Studio Staycation

I took this past week off work and had myself a staycation. I’ve really been enjoying getting my hands dirty at the pottery studio lately, so I figured this would be a great time to take a week and really get my hands dirty. Every day.

I was recently reflecting on my time in university. Wake up, go to school (make art all day), eat, make more art, talk about art, go home, sleep, and do it all again the next day. What a good life. This week reminded me of that. I neglected my homework a little and put all my effort in to making lots and lots of work.

Lots of mugs, cups and a couple of little planters are starting to come to life.

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A few things even came out of the kiln this week. Take a peek.

I’m in the Club!

Turn off your 50 Cent – it’s not that kind of club. It’s way better. While I was in university for art, I primarily worked on print making and painting. I had taken one ceramics class and the teacher gave me good marks and described my work as “folk-ish” – I couldn’t decide if this was good or bad, given the pieces in front of me were not what I would call good. So when I got this crazy idea to start taking pottery classes at my local community centre I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I knew as soon as I walked in that it was going to be a great experience. I had a great teacher, Charmian Nimmo, who helped me find ways to infuse my drawings into the pottery techniques she was teaching us. After a bit of practice, I was hooked. I had found a new creative outlet and I was improving my skills and learning every time I walked in to that studio.

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Drawing on hand built pottery

My only issue was I wanted to work more than the three hours a week the classes gave us (you can also do drop in on Sundays if you’re in a class, but that has a time limit as well). I found out about the Pottery Club at the community centre. The price was amazing and it gave access to the studio whenever there wasn’t a class in it. Sign me up! Only problem – there was a wait list. A very long wait list.

After 2 years of waiting, I’ve made my way up the waiting list and am now a member of the club and have been spending as much time as life allows me in the studio. I took a week off of work in November and I plan on spending every day in that beautiful studio, getting my hands dirty and seeing what I can come up with.

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My first night in the studio this autumn

 

Autumn Ceramics

When I was in university, I worked primarily (well, let’s be honest – solely) in 2D materials. I took one ceramics class as an elective to give it a shot but compared to my comfort level with painting, ceramics was a real challenge. Things didn’t go where I wanted them to, the wheel hypnotized my eyes and it just wasn’t a painting (duh, Chelsea.) Regardless, it was fun to get my hands dirty.

A year or two after university, I found myself feeling a little uninspired. I wanted a challenge. I found a pottery class at my local community centre a couple years ago and pushed myself out of my comfort zone to try it out. Learning from the ground up (turns out I forgot everything I learned in ceramics at university) was a great experience. It was really a lesson in putting yourself in situations you aren’t always comfortable in, and that something really beautiful can come from a little anxiety. There is always something more to learn.

Last year I was really excited with what I ended up with having practiced a bit more, and am really excited for what’s to come this Autumn. I’m thinking wood-wick candles, rustic cheese plates, unique mugs, and lots of little drawings on everything.

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A little pot that came out of the kiln last night