Connie Norman
Connie Norman

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I wish I could make these…

Monday, December 28th, 2009


What a lucky girl I am!!! I want to share my beautiful Christmas presents from my incredible husband. He gave me wonderful ceramics, from amazing artists.keiffer

The first is the Lil’ House Vase form made by Kristen Kieffer.  I’ve loved Kristen’s work for a long time.  I love the layering of detail on her ceramics, it is extravagant, but not overdone.  It’s been really nice to hold and touch her work, because so often when I’ve seen Kieffer’s work in shows, it’s look but not touch.  The satin glaze breaks so beautifully over the slip trailing, I love when one color of glaze works so well on a piece. 

To see more of Kristen’s work go to her website it’s worth the trip.  I am very happy to give this lil’ house a new home.

The next two pieces are made by Kari Radaschthe collection 001I had the chance to meet her in Cheyenne a few years ago, when she gave a workshop at Laramie County Community College and I bought one of her butter  dishes (in her old style). 

Again these pieces are much more appreciated in person, rather from a photo.  I love the playfulness of her new work.  They are sophisticated pieces of pottery in technique and skill, but when you look at them, they have the innocents of children’s drawings.  Take a tour of Kari’s website

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Then  I received from my husband a plate made by Ginny Sims.  I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota last July and saw her work at the Northern Clay Center, then I went to teach my class at The Carbondale Clay Center and she was having a solo show there.  I got to spend five days with her work, every  morning before my class started, I was alone in the gallery so I got to fondle her ceramics, with just a little bit of guilt, good thing I didn’t drop anything while I was sneaking peaks.  Here I am again attracted to pottery with decals.  What made me want this piece was the text (of course) the surprise when you turn it over.    Take a peak at Ginny’s website

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Kristen, Kari and Ginny welcome to my home.  You will be well cared for here!!!

Todd, thank you so much for my amazing gifts.  I had a very Merry Merry Christmas!

Gillian Parke – I wish I made it…

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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Last Christmas my husband surprised me with these.   I do wish I could make something this fantastic.  What I love about this piece is how she combines Shigaraki stoneware and the look of fine porcelain.  I really respect the way she works the contrast in her work.  When I was studying pottery in Tokoname, Japan, I loved using the Shigaraki-aki (stoneware).  Gillian’s piece reminds me of my time in Japan, and my current life now.

I wish I made it…

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I absolutely love Gena Fowler’s artwork. I became acquainted with her ceramics when I took a class from Santa Fe Clay. Her work is almost always whimsical with a political bent. I find her work irresistible because of sense of humor. I was really glad when I found one of her pieces for my very own. Now her salt and pepper shakers spice up our lives on a daily basis.

I wish I made it…

Monday, November 16th, 2009


I wish I made it…

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After seeing Steven Colby’s blog and his, “I wish I made it…” posts, I started thinking I want to do that.  So here is my first post. 

At the Pittsburg NCECA I ran across this little Kathy King mug at  the Santa Fe Clay’s La Mesa Show.  I fell in love with it, and had to have it.  I love sgraffito and have always wished my drawing skills were better so I could do it.  I have always loved the look of woodcuts and Kathy King’s work is the best of both worlds for me.  I really appreciate Kathy use of color with her sgraffito.  When I teach sgraffito to my 8th and 9th graders I always bring in my mug to show them. 

Just in case you don’t know sgraffito (pronounced scra-fee-toe) ), an Italian word meaning, “to scratch”, is a technique developed in the eastern Mediterranean in the 1st century B.C. and its development spread with the Roman Empire. A stain is added to the clay slip and brushed onto the pot; it is absorbed into the clay forming a thin skin.   Then you carve through the colored slip with an assortment of craving tools.  And if you are Kathy king you will have a beautiful pot afterwards.