Thank You And Happy Holidays!

Thanks to all you wonderful people who have been thoughtful enough to buy your Amazon purchases by linking through this site. You've helped raise $35 or so to date, which may not be a lot in the great scheme of things, but is enough to give a well-deserving student a scholarship to pay for her class fee. Pat yourself on the back - you've made someone very happy.

Reading Makes You Fly

I finally finished my demonstration piece for our animal project. The rhino is reading - what else?! - Girl Genius vol. 2 by Phil and Kaja Foglio! He's such a fan that he's even got some steampunk/Girl Genius tattoos on his forelegs - you can check out more by clicking on the picture. And if you really want in on the fun, you can read Girl Genius here!

New Student Work

We did cone 10 and raku firings just in time for the holidays. Below is a sample of some of the work that came out, done by a few of the school's talented and hard-working students. You can always browse more at the gallery.

Olivia Burton spends a lot of time in the studio, and it shows in her work. This is raku fired.

Horse-Hairing Around

Taras Telyatinskiy (by the time you say that three times fast he will have made another piece) was experimenting with horsehair raku. In this process, the pot is fired to around 1300 F, then quickly pulled from the kiln with tongs. While it is still hot, horsehairs are draped across the surface, where they burn and curl and leave rich black squiggles and smoke marks. You only have 30 seconds or so to work, so you have to be quick.

Creature Feature

Half of each class is hand-building animals right now, from chihuahuas to tigers - some fun stuff coming soon. This is my demonstration piece, not yet fired - first time I've done this myself. It's around 23" long and 25" high right now (it will shrink), built hollow using soft slabs of clay; it's going to be a tight fit getting it into the bisque kiln! More pictures in a couple weeks when things are glazed and finished.

Pages

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog