workin’ on friends

Halloween // working on some new friends near to the front door tonight while spooky scary skeletons are ringing the doorbell, hollering for treats. Toss some candy, work on a nose, adore a costume, put on an eyelid. This is a pretty fun way to spend a creative night! . Who knows if these will be dry and double fired by Saturday’s show I’m trying. Plus can’t stop won’t stop. . . [Image description: a white hand holding a white clay pot with a face sculpted. In the background is two smaller pots with hollow insides with faces also sculpted on the front.] #ceramics #potteryprocess #pinchpots #plantpots #plantsForHair #facesculpture #clayfaces #headpots #canadianceramicsstudio


trio of heads

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


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


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.]


glaze 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


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.]