10
Sep

all the love

With this ring // I present a delivery system and keeper for wedding rings for two amazing women who pledged themselves to each other this weekend. My sister’s joy was everything. ๏ธ๐Ÿงก One bride wore red, one bride blue, and they both wore rainbow accents. This dish incorporated all. Rings were tied to the dish with golden and red ribbons and delivered to the wedding arch during the beautiful ceremony by a very proud ring bearer. My heart is overflowing with the gift of being part of such an important moment in their lives. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€ May you have a lifetime of happiness in your marriage, my sweet darlings Mikynzee & Joannie. Kind and devoted hearts, now one. ๏ธ๐Ÿงก #ringdish #wedding #LGBTQ2Swedding #ShePutARingOnIt

05
Sep

a gaggle of heads

Glaze day // Today is finally the day to sit back and add colour to the little pot heads, head pots. The finished friends will be available at the Friday September 16 Inglewood Night Market where I will be with the lovely Alberta Potters Association tent ๐Ÿฅฐ See @inglewoodnightmarketyyc for event details! . . . #headpots #bisque #potteryprocess #glazing #ceramics #pottery #sculpture #faceplanters #pinchpot

15
Aug

from the barns

Walking salt lick: This is barn life at #AHAA T1 Championship Show in #Olds. That’s LER Twice As Good (Goodie) using me as his personal walking saltlick. I’m not sure I’ll switch careers to groom just yet but it sure was fun hanging in the stalls with @topspotstables and their amazing geldings. . #appaloosa #horse #barnlife #LER #gelding #geldingsofinstagram #saltlick #manitobahorses #appaloosasofinstagram

30
Jul

my fave head pots for this release

After // Fresh from the kiln. ๏ธ The skin tones are much richer than I could hope for and I’m so thrilled. The mix between pupil and non-pupil pots is really working for me. I’m now ready to glaze the rest of this batch of sweethearts to ready them for adoption. I will have these at the Inglewood nightmarket in Calgary mid September and in the online shop afterwards. Those red lips on the third friend are so vibrant and I’m here for it but I’m tempted to add some gloss rather than the matte What do you think? . . . #pinchpots #handbuiltpottery #pottery #ceramics #headpots #facepots #faceplanters #littlepots #handbuilding #sculpture #yyc #yycart #AlbertaMade

02
Jul

loading the kiln

Kiln loading day! // Here are the first two layers in the kiln of greenware, sometimes starring my hair because it’s VERY deep and I have to reach far inside with my short arms. Hoping to fire this batch later this week . . #kilnvideo #kiln #ceramics #potteryprocess #pottery #keramik #kilnloading #potteryvideos #ceramicvideos #makerlife #artprocess

01
Jul

more skunks

View of The Skunk Rescuer from a previous reel “Toughest Guy”. These babies are now in capable hands of the Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation @albertawildlife after wee skunk siblings were seen wandering the neighbourhood over several days. Mama had been trapped and removed, leaving orphans behind. McKenzie Towne in Calgary is a hotspot for skunks! . . #skunk #skunkkits #skunkguy #skunks #yyc #wildlifeAlberta #babyskunk #babyanimals #skunksoftiktok

26
Jun

a stack o heads

Pillar progress // I finally completed the asymmetrical finishing touches on these faces and I am letting the pillar pots dry. They will join the other waiting heads in the kiln through first bisque firing then a second glaze firing sometime this summer. Working out on the deck with a temporary sculpting studio was a refreshing change of pace although the clay dried quickly, giving my timeline a shortening. The birds singing, sounds of children playing, and the sweet scent of lilacs on the wind? What a lovely day to make pots. . . . #notskunks #pinchpots #facepots #headpots #ceramics #ceramik #clay #pottery #potteryprocess . . [Image description: Three rounded white clay pinch pots stacked upon each other, each with a different neutral peaceful face sculpted upon it. Each of the faces have eyes with pupils, a nose, and lips with fleshed cheeks. They are positioned on the right of the photo on a faded wooded table.]

