Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mixed Clays

press molded marbled porcelain and slip with pinched white low fire talc body and sink sludge body

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Soap Dish I

base glaze with pink stain over various reclaimed materials and sink sludge

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Snack Box V

test glazes layered over porcelain and earthenware

Monday, April 22, 2013

Unidentified Blistered Surfaces

This particular box was made out of reclaimed materials from the class sinks, my own reclaim, slip donated by a colleague, and plaster bits scraped off of a demo mold. These were all mixed in one bucket and cast into a piece of plastic packaging. The interior was carved out and the still plastic clay was added back on and pinched to form the sides of the box. After the bisque firing these blisters appeared and are somewhat perplexing. It is possible that they came from the lithium slip I use often, and the darker color is due to the black slip that had been mixed into the batch. Who knows? Hopefully I'll be able to figure it out after the glaze firing.

And this is what it looks like! Appears to be a random chunk of lithium glaze mixed with stoneware.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snack Box IV

layered test glazes over sink sludge

first glaze firing

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Snack Box III

various clay press molded into mushroom packaging

Friday, April 19, 2013

Snack Box II

extra test glazes layered in sink sludge, black slip, porcelain and stoneware clays

first glaze firing

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Snack Box I

bone ash slip, vitreous slip, and translucent matte glaze layered extra thickly over stoneware

first glaze firing


You can now find my work on accessCeramics, along with many other artists! This is a great online resource that allows you to search for work by technique, material, object type, and more. It's especially helpful in putting together image presentations since such a large range of work is represented. Go check it out!

Monday, April 15, 2013


Underglaze sediment given to me by the talented Kevin Snipes. This is the stuff I make the bracelets out of, so keep yer eyes peeled!

Although I guess before I make more, I need to sell the ones I've already made. So for those of you in Chicagoland, the bracelets are on sale at Steve Quick Jewelers, 1909 W. Division between Damen and Wolcott! Go buy them, they are awesome! Otherwise I will end up wearing all ten of them at one time, and while that looks super pimping, it impedes my ability to be productive in the studio.

For pictures of the inserts, you can take a look see at this blog post.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Madeleine Hayes

I don't know where the top image is from, but as Liz Lemons says, I want to go to there.

You can visit Madeleine's tumblr here.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oil Spills

Campos Basin Spill
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Exxon Pipeline Spill
Mayflower, Arkansas

Red Butte Creek Spill

Rena Spill
New Zealand

Xingag Harbor Spill
Dailan, China

Oil spills came back into focus for me when I read about the pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas and the way in which the media was discouraged from talking about it. While there are definitely many important news stories to report, oil spills have repeatedly been an environmental issue far and beyond what I had thought. And while this is tragic, it does make me start to consider the new normal and how this ultimately ties into my artistic process. By setting myself the goal of creating objects that speak to a broad range of American culture I must consider what is seen as normal and expected, what is perceived as truthful even in the event that the observer only sees it through photographs or video, and how the visual and auditory experience can be manipulated.

Apart from the ethical issue of seeing these photos as beautiful, I can't help but imagine them made of a ceramic waste and glazes combined together as a functional sculpture.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Archie Bray

Oh hey, did I forget to mention that I will be going to Archie Bray during August and September? Because I am.

Really trying not to sound too proud of myself but honestly I am beyond thrilled about it!

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