When I was an art student at Houghton College, we were always encouraged and pushed to be working on a body of work and to complete series of works. As an independent studio potter now, it is easy to get side tracked from personal work and only focus on dish ware and “what sells”. I am not going to ignore the popular items that sell well. If I did that, I would quickly be working my day job again. I want to, however, keep up with my creative ideas and continue to work on and develop my personal work. The work that I am developing on the side is what I like to call my “gallery” work. These are pieces that I am making and exploring for me. They will of course, be for sale, but they probably won’t be flying off the shelves. I am revamping my work on lanterns!
I have been building my strength and am pushing myself to throw larger weights of clay on the wheel for more substantial pieces. It has been exciting to be able to chart my own growth as a potter since college. I wanted to share just a few images of the first lantern/jar I am working on now. I have sketched a number of these out and would like to create a whole body of work to display. There have been small rumors that I am having my first show in the fall. Well, those rumors are true! I am hoping to showcase a number of items I am working on and have multiple lanterns for show (and sale) as well. The show will be this coming September in Maryland. I will give details late summer, so keep that on your radar.
I love working on all pieces and building my shop on Etsy. My biggest goal, however, is to get my work into some professional galleries for shows. Maybe I will see many of you for my fall show in MD and my lanterns will be there for display!
Right now the base of this lantern/jar stands approx. 20 inches. When completed, it will stand about waist high (31 inches give or take)!