07
Jun

First wheelthrowing since 2019! – IGTV

The IGTV (Instagram / Facebook LIVE) on June 7 featured Cara alone. This much longer video has her attempting to throw three mug shapes after being away from the wheel since November 2019. How does she do? Check out the video on Instagram’s IGTV here.

31
May

Making a Tumbler – IGTV

Our IGTV Facebook/Instagram LIVE session on May 31, 2020 featured a few nifty things: making a handbuilt tumbler adding texture to that tumbler using a 3D printed stamp to add a stamped feature on the tumbler You can see our recorded session HERE on Instagram. Enjoy!

24
May

Sunday Live / 11am 1pm Photo Setup – IGTV

Sunday Live / 11am 1pm EST We'll show you a peek behind the scenes of our product photography setup. We want every image in our shop to show every angle for our customers, have realistic to life colour, and this is how we try to do that…EDIT: Find this episode under our IGTV videos! Unedited from our kitchen..#ceramics #etsy #sellonline #lightbox #productphotography #instagramlive #igtv Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
May

Loading the Kiln – IGTV

Monday LIVE! We show you our studio goose, the kilns, the CHAOS that is our studio while it had been unused as the furnace waited repair, and we do a small kiln load. Happy May Long! Access the video on IGTV here. Oh my, you can tell we are not sleeping because of our sick elder dog! Please ignore our dark circles, puffiness, and tired eyes. We got her comfy inside the house with our son, and then came out to load the kiln with the younger dog.

09
Mar

handbuilding

Work work work it // he's working hard to prep for @fibreshindig on April 18! Got some fun stuff cooking. I'm laying on the couch, drinking tea like a sick layabout (this THROAT and HEAD thing urgh) but the studio is still pumping. I'm sketching between cups of tea, because that's what I do when germs got me down. Are you coming to the Calgary Spring Fibre Shindig to party it up among yarn lovers? I can't wait to see everyone after this long winter slumber. #ceramics #handbuiltceramics #fibreshindig #yycevents #yarnfestival Posted by Intagrate Lite

29
Feb

scale experiments

Here be Dragons… or at least some dragonscale. I was watching @epicfailstudios drink out of her scale mug and now I want to make more but different shape. So today I'm playing a bit, ripping up paper templates and trying some different techniques. This scale is upside down because after I made the form, it turned out that I liked it upside down better. Sometimes upside down is how ya gotta flip things so they make sense, right?#studio #pottery #experiment #yycartists #ceramics #plainsmanclay Posted by Intagrate Lite

31
Dec

throwing while distracted

D i s t r a c t e d // throwback to throwing while distracted. Jason and our friend and neighbour, Tony, were in studio as I made the forms for the kitchener mugs. Our meandering conversation danced from the upcoming January 2020 ACAD market (we would have 9 days to prep. Ceramics needs weeks, not days), then to the resurgence of vinyl (enthusiast @lyleaspinall received a shout out). We argued about the existence of a comic book store on Southland and MacLeod Trail in #yyc. Hot flashes in men with empathy for women after a bout of medication side effects, and our suspected senility with not a good memory among us on this sunny day rounded out the convo. I was more focused on the chat than the pot, and I acquired a wobble due to my lack of focus. I should know better, but I enjoy companionship in the studio, and your mug will sometimes show the evidence.?Happy 2020! May you have the companionship you want, the laughter you need, and the good health we all desire.#ceramics #wheelthrown #wheelthrowingvideo #plainsmanclay Posted by Intagrate Lite

21
Nov

Kitchener Mugs – in progress

Babies waiting for some clear coat and then into the kiln. They'll emerge bright teal, dark purple, and blue after the magic happens. MAGIC!Glazing is still the scariest part of this process for me because it is an exercise in experimentation, luck, science, and trust. This batch of mugs, I am relatively secure with how these glazes interact at the temperature that we fire to (1200C/2200F) but we still have regions of the kiln that might be hotter or cooler by 50-100 degrees, which will change the resulting colour. If we apply the glaze slightly thinner or thicker, it affects the end product as well and how the glaze breaks, how it feels, how it picks up underlying texture, and the colour tone. And when we mix new batches, we'd better be sure we have the right specific gravity so that it applies correctly or we may end up with a kiln-load of destroyed pots. This balancing trick is why you might see a ceramic artist hold up an piece of their own pottery and admire the glaze because the magic and luck mixed with glaze-mixing skill is an intriguing art in itself that keeps us chasing perfect results. #glaze #canadianceramics #plainsman #wheelthrown #underglaze #howiamaco #ceramics Posted by Intagrate Lite

11
Nov

Doublespeed throwing

D O U B L E S P E E D // Throwing mugs and cups on this very chilly day, working down my to-do list while really wishing that this studio had a fireplace (and was surrounded by palm trees, while we're wishing…)#wheelthrown #ceramics #potteryvideos #ceramicvideo Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Oct

kitchener mugs

Last push before Saturday's show! I have only a small selection of kitchener mugs in this load, so get yer butt to the booth quickly on Saturday if you want one. We're in the big second room in the far corner (our "usual spot"). #ceramicsyyc #ceramics #pottery #wheelthrown #Albertamade #canadianceramics #makersmovement #fibreshindig2019 #kitchenermug Posted by Intagrate Lite

16
Oct

teensy tiny sweater ornaments

My teensy tiny sweater lost a teensy tiny button.Red, blue, yellow, green… what colours will these sweater ornaments be? And what colour will their teensy buttons be?#handmadeholidays #ornaments #ceramics #buttons #canadianceramics #pottery #buyhandmade #makersmovement #treeornaments #MakersGottaMake #handbuilt #ceramicsyyc #makersmovement #yyc #glazing Posted by Intagrate Lite

15
Oct

smashy smashy

Sometimes, things just don't work out.?Bye bye, cracked mug…?Pottery quickly teaches to not get attached. It is almost always easier to remake than to attempt any salvage. (I fail at the not getting attached thing for one-of-a-kind work. Saying goodbye still requires a stiff drink for those) Good thing we have more of these beauties for the Fibre Shindig on the weekend! ?#featsofpretendstrength#fibreshindig2019 #ceramics #canadianceramics #AlbertaMade #pottery #handbuilt #handbuiltpottery #greenware Posted by Intagrate Lite

12
Oct

trimming

Trimming tiny notion / sauce / mise en place bowls for Fibre Shindig next weekend! Cutting it close but that's how we roll…?#trimming #ceramics #tinypots #pottery #canadianceramics #AlbertaMade #yycartists #BuyHandmade #albertaceramics #fibreshindig2019 #fibreshindig Posted by Intagrate Lite

02
Oct

packing bowls

Packing yarn bowls for #knitcity2019 – I have only as many as I can sneak behind the seat as we prep to come over the mountains to see y'all, so come early to the @poppyyarnandfibre booth to get first pick! #ceramics #yarnbowls #yyvknitters #knitcity #booth235 #howdoIchoosewhichtobring Posted by Intagrate Lite

20
Sep

trying something new – little bowls

Is it #TrySomethingNewFriday ? I made some mise en place bowls using a new technique! They were so fun to make! I love small things. I have a stack of little flat dishes of my own for sauces, teabags, spoons, stitch holders, rings, and I want more but in bowl form. My first try gave me ideas for improvement but after some vigorous edge sponging to soften things, these will be adorable! I'll be bringing the finished babies to the @FibreShindig on Oct 19 in Calgary. #ceramics #miseenplace #albertamade #littlebowls #handbuilt #slabbuilt #homeformyteabag #homeformystitchmarkers #yycmade #handmade #potteryforknitters #pottery Posted by Intagrate Lite