate representations of what she looks like. We haven't moved an acceptable dog bed into studio yet so she spends her time split between pacing, crying, jumping up on my knees, and hunting mice while knocking over our chaos. She's rather be out in the yard, digging giant holes and eating snacks, or snoring on the couch under a blanket. I can't fault her for that. …#studioassistant #studiodog #canadianceramicsstudio #albertapottersassociation #artistlife #makerlife #studiolife @albertapottersassociation .[image description: a variety of photos in a ceramics studio taken from behind the pottery wheel. There is a small black and white jack russell terrier with a black collar with pink bone tag, pawing up at the potter's leg. The dog is a moving blur, not in focus except for the last photo, where she sits on the floor in front of a variety of glaze chemicals and bagged clays.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

06
Apr

new favourite glaze from the testing

New test glaze, who dis?.Everything is going to be this colour now. It’s true love over here. Can’t even stop to take a better photo because I’m too busy staring at it.#GlazeChemistry #GlazeTest #glazy Posted by Intagrate Lite

05
Apr

chasing glazes – testing

Glaze // I'm chasing the perfect aged turquoise. I'm getting there… I tested a variety of ten glazes last night (not ALL turquoise!). I've made some modifications to a few, and firing again now. Easter creative awakening![Image description: white hand holding a tall line textured glaze test tile with a matte turquoise glaze, with glaze running down the right side slightly. The glaze breaks a slight brown on the edges.]..#GlazeChemistry #CanadianCeramicsStudio #experiment #glazy #CeramicGlaze #GlazeTest #TurquoiseGlaze #CopperCarbonate Posted by Intagrate Lite

01
Apr

glaze party, research style

Glaze Party / just entering the likely chemical composition of my wheat straw ash based on this PhD thesis from someone in the UK who included North American samples, in case you're wondering what art looks like. The start if experiments tomorrow!#GlazeChemistry #HyperGlaze #canadianceramicsstudio ..[Image description: Computer screen with a PhD thesis text behind the open Hyperglaze software window, where chemical components are being typed into small entry boxes.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

31
Mar

bye Ravelry

I'm logged out. Thank you to everyone showing support. I really do hope they pull their heads out of their asses and fix the site. It still makes my head hurt. #mTBI #postconcussionsyndrome #vestibularocular #ableistAssholes[Image description: large text on colour blocked background: LOGGED OUT #RavelryAccessibility]Reposted from @indigodragonfly Ravelry. “Inclusive, friendly website” must include the thousands of people who have been unable to use the site since June 2020. #ravelryaccess matters to ALL of us.—I’m logging out because:- accessibility is a basic human right- I miss my @indigodragonflystudio community which has dropped off by 34% since June 2020- my pattern sales on Ravelry have dropped considerably despite increased interest in my designs- my ads on Ravelry used to be consistently the #1 source of traffic to my website. Since June 2020, it’s #18 to #25.—Repost from @anniebeeknits using @RepostRegramApp – I've logged off @hi.ravelry for the next few days in solidarity with those who have been (a) negatively impacted by the site redesign (in some cases, to the extent of hospitalization and inability to work), and (b) repeatedly gaslit by the site's staff and owners. #RavelryAccessibility matters. Thanks to @evanitaewm for galvanizing us all into a shared, concrete action. (See her account, and especially her stories, for lots more information.) Posted by Intagrate Lite