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Wood Fired Goodness

I never thought I'd be wood firing again so soon, but I had the opportunity to participate in one a few weeks ago! There were lots of different techniques done compared to what I was used to, but nevertheless, the pots turned out pretty spectacular. There were crystals galore and beautiful ash melt throughout the whole kiln, despite the fact that there was no side stoking! I still need to do some cleaning up on a few of the pieces, but here are a few mugs and tea bowls that resulted from it. (Many of these will be for sale, so if one catches your eye, feel free to contact me! Otherwise, check my shop soon to see if they are listed.) Enjoy!

Many of the pieces had beautiful crystal growth!

A re-fire... Glad I gave it a second shot!

Found a couple of new glazes that are soon to become favorites, including this clear crackle glaze.

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Teapots!

So a while back I posted a photo on Facebook of a couple of teapots I was working on for a commission. (One for my lovely sister who just recently visited from Germany!)

Remember these? (Sorry for the poor picture quality!)

I was excited because they were new forms for me, and I was actually happy with how they looked as a whole after assembling them!  (The last few teapots I have made I was not been the most pleased with...) Anyway, to make a long story short, both are now fired and finished and I wanted to share the results with you all. One was wood fired, and the other was soda fired, and I thought they both turned out lovely. You can be the judge!

The wood fired teapot. 

The soda fired teapot.

Both teapots now have their homes in Germany. It's fun to know my work is slowly making its way around the world!

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Fish Out of Water

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Fish Out of Water

It's here - my first blog post! I apologize for taking so long to get this started. In the midst of completing my senior thesis exhibition at George Fox University, graduating, and traveling home to Kansas for the holidays, it has been a bit hectic. Now I'm back in Oregon and experiencing for the first time what it is like on the other side of finishing college. 

Excerpts from my Senior Thesis Exhibition, titled  Marrow .   Photos by Benjamin Holtrop. For more pictures of the show, visit his blog at:  http://meanderingsthroughmuseumhalls.blogspot.com/

Excerpts from my Senior Thesis Exhibition, titled Marrow

Photos by Benjamin Holtrop. For more pictures of the show, visit his blog at: http://meanderingsthroughmuseumhalls.blogspot.com/

To be honest, I feel a bit out of place at times. I am working part time on campus still, yet I have to balance the feelings of belonging while knowing I am no longer a student. My card access is gone to the places I used to be able to roam freely, especially the ceramics labs. Yet I still am finding ways to keep throwing - after taking a lengthy break from the wheel I am slowly letting myself get back into the rhythm of it.

I apologize for the lack of recent pictures in this post. I promise that in the future my posts will have a higher ratio of pictures to text so you can get a real idea of what is happening with my ceramics! As for now, the beginning stages are not too exciting. However, if you happen to be in the Newberg area, feel free to stop by Pulp & Circumstance (where I am now working part-time!) to see some of my work from Marrow on display! 

Just for fun, if you have not seen the video from Marrow yet, here it is again. It speaks to how art, in this case ceramics, can bring people together to foster relationship and community. The beautiful videography is done by Megan Clark, and more of her videos can be found at http://vimeo.com/meganclarkproductions. Enjoy!

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