Category Archives: Ceramics Studio

The Perfect Pair

This summer I had the opportunity to work collaboratively on a project commissioned by Women’s Studio Workshop. Not only was I excited about the project, but I was even more thrilled about who I was working with. Shannon O’Leary is a dear friend of mine who is known for her proficiency in mold making and slip casting. We were asked to create a series of mugs for WSW, who was in need of a studio mug makeover. Shannon and I put our heads together to combine our interests and discovered a way to link the two together. Our concerted effort paid off when we designed a collection of mugs inspired by different design eras that spoke directly to interior and exterior ornamentation. We came to this determination by simply combining our interests: Shannon’s love of interior decorating and my obsession with architecture and exterior adornment. We produced three different forms and handles that resembled each of the design eras: Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Victorian. Our surface design was complex and involved multiple layers. We used slips, glazes and decals. Shannon and I made all decals in the silkscreen studio at WSW. It was a unique process that we both enjoyed and agreed that without those decal images our mugs just wouldn’t be the same!

Check out more photos of the mug collection in my portfolio!

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Summer Time Mold Making

Studio Upkeep

Being a Post BA at the studio doesn’t excuse me from studio maintenance duties, which I am grateful for. I am actually happy that I have the opportunity to learn, even if it is in the form of cleaning, maintaining, etc. I want to assimilate and explore as much as possible while I’m here. My glaze assignment is to maintain the ^04 slips. Not wanting to be a pest to others, I asked how to make slip and got a brief introduction on “how to make slip”. My first attempt was somewhat of a success. The only downfall was using too much water, and that’s definitely something I can live with. I also realized how handy a paint mixer is! Below is a picture I snapped of my first batch of watery mix. Enjoy.

 

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