Dinnerware Show at NCC:
I am SO EXCITED! Actually, I’ve been so busy, frantic, buried, busy — I really barely have had time to be excited….
I am EXCITED because I will have work included in a Dinnerware Show – Opening next week at Northern Clay Center (coordinated by MNWCA, our Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists). Creating a five-piece Place-Setting — With a Menu for a Special Event. Participating in this Show is very special to me — I feel very honored to have been juried into a Show at NCC! The Opening Reception is next Friday, March 13th!!!
So, I have been BUSY because….
I was hoping to make all new work (new styles, new glaze techniques) for the Show — And that involves a bit of experimenting, creating prototypes, etc. Taking lots of new pots ‘through the process’ (making, drying, bisque-firing, glazing, final-firing). And then making decisions about what to try again — All with a deadline looming over me.
And I’ve also been BUSY because….
I am the (graphics) designer for the Brochure for our Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour (held annually in May). We went to a new format this year and I had to design totally from scratch. I certainly enjoy the work (once I get going), but it’s also VERY detailed, very tedious (visual programing), and very deadlined.
Basically, it’s been a busy, frantic, crazy-busy month – Because I was dealing with intense DEADLINES (earlier than expected), and because creating pottery is a bit right-brained; while creating (programing) a new Brochure demands my left-brained side. It can be difficult to keep switching back and forth.
In any case – I’ve completed the Brochure and sent to the printer. I’ve completed and delivered my work for the Show. Yippee – I can BREATHE again!! I can finally prepare an actual dinner (ah, Salmon), I can finally post on my blog again!
The Pottery – The Pieces NOT Included:
For this posting, I’m sharing a few of the Pots/Plates I did NOT include in the Show. Too prototype-ish. Not satisfied with the place-setting combinations (the other pieces). But, still worth sharing….
For the Dinner-Plate, I love (LOVE) creating a square-rimmed plate, I love the constructional statement. But once I made a few I felt they were not ‘consistent’ with the other pieces I was making. The Rimmed Plate stays home.
For a Serving Bowl, I was trying overlapping strips of clay to create a very constructed statement. Again, I felt this piece was not consistent with the other pieces. And, still a bit of a prototype in relation to what I am still aiming for.
Both pieces made with B-Clay Stoneware — Hand built, soda fired with slips and ash glazes.
The Food — Salmon Dinner:
Because I had to choose a theme, a ‘special event’ for my Menu, I developed a Menu for Celebrating Spring!! Spring is on its way, right?? I created a Menu for a Salmon Dinner — Maple/Fig Glazed Salmon with Wild Rice Pilaf and Springtime Asparagus. Yes, this is one of my go-to menu/dishes, but I always enjoy preparing it as perfectly and deliciously as possible!
I’m sharing a truly amazing Salmon Dinner on my Not-Included-Plate — And it was absolutely divine! Wonderful dining!!
Happy March, everyone! DO watch for my next posting — I will be sharing MORE about the Dinnerware Show!!! More Pots, more of my Menu….