Artist Trades = the Best!

I recently completed a trade with the uber-talented watercolorist Kelly McKernan. Check out her website and available artwork/prints HERE.

I completed a partially wheel thrown and partially hand sculpted jewelry tray out of high fire porcelain clay in the shape of a koi-like whiskered and hairy fish with expressive fins per Kelly’s request. Slip colored with blue stain defines the eyes, with pale green glaze on the interior and a responsive copper glaze underneath.

The whiskers are curled upward to allow rings or earrings to dangle securely.

The whiskers are curled upward to allow rings or earrings to dangle securely.

I had to finish sculpting in one day, since porcelain is so finicky and prone to cracking or warping. Fortunately the long hours yielded a successful result.

Some Bright Green glaze colors the fish and tray interior.

Some Bright Green glaze colors the fish and tray interior.

 

Ryan's Green to Black glaze on the exterior, featuring results from a cone 10 salt firing.

Ryan’s Green to Black glaze on the exterior, featuring results from a cone 10 salt firing.

Kelly took my suggestions and examples of which pieces in her body of work I loved most and came up with this:

Watercolor painting on 8" x 8" cradled watercolor paper by Kelly McKernan.

Watercolor painting on 8″ x 8″ cradled watercolor paper by Kelly McKernan.

I know, right? Needless to say it’s gorgeous and I love it. The cradled watercolor paper doesn’t require framing, and just needs a wire installed on the back to hang. If you love it as much as I do the set of mini-prints on Kelly’s web store includes this image, which she titled Elide.

Artist trades really are the best!

NCECA Conference 2013: Finale

Spring always keeps me busier than I expect, so in the interest in covering a lot of ground here’s the remainder of my photos from the most recent NCECA conference in Houston, TX. Almost all of them hail from the Santa Fe Clay La Mesa show, except for the last photo from a demonstration.

Bonnie Seeman cup and saucer.

Bonnie Seeman cup and saucer.

A gorgeous place setting by the popular potter Molly Hatch.

A gorgeous place setting by the popular potter Molly Hatch.

Bird plates by Donna Polseno.

Bird plates by Donna Polseno.

Lisa Clague sculptural cup.

Lisa Clague expressive sculptural cup.

Leanne McClurg handbuilt dishes.

Leanne McClurg handbuilt dishes.

 

Sculptural bird cup, also by Ms. McClurg.

Sculptural bird cup, also by Ms. McClurg.

 

Liz Quackenbush cobalt and gold luster plate.

Liz Quackenbush cobalt and gold luster plate.

 

Matt Hyleck simply patterned place setting.

Matt Hyleck simply patterned place setting.

Sam Chung slipcast dishes with artfully aligned rim coloration.

Sam Chung slipcast dishes with artfully aligned rim coloration.

 

Peter Beasecker porcelain string series plates.

Peter Beasecker porcelain string series plates.

 

Gwendolyn Yoppolo 2-person serving set with microcrystalline glazes.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo 2-person serving set with microcrystalline glazes.

 

Sunshine Cobb handbuilt earthenware basket with sandblasted glaze.

Sunshine Cobb handbuilt earthenware basket with sandblasted glaze.

 

David Crane beautifully glazed nested square plates.

David Crane beautifully glazed nested square plates.

 

Kristen Kieffer stamped and patterned place setting.

Kristen Kieffer stamped and patterned place setting.

 

Myungjin Kim place setting with beautiful black sgraffito drawings.

Myungjin Kim place setting with beautiful black sgraffito drawings.

 

Brenda Lichman large soda fired serving bowl.

Brenda Lichman large soda fired serving bowl.

 

Steven Godfrey bird-topped salt cellar jar.

Steven Godfrey bird-topped salt cellar jar.

 

Jake Allee cut and reassembled vase from a live demo.

Jake Allee cut and reassembled vase from a live demo.

Photos from The Spring Show & Sale at The Craft Guild of Dallas

Firing back up to temperature after salting.

Firing back up to temperature after salting.

A solution of roughly 6.5 lbs of salt dissolved in nearly boiling water was sprayed into the kiln in increments, primarily through the rear ports located above the burner ports shown.

Just after opening the door, before unloading.

Just after opening the door, before unloading.

