My name is Karen Hoffman and I am a ceramics major at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. You can expect to find much pottery on this blog; a little bit of my own work and whole lot of current work from other artists that are catching my eye.
I have a newly found love for cicadas. I used to be afraid of them because they’re huge, but then my friend told me that they only eat leaves. Then she picked one up and put it in her hand. It made me think about unfair surface judgements and the things we avoid or even attack because of what they seem, when in fact they might just be a big friendly winged creature trying to eat leaves and live its life.
The Chinese characters for cicada are 知了, which mean to know and to understand respectively…how appropriate.
So my coworkers found this little princess abandoned and crying under an outdoor flower pot, and they just couldn’t leave her! She might Have an eye infection but there’s a rescue shelter that will pay for her treatments and we may already have someone who will adopt her :D hooray for happy endings!
Michelle Summers Cup Appreciation Post
I have loved Michelle’s work for years. All of it. Everything. I’ve read her entire blog, which is full of inspirations and some process photos (not to mention pictures of her adorable old studio). I’m still not sure what kind of magic she uses to get all of those gorgeous surfaces, but that’s okay. I like the mystery of her watercolor-like glazes, fine lines, and playful carvings.
My favorite objects that she makes are cups, especially the ones with playful feet and characters in relief.
Be prepared for much crochet in the near future! As many of you know, I am without The Clay this summer, and as my second love, fiber arts has taken over! Fell in love with this drop in the pond pattern and just finished my second project using it! If any of you are crocheters and are interested in the patter I have links to it in written and video form :D
So I’m having some real wrist troubles and I don’t know what to do. It was really painful a few weeks ago (like I couldn’t even drive) and so I got a brace and stopped throwing. And today was my first day back and I did wrist exercises and was making sure I was throwing safely but now it’s acting up again but I can’t just stop throwing! It’s the one thing that makes me feel right, yanno?
I’ve had problems with wrist pain in the past, though it’s never stuck around long enough for it to really interfere with my throwing. If it ends up being a chronic problem or one that needs surgery to fix, you might look up videos of Ayumi Hori dry throwing. She had a wrist injury and couldn’t throw in the traditional method so she got creative :D Hope you get better soon!