Taking An Idea One Step Further

I've spent time in the studio recently making revisions to some familiar shapes and ideas. It's one of the reasons I enjoy going to the studio. Even if I'm working on something I've regularly made before, it's easy to improve, tweak and adjust some of the elements to make it into something new. 

I've revised the shape of my mugs. These are narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. I still feature a seam line and button. The narrow top will help hold the temperature of a hot drink. 

I've revised the shape of my mugs. These are narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. I still feature a seam line and button. The narrow top will help hold the temperature of a hot drink. 

I've had a custom request for pie dishes. I based the design on some of the baking dishes I've made recently. Here, I started with the large deep dish size  (9 inches diameter x 3 inches tall) and then decided to make a smaller personal pie size (5 inches diameter x 2 inches tall) version as well. I can see a beautiful quiche or blueberry pie in the large size. A baked brie might work well in the smaller size! 

I've had a custom request for pie dishes. I based the design on some of the baking dishes I've made recently. Here, I started with the large deep dish size  (9 inches diameter x 3 inches tall) and then decided to make a smaller personal pie size (5 inches diameter x 2 inches tall) version as well. I can see a beautiful quiche or blueberry pie in the large size. A baked brie might work well in the smaller size! 

I like to use a recipe stand in my own kitchen. So I though I'd create one in the studio. I wanted it to be able to hold a cookbook, iPad or simple recipe card. I alternate between all three when I'm cooking from a recipe. I'd like to hear if you currently use a recipe stand in your kitchen or might consider using one in the future. Click on the photo to send me a quick reply!

I like to use a recipe stand in my own kitchen. So I though I'd create one in the studio. I wanted it to be able to hold a cookbook, iPad or simple recipe card. I alternate between all three when I'm cooking from a recipe. I'd like to hear if you currently use a recipe stand in your kitchen or might consider using one in the future. Click on the photo to send me a quick reply!

It's fun to see the progress of forms I've used over the years. My studio is the place where I make my ideas turn into a piece of pottery for others to enjoy and use. It's my happy place.

Revisit

Oh, and she never gives out

And she never gives in

She just changes her mind

(She’s Always A Woman – Billy Joel)

 

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This was a week of looking at the familiar in a whole new way both in and out of the studio. It’s a good exercise for me to recognize in my work and daily life.

 

I was lucky to attend a Billy Joel concert this week with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. I’ve seen Billy numerous times over the years. His music and lyrics resonate with me and my family. I love his songs now as much as when I first started listening. Not only does the music evoke memories, but I continue to hear his lyrics in new and meaningful ways as the years pass by. To me, that is art and what I am striving for in my own work.

 

Part of what keeps me going to the studio is looking at familiar shapes in new ways. And on top of that, when someone tells me that they still use a piece of work I made many, many years back – it’s a good feeling.

My neighbor Candace has a bountiful garden and I am the lucky recipient! Here is a chocolate zucchini cake I made sitting on one of my wheel thrown 'original' cake plates from 2003.   

My neighbor Candace has a bountiful garden and I am the lucky recipient! Here is a chocolate zucchini cake I made sitting on one of my wheel thrown 'original' cake plates from 2003.

 

Lucky for me, I have friends with great ideas! In this new rendition of my hand-built cake plate, I've separated and added pieces to include a bowl that can also be used as a stand and an additional smaller plate that can be stacked vertically! 

Lucky for me, I have friends with great ideas! In this new rendition of my hand-built cake plate, I've separated and added pieces to include a bowl that can also be used as a stand and an additional smaller plate that can be stacked vertically! 

I've learned to add curves to my hand-built mugs. I think this shape mimics what I used to throw using the wheel. I am also playing with use of matte and shiny surfaces to highlight the texture. 

I've learned to add curves to my hand-built mugs. I think this shape mimics what I used to throw using the wheel. I am also playing with use of matte and shiny surfaces to highlight the texture. 

I made myself a set of dishes using hand-building methods. It's been on my 'to-do' list for quite some time!

I made myself a set of dishes using hand-building methods. It's been on my 'to-do' list for quite some time!