Stoneware Basket #5
Strictly Functional, Blue Line Arts Center, California, 2017. Juried by Katie Curler.
I started this basket series started while I was working for Sugar Hill Clay in Detroit, Michigan. I was spending a fair amount of time wheel throwing and I knew that I wanted to practice making bigger forms (3-4 pounds of clay, which is a lot for me) but I didn’t want to make regular bowls. The forms should have some structure and also an openness. And I wanted to do something challenging, of course. So I landed on making baskets. I drew the basic outline of what I wanted to carve and then I just went for it. There were a lot of losses at first but I started to get the hang of it eventually.
Pewabic Pottery Staff/Student Show 2017. Juried by Kate and Ryan Lawless of Corbe Company
Arts for the Spirit at Beaumont Oakwood.
The cup and stem were made as pinch pots. You probably tried this out in kindergarten. It looks simple, but it is actually really tricky to do well. One needs to gradually and evenly work the clay all the way around. Going too fast will render a piece with a heavily dimpled and surface and a cracked edge. Working unevenly will give you something unsymmetrical. Try it sometime!
The piece was allowed to dry and then it was loaded into a kiln for an initial firing (called a bisque firing), which heated it to a little less than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. After the bisque firing, the piece was glazed and then fired again to slightly more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes about 24 hours per firing, since the kilns have to get to temperature and then cool back down to room temperature.
I Create As I Speak: An Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition. College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition. 2015.
Reality is Optional. Art Prize. 2015.