Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outside the studio

Today I took some of my students on a field trip to our ceramic supplier in NJ. We attended a workshop on moldmaking and casting. Taught by Seth Nagelberg - it was an informative and entertaining. He is really an expert on the subject and has years of tried and true techniques he shared with us. 

During lunch we got to shop and it was like kids in a candy store! Sponges, glazes, ribs, rollers, bats and more!

It was nice to be out of the studio with some of my students. Great group and a really fun day. Need to "get out" more!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Who doesn't LOVE a Bunny

In time for Easter and Passover. A special Bowl for a special celebration. This can be yours. Ships in a flash!

Bridges Pottery Bunny Bowl in Cream and Pastel Green and Yellow

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's all about the BUTTER

In our house it's all about the butter. We prefer salted butter and our favorite butter is Kates from Maine. I have supplied my family with receptacles for our butter in a variety of shapes. Rejects and winners, large and small. 

Mostly I make round wheel thrown butter dishes, that double as cheese dishes. I also make some hand-built rectangle ones that accomodate a stick. Here is my "french" butter keeper. I get asked all of the time for them but never seem to get around to making them. After some in-house testing , my highly experienced butter connoisseurs (family) will need to approve the size, shape and overall technical design first..... so stay tuned. 

Bridges Pottery French Butter Keeper

Bridges Pottery French Butter Keeper

Bridges Pottery French Butter Keeper

Bridges Pottery French Butter Keeper

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March feels like January

Started out the morning finishing off a few decorative tea caddies. I enjoy making these but they do take some preparation.  My decorative slabs need to be sort of leather hard.  When I assemble them, it's like putting together a box made of chocolate bars- just not as delicious. So these slabs were made last week and have been sitting around wrapped in plastic until I had time to tend to them. At 9:30 the power went out so that put a damper on my productivity. Tree trimmers across the street dislodged the power lines with their cherry picker and Zzzzzp. 

Started the Spring (HAHAHHA) session of classes at the studio where I teach today. Came back to the house at 1:30 and the power was back. Finished up the afternoon with an dozen bowls to become berry bowls, recycled a ton of clay from old trimmings, loaded the laundry and walked the dog. Thinking about spring and summer is hard to do when it's 17 degrees outside and chilly chilly in the studio. Not even my studio companion - 9 year old Australian Shepherd wanted to sleep on the floor. He headed to high ground and found a warmer more comfortable spot to nap.

These bowls will have cut out handles and be filled with holes. Tomorrow I will make some catch plates to go with.