Monday, April 14, 2014

liebster award: sharing some blog love

Tania, who writes a beautiful blog called Petit Pixel Design, sent me the Liebster Award, with a few questions to answer. Thank you so much, Tania! I love your post on cutout letters for Anna and Eleni, what a gorgeous gift!

And here are the answers to Tania’s questions:

1. Your go-to movie snack (or general sneaky sweet treat) would be...? 
Slices of apple and Manchego cheese and cranberries, I am an embarrassingly healthy snacker.

2. The best way to spend a grey rainy day is...? 
Curling up on the sofa with my dog and watching movies, drinking endless cups of tea.

3. How do you break yourself free from a creative block? 
It is nature that inspires me to create, so a long hike on the beach or in the woods, or some gardening is very helpful. I try to spend as much time outside as possible, even in freezing temperatures and heavy rains. Sometimes the most extreme weather is the most beautiful.

4. One of the best lessons you’ve learned about blogging is.... 
I no longer put pressure on myself to have a lot of entries (though I used to when I started in 2008). Now I focus on quality, interesting, and original pieces: my process in the studio as a ceramic artist, where I find inspiration, and other artists’ work that I love. I find that I don’t need to blog every day, or even every week, to have a good blog.

5. If you could spend a day walking in someone else's shoes, whose would they be and why?
Georgia O’Keeffe has been my hero since I was a teenager. Her work moved me from the moment I saw it, and her simple, creative and productive, life inspires me to this day.

6. Describe your creative/blogging space? 
A quiet, light-filled spot where I can gaze out the window and see trees blowing in the wind, or rain coming down. It could be my kitchen or dining room table, it could be outside in my back yard, it could be on a sofa at a friend’s house. I take frequent breaks, have a cup of coffee or tea, watch the birds hop on branches. Writing takes time for me, it’s not effortless.

7. Your most valuable travel tip would be... 
Traveling with my closest girl friends is a luxury of time. There is something very special about being taken out of our every day routine and thrown into unfamiliar places and situations. These days, when we are all so very busy, it’s incredibly satisfying to spend long quality time together.

8. Your online weakness is...
Pinterest draws me in every day, a few times a day. It’s such a good source of beautiful imagery and inspiration for home and work.

9. When/where do your creative ideas come to you most?
Very fortunate to live in a beautifully green area of Providence, RI, I walk with my dog for a few hours every day. Spring is especially gorgeous, bursting with flowering trees. My ceramic work comes directly from natural forms: petals, seed pods, buds, insects, birds, pebbles. Here are just a few moments from my walks:


10. One crafty tool / design tip / creative strategy you couldn't do without is... 
Seems silly to say this, but I love my iPhone camera. It makes taking photos on the go so much easier (no need for a bulky camera).

11. The smartphone app you are currently obsessed with is.... Not a huge user of apps on the phone, but the one I do use the most is Instagram. It’s a great way to show what goes on in my ceramics studio.

To pass these along to another blogger... can I just pick one? I pick ProvyLove, by Elizabeth Duvivier, who also writes for Mytic Vixen, and Squam Art Workshops.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

of large molds and other insights

I’m experimenting with my large mold, pouring it at different heights. It is a bit worse for wear, as it is four years old, but I am liking the way the seams are leaking, and creating very distinctive lines. I think I will leave the outside unglazed, maybe a slight color for the inside, like this:

I spend so much time scraping, sponging, smoothing, hiding the mold making process, but there is beauty in it. I love these mold and pouring scars. Perhaps that is reflective of where I am in life and career: here are my scars, bumps, indents, this is what and who I am, and I am done hiding behind attempts at perfection.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

a wedding set for K&A

A friend commissioned an everyday plates and bowls set for a wedding gift. I love the results: bowls are stamped with the couple’s initials in vintage Caslon 540 letterpress type, the wedding invitation monogram is applied to the front of the plates, the colors bring spring into K&A’s home all year round.




Monday, March 31, 2014

natural forms

forms found in nature never cease to amaze and inspire, here are but a few captured by various observers...
found via bloom
photo by gudrun arndt
found via marina kamarin
found via kim timmerman
found via louisa grey
photo by janine berben
found via i gigi general store
found via sunshadows
found via zsazsazsu
photo by rosemary washington

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

bone dry

There is a certain quality to porcelain when it is bone dry that I love: the color variation of the naturally dry material, the flatness of the finish, how it’s all about the purity of form. I had a table full of bone dry ware, ready to go into the bisque firing, the light hit it just right, and I had to capture the curves and stacks and shadows...





Thursday, March 13, 2014

experimenting with glaze combinations


The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. challenged me to create pieces relating to a painting exhibition at their gallery called Made in the USA. It was a pleasure combining my glazes to create mini abstract odes to the featured painters...






an extra bonus: the super thin porcelain pod vases glow beautifully with a lit tea light, an altogether different experience...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

still life saturday with photographer nicky walsh









Nicky Walsh is a British photographer currently working out of Berlin, Germany. Her work can also be seen on Nicky&Max, a collaboration with stylist Max Faber.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

a little pinterest obsession never hurt

one of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is to see which items from my mama’s table were pinned to various boards. it gives me great pleasure to see the content posted and talked about here moving on throughout the world, inspiring and maybe even teaching. thank you.


Friday, February 21, 2014

in great clay company:
martha stewart american made market

gleena spouted bowls (lower left) are in such fantastic clay company, Frances Palmer and Rae Dunn! Please click here to view the full home decor collection curated by Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

my mom’s table

is always full of gleena. so nice to see it in use when I come to visit, paired with mom’s beautiful linen tablecloths, just the right small spoon for the salt cellar, and of course her delicious food.



Friday, February 14, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

should i make my own backsplash tiles...

My kitchen backsplash currently looks like this (just the adhesive left over from when I tore down the plastic crap that was there):
(tea pot by Judy Jackson) many friends like the yellow distressed look, but I am getting a bit tired of it, and have been thinking of getting nice gray-blue tiles, kind of like these from Heath:

and then I realized that I make a glaze for my plates that is oh so similar:
so why don’t I make my own backsplash tiles? in my spare time? I’ll try... because I really like the way the numbers look stamped in. Handmade tiles with stamped in numbers...hmmmm