Wednesday, November 14, 2012

kids / tweens handbuilding pottery class, northern manhattan, new york city, washington heights, inwood

my kids/tweens handbuilding pottery class students with 2nd project - slab mugs, impressed with plant material. handles are twisted ropes of clay that you can't see.

Find out about kids/tweens pottery classes here: This term is nearly over, but we'll resume and would love to have a few more fun kids join us in January.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

fertile betweens

graffiti seen on new york city dumpster. the graffiti was mostly words, and the heart was not intended by my collaborator. i framed in the taking, then altered w/software to create this composition.

My first Thursday pottery teaching double-header went off without a hitch. The kids class, which I was slightly anxious about, it being my first official one, was deemed a success at closing by the three lovely young lady students. We made a set of colorful, textured nesting bowls by pinching, stamping and painting with underglazes. Next week a pair of mugs by slab.

All of my creative energy is going into our house renovation, teaching, and snapping iPhone photos on the street between errands and jobs.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

full plate

impressionistic naturescape photo collage
I suppose I thrive on the full plate concept of life. We're winding up (about a month away from completion of all details) the 1st floor renovation in our new home. I've been preparing for teaching 2 pottery classes beginning next week - adults and children. I have done some detail work on  my pottery website, so the moment I can stock it with items for sale it's ready to go. And last, but not least, there's the 24-7 endeavor that pays for all this bounty.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


3 moons - rust & old peeling paint composition - seen on historic building on main street last night in downtown yonkers

I can't help but think of change when we're transitioning from one season to the next, as we are now in New York.

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."

- Harold Wilson

Friday, September 7, 2012

ceramic stoneware handmade birdbath

ceramic stoneware birdbath, greenware state, not refined, fired or glazed yet

The creative juices are starting to flow again after a long dormant spell. Thankfully, I don't fight the dormant spells as I used to. I do try to keep myself engaged with clay and in the process of making, but I'm pretty good at not punishing myself when there are no fruits born from my efforts. I know everything changes and that I will make something pleasing and worth sharing with the world eventually.

I'm working on this ceramic birdbath, pinched and coiled, for our backyard. I wish I'd used either a groggier sculpture clay or a paper clay, so I wouldn't have to worry about its prospects during firing. Oh well, I will execute it again if the kiln gods don't see it through in one piece. *Update 5/2/13: It made it through 2 firings. Here it is.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

finding myself in clay

red-stemmed swiss chard growing in our backyard garden

I share the quote below because it really resonates with me and describes the strong experience of familiarity I feel with clay, and reminds me that in Hebrew the word for man (or "red/blood" man) -- adam -- is derived from (or grown into) the word for earth (or "red/blood" ground) -- adamah. Adamah is feminine. Adam is masculine.

The quote:

"It's awkward to talk about a 'relationship with nature,' because the statement itself implies that nature is something different or separated from us. The roots of sustainable culture are in experiences where we are neither opposing nature nor trying to be in communion with it, but rather finding ourselves within it."
- Jonathan White

And how can one NOT think when reading White's quote, of Paulus Berensohn's classic, "Finding One's Way With Clay."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

how queer life is!

beach combing on portland, oregon coast

Ambivalent to horrified by the well-known subject matter and story line of  Vladamir Nabokov's, "Lolita," which I'm reading now, I am impressed by the author's agile writing, astute observational skills, immense vocabulary, and seeming psychological insight into the human condition.

I marked this knowing quote this morning:

"How queer life is! We hasten to alienate the very fates we intended to woo."

Friday, August 24, 2012

portland, oregon on my mind

 top to bottom: punch bowl falls, columbia river gorge, oregon, buddha relic, japanese garden, portland, oregon

 I snapped very few photos on our recent trip to Portland, Oregon because I wanted to savor every detail of its entire lush green, gentling beauty.

I'm sure this amazing state will find her way into my future pottery makings.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

a few ceramic pieces out of the kiln kind of recently - handmade (pinched!) stoneware for the home and garden

top to bottom: large serving dish or fruit bowl, 3-bowl set, large planter pot

catch-up in photos #2

4/19/12 - linden terrace, fort tryon park. on a walk with a friend on a saturday afternoon.

catch-up in photos #1

3/4/12 - close-up of drums and other instruments at the music inn in new york city's west village
 My father passed away a week after my last post. We are undergoing a gut renovation of most of the first floor of our new home. I continue to teach my weekly pottery class and I'm just beginning to feel the desire to put my hands in clay again. I'm working on a 2-piece birdbath for our backyard. Most of my ideas for making ceramic pieces these days are related to our home and gardening.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

student pottery, the joy of teaching ceramics in northern manhattan, washington heights, inwood

student pottery, clockwise from top left: Luisa D'iorio, Carolina Velez-Grau, Luisa D'iorio, Sherry Adams

I love teaching my Tuesday evening hand-building pottery class at Cornerstone Pottery Studio, as much for the friendships and community that have evolved over the years, as for the fine clay work and creativity exhibited.

After a month-long winter hiatus, we return to class tonight and I can't wait to catch up with  my peeps!
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