My last post I wrote about how I was hanging up my potter’s apron, temporarily. These last few years have found me becoming less enchanted with my pottery practice.  Not that it stopped being fun, because it is totally fun. But more like I stopped learning, and it became a little bit too routine and boring.

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I tried really hard to revitalize my interest by learning more about glazing   It was fun and exciting to see how different chemicals would change the look, color and even the feel of a glaze. I was hoping that it would be inspiring to me.

It wasn’t.

I tried new designs on the potter’s wheel like chip and dip sets, Olive Oil Cruets, Wine Mugs.

Stoneware chip and dip set in beige and brown
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Stoneware chip and dip set in beige and brown
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I enjoyed making this chip and dip set

I came up with new sgraffito designs like my cat mugs and mushroom mugs.

Sgrafitto Carved Mushroom Mug
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Sgrafitto Carved Mushroom Mug
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Tried all kinds of cool glazing techniques on new clay like these….

Wine Mugs
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But to be honest, I was bored.

That made me feel rather guilty. I have all this wonderful equipment and tons of glaze chemicals, and boxes of clay but I really didn’t want to make anything. I was forcing myself to sit at the potters wheel.

One day I prepped some clay, plopped it on the wheel head and starred at it. I couldn’t think of anything new to make.

So, I decided to push my pottery stuff to the side for a short time and play with other mediums.   

All my sketch pads, colored pencils, watercolor paints, acrylic paints and paint brushes were sitting in a box in a loft in my studio waiting for the day when I took them down and dusted them off.

That day has come.

My glazing table has been rearranged to accommodate painting and drawing. I am being drawn to do some abstract art and have signed up for some online classes to get the creative juices flowing.

Wire weaving and enameling are also something I am diving deeper into as well. I have been wire weaving for years and just started enameling on copper a few years ago but there is so much more to learn and explore.

Thats what floats my artistic boat

Building new skills and learning new techniques have energized my creative spirit again. I dont know where this will take me or even for how long.

My pottery is still in my thoughts and I will get back to it. Maybe with me letting go of it will bring me back, stronger and even more creative.

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My name is Dani and I am the potter behind this page! I am retired and having a ball being the artist I always wanted to be. My studio is located in NW Arkansas where I live a quiet life, on a lake with my husband, 3 dogs and two cats.

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MyArtscape Artist Supplies Miniature Paint Brushes, Set of 12 for Detail & Fine Point Painting - use with Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil, Gouache - for Pinstriping, Warhammer 40k, Models & Lettering White
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I use these fine tipped paint brushes for all kinds of things in my studio. They hold their shape very well and with such a large variety I always have what I need at my fingertips.

Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette

Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette
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This is the Watercolor Palette I use in my studio. I love that it has 18 wells so I can fill it with straight color or blends. There is also Lots and Lots of blending space in the tray and lid. My underglazes do dry out a bit but spritzing the wells with water brings then back to life!

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