Monday, January 31, 2011

Daily Sketch

 Do you keep a sketchbook or journal? I'm reading An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory and it is really inspiring me to sketch and draw more. I've decided that I'm going to get in the habit of sketching out at least one art idea every day. It can be really simple or very detailed. I don't want to give myself a lot of rules, I just want to do it!  I found an old small sketchbook (about the size of a paperback novel) that I'm going to start carrying with me everywhere.

Today's sketch is a mug I've been visualizing since a certain style emerged during an encaustic class I'm taking. I just can't get away from the dots and circles! I think it will translate beautifully in ceramics.

This was my first encaustic piece
Sketch 1/31/11

Friday, January 28, 2011


Etsy is such a great place. Full of so many amazing artists and craftsters. Really, what did we all do before Etsy? I was digging around today and found some fabulous work! Enjoy!

Sweet little flower dish made by MarciG. It seems so happy to me! It can be found (and purchased) HERE!

This Sea Urchin Cup was made by New Moon Studio. I love the bright blue glaze on the interior!It can be found (and purchased) HERE!

I saved this one for last because I'd like to prattle on for awhile! This gorgeous vase is by Cynthia Vardhan. When I came upon her work I literally gasped. The amount of work in each of her pieces is just astounding. I use slip trailing in a lot of my pieces but I've never done it on such a large scale. For those of you unfamiliar of what slip trailing is, here is a great article. Not only is her slip trailing technique immaculate, but it is obvious that her throwing skills are equally honed. To top it off, she uses here very own porcelain that she mixes herself! You can find (and purchase) the vase in the photos above HERE. 
Find out more about Cynthia Vardhan HERE.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Square Plate-ish

I just listed this little plate-ish guy on Etsy. Inside the circles it isn't glazed- I like the look and texture of straight clay with a lot of my work- so this is NOT recommended for food use! I'm imagining it being used as a little key tray by the door, a soap dish, a jewelry holder...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chinese Motif Mug

This beauty is for sale on Etsy! Learn more HERE! Did anybody read The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee? This mug was inspired by the design on the cover.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Little Lotus Mug

My first listing! I really love this mug, but like a lot of my work I feel like it belongs to someone else. So it's up for sale on my Etsy site and can be YOURS for $35 (+shipping).
(It is one-of-a-kind so if you like it snag it now!)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

An Introduction


In Taos, New Mexico December 2010
My name is Anne, I'm an artist living in Boulder, Colorado, and I recently built a ceramic studio in my back yard.

I received a BFA in ceramics in 2006 but haven't done very much with it.... Until now! I started getting little urges to get my hands dirty once again and took a class through the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation. They have a GREAT studio located in an old firehouse. I got so much positive feedback on my pieces. One woman, while admiring a mug I had made said, "My dear, I think you've found your calling!" That stuck with me: My calling. Working with clay again was transformational. I realized how much I love it and how I want it to be a part of my daily life. I realized that (as immodest as it sounds) I do have a special talent. I realized that if I pursued it clay could be a part of my daily life! 

 This is a space for me to share my journey in learning more about the art of ceramics, inspirations, work in progress, accomplishments, and whatever other whimsy comes my way. Thanks for joining me!

Inside my studio

A quick drawing of a mug I made

Some of the mugs I've created

Ps- I'll be opening an etsy shop soon!