Tuesday, September 28, 2010

platters and more platters

For what seems like months and months I have been making platter after platter. Sixty of them to be exact. Whew, I had no idea what I got myself into when I took the order. They are all finally done, thanks to Big T, my new kiln. When Bethanie (the old Skutt kiln) could only fit 4-5 of the plates at a time, Big T fits 15. And fires them all using less energy.

I want to do some fancy photo shoot with this many platters before I send them to the client. It would be fun to set a really long table...

Monday, September 27, 2010


This Cities of Europe bus scroll from TransitDesign reminds me that I have not traveled in Europe for a very long time. I’ve been to eight of these cities, I think Barcelona is next on the agenda. Soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


My friends’ Al and Rachel’s house was recently posted on Apartment Therapy, and I had to share some of my favorite parts: their collections. In fact, Rachel’s nature specimens collection (shown below) started my own.

Their plates collection is inspiring me to do the same...

My favorite collection is the leaves simply mounted on the wall...

See Al and Rachel’s full house tour here, photographed by the talented Sarah Rainwater.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

to keep Bethanie company arrives Big T

Most of you know Bethanie, my 10-year old Skutt kiln who has been serving me faithfully for the past 5 years. The wood carving on the wall behind Bethanie was done by my father when we lived in Russia. It is of an ancient pagan god, and he looks over my firings.

My work load has increased drastically since the NY Gift Fair, and Bethanie just can't keep up. So I got her a friend, Big T. Big T is a ConeArt kiln, and fits three times as many pieces as Bethanie. He is all chromed out, and a super fast fire-er.

Having Big T makes my life so much easier, and delivery times three times faster. He was a gift from my mom, my biggest supporter. Thank you, mom!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

magaly ponce's whale-inspired multi-media exhibit

Last month my friend Magaly Ponce organized a whale-watching trip. Magaly has been volunteering on a boat for the summer, videotaping, and recording whales. Our outing was breathtaking, gorgeous weather, and a sighting of six whales, two of them babies. As we were leaving, three of them jumped out of the water for a triple breach finale, a very rare occurrence. It gives me goosebumps just to think of that moment. Whales are magical.

And so is Magaly's exhibit now on view at 65 Eddie Street, downtown Providence. I have captured just a small portion of the experience Magaly created, visit it yourself for the closing this Thursday, the 16th, during Providence's gallery night.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

for baby

A set of three gourd bowls commissioned for a new baby in the family, with the full name, date, and time of birth. I can see this set being used for every birthday the child will have.