I just spent a week in Puerto Rico (YAY!), but before I left I was sure to get a bunch of new pottery into the kiln. I was looking forward to coming home to a full set of fun things and I was not disappointed. It’s always exciting to get the finish product – after all, from start to finish, the ceramics process (especially in a shared studio!) takes a while.
I started learning pottery and ceramics in April/May. I spent about a month and a half on a short break in July when I hiked the John Muir Trail and so (obviously) wasn’t home to head to the studio. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been going regularly. I’m usually there a few times a week and playing with clay, getting off my computer, and just putting myself in a new environment has really been the best way of centering myself. I’m totally in love with this art form.
Anyways, today I thought it would be fun to share a few snaps of new work. This batch of pottery marks the end of a beginners era, in some sense. While I am used to making one of each thing, I’ve recently started making batches of three or six matching things. I’m good enough now that I can do that… and the process of creating a small series really is the best way to get better at a shape. I’m excited to see where this goes and grows! Until then, enjoy what I’ve already created. 🙂
p.s. Nothing fancy here on the photos. Just threw each of the things I wanted to share on my dresser for a half minute and snapped a few photos. <3
Here’s a little light lantern I made. Put a tea light inside and the shadows that dance on your walls are enough to make anybody happy.
A simple vase.
Some of my earliest work – these little planters hold two of my favorite little cacti and sit on our kitchen table.
These planters are larger and are absolutely my favorite pieces.
This series of mini bud vases gets the most compliments. They decorate the top of our bookshelf and the glaze color and combos are my absolute favorite. I really got into the swing of things with this blue glaze and then they stopped carrying it at my studio. It was by far my favorite (especially paired with the white), so I may look into stocking it for myself. Until then, I’ve been experimenting with other combos. Unfortunately, not a ton makes my heart pitter patter like these.
Another set, with different glaze.
A pot with a lid! This is another of my favorite pieces and actually spawned a whole series that’s currently going through the kiln process.
This one has our salt in it and sits on the kitchen counter.
Some new bowls that I juuust brought home.
And an early mini bowl that I use all the time for snacks.