Slow and Steady

Nesting Mugs Collage

The mold making process

It’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone on the progress of my “nesting mugs” project.  Being that this is my first exposure to making multi-part molds, I have been learning a ton with the help of my dear friend and mentor, Amy.  I owe her for the many hours she has helped and put up with me and my questions.

Let me tell you, this whole process has not moved along as quickly as I’d like it to.  I’m so eager to see everything finished and complete, but my amateur abilities and detail-oriented personality thought it best to slow the pace just a bit.  However, I’ve never been so delighted by discovery, process, and change in my work, as I am at this moment.  Change, however, has not always been comforting to me.  As a new artist, I am engaged by other artists who appear to have it all together; who have been working at their craft for years and are so good at it.  They have tons of work to show; cohesive and with what seems to be, a solid sense of direction.  I want and need that for me… for my art.  But I know I can’t be too hard on myself.  I am just simply new and inexperienced.  I settle well with that fact for the time being.  So I am working slow and steady….and happy.

Up and coming!

Working Studio Shot 2012

Sanding away at one of my pieces!

The past few weeks I have been working on a new project- nesting mug and sugar/creamer sets! This project has got me so excited, I can barely stand it. What you should know is that this excitement is completely unexpected, being that the models I’ve been working on are for slip casting! The last time I attempted the lengthy process of casting a mug, I hated the entire process. After swallowing my pride, I opted to slip cast my new creations because I know in the end it will be the best process for them. And for as much as I hate to admit it now, I LOVE it! I have found a comfort in putting all my effort into making my model as *wonderful* as I imagined it…whittling away the plaster and sanding it till it feels perfectly soft with the sound of “Of Monsters and Men” in my ear (sigh).

Nesting Mugs

2 sizes of my nesting mugs- handles to come!

One of the reasons this project is so dear to me is the story behind them. One of my joys in life is gathering with friends for coffee. I treasure these moments so much because there are few things in life that bring together the people I love at one place and time. I think the moments surrounding them and the experience is worth celebrating. That is what inspired these mugs and their accompanying sugar/creamer bowls.

I’ll keep you posted on their progress…

Hello World

"Fujimoto", Heather Mae Erickson

“Fujimoto”, Heather Mae Erickson

Being new to the blogging world is so exciting and a little intimidating at the same time- people expect you to write on these things. So to whomever may come across this sometime or another, I hope my ramblings and tidbits about my life so far as a 2 year novice ceramic artist somehow intrigue you, or at the very least give you a moments break from your busy day.

p.s. The work of Heather Mae Erickson and her “Rituals of the Maker” series has been inspiring me lately… just gorgeous.