Mar 20 Corralitos workshop

My first time teaching at the Corralitos Cultural Center came off without a hitch.   Lots of great work and new friendships were made.   We even had three people who’d never touched clay before.  Betcha can’t tell which ones they were! And here’s the...

press mold planters

These are examples of the many planters I’ve made by lining big plastic planters or large metal bowls with pieces of clay.  In both instances I lined the interior of the press mold with dry cleaning plastic before filling it with textured ripped up slabs.  The...

triangle planter

Here it is the finished version of the triangle planter.  Remember that template must be creased BEFORE you even lay the clay pieces on it or you will end up with a decidedly un-triangular planter, ie. pretty round.

slab mugs, then and now

Wow, what an enthusiastic group of people I taught last Saturday at Blossom Hill Crafts in Los Gatos.  So much energy and so many questions to answer.  Remember I’m the visual person, a verbal wanna-bee, so I use that digital camera whenever I can.  I hope these...

Productive procrastination

OK OK, I still didn’t make it to the studio before turning on the computer.  Yes, it’s an addiction but can we just call it a good addiction for one more day?  At least I’ve found a way to eliminate one more pile on the desk because of this handy...

Valentine’s traditions

I come from a fairly non-traditional family so it’s not always automatic to come up with “on this day our family always did blah blah blah.”  Most of those memories are random times spent on the beach or camping or skiing with my family, but not...

step away from the pot!

One of the hardest things to learn is when to stop.  I often go overboard missing that critical moment.  Then I remind myself that I wouldn’t know what was too much if I didn’t push too far now and again.  The key is to have the discipline to just sit...

How to start

Sometimes it takes coffee.    Sometimes it takes such a big mess I hurt myself just trying to get across the room.   Sometimes it takes throwing my dog’s squeaky toy 52 times for her with the justification that I am being a good doggie parent.  Usually it takes...