Apr 2011
19

Bringing Back the Creativity

There are so many wonderful things about owning a business. That’s a whole post in itself, for a different time.

But one of the things Bryan and I have talked about – him, very strongly in fact – was that after I sold my company, I would take some time to rekindle my creative juices. Particularly in the areas pottery and photography.

I have been taking pottery classes, at the same studio, since Declan was still in diapers. In fact, he eventually starting coming with me – and all the gals there know him almost as well as they know me.

However, over the past few years, my pottery time has fell off. Been pushed aside. Overpowered by everything else going on.

That is ending very soon!

The owners of my studio and I have made a pact. I come and stick my hands in clay with them during the day, bring my (new! shiny! just ordered last night!) laptop into the studio to work when needed, and I will help them out with graphic design and social media stuff.

PERFECT.

I can’t wait to get back to making more of these:
Spiral Bowl

As for photography… clearly it was WAY too important to me to abandon entirely. But it has been ignored, that’s for sure. It knocks at my brain during the night when I dream, reminding me how much I have not captured in the past few years. You are duly warned.

In the meantime, I am thrilled to be featured in Beth Fletcher’s Etsy shop (“June Afternoons“).

Buy prints from me and these FANTASTIC photographers:
Madeline Bea Photography (www.madelinebea.com)
Tracey Clark (www.shuttersisters.com)
Kristen Doyle (www.dineandish.net)
Beth Fletcher (www.ishouldbefoldinglaundry.com)
Emily Freeman (www.chattingatthesky.com)
Keli Hoskins (www.kidnappedbysuburbia.com)
Mishelle Lane (www.secretagentmama.com)
Lisa Leonard (www.lisaleonardonline.com)
Casey Mullins (www.mooshinindy.com)

All proceeds from the sales benefit March of Dimes in memory of James and Jake Fletcher. This means a lot to me personally, because Declan was a 32 week preemie who spent 6 long weeks in the NICU himself.


Now. What about you?

What are YOUR favorite things to do creatively?

Whether you have time to do them or not. Heh.

Sep 2008
03

Bubble Bowl

I finally finished another pottery piece! I say “finally,” because I have been to pottery class about three times this whole summer. But I am really happy with this one. Yay me!

It’s basically a simple press mold (where you press clay into a mold, in this case a bowl, and then smooth out the inside) but not so simple in that all those little bubbles were actually little rolled balls of clay. Ack. The trick was to get them to join together tightly enough as to not crash and burn, but also not get so squished that they lost their fun round shape.

I held my breath the whole way.

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The other thing I love about this bowl is that it was inspired by a fellow student, who in turn was inspired by a piece from our teacher. I really appreciate the collaborative and sharing atmosphere at my studio, Stone Leaf Pottery. Yay us!


To get a peek at the process, here is the bowl just after it came out of the mold before it was fired the first time…

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And here is the bowl as it is being glazed. I put a heavy layer of the brown glaze on first and then wiped it off, so it would just stay in the cracks. Then I came back with the blue and green for the bubbles.
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Have you made a Bubble Bowl? Share your work!

Nov 2005
04

Pottery

As I’ve mentioned, I take pottery classes every week. Love it. Although I do feel guilty sometimes for how much “Me time” I receive through it. I have been trying to encourage Bryan to do more of the same, but that is a story for another day.

I took pottery classes in college (I was one class shy of a double major in Fine Art) and loved it then. My aunt even gave me her kiln, which has been sitting in my garage for something like 8 years. I just got the gumption to get back into it about 2 years ago and go to a studio where they can keep all the supplies in stock for me, manage the kilns, teach me how to work the clay and generally keep all that dust out of my garage.

Last summer, there seemed to be nobody willing to come and sit next to me in class, so I essentially had private lessons. It was awesome. I got to know my teacher really well and we have become friends too. She is forcing me to go with her to see INXS with their new lead singer in January (she watched, I didn’t), which I must admit feels a bit like seeing the American Idol tour, but since I have loved INXS since my teen and my teacher is a hoot… what the heck, right?

I went through a period earlier this year when about 6 friends (and my sister) had babies… so I made baby name tiles like crazy. The one above was the hardest I made, carving all those circles out! The people at the studio laughed every week when I had a new design in hand to work on the next baby tile.

I love feeling like I am doing something creative, with my hands. At work, I rarely get to do creative work anymore, so pottery is a great outlet for me. It’s also cool to try different things, knowing the clay and the glaze have a mind of their own… they always turn out a bit differently than what I had in my head. But that’s the cool part.