Sunday, February 24, 2013

I love ceramics

I've always loved the idea of making pottery, how cool is it that you can make something beautiful and useful from basically mud. I really enjoy tactile activities and making things with my hands, as a kid I was always secretly hoping for one of those potter's wheel kits they sell at the toy store.
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I finally got to take my 1st pottery class a few years ago, it was hand building class and I learned about different kinds of clay, glazes, and different techniques. I had a habit of making things too thick which often resulted in explosions in the kiln, much to my dismay. I really like making vessels to hold things: bowls, mini pots, and vases shaped like creatures. I still would really love to take a throwing class, and I think I'm going to make it a goal for this year.

a cup for my Q tips and a purple vessel for my cotton balls

a carved owl couple

one of my vase creatures

The great thing about etsy is you can discover so many different techniques and beautiful work in one place. Here are some of my favorites:
Jeff Campana is one of the 1st ceramic artists I've discovered on etsy, I love his use of lines and how everything looks flower like. I would love to have one of his mugs :)

Stepanka is another one of my favorites, and this year I was lucky enough to get one of her awesome glasses for Christmas. I love porcelain clay because it's delicate and translucent, nobody makes things quite like she does.
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I love natal yasots' use of color and pattern, her pieces are so intricate and have such a great personality.

I love his little top hat

 This toast plate is a great example of functionality and playfulness. Isn't it just the cutest?

This next artist is a local favorite, I first saw her work at a local craft show a few years ago, I was completely enamored by her lace infused pottery, I love her playful color palette and amazing pieces.
She's actually teaching a bird bath class at the Dallas Arboretum. Pretty awesome :)

Any exciting crafts or skills that you have been wanting to learn and try?
I'm off to watch the Oscars....have a wonderful Monday


Andrea Peattie said...

I've always wanted to use a pottery wheel my entire life! I guess one day I actually should. Glass blowing looks really cool too.

Ladybird Magpie

Jamie said...

adorable ideas!! xo

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