Gahanna Herb Day 2017

Putting together some planters, vases, mugs and more for the Gahanna Herb Day event.  This will take place Saturday, May 13 from 9AM - 4PM at Creekside Park & Plaza @ 117 Mill Street in Gahanna. 

 Herb day features an annual herb sale, a variety of fun activities and informative herbal workshops. Just in time for Mother's Day!

 

Here's a little preview and the link for the website. It has a schedule and a list of all the other vendors that will be there. http://www.gahanna.gov/herbday.aspx

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Housing Works DOAD 2017

Thankfull to be a part of Housing Works Design on a Dime benefit for 2017. This wonderful event pulls together 60+ top designers to create full room vignettes celebrating design and New York, while raising funds to end HIV/AIDS and homelessness. 

Check out their website for more info and to buy tickets.  

https://doadnyc2017.splashthat.com/

Here's a sneak peek of the pieces I contributed to Kirsten Yadouga's vignette.  Can't wait to see what she puts together. 

 

 

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An easy green way to quick dry greenware when it's cold outside. DIY hot box.

The other day I made some porcelain mugs for an up and coming local cafe. They needed the pieces by the end of the week for a photo shoot. So, I needed to get them dry fast, and even, and did I mention they were porcelain:/.

I didn't have a hot box / drying cabinet / damp cabinet, but it's winter and the heat is on. So, I rigged up my own little system with a ware board, some 2 inch posts and a cardboard box. 

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You might want to play around with your system to see how fast and even things dry. ✨I just wung it, crossed my fingers, and it worked out. ✨ As long as you've done the work of aligning the particles in your clay, you should be good. This was my schedule.

I threw them on Saturday.

Sunday, still too wet, so I trimmed on Monday. Tuesday they sat under plastic.

Wednesday morning, in the hot box. Ready to fire by Wednesday afternoon.

It was about 17 degrees in Columbus, and My thermostat was set at 71 degrees. The heat was kicking on about twice an hour for 5-10 minutes. 

I put the mugs in a circle to help the handles dry slower, and flipped them over about every hour and a half. The towel was draped over the vent. Not sure if this helped direct the heat into the box, but maybe. 

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The box was a little smaller than the shelf.  The flaps were standing, with the tinker toys can and the jug on the other side supporting them. 

I've been doing this a lot now and like putting it together before I go to bed, dry by morning. Try  this instead of candeling the kiln. It takes no time or skills, and saves energy and kiln wear while it's cold outside. 🙌.

Now, if you need to dry your pieces slowly, here's a good article on quick diy damp cabinets.  http://ceramicartsdaily.org/clay-tools/making-clay-tools/instant-damp-cabinets-an-easy-way-to-dry-your-pottery-slowly/

Here are the finished pieces.  

 Porcelain with Bronze + White glazes

Porcelain with Bronze + White glazes

In Transformation -presented by the art and artists of 614 & friends of the library

Excited to be included in the exhibition, opening this week at the Carnegie Gallery. If you're in town, stop out tomorrow and hang out!

Exhibit Dates: January 19 – March 3, 2017.Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6 pm – 8 pm.

The Carnegie Gallery is located on the second floor of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215). The gallery is accessed via stairs in the main entry foyer.

 Rooster Totem    stoneware, bronze Glaze    2016

Rooster Totem  

stoneware, bronze Glaze  

2016

Inspired by my grandmothers who always seemed to have a rooster or two in their kitchens.  I was told they brought luck, but recently discovered that the rooster is a complex fellow, rich in meaning.  In addition to success and good fortune, the symbol represents;

  • Eccentricity
  • Uniqueness
  • Ego
  • Lack of Fear
  • Curiosity
  • Sexuality
  • New Beginnings
  • Sun Engergy

This link has a fascinatingly thorough compilation of information on the rooster and its many attributes. It's like Totem heaven.  

Also, 2017 is officially the Year of the Rooster! 

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/rooster-symbolism-meaning/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sci-fi Pottery

Super excited to have a piece purchased by FOX Studios Australia. I was told it'll be in Ridley Scott's new film 'Alien Covenant'. The release is scheduled for 2017.   That's about all I know. Can't wait to see what they do with it! 

15-1/2" Tall x 4-1/2"  Wide. 

 Midnight & Bronze Bottle

Midnight & Bronze Bottle

Ceramic mini vessels =Valentines

Made some itty bitty pots for the adult Valentine's Day exchange this year. Complete with little hearts on the bottom of each piece. Spreading the love! 

 

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 Mini pottery knoll in blue. 

Mini pottery knoll in blue. 

 Close up. #ineedamanicure

Close up. #ineedamanicure

 ADHD + Libra = each piece is unique.  

ADHD + Libra = each piece is unique.