Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holidays Arrive with a Flash!

All I really have to say at the moment is that I can hardly make pottery fast enough for the venues where I have been selling (Carytown Artisan Market, Glave Kocen Gallery Holiday Market, South of the James Farmer's Market, Etsy). I am constantly busy! This past year with Jaimie Ware has been a great success and keeps picking up, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I am only just starting out, and that hopefully business will continue to expand. I hope to get better at balancing my time for creating, teaching, selling, marketing, and exploring new ideas.

Again I have to say that teaching art can definitely work nicely with being an artist. When I am crunched for time, my students can still inspire me to try new things. Somehow during this hectic schedule I decided to also work with sculpture and started a three-dimensional portrait... I'm rediscovering how much I love the human form. So much can be said from an expression, or a pose.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Woohoo! I'm BACK!

After a long hiatus from blogging, I am back with many exciting advances in Jaimie Ware! The first and biggest change is my new studio location. Joe and I moved to a sweet little town house in the West End and have busily been working on creating a studio space that will be used for creating and glazing ceramics. (It also doubles as a guest bedroom! And maybe a photo studio!)

(Awesome studio space with intense overhead lighting, shelves, bulletin board, 
white board, elevated TV, and super Brent Potter's Wheel!)

It was definitely a challenge getting the right lights for a room with no overhead lighting, but these work lights are enough to keep me awake and focused!

My first throwing session was this weekend and I am excited to share one of the first pieces I've made in my new space. I have been pushing myself to throw larger:

(Vase from my most recent wheel throwing session)

I think my large vases are still a little heavy, but some of the carving texture I do later on will help thin them out.

Another change is that I have started helping out a few hours a week as a studio intern at the Visual Arts Center, to learn more about maintaining a studio and its equipment, and to spend time with all those awesome people. I threw a little at VisArt this week, and it's very inspiring to be in a setting with lots of other clay artists. The creative juices are flowing even more now. 

Something that hasn't changed is that Joe and I are continuing to sell pottery at the South of the James Farmer's Market every other weekend until November 24. That means we will be there this weekend, October 13 from 8am-12pm, and you should stop and say hi!

And last, because it is October and I can't keep this to myself, I will share this photo of my cat as a hotdog. Happy Autumn! 

(Poor Dexter hotdog!)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Trip to New York

As I traveled on the train back to Richmond and sat in an excruciatingly warm and booked Quiet Car, I found myself with a great amount of time to reflect upon my past week. Despite the heat, I have decided traveling by Amtrak is an excellent idea, and maybe I don’t have to haul my car up north too often. I love being able to be productive while traveling, even if being productive means napping!

I ended up relaxing much more than I meant to this week during my spring break. I traveled up to NYC to go to the National Art Education Association Convention and present on the topic of Reggio Emilia and Documentation with two friends. The presentation went great and we met a number of people who were looking to meet others that teach through the Reggio philosophy. Send me an email if you want info or handouts!

One of the highlights of the NAEA Convention was going to Olivia Gude, Doug Blandy, John White, and Mary Hafeli’s presentation “Teaching Improvisation”. They were very inspiring when talking about the importance of spontaneity in the art classroom, and gave me energy and ideas to bring back to my teaching. They challenged us to move out of our bubbles and be a little uncomfortable. During the session we were told to move quickly and silently throughout the entire ballroom, and then later to partner up and touch each other while looking at each other. And what does this have to do with teaching art? …It’s important to challenge our students to move out of their zones of comfort to try and experience new ideas, and the best way to get our students to do this is to model that behavior and challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zones too.

Another highlight was that my roommate Erin Waldner coauthored a chapter for the book “Transforming City Schools Through Art” and it came out just in time for there to be a book signing at the conference. It was pretty exciting to see her with well-known authors from the art ed. field giving out their autographs!

My other big highlight was winning a Westcott iPoint Electric Pencil Sharpener for my class. It is amazing! The best point I’ve ever had on a pencil!

In addition to going to the conference, I also got the chance to chaperone a group of high school students to see the new Broadway play Once for FREE. Chaperoning was pretty easy except for the terrifying part of making sure all the students got on and off the subway, but basically they all knew the city way better than I. The musical was still in the previews, but it was a fantastic, simple, and beautiful story about love and music.

So all in all I haven’t done much with Jaimie Ware the past two weeks, but that’s ok. I think taking a break will help recharge the excitement for it.

Monday, February 27, 2012

In Progress Work From the Studio (That is Also My Bedroom)

In an effort to blog more regularly, I thought I'd share some of what I am currently working on. This week at St. Catherine's, the girls have something called X-Term, and I get a week plus spring break to make pottery! I will also be attending the NAEA conference in New York City to present about research in art education with Erin and Lenora, but until then, I am trying to stay focused on clay.

After I put up the art show at Lift, I have been working on making more of the plates that I really liked. I have also gotten excited about making porcelain jewelry! These are some porcelain pieces that are in the leather hard and bone dry phases (unfired clay):

Serving dishes, jewelry, cup, and bud vase

Small dish, big texture

Little Hug Knot Dangle Earrings! 
(These were inspired by the Hug Knot Necklaces on my Esty site:

I am also constantly networking on Etsy to try to get noticed and have more sales. What I have learned so far is that you need to really get involved with the Etsy community in order to become a consistent seller. Teams are a great way to learn about other businesses... but also a great way to lose track of your entire day. Guilty!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Exciting Start of 2012!

Stop by to see some of my new pottery February 2012 at Lift Coffee Shop and Cafe: 
218 West Broad Street  Richmond, VA

Me outside of Lift on Friday :)

This past weekend was a blast and really made the last month of hard work feel truly worth it! The opening for my show Drift and Flow was on Friday as part of Richmond's First Fridays events at Lift Coffee Shop, and the place was surprisingly full! I am so grateful for all the kind and supportive people I know that came out to share my joy in having my first solo art show. There will be many more to come soon.

The show was inspired by a set of egg cups that I was commissioned to make (I call them Tiny Dancers), and includes functional and sculptural pottery with a sea-like aesthetic. The entire show was put together in under a month. How this happened: One day I was having breakfast at Lift and Joe convinced me to ask them how I might put some work up in their cafe. I was extremely nervous to ask questions but with more prodding I got up the nerve, and one of the ladies there told me that they were in need of a new show in just three and a half weeks. I said I would love to take on the February show. Of course three and half weeks is enough time to design pottery, make pottery, fire pottery, glaze pottery, fire pottery, photograph pottery, make advertisements, make programs, and figure out shelving for drywall walls that have no studs! 

Well, it somehow happened, and was a great success. 
A number of pieces were sold and others were commissioned!

I really would not have been able to do this if I didn't have my handy new, self appointed Brand Manager Joe Charles, who helped me get the ball rolling and assumed his new role brilliantly. (Also many thanks to many others!)

It was also wonderful having my camp friend Becca visit for the weekend to come to my show, watch my high schoolers act in one act skits, eat Sweet Frog, and make the Super Bowl more exciting! What a great weekend!