Saturday, January 23, 2010

My humble studio

I have seen loads of photos showing other potters' studios (makes me jealous), and I see that they are all in some respect or other, like the campus studios that I have been working in the last 3 years.  Now that I have graduated with my degree in Secondary Education/ Fine Arts/Art, I find myself having to come up with a home studio to work from.  So in today's entry you will find the start of my home studio, and the surroundings I will be working in.

Cherry and Calamansi Trees

Cherry, Calamansi, and Taro

Coconut, Local Hot Pepper Bushes

Local Cherry

Small Calamansi

My Studio

Notice the piece of petrified coral on the left... fun stuff to carve! Not!

Power tools and stone carving tools in file cabinets

Clay storage

Unfinished Projects

Gift from a Ceramics Instructor

Drying and Glazing Shelves


Cleaning Station

Clay Cutter
Great for getting clay from that 33 gal. trash can!

As you can see, I am now having to set aside wheelwork, until such time as I can find a wheel.  Time to explore slabwork for awhile.  I have found a place behind the Taro plant where I can dig a pit in the side of the hill and line it with rocks for pit firing - something else I will be exploring for the first time!  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 18, 2010

First Entry of the new year...

More than halfway through January, and this is the first chance I've had to sit and write.
     I hope everyone had a very good holiday season, I know I did!  Our son sent us tickets to come to California for the holidays to visit, and be there for the birth of his first child.   He was born on New Year's Day, weighing in at just 2 oz under 10 lbs.
     Can't wait to get back to Guam and start teaching.  I don't think I will be teaching ceramics this year - maybe next year.  Oh well, have to make do with whatever they throw at me.
Happy Mudding in the New Year!