Studio Musings

Welcome to my blog. Being an artist is something I always dreamed of being and now that I am retired it is a dream come true. I hope, through these pages, to share my thoughts, processes, successes and failures, in a hope to inspire you to just get out there and do it! 

Every day is an experiment!

Every day is an experiment!

Now that I have given myself permission to put up the pottery wheel for a while, it has opened up a whole slew of other creative opportunities.  Every day now is a creative experiment where I try my hands at a new medium or a new technique. Boy, am I having fun.Please...

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Big changes in the studio

Big changes in the studio

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...

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Hanging up my Potter’s Apron (for a while)

Hanging up my Potter’s Apron (for a while)

One of the things that I have learned about myself over my 68 years is that I come to a place in my life journey where there is a stop sign in front of me with one or two roads I can follow. Most of my "working" life I had a habit of quitting careers just about every...

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Glazes vs underglazes

Glazes vs underglazes

When I was first learning about pottery one of the things that confused me the most was "what was the difference between glazes and underglazes". Most teachers focused on teaching you wheel throwing or hand building but very few actually teach you about glazing. At...

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Expanding my knowledge on making my own Pottery Glaze

Expanding my knowledge on making my own Pottery Glaze

Making my own Pottery Glazes These past few months I have really submerged myself in learning all about making my own pottery glazes. I have tried to learn how to make pottery glazes in the past by reading and an online class but  my eyes just glazed over. This time...

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One year in my new Pottery Studio

One year in my new Pottery Studio

A year ago, I made a very hard decision. I decided to sell my big, beautiful pottery studio and build a small studio on our home property. It had been something I had been thinking about for several years and was just too scared to make the decision. Much as I love...

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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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