plant marker organization 8.10.2017

Last month I went on the annual local garden walk put on by one of Madison, Wisconsin’s gems, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. At one of the gardens, the gardener had all of his plant markers piled on his backyard table in about 8 different piles. As I looked closer, I saw that each pile was held together…

unicorn cup – wip 8.3.2017

My latest work in progress, or WIP, is a two-handled unicorn cup. I threw the cup on the potters wheel, and attached rolled-out coils of clay for the handles. Once the clay was hardened up enough to carve – but not too dry – I started the unicorn decoration. I’ll post photos of the final…

one last santa fe post 7.20.2017

Just a few more things about Santa Fe. (I LOVED it there!) The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe is a great place to visit. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces there. I love the colors and the abstract designs. And here’s a picture of me standing next to a super…

santa fe: flora 7.13.2017

While in Santa Fe a couple weeks ago, my friends and I enjoyed several hikes, along with delightedly ogling an entirely different landscape and flora than here in the midwest. Madison sits at 741 feet above sea level; Santa Fe is at 7,198 feet. Madison averages 34.5 inches of annual precipitation; Santa Fe gets a…

santa fe: ceramic galleries 7.6.2017

I recently returned from  a week in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, traveling with three friends who, like me, have a love for art and nature. Where I live, in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s hot and humid right now, so the dry heat of the southwest was a welcome relief! It’s a beautiful part of…

duluth vacation 6.15.2017

Last week I took a mini vacation, first stopping in Shoreview, Minnesota – just north of the “twin cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul. There I visited family for a few days. Then I drove northeast to Duluth, Minnesota, also known, together with Superior, Wisconsin, as the “twin ports.” Located at the western part of…

porcelain vessel 6.1.2017

I bought my first bag of porcelain clay a couple months ago and have been hand-building a few pots at my home studio (which I’ve tentatively named Atelier Imsland;) ) Rumor has it the porcelain is “fussy” but I’ve had no problems with it… yet. Perhaps because I’m fussy about all my pots! Here’s my…

another wire bowl 5.25.2017

Here’s my latest wire bowl, made with red clay and used kiln wire. This is the 4th bowl I’ve created in this style. It’s hand built from coils of red stoneware clay, then I push half-round pieces of used kiln wire into the clay before it dries. I leave the outside of the bowl unglazed. You…