I've been a ceramics artist for almost 2 years now and I wanted to showcase my work and brand myself, so I created Lonely Clay. The name, logo, brand identity, photography, website and social accounts all developed and designed by me <3 Check out the website and learn more about the branding project here. Enjoy!
I've been playing with light and shadows through the snake form, cutting curvy shapes into clay vessels that I've handbuilt and made on the wheel. Also still making snakes :) I'm really looking forward to seeing these bisqued since I'm working with a new speckled clay. Cheers - sarah
Keeping it simple.
I recently discovered the work of Angel Oloshove, a Texas based ceramics artist working with beautiful glazing techniques and sculpture. My personal ceramics journey began traditionally with throwing pots, plates and cups but as I started learning how the medium behaved and could be manipulated (and I let go of predefined outcomes), I started experimenting with form more and more, resulting in several series of somewhat functional sculptures. I'm inspired to experiment more with glazing techniques now that I've been introduced to Angel's fun work - check her out and read this great interview by Uprise Art!
I've been asked to sell my products at my studio's shop for this upcoming Mother's Day, so I spent yesterday morning designing the layout with my partner in crime, Marci LeBrun (another amazing ceramacist at Artshack). The shop is open 10-7 daily - come get your momma something special!
Number one, I now have my ceramics work on view and for sale! Shop Studio Art :-)
Two, I've been really busy in studio - not only making art (some commissioned!) but running open clay, leading potion parties and assistant teaching a bunch of rad Brooklyn kids at Artshack!
Three, I've sold some of my ceramics, to strangers even!
Four, I'm excited about the newest collection I started working on in studio today. My groovy Series No.2 but inverted! If you're curious about my process and progress, follow Bijouxxx on Instagram - I post stories regularly!
These puppies have sold! Glad they're in new homes with people who appreciate them <3
And here are a few shots of what I've been up and currently working on - enjoy!
Super groovy. I've been using a metal comb to make tight lines on a series of cups, bowls and vases. I really enjoy the texture in hand and the color contrasting. There's an element of Wabi Sabi, too, which I've been inspired by since I began in ceramics last September. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese view that appreciates the beauty of transience and imperfections in all objects. This is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the basic understandings of Wabi Sabi.
I was recently commissioned to create a Mario mug for a good friend and as a good friend, obliged, though I knew it would be a departure from my current aesthetic. I decided it could also be a learning experience in applying my voice while still keep the customer happy. There's always something to learn and I'm all about progressing, so here are some progress photos. Stay tuned for the glazing, which I'm planning to apply in a nonconventional way.
This past week I've worked out a few ideas in clay that I'm really excited about. I've been thinking about vessels - for food, for plants, etc. that have a non-traditional or modern spin so I used the Extruder to create thick coils which I wrapped around rectangular and oval containers. Also this week, working with hand built utensils, coffee mugs and filters, bowls, and a new pet snake which I painted with colored slip. I wanted the snake to look as though it were hiding beneath a flowering plant :) So happy with the results!
Before the holidays I started working on hand building (with the exception of the carafe) some ideas I had from past and present sketches. Tons of ideas and a lot of concentrated hours in the studio, so I feel really accomplished moving into 2017. Today I glazed the bisqued pieces so they're in the final stages - christmas comes soon :-)
From top to bottom --
- braided spoons
- incense burner
- plates w/ illustration (katzeye)
- primary shapes/colors serving set
- sake carafe and cups
- oval tray (for a friend!)
- LRC dice game (two sets)
This week I'm making hollowed out vases from some sketches I did on christmas eve - psyched!
I've been taking a few ceramics classes at Artshack and using the additional studio time to experiment and explore ideas. This is one that I'm planning to turn into a ceramic wall sculpture. I was inspired by a drawing from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens that I did earlier this Fall and wanted to turn it into something physical. I changed the scale, the material, and the orientation. I'm pretty excited about it...still unsure if I want to use metal or a natural fiber to hang the pieces. Check back to see what it looks like finished!