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…

spoon plant markers 5.18.2017

I don’t like the white plastic plant markers that usually come with plants. I’ve also tried making my own plant markers out of old window blinds. Or wood popsicle sticks. They fade and break over time, and they’re not aesthetically pleasing to my eye. I usually plant the plant in the ground and save the…

story of the stuck lid 5.11.2017

A couple months ago I enrolled in a one-night session of a handbuilding class at Midwest Clay Project. The guest teacher was Rachelle Miller from Hands In Clay (who is a great teacher, by the way!) She focused the class on lids, and that night I made this beautiful piece. The glaze is Coyote Opal,…

sale and fundraiser 5.4.2017

This weekend I’ve got two sales coming up. Friday night is the biannual Madison Gallery Night. As always, I’ll donate 10% of my profits that night to Potters for Peace. The Midwest Clay Project takes their cut, too, acting as a “gallery” for me and the other studio members who wish to sell their wares…

bowls with wire 4.20.2017

A couple months ago, I posted about a new bowl I made using recycled kiln wire and red stoneware clay. I was delighted with how that bowl turned out, and have made a couple more since then. My delight continues. Simply photos will suffice this week. Enjoy!

art mystery books 4.13.2017

My friend loaned me a book last month titled The Vanishing Velasquez, written by Laura Cumming, an art critic. I loved the book, not only because it was about art and read rather like a mystery, but also because it got me curious about Diego Velasquez, who was born in 1599. The book is about…