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.  Some 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,…

bowl and thoughts 1.19.2017

Last night, I attended a discussion here in Madison, Wisconsin about fear and safety and vulnerability. This discussion arose out of Donald Trump winning the election for United States President. I know, I know, I’m a middle class white woman living in Madison, Wisconsin – “77 square miles surrounded by reality” – so I don’t…

pattern in Sanibel 1.12.17

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about beach art at Sanibel Island, Florida, where I spent the first two weeks of December 2016 with my sweetheart. One of the things I love about visiting a place that’s got a different climate from where I live (Madison, Wisconsin) is seeing new and different patterns. Here are pics…

annual donating 1.5.2017

Happy New Year!  When I decided to start selling my art on my website earlier this year, I decided I’d donate a portion of sales to good causes (imho). 5% of my painting and drawing sales are donated to the Sierra Club. 10% of my ceramics sales are donated to Potters for Peace. I didn’t…

beach art 12.29.2016

My sweetheart and I spent the first two weeks of December on the beach at beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. Long walks on the ocean shore provided new beach art to view every day. I met the young artists of only a couple of works, both pre-teens. Here are some of my favorites! I took along…

thanksgiving poems 11.23.2016

Thanksgiving by Billy Collins The thing about the huge platter of sliced celery, broccoli florets, and baby tomatoes you had arranged to look like a turkey with its tail fanned out was that all our guests were so intimidated by the perfection of its design no one dared disturb the symmetry by removing so much…

the wonders of glaze 11.17.2016

Often I feel like I’m in a “test mode” when it comes to glazing ceramics. I used cobalt oxide wash on two different bowls with quite different results, likely due to the the glaze underneath the oxide wash. On one bowl, I added dots of the blue oxide wash atop a transparent white glaze with…