Twinette Poterie

Small Batch Pottery. Made in Chicago.

Studio Work

Pottery Can be FRUSTRATING

Studio WorkEmilie Bouvet-Boisclair1 Comment

One of the greatest gifts of ceramics work is the unpredictable. I say that with a grimace and sarcastic tone- even though I know it's true.

Because glazes pre-firings don't reflect the post fired colors, for example, my lime green stain is black before firing - which can make it difficult to know how much to apply- glaze game is hard, but full of surprises. 

Goes on black annnnnndddd...

Goes on black annnnnndddd...

Here you can see the black fades and almost completely burned out....  to a very nuances warm lime sherbet... I would have *liked* a bit more...

Here you can see the black fades and almost completely burned out....  to a very nuances warm lime sherbet... I would have *liked* a bit more...

 Different glazes in new combinations will create effects that I never would have thought of on my own. Outlier results can change the whole course of my work, as when I started to notice that excessive layering of our studio nutmeg glaze created a lovely 'frosting' effect on my pie plates. 


Or when our studio pond scum glaze was on a piece near my vases, and fumed on my work in the kiln, creating striking blushes of pink on my pots. 

This shit is random!

This shit is random!

Some of these results are desirable and re-creatable, some are more complicated. 

But this is not a story about those happy times, and when things go wrong, that can be a hard pill to swallow!


stupid cracked bottom

and that bat was so cute...

Today in the kiln unloading I was excited, I had 9 mugs which I had spent 3 hours EACH on decoration alone. But one after the other **ISSUES**.


Glaze got a little too excited... 


Glaze dripping onto the shelf, and snapping off the piece leaving sharp glass. Colors running too much and images on the mugs smudged and covered up. I even had a bottom crack off which hardly ever happens.


icing on the cake...

another one bites the dust...

I know this kiln fired a bit too hot. Of course there must also be some factors which I did not completely understand or account for. The next time I make this design, I am hopeful that I will better be able to translate the visual image in my head to clay.

I also sometimes put away pieces where colors were not perfect, and later realize that the piece not meeting all my expectations does not make it completely faulty, just different. 

If you are a potter reading this, then I am sure this is a familiar rant. All the same thanks for reading. I feel a little better... I always tell myself, if pottery guarenteed perfect results every time- there would be no learning, and where is the fun in that?

Pottery life lessons... 

Patience patience patience

Have no expectations

Studio Work - Planters in January

Studio WorkEmilie Bouvet-BoisclairComment

Winter really hit the town this January, and predictably sun-forsaken, I craved greenery and tropical vibes. Well, the closest I can get to that in Chicago is tending to my house plants. Although I know it's a little early, I did a huge replanting last month- here are some pics of the inspired work. 

The large planter in this pic is a fav- the rough faceting reveals different layers of clay- and the stripes around the legs remind me of my brother getting ready for a pick-up soccer game. 

When making pots for plants, I like to think about the specific needs of the species that will call it home. When purchasing planters, think about the depth of the pot. Does your plant have a shallow root system, like some succulents? Or does it prefer to dig deep into the soil, as a cacti might? The Toupie (spinning top)  planter in the video above was specifically made for my monstera philodendron - a plant that as it matures develops holes in the leaves to adapt to windy conditions. My monstera is still young and has very few of these swiss cheese leaves. With the Toupie planter, I hope to facilitate some movement for the plant- and more holes! I also could see succulents working well in this planter- it makes for easy and fun rotation for even growth! 


I have a couple of these in the shop, but look for more specialized planters this Spring- if you see one and can't wait, feel free to send me a message. Hearts & keep warm the season!