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How it's Made Highlight | Marble Collection

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Sand Beach Mugs

Sand Beach Mugs

The Idea:

Many of my clay ideas snowball from one concept or form to another as I am working, and they build off of each other. My idea for the marbled clay collection originated spontaneously in my brain. This can be a little more of a foray into the dark because it’s harder to predict pitfalls and obstacles that may occur when starting with a pristine vision in the mind’s eye.

I wanted to create an object that had a level of nostalgia but also felt contemporary. At conception the marbled collection was intended to be bright & summery- like the vacation vibes of a landscape from a moving vehicle. My family always traveled by car growing up because there were so many of us (I have 3 brothers and one sister- a family of 7 is the maximum capacity for a volvo station wagon!). We would go to Chincoteague, an island off the coast of Virginia. More often we would take the 8 hr trip to rural northern Canada full of vast stretches of vibrant green fields- to visit the family homestead.

The Process:

I had seen friends from my old studio marble clay, it really didn’t look that complicated (first mistake!). Full of optimism and excitement of trying a new technique- I started to think about how to make this collection.

Pink slip is drying on plaster bats.

Pink slip is drying on plaster bats.

I knew I I wanted the forms to be marbled with colored clays- so the first step was to pigment porcelain. The easiest way to do this is to add a coloring agent (stains) to a liquified porcelain- called slip.

I made a pink, blue and green clay. After creating blocks of colored clays, I layered slabs of clay to marble together- I decided on a warm speckled tan clay, with white porcelain and the colored clay running throughout.

At this stage the clay reminds me of a milk chocolate layered cake… I’m hungry! The very pale pink layers of clay are barely visible here!

At this stage the clay reminds me of a milk chocolate layered cake… I’m hungry! The very pale pink layers of clay are barely visible here!

Throwing with marbled clay was def more challenging than a normal clay body which is uniform. To keep the marbled look, I had to throw the pieces in as few steps as possible. The push and pull between the super soft porcelain clay and the grittier tan stoneware meant being more intentional with the process- so as not to throw these pieces off center. BUT revealing the marbling with a metal rib at the end of throwing was SO SATISFYING!

Wine cups- still a bit wet here.

Wine cups- still a bit wet here.

At this point in the process, things were moving along smoothly. I did anticipate some potential cracking, since I was marrying clays of different consistencies- so I gave the thrown pieces extra time to dry, covering them with plastic to slow everything down, fairly confident that they would come together.

And this is where I started to gain some respect for the marbling community! Haha! There was cracking. It was not a perfect union. Most of the pieces made it out- BUT I spent a lot of time repairing cracks… micro-cracks, spiral cracks, and cracks that had no rhyme or reason. The grand canyon cracks went back in the reclaim bucket. I fixed cracks at the pre-fired stages, and also before the glaze. Take Away: If nothing else, ceramics will teach you to be humble!

But one must carry on! After a couple rounds of glaze testing, I settled on three color ways-

-Honey glaze with Turquoise- like a Cali beach.

-Atlantic Blue spray with a Dreamsicle Orange - reminicent of a sunset. (CURRENTLY ON SALE UNTIL JUNE 16 FOR FATHERS DAY).

- Sage Green that reminds me of fields that stretch endlessly into the horizon.


I love the peek of caramel on these mugs, where the glaze meets the bare striated clay.

I love the peek of caramel on these mugs, where the glaze meets the bare striated clay.

Opening the kiln to see the results of these pieces was so gratifying. I love the layering of vibrant glazes with the nuances of the striated clay. Even post glaze I had pieces that were unsellable- certain glazes I used did not fit to the clay body well, and I had to go back and readjust.

Three color ways on my stemless wine cups- I don’t know which is my fav!

Three color ways on my stemless wine cups- I don’t know which is my fav!

Take Away:

Honestly- I do not think I will continue to marble this type of clay together. As beautiful as I find it, the win to loss ratio was high- I def lost at least 25% of the work I made throughout the process.

But as a take away, I am happy with the pieces that made it through the process, and I learned a lot. Now - onto the next adventure!

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Pottery Can be FRUSTRATING

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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

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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!