25
Jun

skunks skunks skunks

Wee skunks, before capture. Mama had been trapped and removed, leaving orphans to wander our Mckenzie Towne, Calgary, Alberta, Canada neighbourhood for days. We captured these kits and their siblings and took them to the reputable Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation for care. Yes, they did eventually spray! Not as toxic as an adult ๐Ÿคฃ . . #skunks #skunksofinstagram #skunkbabies #yyc #alberta #wildlife #babyanimals #skunkkits

25
Jun

baby skunks and mama from 2019

Babies! Is one of these babies now the mama to the babies we found last week? Video from 2020 taken on our block in McKenzie Towne Calgary, Alberta, Canada at dusk ๏ธ . . #skunks #skunkbabies #skunkkits #yyc #alberta #albertawildlife #skunksofinstagram

19
Jun

heads in progress

Pillar / in progress, stack o’ heads. I have no idea if this will work, if they will be stable at completion, if they will work functionally or artistically. Yet I can only imagine what fun treasures each will eventually hold and what you will trust each to contain. I’ve been working with a different set of reference models for these three wee pots (they are VERY small) and I am loving the wide smiles and softer cheeks. . . . [image text: a set of three small white clay pinch pots, each stacked on top of each other although you can only see a small bit of the top pot as it is mostly out of frame. They sit on a dark charcoal work surface, littered with sculpting tools and surrounded with clear plastic in the background. Each of the bottom two pinch pots has a serene human face sculpted into it with open eyes, a nose, and lips.] . . #pinchpots #yyc #sculpture #facesculpture #humansculpture #facepot #headpot #pillar #ceramics #pottery #ceramik #ceramicprocess

19
Jun

the skunk video that broke the internet

Toughest guy on the block Wee skunk charging and stomping, showing my neighbour who’s boss! They are now in the capable hands of Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation @albertawildlife after wee skunk siblings were seen roaming the ‘hood over several days. It seems Mama had been trapped and removed, leaving these babies behind. McKenzie Towne in Calgary is such a hotspot for skunks! The babies are so adorable even if the adults are stinky. #skunks #yyc #wildlifeAlberta #babyskunk YouTube: https://bit.ly/skunkies

02
May

eyes are coming

Making // fine, make more of us but can we watch something OTHER than “90 Day Fiance” while you work??? No, no we may not. #TrashTv #PotteryProcess #Sculpture #ceramics #clay #pottery #keramika #pinchpottery #facesculpture #humansculpture #pinchpot

02
May

head pots in action

Watch me start the eyes and plump some cheeks – 8x speed ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ White ceramic clay sculpting of my latest face pot friend. My reference photo has beautiful plump cheeks and large eyes. I’m excited to flesh out the kids. #potteryvideos #sculpture #ceramics #pottery #ceramicsprocess #facesculpt #keramik #pinchpot

11
Apr

nice schnoz

Very much in progress // I haven’t been sitting with clay for at least a couple of weeks as we battle the ‘Vid. From throats coated with brambles to heads full of rocks and chests on fire, we’ve been consumed with naptime and Neocitran, our pre-trained immune systems battling this Omicron as it invades. My system is more invested in destroying itself so I’m behind the others in the household in recovery, my cough still too impressive to take into public. Today I haven’t slept for 18 of 24 hours so I sat at the clay bench instead and formed the beginnings of a mighty schnoz and mouth and eyes before finding that I needed a rest. I’ll continue tomorrow or the next day because these eyes still need focus. . . . #pinchpots #faces #facesculpting #sculpture #clay #ceramics #pottery #humansculpture [Image description: White clay, grey in colour, sculpture of a humanoid face with lips, nose and eyes with no pupils taking up a third of the screen, looking towards the right. A scrap of clay lays off to the right on the black table top. ]

27
Mar

prepping steins

Stages // New gamer steins in progress! Far left are handled, medallioned, and drying. Middle are just trimmed, waiting for handles and medallions. Far right are in line for trimming as I wait for the clay to reach perfect balance of consistency. Next when bone dry, they will be into the first kiln firing, then glazed and into their final firing. All the while, hoping these new experiments work out after all the stages come to pass. The process cycles on and on. Do you have a project that keeps you humble? . . . #ceramics #potteryprocess #wheelthrown #pottery #artpractice #d20mug #calgaryexpo