MMOCA Docent – Official! 4.6.2017

I became an “official” docent at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art today, because I gave my first tour! My tour group included fourth-grade students from a local school, along with a couple parental unit chaperones. I’ve been super nervous about this for the past couple of weeks. I even thought about calling the museum’s…

blue-striped vase 3.30.2017

This is a recent vase I made. It’s slab-built, meaning I rolled out flat slabs of clay, cut the front and back and bottom out from a paper pattern I’d made, pieced the clay pieces together, then added the top curved rectangle shape to the vase opening. Before I started applying glaze to the vase,…

political mugs 3.23.2017

With the current political climate in the United States, I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate my politics into my art. I don’t want to be strictly a political artist… I don’t think… but you never know what might lurk behind a door you choose to open! After my eldest daughter Elly showed me…

sculpting a rabbit 3.16.2017

This winter, I enrolled in a hand building class at Midwest Clay Project here in Madison. The teacher focused on figurative hand building, and started us out with a bunny. I took lots of pictures along the way to show you a bit of the process. The first two heads I started with were too…

spring rust pickings 3.9.2017

Wisconsin is beginning to experience spring-like weather, which means the street cleaners are out, brushing and sucking and cleaning up garbage, debris, and treasures from the streets. For the past few months, snow covered the streets and curbs, and the street melange added up over┬áthat time, hidden from view. Now that the warmer temps have…

ceramics table 3.2.2017

I bought a used ceramics table this winter. It’s been sitting in my garage until last week. It came with a peg-board back that made it too unwieldy to carry up to the second floor, so that back had to be removed temporarily. But due to the cold Wisco winters, neither me or my husband…

white on white 2.23.2017

I’ve got some more white on white bowls completed. I made a bowl similar to these a couple months ago, and you can see pics of that bowl in this post. The glaze on these latest bowls turned out differently this time. Not as white, a little yellower, more rustic looking, and thinner. Not a…

abstraction 2.9.2017

In my post from last week, I wrote that I’m attracted to off-kilter ceramics, and abstract or non-representational art in general. ┬áSome might call it wabi-sabi (imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete) or other descriptors might be unrefined, confusing or childlike. Maybe I’m using all these labels to better describe how some might view abstract art. Or…

new bowl 2.2.2017

Here’s another new bowl design that I plan to make more of. Instead of making it on a potter’s wheel, I squeezed coils of clay together. This “hand-building” makes for a bowl that isn’t perfectly round, isn’t perfectly smooth, plus I purposefully formed the top edge to be uneven. Something about the imperfect quality attracts…

changes 1.26.2017

I’ve decided to close up my shop at Big Cartel and open up an Etsy shop. Last March, I purchased my rachelimsland.com domain and used that at Big Cartel, a site where you can setup your own online store. Big Cartel was easy to use, and my web store looked great! I did sell some,…