Friday, May 22, 2009

under exposed

I'm thinkin' I need some more expsosure in bigger cities and as a result am planning a trip to the island(victoria) this summer...I am going to take mugs to the BC Gallery of Ceramics and maybe Crafthouse on Granville Island. Does anyone know of any galleries/clothing stores in Victoria or Vancouver that might consider my work?? I also want to hit Purr, I know they sell ceramic necklaces and I have a ton of those.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

come to kilnhouse

Come by and check it out every friday and saturday!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

the meaning of making these things

Since I've opened kilnhouse I haven't had a lot of time to think about showing work elsewhere since it's an on going struggle to keep my two hands making enough objects to let's face it-make a living. I am now realizing I'm going to have to try and show a few places a year if I want to be eligible for any grants. My dream is to have a show at the BC Gallery of Ceramics, go to ,the work show-cased there is soo lovely. I've been thinking more deeply about the meaning behind all of theses tumblers I've produced lately. I love it where the clay is bare, and just a wee bit of glaze is used to exploit some design or texture. I like to think of the clay as flesh/skin and the glaze is clothing or a tattoo. The aesthetic I am going for is that of a poor seamstress, who is pretty and creative but her clthes are hap-hazard. She is making these loose fleshy tumblers...They work but they're primitive... anyways this is all fresh in my head but I thought I'd get it written before I lost it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tumblers and Mugs

I've been working hard the last few weeks, trying to create some beauties for Mother's Day. These tumblers/mugs will be for sale at my studio on Friday and Saturday-first come first serve...there's some nice ones this batch. :)

Each piece has vintage lace and stamps impressed into the surface-while dark stain exploits these textures, I juxtapose commercial glossy foodsafe glaze on the insides and some detailing. In the end my aim is to create beautiful and rustic work. Very aesthetically pleasing but not just "pretty".

Monday, May 4, 2009


This is Amelia, one of my new hollow goddesses. She's just been accepted into the art of the Peace Juried Art Show taking place in Grande Prairie!! She will be on display June 16th till June 21st. For more info about this event go to . Amelia is a Vintage Circus Performer that is contemplating her acrobatic performance. She is hand built porcelain with stains and glazes. She is #9 of my Goddess collection.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Donation to Peace Gallery North Annual Art Auction

This is my most recently created goddess #10, which Surerus Pipeline generously donated on my behalf to the Peace Gallery North Annual Art Auction. She is very tall! Tallest lady I ever made, measuring approximatley 2 feet tall....and quite difficult as she is completley hollow-built porcelain. Vintage stamps and lace were used to create the impressions on her lovely dress. She was stained with a rustic brown stain to further exploit these textures. On her head is a perched peacock..."modesty versus vanity" was one of the themes I thought of... The peacock is glazed colourfully to contrast with her bareness.

Juxtaposition of Materials...

That's gotta be my most favoritist things to do with my artwork. to combine things that do not "normally" belong together and make them look pretty. For example rustic matte surfaces with vintage lace impressions juxtaposed against hot pink glossy commercial glaze. Also, weather old end-gates from a grain truck against shiny shards with vintage decals on them. I am trying to create work that is both rustic and beautiful. Work that is not easy to pin-point, seems simple but really is not. The more you look, the more you see kinda thing. Here are some examples...