Studio News

Hello hello!

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. ūüėČ

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 ‚Äúworkshop‚ÄĚ and co-create an object that has personal meaning. Co-create means taking a base product ‚Äď a vessel or a tassel ‚Äď 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.

Late Night Brilliant Idea… Maybe?

I’m going to be casting some large panels tomorrow. ¬†(24-30″ wide by 60″ long) ¬†I’ve been trying to encourage mold to grow in my slip for the past month just for this project, by leaving the bucket sealed next to the radiator. ¬†I need it to be considerably more moldy and plastic than it is right now. ¬†It’s not working. ¬†[Plasticity refers to how bend-y the clay is; how far can I bend it when it’s wet before it splits apart?] ¬†In my previous projects casting largish (24″ x 24″) panels, they dried with less warping and cracking and¬†were a lot easier to transport into the kiln and ¬†if they were cast from super stinky, moldy slip. ¬†I’m talking porcelain slip that’s a definite dark gray, not the pretty cream or white that it is when it’s fresh. ¬†Slip so moldy that other people on the other end of the studio open their windows and I work with dryer sheets stuffed up my nostrils.

Now you know my goal. ¬†And I’ve told you I haven’t accomplished it yet. ¬†And furthermore, I need this moldy awesomeness by tomorrow. ¬†What is my brilliant idea, you ask? ¬†Here it is: I dissolved a bunch of yogurt starter into some warm water. ¬†And then I mixed that into a 5-gallon bucket of slip and put the whole thing next to the radiator.

Do you think it’ll work? ¬†I hope so! ¬†I really have no idea, though. ¬†Stayed tuned….