Connie Norman
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The ABC’s of Ceramics

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I’ve always wanted to do a couple of blog posts about the pots I own, but didn’t know quite how to go about doing this…  Well, I’ve come up with an idea; a few weeks ago I was catching up on (Mud)Bucket and was enjoying looking at all the mugs Jesse Lu has collected over last year.  I was thinking what a great idea I want to buy a mug every month and share them on my blog.  Then I looked at how many I already have, I can’t neglect them.  Well, I forgot about the idea for a couple of days, then I was playing with my son and we were putting together an alphabet puzzle, and I was helping him by saying, A is for alligator, B is for bear, …. I is for igloo, J is for Juggler, I looked up and saw my Christa Assad cream and sugar set, and I thought A is for Assad.   I grabbed a sheet of paper and started writing down the names of all the potters in my house.  And I thought I can do this, I can do the ABC’s of Ceramics according to me.  I initially thought I’ll set up my photo tent and start taking pictures of my pots.  Well, I wasn’t really excited about this idea, when I take photos of my stuff, I clean my studio so clay doesn’t get all over my tent, I’m not very good with taking images, and I thought taking those types of images might come across the wrong way.  I thought the pictures I take for my new ABC’s of ceramics blog series has to be fun for me and hopefully for anyone who chooses to read my blog. 

I started this idea about three weeks ago, taking pictures, but still I wasn’t getting the right feel for what I had in mind.  I kept thinking I want to make this fun, I’m only on A and this isn’t fun for me. 

I set up a couple of rules for myself; 

1.       I can’t stress about the photos.

2.       I have to have fun.

3.       The photos shouldn’t take themselves too seriously.

Yesterday, I was playing with some of the apps on my phone, and BANG, the idea for my alphabet post was finished mulling around in my head.  I would take all the images for my new series, with my phone using some of the funky apps I have. 

So without further adieu… Here is my first of twenty six posts…..

A is for Christa Assad.

A is for Annie Chrietzberg.

A is for Albion Stafford.

A is for Jesse Armstrong.

Some of these guys I met a while ago and they are changed their style a lot since I have acquired these pots.  Christa Assad I met at Anderson ranch, and she bought a handmade book I made while I was there about ironing.   Albion was the one of the residents at Carbondale Clay Center.  I was taking classes  so I could have studio space, he was really great to get to know.  Annie Chrietzberg did an interview on my blog.  My husband bought the pots from Jesse Armstrong while he was a resident at Anderson Ranch. 

I have no idea how long this will take me to get through the entire alphabet, but I’m looking forward to doing it.

Annie Chrietzberg – Artist Interview & Studio Inspiration

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Annie C Quacky Saki

Annie Chriestzberg’s website

Annie’s pots and my pots met long before, she and I ever did.  She and I were in several shows together and in the same gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  I love reading her articles in Pottery Making Illustrated, I usually turn to her stories before reading anyone’s else.  Annie teaches workshops out of her home, every few months, and just like the articles she writes for PMI, she full of information and willing to share all her techniques.   She and I have been talking about some day doing a workshop together.  Stay Tuned!!

Tell us a little about yourself!

Aside from ceramics, I love to grow things and to knit. I’m also stupidly fond of my poodle pal Gepetto. He is a spring-loaded magical creature who spreads joy! He is my other sculpture medium.

Annie C Gepetto Runs With Pointy Hat 2 - cropped

How did you become an artist?

I studied the performing arts as a child and adolescent. I found my way to visual arts at university, falling in love with metals before cheating on it, and then running away with clay.

 AC caffiene addict cup

What is your inspiration for your pieces?

Anthropomorphizing animals. Imagining characters and interactions. And I’ve lived in a bunch of strange places: treehouse, tipi, boat.  That tends to seep in too. I sketch minimally on paper tacked to the wall and chalk boards.

AC touchy tumblers

What do you create? Where do you get your inspiration for your ceramics?

I make functional pots from textured slabs, and I tend to work from imagining silly scenarios.

Annie C Auntie Myrtle - jpeg

What has been the most effective way for you to promote your art?

Writing for Pottery Making Illustrated is what has really gotten my name out into the world.

AC curvey tumbler

What is the most important thing you’d like people to know and understand about your work?

I just want my work to bring pleasure to the collector & user.

annie C Marsha & Pete Home jpeg

What keeps you motivated?

luxury & venue

How do you maintain a healthy work and life balance?

n/a – hahaha! I don’t have this quite figured out right now. Am taking suggestions, grants, and bribes of all sorts.

annie C Cheeseball Bra

What or who inspires you?

Lana Wilson. I love her work, her beautiful being & her open- platform attitude in ceramicsland.

Bill Jones. I love to write for him because he makes me feel so appreciated!

AC Sugar & Creamer Set

Are you a full-time artist?

Not at the moment, and let me tell you that it messes with my sense of self when I’m not making so much. But here’s the thing: There are many different ways to participate in ceramics. I take writing about other people very seriously. I feel like I am documenting people’s processes for posterity, putting pins in the map: Here is someone working and making really interesting things! Know them! I also love the whole workshop scene – both hosting and bringing in great people as well as teaching my own and traveling to do so. Stay tuned. New venue soon.

Annie c Mother Hen

How does your creative process work?

Sometimes I dream specific shapes – those tend to be the things I slipcast. I have to get an idea about something and decide it’s really important, like figuring out a way to put a tidy footring on a slab cup. I have the pleasurable sensation of thinking whatever I’m working on at the moment is the best thing in the world! I need lots of open-ended time in the studio, which I haven’t had for a while, but have mapped a route back! Hi-yah!

Thanks Annie for your inspiring interview!!!!