05
Nov

Alberta Potters Association Christmas Sale

Say cheese! // Fresh Outta the kiln. . . . #MakeNewFriends #pinchpots #sculpture #yycartists #ceramic @albertapottersassociation #albertapotters

04
Nov

ode to the heads

VIDEO Process // Here is one of my little head pots from their first resemblance of a face to the fully sculpted details, to bisque and oxide completion, to the finished glossy piece. This little friend will be with me on Saturday at the @albertapottersassociation show with a small collection of wee friends (many of them are currently cooling – I’ll have photos tomorrow). Please come early for best selection, doors open at 10am and pack your mask and vaccination record. (And your “smize”) 🥰 . . . #pinchpots #potteryprogress #oxide #cone6oxidation #ceramic #albertapotters

03
Nov

wee trinkets for wee dishes

Wee Love // I made these wee dishes for precious rings, tidbits, teabags, spoons to gift to people that are meaningful. It’s been a nice little “thanks” and I’ve made extra to bring to the show November 6. I have turquoise fleck, the new copper, and “that purple” for some variation. 🧡 . . . #gift #thanks #handmadeyyc #buylocal @albertapottersassociation

02
Nov

succulent yarn bowls

Yarn bowls // Bringing these shiny babies to the @albertapottersassociation sale on Saturday! They are bringing friends. . . #succulentlove #claycarving #yycyarn #yarnbowls #yycevents #ceramics

31
Oct

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

26
Oct

for the APA Sale!

Heads // Obsessed. Many of these are sold. More will be available on Nov 6 at the #APASale @albertapottersassociation . . . #MakeFriends #pinchpots #facesculpture #pottery #ceramics #keramic #ceramika #headpot

23
Oct

Fibre Shindig Fall 2021!

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

yarn market is coming…

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

oh i love my little friends

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

supplies

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

yarn bowl butts

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

09
Oct

in progress, freshly carved

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

watch me carve

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

Vaccinated, still antisocial

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

beautiful view

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