Stoneware, 2" - 5" in diameter
The nesting bowls above are made using the pinch method and texturized with scraps of clay leftover from using a cheese grater on another form. The bowls below were created using the same method. However, my intention was much different. I was in an artistic slump a year or so ago and in order to make myself get out to the studio I challenged myself to make a pinch pot a day for a year. I had two restrictions - each pot had to reflect my mood of the day and I could only use my fingers and hands as tools. I made it to pot number fifty-three and I had to stop because I was cramping up from the overuse of the thumb and forefinger. (Pinch,pinch,pinch.) The ones pictured below are among my favorites. All are stoneware fired to cone 5 and measure from 1.5" to 6".
As an art teacher I am constantly surrounded by innovation and a myriad of supplies. I learn from my students and they learn from me. One young lady had some leftover scraps from a sgraffito project and she filled a hollowed out space on her final form with these scraps. The affect was beautiful and we all admired the finished work as it emerged from the kiln with many oohs and ahhs. Not to be outdone, I also had some scraps leftover from a project in which a cheese grater type tool was used. After making these little bowls, I worked these scraps onto the surface of the forms. I not only love the look but really like how they feel. Earthenware fired to cone 05.
When clay is your medium it is hard not to make objects that serve a utilitarian purpose. Using hand-made objects every day is a mantra of mine in the classroom and in my own home. These pieces above are all stoneware and fired to cone 5.
I am often asked to create a platter for a special occasion and I accept with enthusiasm. Starting with a blank bisque surface is akin to a blank canvas and the possibilities with glazes and affects are endless. The design process is appealing to me without having to worry about making the form itself. All of the above earthenware platters are 12" using commercial glazes and fired to cone 05.
When clay is your medium it is hard not to make objects that serve a utilitarian purpose. Using hand-made objects every day is a mantra of mine in the classroom and in my own home. These pieces are all made using stoneware and fired to cone 5.