Almost all of the large pieces warped and/or cracked, and the higher than usual quantity of salt combined with a better volatilization from the water solution resulted in some both gorgeous and repugnant glaze effects. Yet another mixed bag. Thanks a lot lot, porcelain! (said with both sarcasm and appreciation)

TCG table setup after the Friday night reception.

TCG table setup after the Friday night reception.

I wore a Sugarhill Boutique horse batik dress from ModCloth with a Cynthia Rowley blazer from TJ Maxx, mint tights from Anthropologie, and All Black eel/fish skin kitten heels to work the Friday night reception.

A close-up of the pots on display, minus back-stock and what's chilling in the Gallery.

A close-up of the pots on display, minus back-stock and what’s chilling in the Gallery.

I also have some things in the Gallery space at the front of the building and about 1/2 again as many pots holed up for re-stock and/or future events. I’ll be on hand again Sunday 5/5/2013 from 2-5 pm if you want to see something that’s not on display.

A close-up of some of the pots.

A close-up of some of the pots.

A final close-up featuring a dragon jewelry dish, necklaces, and assorted functional pots.

A final close-up featuring a dragon jewelry dish, necklaces, and assorted functional pots.

My work will remain on display through Sunday, so make plans to attend if you’re able! Hours tomorrow run from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. TTFN!

 

Spring Show & Sale at The Craft Guild of Dallas

I am proud to announce my continued involvement in the Spring Show and Sale and the Craft Guild of Dallas in Addison, TX next weekend, May 3rd through 5th. Which is to say, I will have a whole slew of pots for sale fresh from the salt kiln being fired tomorrow! All works available are handmade by members and instructors of the Guild and should include functional pottery, sculpture, jewelry, painting, textiles, books, paper art, etc. The reception and silent auction this Friday night runs from 6-9 pm with complimentary food and beverages. Additional regular hours proceed on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Parking is free and the venue is located near the intersection of Monfort and Beltline, with the nearest parking adjacent to the Guild off of Montfort.

For more details, go to their website: The Craft Guild of Dallas

I hope to see you there! Watch the blog for fresh pottery teaser photos when we open the kiln on Thursday.

Jewelry Stands, Buttons, and Pendants

I have been making some pieces sheerly out of delight and experimentation lately. Utilizing thrown parts and pinching/sculpting I made 4 jewelry stands, and slabs with sprig molds or stamps for porcelain buttons and pendants.

Buttons with maple leaf and peacock eye feather pendants.

Buttons with maple leaf and peacock eye feather pendants.

My acute interest in Japanese textile patterns and expressions of mathematic beauty in nature inspired the maple leaf, wave pattern, and peacock motifs expressed in these prototypes.

The four jewelry stand prototypes.

The four jewelry stand prototypes.

The figurative elements, from left to right: dragon, nautilus, ki’rin, and phoenix. Again, a deep love of mythology, Japanese tattoo imagery, and mathematic beauty expressed through the Fibonacci spiral by the cephalopod shell inspired my selection of critters. The dragon is fairly self-explanatory, based primarily on Western image reference, and the nautilus is a stylized representation of actual life. The ki’rin incorporates an amalgam of mythological beasts, from both Occidental unicorns and Japanese ki’rin and the statuary of M. Pena. The phoenix more closely resembles the peacock-feathered version found in traditional Japanese tattoos. While 3 of them feature a standard single stem for keeping rings, the tentacles offer numerous hooks for ring display.

All in a day's work.

All in a day’s work.

Although the hand sculpting required to develop the small-scale creatures consumes a lot of hours I truly enjoyed the process. After a “break” of making some more mundane functional objects I fully intend to churn out another batch.

Forrest Lesch-Middelton Demonstration

Forrest tidying up a minaret jar.

Forrest tidying up a minaret jar.

My photographs turned out awful so forgive me for that. Forrest Lesch-Middelton visited Collin College in Plano in October, 2012 and I attended the 2nd day of his free demonstration. He broke down his decal making and applying processes, since most of the throwing had to be completed the previous day. Multi-section assembly builds up the minaret jar, shown above on the wheel and below finished on the work table.

Evil blurry laughing Forrest.

Evil blurry laughing Forrest.

