Thursday, May 19, 2016

a cause close to my heart

Every year Sang An and his husband Bob Bathrick get on their bikes and ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for AIDS/HIV. The ride is 575 miles long, and takes 7 days. I did a similar ride from Boston to NYC in 1997, it was a mere 300 miles, and let me tell you, my bum hurt, and so did the rest of my body. I didn’t really mind the pain as it was an incredible, community supported experience, and I am proud to have been a part of it. My close friend from high school, Todd, died when he was in his 20’s, and I rode in his memory. And it is with Todd in my heart that I donate a gleena piece to the auction organized by Sang each year.

This year I donated a serving set in my favorite dusk glaze, and was so happy to realize that it was purchased by Tami Hardeman, a super talented food stylist.

Within a few days of receiving the set, Tami created beautiful things with it, and posted on her Instagram feed.

Thank you, Sang, for organizing such an incredible auction, and for doing the ride each year. And thank you, Tami, for supporting the event, and for creating gorgeous work on gleena.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

still life saturday with OMJSK on instagram

I am amazed by the patience it takes to create Jasoon Kim’s botanical still life. It must take her days, maybe months, to collect and arrange all the ingredients, each so precisely, exquisitely placed.

I want to see them printed large, 4 feet by 4 feet at least, so each botanical beauty can be closely examined.

To view more of OMJSK’s incredibly detailed and inspiring work, please visit her page at

Thursday, March 31, 2016

gleena spring at Penhollows in Pittsburgh, PA

These lovelies are heading to Penhollows in Pittburgh, one of my favorite towns.
In avocado: beachstone serving tray with closed cosmos, deep beachstone serving bowl with male fern, small spouted bowls with warbler, pasta bowl with tulip
In rose: beachstone serving tray with peony, shallow beachstone serving dish with tulip, small jewelry dishes with butterfly, roly soup bowl with butterlfy, shorty 10oz tumbler with butterfly
In lilac: pasta bowl with closed cosmos, shallow beachstone serving dish with open cosmos, small jewelry dishes with dragonfly, shorty 10oz tumbler with dragonfly

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

beauty in decay

sometimes tulips dry beautifully. as they decay, their color and structure transforms into unexpected loveliness

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

photo meditations by Forrest Elliott

I have been following Forrest Elliott’s work on Instagram for a while, and recently his feed has become an inspiration. Each image is a meditation on simplicity of light, form, and color. Forrest’s photos capture tranquility. His images encourage us to pause, look, and listen to the fleeting moments that make life beautiful.

photo of Forrest and Oliver by @katobogo.

To see more of Forrest’s work, please visit his website.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Annual 50%Off Sale

Annual 50% OFF sale in gleena’s Etsy Shop.

Enter coupon code SPRING2016 upon check out.

Friday, February 19, 2016

experimenting with layers of glaze

I recently mixed a very lovely semi-matte opaque glaze. It feels amazing. I’ve been layering it on top of my glossier glaze, and the results have been surprising, and exciting. Because of the difference in finish, the matte glaze seems to float on top of the gloss. I’m still figuring out the best layering technique, but have so much variation to choose from. I feel as if I am back in grad school, excited to open the kiln after each glaze firing.
This is what the pieces look like right before they are loaded into the glaze firing.
Here they are out of the glaze fire. Surprise!
I am experimenting on pieces that had cracked in the bisque fire, using them as test tiles. I am enjoying how the glaze is interacting with the cracks, as well. I love letting go of control, and seeing what happens to materials inside the kiln.
This is a more controlled glaze application. Each cup is dipped in the glossy, and then the matte is dipped on top. Not sure yet if I like the more horizontal stripes, or the free-form strokes of glaze. Maybe something in-between the two.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ny now january 2016

To get ready for the NY NOW market, I always set up booth 9145 in my studio a few weeks before the show. I have to admit, the January show is a tough one to gear up for. I am drained after the holidays, and would love a month of doing nothing. So perhaps it’s good that NY NOW comes so quickly in the new year, it gets me back to creating the week after New Year’s Eve. Having the set up in the studio allows me to think through the collection, move it around, fill in gaps, and edit until it’s time to pack the Prius. I keep my booth furniture simple so it’s easy for me to load, unload, set up, and most importantly, break down once the show is over. It also has to fit in the small hatchback, so over the years my system has evolved for maximum compactness, ease and quickness.
new this year are the cylinder vases, about 5" in height, 2.5" in diameter, perfect for spring blooms, a single flower or a bunch.
the roly soup bowls are my favorites, they are just so yummy, I reach for them at every meal: yogurt for breakfast, edamame for lunch, soup for dinner.
add a 7.5" side plate, a 12oz tumbler, and a shorty 10oz tumbler to the roly bowl for a beautiful breakfast or lunch setting. lilacs are my favorite blooms, grown by my grandmother at the family dacha outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. this glaze incorporates the blues and lavenders of that spring beauty.
a simple place setting in ivory and thunder: 10" dinner plate, 7.5" side plate, 5" shallow dish for bread or dessert.
add a set of spouted salt and pepper cellars for a unique touch at the dinner table.
a serving set in thunder, with bowls ranging from 2" to 7" in diameter, for a memorable wedding gift.

Monday, January 25, 2016

flowers in gleena, in the middle of a blizzard

I love it when friends share photos of how they use gleena. During this weekend’s blizzard, gleena was warming a few homes with flowers, and thoughts, of spring.
from the home of and photo by Agnethe: lanterns and boat vase with extraordinary poppies
from the home of Elizabeth: one of a kind, hand-built vessel overflowing with tulips

Saturday, January 16, 2016

happy, and full, new year

2016 is off to an interesting start. I was back in the studio on January 3rd, working away on a few custom projects. One of them a set of dishes for a new graphic design office opening up in San Fransisco. Seems like it’s the year for handmade plates, even my mom ordered a set of dinner-sized ones. She likes the rose color, and I am looking forward to seeing her table set with ten of them. Here they are hanging out in their molds until it’s time to clean the edges.

I shape the edge with a surform tool, and finish by smoothing it with a very fine sponge. This gives a sculptural, unique, personality to each shape.

A table full of dishes, all from the first two weeks of the year. So excited to see what the rest of 2016 brings along. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Open Studio
Saturday, December 19th, noon-6pm

The address is 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Unit HA105, Pawtucket, RI, 02860. The studio mill complex is across from Lorraine Fabrics.

YOU WILL NEED THESE directions when you arrive at the mill (it is a maze!):
As you are facing the 560 building, go into the driveway on the far right of it. Look for B&F Gym and CMI (Colonial Mills Rugs) signs.

The rug show room will be to your left as you turn in, and go a little bit behind the main building.

Immediately after the stop sign, there is a very narrow alley on your left, behind the rug showroom.

Park opposite the alley, and walk down it to the studio. The alleyway dead ends with gleena studio.

If you come to the B&F Gym, and a wide alleyway on your left, you have gone a little bit too far.

Hope to see you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

love and peace

As the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving, and I look forward to sitting down to dinner and toasting to good food with friends, I think of all that is happening in the world. I am so grateful for all the love that surrounds me, and the comfort and peace that I enjoy every day. This found peace I so treasure because my family left Soviet Russia as Jewish refugees in November of 1979. The three-month journey was a hard one, and I am forever grateful to my adopted country for welcoming us and for helping us in so many ways upon our arrival. My hope is that fear does not close the hearts that welcomed me and my family. I am sending love and peace to all families, everywhere.