Some snapshots from life in and out of the studio (from left to right, starting at the top):
- Beautiful pebble design on the walkway in front of the cathedral in Tarragona
- Porcelain vessels on a shelf in my studio (Off Circle and Plateau)
- I don't know what I would do without sponges. I use them to clean, to smooth and to define my vessels, as well as wipe away the mess of clay and glaze. My favorites are actually sea sponges, which I haven't photographed here. I think they deserve their own special image.
- Making a mold of my new dessert plate. I have a love-hate relationship with plaster. The porosity of plaster is such a gift when it comes to working with clay, but I hate its chalky texture and finicky nature.
- A beautiful side street in Tarragona. I love the light terracottas and pale yellows.
- Another view of the same porcelain vessels. They sit on a shelf right behind my work table.
- These are the plants I left behind in the studio while we were in Istanbul for 3 months. Thanks to resident green-thumb and fellow ceramist Paola, the plants seem happier than ever! The orchid on the right is sitting in a bowl I made during my residency at Watershed. It is a wood-fired piece. I am kind of on the fence about wood-firing. I love the process and the comradeship during the firing, but I guess the resulting work doesn't really fit my aesthetics.
- Plaster slab that I was carving into the form of my new dessert plate. This image was taken halfway through the shaping process.
- My favorite tools for carving plaster, a rasp and wet-dry sand paper.