Ya'll! I didn't think it could be done, but I made a bowl large enough for that table-sized bat. I'm gonna trim super slow and pray it doesn't wreck my legs...
The kiln yard is where you’ll find assorted kilns for firing ceramics. Each yard varies, but the safety standards require concrete flooring and walls to prevent fires. Rows of shelves hold clay pieces that have been bisqued and ready to be glazed.
I'm working on big bowls and rounded tumblers in various clays. The largest bowl is 12 inches wide and will be great for pasta and salads.
I love working with a large piece of clay on the pottery wheel. The most I’ve thrown is 7 pounds and with each practice I'm teaching myself how to create with intention. Pottery, as with all art, is a continual process of refinement that engages your mind to create with an internal push. Coupled with exercising the muscle memory needed to move clay on the wheel, I find it’s an experience that allows the right side of your brain to take over and tap into your creative force.
These pieces are photographed at a bisque fired stage. Each piece will be brushed in gloss white and clear matte glaze. The second fire in the kiln will darken the peach-toned bowls to a chocolate brown, the lighter bowls with develop into golden sand tone. I can't wait to see how they turn out when we unload the kiln.
I'm really enjoying this large, shallow bowl that can be used as a serving dish or dinner platter. Today we noshed on truffle gouda, rosemary sourdough bread, and kalamata olives.
This bowl is finished with an oatmeal glaze, which has a supple and matte finish. There are sections of light seafoam and golden-brown that reflect the brush stroke application.
“Where peacocks lounge like yard dogs.”
Robin Reynolds of Roots and Revival reached out to see if I would be interested in sharing Little Clay Studio's jewelry for a style feature on Studio 512.
This was a great opportunity to support a social good marketplace that assists charitable organizations in Austin.
Can you spot our Marble Double Round earrings on the model in the middle? The marbled earrings complemented her black and white striped skirt. The earrings are featured at the 1:11 mark on KXAN's site.
TV personality Amanda Tatom added a pair of the Drop Hoop earrings to her personal collection. They are a new design I've been working on and will be available mid-April.
There are many ways to trim pottery. I first throw a chuck, which is clay thrown into a flat surface on the bat. The chuck stabilizes the pottery and prevents the rims from distorting while you’re trimming.
Brent wheels are my favorite, and I've found a nice space to work.
I am so happy to announce that you can now experience Little Clay Studio's jewelry at the Blanton Museum of Art!
Located at the University of Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art hosts frequent events and offers the community free admission on Thursdays. Treat yourself to a day at the Blanton Museum of Art. All sales benefit the museum's art procurement.