Friday, July 31, 2015

happy morning garden after rain

so good to see the front garden happy after yesterday’s rains

Thursday, July 30, 2015

morning garden inspiration

It’s been a good year already for tomatoes in the backyard, in a gleena large organic bowl.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

morning inspiration

photo sent by a dear friend: a beautiful shot of local eggs in a gleena rose beachstone bowl.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MID-SUMMER SALE gleena studio is open
Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th:
1pm to 5pm

gleena studio is OPEN for a mid-summer SALE this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 11th and 12th, from 1pm to 5pm.

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, May 26, 2015

part 1: final presentations from my students,
a feast for the senses

For their final project, my tableware students had to create dinner place settings for at least four people. Each setting had to have at least three pieces, and the table had to have a centerpiece. These parameters were open to interpretation to fit the theme of their dinner setting.

The sets could be hand-built, thrown, or slip-cast. The finals were presented at Ewing House, a small cozy building on RISD’s campus.  What an incredible time we had presenting, eating, talking. It was the most satisfying critique I have attended. Perhaps because I saw the students grow so much in their knowledge of clay and tableware production process? I am presenting their set ups in three parts, there is just so much for the eye to feast on.

^Abigail Heingartner carved the originals for her shapes out of plaster, made molds, then slip-cast her pieces in porcelain. The texture on the bowls and tumblers was created by carving into the slip-cast piece. Abby baked delicious cheese biscuits presented in the oval serving dish, accompanied by a thrown on the wheel butter crock. Abby hand-built the votive candles for the centerpiece, and filled them with wax.

^Adriana Gallo worked with porcelain to hand-form the Italian feast serving plates and platters. The organic shapes were slumped over found beach rocks, and the rims pinched for a lovely undulating edge. Serving utensils were also hand-formed. Adriana made a whole lot of anti-pasta, presented on a striped tablecloth, transporting us to southern Italy. We ate this set up outside, of course.

^Brandon Saisho threw his bowls and cups on the wheel, then built the table to hold the pieces in the centerpiece/storage cabinet. Each piece had a walnut lid, which could also be used as a coaster. Brandon made black sesame pudding, rice, and red bean soup to serve to the class. A very meditative set up, we spent a lot of time exploring the table/cabinet, cradling the dishes, experiencing the exotic flavors of the food, and talking.

^Briana Duffy’s set was formed out of found objects and sculpted plasticine. Bree then made molds of the models, and slip-cast four plate shapes. Her centerpiece was assembled out of found shells held together with plasticine. This model was made into a plaster mold, and then cast in porcelain. Inspired by the ocean, the shapes and glazes evoke wave-washed stones, bits of sand dollars, and shells found on a beach walk. Picking up on the flows of the slip-cast porcelain, the glaze shows off the one-piece mold process. Bree served spring rolls with her dishes.

^Abigail Griswald threw her shapes on the wheel, made molds of them out of plaster, and used the molds to press in slabs of porcelain. The result is a gorgeous set of rustic dishes, with a satisfying weight, satiny glazes, and an inviting personality. The edges are exquisitely formed, creating a sculptural effect when stacked. Abby also made a tiled/mosaic tray, and woven matching place mats to complete her extensive set.

So much talent in one class, more to come soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

gleena on food52

Very excited to be a part of Food52’s foodie product offerings. Beautifully photographed by Mark Weinberg and Bobbi Lin, the small bowls created exclusively for Food52 are extremely versatile:

beautiful as votives, these mushroom-inspired shapes are perfect for condiments, as snack bowls (carrot sticks!), or to hold dainty flower arrangement.

ideal for a scoop of gelato, these can be used for tea, or to hold an assortment of olives, or as salt and pepper cellars, or dessert cups (custard!).

A big thank you to Food52 for including gleena!

Friday, April 17, 2015

color inspiration

Living in a New England city, I am surrounded by gorgeous historical colors. They tend to show up in my work...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

throwing bowls

One of the assignments for my tableware class at RISD is for the students throw a bunch of bowls, hopefully coming up with a shape to make a mold from. The assignment gave me an opportunity to sit down at the wheel, and throw for a few hours. It’s been years since I have thrown, and it took me a while to get my groove back. The result is a collection of blue bowls, all have a different matte glaze on the outside. And a few shapes I even want to make a mould from and cast in porcelain.
freshly thrown
dusk at the studio

Friday, March 20, 2015

pinch pots

While teaching at RISD, I got to pinch a few small things, an inspiring break from my daily slip-casting process. Working with stoneware was also a nice change. Stoneware is not as finicky, not as snotty as porcelain. Plus stoneware can handle lovely matte glazes that tore my porcelain to shreds: see this posting form a while back.