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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lynn Wood Cup Workshop

I'm on the right with a fellow workshop attendee and studio member on the left.
Lynn Wood aka The Pottery Texture Queen is passionate about texture in her ceramic work. I took a workshop from her about a year ago and it greatly influenced my work.

Today I took another workshop from her called Cups, Cups, Cups! As you might have guessed from the name, the workshop focused on what makes a good cup. We explored this idea with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to try her techniques for ourselves. With soft slabs we made cups and many types of handles. We left with helpful tips and templates to try in our own work. I am looking forward to trying what I learned today in the near future and sharing it  with you.

Today's workshop also means that another one of my 50 challenges (see my second Blog entry) is complete...#19 make a cup. I maybe shouldn't count it until it is glazed but I am doing it anyway!

Lynn is such a great teacher, a fabulous artist, and a lot of fun. I would recommend taking a workshop from her if you get the chance.  I hope she will start a blog of her own soon.

Lynn Wood aka The Pottery Texture Queen

I got a handle on it!
Examples to inspire us!

The mugs I made

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

100 Fish Sketching Challenge is complete! On to the next creative challenge!

One of my 50 challenges from my list is completed. I thought that sketching 100 fish would be simple as this is a motif I love to work with. Honestly it took longer than I expected and I struggled with continuing. I ended up getting some help from Google images to move faster as my brain wasn't giving me the variety I needed. Here is the collage of my sketchbook pages. This gives you a glimpse of the good, the bad and the ugly of my quick fish!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Visiting Sharon Virtue

Sharon Virtue in her studio and her ceramic goddesses













A little over a year ago I took a workshop with Sharon Virtue at Clay Creations in Pacifica  all about surface decoration on clay. Sharon was welcoming and informative. I love to illustrate on clay, and I am a printmaker too so I found the workshop to be very relevant and applicable to what I do with my art. She made such a great impression on me that I have been a fan ever since.