A quick update on how I’ve been occupied lately… (lots of photos at the end)…
Much of my time has been devoted to a project for a lovely local woman, Katie Geraty, and her company, Stone Bone Wood Cloth. For the past year and a half, Katie has hired me to design and fabricate prototypes of small porcelain bowls for her. The bowls are finally ready to launch, along with two other products (custom tassels and bracelets), and… not to be conceited, they are quite beautiful. 😉
Katie launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday to get her business off and running. Click here to visit her page. It would be awesome if you were willing to help support her endeavor, because by supporting her you will be supporting local artists (me included!). She doesn’t mention this in the Kickstarter page, but did you know Katie was told she could have these bowls manufactured in China for pennies on the dollar? She chose instead to hire me to produce them, and she is paying me a very fair wage to do so. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of business practice I can get behind. Creating these vessels for Katie has allowed me to keep pluggin’ away in my studio, and I’m grateful to her for the opportunity!
Here’s a synopsis of Stone Bone Wood Cloth:
“Our mission is to create beautiful objects, hand-made from stone, bone, wood or cloth that are as unique and individual as each of us; objects that remind us of who we are, or want to be.
None of us really needs or wants more stuff…unless it has some personal meaning or resonance. At the SBWC website individuals will be able to go into a “workshop” and co-create an object that has personal meaning. Co-create means taking a base product – a vessel or a tassel – and adding elements that make it uniquely your own.”
Check our her page and make a donation today! If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter: You can remain anonymous during the donation process if you’d like. Donors can also choose from various rewards (bowls are some of the choices) and no donations are collected unless the project is fully funded within 31 days.
Some photos (of making the vessels, teaching, and other studio happenings). Click on any circle to open a photo viewer.
Building a new work table (February)
Finished table – flip top for extra work space and a plaster wedging area. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about this thing!
Making rubber masters with Smooth-on, which will supposedly “change your life!” Not sure it lived up to the motto, but it was a nice product.
Rubber master (used to make multiple identical molds)
Making plaster bowl molds
Slip casting set up
Casting “wabi sabi” bowls for Katie
Urn for a baby born too early. Sad sad sad. I bawled while throwing these. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for baby’s parents.
Kids’ projects. I love how they look like they’re flying!
Piranha chasing down a clown gorilla and two elephants (kids’ projects)
A “pat”… pig + cat
Cute kids’ projects!
What happens when you teach 6 classes in one weekend: alligator skin
My garbage picks of the month: rolling table and chair.