Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Pulga

Heading down the coast...

Birdcages and suitcases...

Dominoes...

Mahjong tiles...

Giant sign...

Tiny plastic cars...

Saucy matador...

Gorgeous table lamps...

Gas and oil can still life...

Cargo and numbers...

Lady with a blue background...

Shells holding shells...

Seabiscuit connection...

Flea market finds...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Taking Stock

Scratchy Dress

Yesterday, I had a hard conversation with my mom. I was upset and stopped the car in a small town on my way home. Sitting in the twilight, I was able to think a bit about who I am as a person. Lately, I've thought a lot about this subject. What do I believe in? How do I want to spend the remaining years of my life? I've come to a few conclusions...

-I am an artist, and I am determined to make art in all of my spare moments. I put in the time. Even if I don't feel like it, I still get into the clay shed and produce. Not everything I make is fabulous, but I still keep at it.

-I love my family, especially my sisters and their husbands. All throughout my life, they have been   examples to me of how to conduct myself, and how to be of service to others. Having grace under pressure is key, and also giving to others is the way to live a life. I am especially mindful of my oldest sister's husband. He is a person with a huge heart, constantly doing things that benefit others, without pause. I have known him since I was 10 years-old. Seeing the arc of his life and his character has helped me so much. 

-I am a positive person. Yes, that's surprising, even to me. 

-I need to work on being grateful for my many blessings. This requires some major effort.

-I enjoy working with children, and feel like I am contributing to society. Children are amazing, and they make my life happier every day. They are forgiving and generous, and they remind me to be my best person.

-Travel is important in order to change a mindset. Even if the travel is just to a place a few blocks away or hours away, it is vital to look at life in a new way.

-Movies, books, and media are important influences. 

-I am a terrible, neglectful friend. But, that doesn't mean that I don't love and appreciate my friends. I need to work harder on being a better, more attentive companion.

-I tend to hold grudges, but have gotten better at letting go since moving to my new school site. It feels like others at my current workplace are as earnest as I am, which is helpful. And, there are good examples all around.

-I like to laugh, and I have a good sense of humor.

-Learning is important. Taking classes is important. Having a "growth mindset" is important.

I often tell kids that by fourth grade, they need to start making their own decisions, and guiding their own lives. They are in the "driver's seat". But, how well have I guided my life? It seems like there was a late start, and that I should have learned a lot more earlier on. In general, I take responsibility for my actions pretty well. And, most of the time, I accept the consequences of my decisions fairly well. Fairly well.


Tyrone Power
 I could be nicer. And, I could be a better conduit, listening to my conscience, and knowing exactly how to best serve others. Being an introvert sometimes is a roadblock. But, in general, my heart is mostly in the right place.

Every day is a new battle, and is full of new opportunities.

A quiet, polite former student: Willian

Monday, March 13, 2017

Le Weekend

Had a much needed wet clay day on Saturday...
Just finished up the details on a giant molar...
This dude just came out of the kiln, and needs a blue base...
The dogs basked in the sunshine all weekend...
Another giant molar dries in the kitchen...
Took some time out for a quick beach visit during errands...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Applying for Open Studios

Ceramic Miss Havisham Cake

I took last year off from applying to Open Studios. I definitely needed a break. And, it enabled me to work at a leisurely pace, making things without worry. I made a lot of stuff that I didn't like very well, but I also made some things that are happy inducers. I am going to download these to the application website. It's up to the jury to decide.

Mixed Media Ceramic School Lunch

Kitchen Wall Plates

Totem

Saucy Ofrenda Vases


Marie Antoinette Tricolor Ceramic Cake

Worries 

Coffee Waiter

Giant Ceramic Molars

Ceramic Nests

Ceramic Cupcake Boxes

Mixed Media Bottles

Monday, February 20, 2017

Attention Hackers:




Dear Hackers,

This is me. I teach fourth grade. I am a ceramic artist. What are you hoping to gain from constantly poking around in my blog? I have next to no money. I am small potatoes. Literally, I am a tiny, impoverished potato... Please go bother someone else.

This blog was started to give me something to work on during teacher staff meetings. Now, it's just a receptacle for photos of my work, and for my memories. I'm not sure what possible interest it could hold for you.

Sincerely,

PolkaDotClayStudio


Sergei Isupov Demo

Sergei sketches out the three dimensions with watercolor first...
I bought one of his porcelain pins...
He curves the bases, to prevent cracking on a flat bottom...
Had an awesome catered lunch...
Painting monkeys on the darted, slabbed head...
He made a hand in literally five minutes...
These were some little cooking pots made by his daughter...
Detailed back side of the sculpture...
This is his workspace as he paints with underglaze...
Civic ineptitude on view at my sister's flooded house...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"C'mon Baby, Mama Needs a New Pair of Teeth."

Filling holes and cracks, just like at the dentist...

Spent all day glazing wall plates and other work...

Sanded and ready for the second trip to the kiln...

This egg salad sandwich is going on a lunch tray...

This cutie can hang on the wall...

Another egg salad, this time, a wall sculpture...

Tonight's firing is pretty full with kid work...

Dental worries and dependent animals...

My recent dental troubles have been haunting me...

Sanded, aged, and ready for the second kiln firing...