Friday, April 4, 2014

Fresh out of the kiln!

The kiln fired off yesterday evening, so this morning I was able to unload it and discover these fellas. I have to say that ever since I (relatively) recently switched over to low-fire using red earthenware and terra sigillata, opening the kiln has never been more fun. The vibrancy of the colors and the softness of the surface are just so darn pleasing!

I've been obsessed with these little farm scenes and chickens lately (why exactly will have to be revealed in another post!), but am still resolving the color a bit. A friend pointed out that the blue doesn't reveal the image enough, so the next round may have the yellow and blue swapped. We'll see- new work always requires multiple generations to figure it out. Or at least get a little bit closer to a resolution!
These pieces and others like them will be available at our upcoming Thrown Together sale, held at our house on April 26th (10-4) and 27th (12-4). Our guests this year are two of my favorite potters: Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher! Of course the members of Thrown Together (Jen Mecca, Ron Philbeck, Julie Wiggins, and Michael Hamiln-Smith) will be there with some sweet pots too!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Red Earth exhibit

An exhibit coming up at the Cornelius Arts Center will feature earthenware and stoneware works of mine from January 10-February 28th. The opening is this Friday from 6:30-9:00. I will also be teaching a short demonstration workshop from 1:00-4:00 this Saturday at the Arts Center. You can register online from the link above. 
The Center's executive director and curator, Jen Crickenberger, had this to say about the show: "Red Earth features beautiful ceramic forms and pottery created by local artist, Amy Sanders. Her pieces use textures, layers, color and form to engage the viewer with a nostalgic sense of comfort. Sanders designs functional and sculptural pieces that conjure childhood memories and portray a strong sense of femininity. Natural patters, groupings and an emphasis on her creative process of working with clay allow her work to speak volumes on nature and community."