While I have been in Taos, NM for the past month I have had the opportunity of partaking in two wood firings. We unloaded the manibigama catenary arch wood kiln at Toas Clay this past week! I got some awesome results!! I will be uploading a new portfolio once I unload the pots from the second firing!
We finished a successful and pleasantly exhausting day of wood prep out at the kiln. It is roughly 30 minutes outside of Taos in the middle of nowhere and it is awesome. The firing will include the work from 7 people and last 4 days. I started looking for kilns and a place to work about two months ago and stumbled upon this community firing and the awesome work space at Taos Clay Studios and moved here to Taos, NM weeks later. I am so thankful that this has all happened. For the first time in almost a year I will finally have some new work!
Since I haven't been in a studio for 11 months, Ive had nothing to do but obsess over the things I want to change in my work. I've never truly liked my handles, in fact, they have always been a huge struggle BUT I have been practicing hand building them instead of my old way of pulling them. It might take longer but it feels so good to see that they compliment the form for the first time! Plus with these new batter bowls, all I can think about is making cookies and muffins and who can complain about that!?
While I was traveling around California, I saw this highway 1 sign quite a bit and became obsessed. I really like how curved the edges are and the round corners so I started to alter my plates to reference this shape. I've successfully made a 24 piece dinner set of a carved dinner plate, carved salad bowl, and a more simple dessert plate. Lets hope that they all make it through the wood firing!
I have created this blog so that people can see more of the studio process.