I love the way the raw clay still looks so much like the finished pots, so luscious and rich in hue. I’m definitely guilty of spending good money on a few of his pieces.

Two jars, fully decorated.

Two jars, fully decorated.

Decal paper work station.

Decal paper work station.

Forrest layers his own decal papers using white and brown slip. The colors must be laid down in reverse, so the darker pattern lines show on the exterior. Applying the decals resembles putting on a fake tattoo: wetting down the backside of the paper until the slip decal releases onto the surface of the pot.

In parting, Forrest trimming a foot.

In parting, Forrest trimming a foot.

Thank you to Chris Gray for hosting and Forrest for demonstrating!

Upcoming Gallery Exhibition: Wine & Art Show

My work will be on display and available for sale in the Sophy Sam Gallery for the Wine and Art Show on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 2 – 7 PM. I am thrilled to be setting up my own work in a traditional gallery again; it brings me back to my university critique days. The pots will also be available for sale during the event, of course. My dear friend Amy Riley will be presenting her awesome linocut prints as well as numerous other local artists showing painting, jewelry, etc. Tickets may be purchased online or on site at a cost of $30 which includes wine, food, and live music with free parking on the street. I hope to see some familiar faces and make new human connections, as always.

Venue website and ticket purchases: Wine and Art Show

As for me, I’m in a making phase so the greenware pots are piling up. Work, work, work! Until next time…

Monica Ripley plate slip decoration technique (a brief video)

Check out my studio Facebook page for a 10-second video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100142186818459

Utilitarian Clay Symposium Recap: The Conclusion

I am just going to present the remainder of my photos from the Symposium for your viewing pleasure. Most of these were taken in the Past Presenters exhibition, with a few final-day studio photos. Next on the agenda I’ll post about my experience at the Forrest Lesch-Middelton demo in Plano, TX last weekend. But for now, please enjoy the following photos!

A teapot by Mark Shapiro and an Aysha Peltz jar. I am the proud owner of this jar, which I don’t expect in the mail until mid-November.

A place setting by William Broullard. I found the design of this set particularly beautiful.

Check out this gorgeous Suze Lindsey candelabra.

Free-form pots come so easily to Nick Joerling, or so it seems. This incredible ceramic object was easily 2-3′ in length.

Two pitchers with totally unique surface treatments. Cynthia Bringle (if memory serves) incised her buff surface while Sarah Jaeger employed color and pattern.

One of Ellen Shankin’s glorious teapots.

Another acquisition for my budding collection, a Diane Rosenmiller berry bowl.

An elaborate, highly decorated jar by Michael Corney.

Atmospheric fired Bernadette Curran cup with a sake set by Ayumi Horie, incised through white slip to create drawings.

The Peter Beasecker heavy slab plate comes from a line of work called “string series.” I studied under Peter in college at SMU. I definitely like the adjacent nested vessels, but I can’t recall the artist and my margin cut off the label.  :/

Lorna Meaden watering pot with a large Linda Sikora jar in the background.

A. Blair Clemo plaster molds for pressing sprigs from which to handbuild vessels.

Some leather hard partial and complete demo pots on Blair Clemo’s table.

Leather hard Shawn Spangler pouring pot.

Greenware assortment of cups by Shawn Spangler.

Monica Ripley, about to demo her method of slip manipulation for her cut-rim plates.

A tureen body form by Blair Clemo, probably sprinkled with corn starch to inhibit sticking between lid and flange.

At the Saturday night party, my good friend and fellow SMU alum Brooks and I had to get a photo to commemorate the occasion. I found this silk dress at Buffalo Exchange, and as soon as I saw the blue and white Chinese pottery print I knew it would look perfect for the event. I had a fabulous time at the Symposium, and my studio work is still reeling from a fresh and much more ambitious approach.

Mugs for Jugs

Yes, sounds vulgar and/or funny, but Mudfire Gallery is hosting a cup sale called Mugs for Jugs 2012 going to breast cancer research. Check out the inventory and see if anything strikes your fancy. After all, getting a beautiful cup and donating money to a noble cause both qualify as awesome reasons to participate!

Here’s a mug from the line-up, by Josh Deweese. I’ll get back to my Symposium recap later this week…

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