Friday, November 27, 2009

To Flatter:

These are a few images from my Senior Show in Nov.
Its called "To Flatter:"
It was held in the gallery at our University. Its called the "back room" gallery. Its called this because it is located right off the main gallery space.
I was super excited to show my work in this space because in the "main" gallery space was a Ceramics show by Erin Furimsky.
I love her work and admire her!
I feel so lucky and honored to show in a space even NEAR her work.
(pics of her show soon)

It makes me that much more aware that THIS is what I want to do with the rest of my be an make for myself and to just be happy.

View of the gallery space.

Senior Show Progress.

My work has completely changed from what I was doing in Aug.
Why did my work change? It changed because my life changed completely and because of that the way I looked at my work changed. I became less uptight and proper. I "jumped off the cliff" and let myself go. Caring too much can hinder ones thought process.

Its almost Dec! Holy Moly
I've already had my senior show. It was pretty successful. I received alot of great feedback from many people.
Here are a few shots of the peices in progress. (green and bisque)

I've completely let symmetry go and focused on the movement of the clay in my hands whilst throwing. The "puff" forms are inhabiting the vessels and function is no longer available.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Soft Palette

individual photos of my cone six exploration.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NY state of mind

I went to a quick 5 day trip to the East coast to see the family and HAD to get away and see some art in NY.
I went to The Museum of Art and Design(MAD) and absolutely loved it. They have some throwback pottery from Rudy Audio, Betty Woodman.
They have an exhibit up now called "Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics".
My background is hand thrown pottery and to see all slip casted pots with decals/luster and alternative materials made my heart skip a beat.
Everything that I thought I knew went out the 5th story window.
Only sad part was....NO photography. I couldnt take photos of anything. U_U
All I have is this webpage.
Take a look!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cone 6 Adventure

This is my first (offical) start of my cone 6 journey.
The soft palette is growing on me.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Working through some more

Slips are on and bowls are in place.
Finished slip detail. My poor fingers hurt from slip trailing.

Next up is my cup "ecosystem" try out.
This is just me working out ideas that were in my head.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Working through

I had an idea 4 in the am one night/morning. I had to jump out of bed and draw, draw, draw my ideas out of my head so I could be able to sleep. My thoughts were of a "Functional Ecosystem" ....(thanks Bio class) Quirky fuctional ware amist a world of their own.
Or something like that.
So here is the first proto-type.
Two bowls are sitting on their hill.
I've been inspired by Rebekah Bogard's mystical world of fantasy creatures and plants.

Other side

Top view

I've also been working on some cone 06 glaze testing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I have finally been able to make some more "functional" stuff.

Hopefully they will be glazed for some shows in Aug. HA....we'll see.

I'm doing major glaze testing for cone 6. I havent messed with mid range for a few years but Im giving it a fighting chance. I think that with what I know now about firing..glazing w/ cone 10 redux I can apply it towards cone 6 (kinda) and have better success.

Now I can play with colored slips. Yay!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Current Utilitarian Influences (with one exception)

I am influenced by so many things around and me and this is just a tid bit of what goes through my brain. I'll post more once I process the rest.

Lorna Meaden

Her work made me wonder about soda atmosphere during firings as well as working with a lighter clay body and leaving some clay unglazed. I love the workability of stoneware but wanted something lighter to kick up the color.

Rob Sutherland

His work really got my gears going about texture and functional wear.

Meredith Host

Glazing doesnt have to be so damn complicated (although she probably takes awhile to glaze these guys...but they look effortless!) I love glazing and I found myself not wanting to glaze because of how long it took me. Everyone would glaze with ease while I took 3 days to glaze. Her polka dots also inspired me to experiment with my own dots. Best thing ever.

Kristen Kieffer

One Word: Craftsmanship

Ryan Greenheck

I've always been a "bowl" kind of person, not a cylinder. I love forms with volume and tension.

Julia GallowayWhat doesnt inspire me when I see her work?

Last but not least Virgina Scotchie

I have a battle between sculptural and functional going on in my head. Her work is helping me through it.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

End of a Fine Semester

Our Bi-annual pottery sale was last weekend. It was pretty nice.
I just about sold out. My puffy/textural handles were a hit.
I'm going to miss it when I graduate *tear*
Just before we opened the doors

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Other Sites

Lets face it....I am addicted to the internet.
I'm on it alot and when I go an entire day without it....I feel like I missed important things.
So because of my love for anything internet...I have alot of personal pages.
I have a Myspace, Facebook and a Deviant Art Account and ofcourse and Etsy page.
I have nothing in my Etsy store at the moment but hopefully at the end of the semester I will have some things to put up.
Here are the links to my pages. Check them out and add me to yours.
Facebook ( you might not be able to see it if you arnt my friend) :
I will give the Etsy page addy when I get something in the shop.
I love to see whats going on all over the internet. One day....I will be on Art Axis. One day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rites of Passage

I got into my first National Show!

I am extremely stoked.

The show that I got into is called Rites Of Passage.

It is a undergrad/recent graduate show.

These are the stats:

Out of 731 works reviewed, a pool of semi-finalist works included a list of 100. They narrowed this pool down to 26 works by 14 artists from 12 schools in 9 different states for the final selection.
The show is in Ohio.

I am so honored to be chosen.

Click this link to see my cups in action.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

K.C Coalition

My work was accepted into a undergrad regional show at the Kansas City Artist Coalition.
I recently went to the opening and the work was really nice. The 2-d work was especially nice.

The juror was Stacy Switzer the director of Grand Arts here in KC. She picked out some nice pieces. The show was very mysterious and edgy.


Wood and Rope

This artists' statement was nicely written. We spoke alittle about what exactly the latter is about and it is apparently a latter that is used in the navy. Interesting


My jar is on the left. It is angled weird. I wish I could of moved it even an inch to the right. Plus my lid is on crocked. BUT it looked great behind the glass box. My jar and the bottle to the right were the only functional ceramics there.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Soft Shock

Welcome to My blog :Soft Shock.
Soft Shock is how I describe the work I make.
Soft as in delicate and Shock as in unexpected.
Here are a few of my peices

Self vitrifying black slip...yum yum


Puffy Handles!