Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whim Vessels by Barbara Dunshee

For the 2014 Madison Park Art Walk I debuted a new series I call "Whim Vessels", on view at Home Street Bank. 
Their features emerge from the very walls of the vessel form. I sought spontaneous gestures that felt transitional to create a sense of shifting expressions. I chose a monochromatic porcelain palette to focus on the form rather than the surface colors.

Home Street Bank invited to host the pieces after the Art Walk, and the remaining pieces moved to their windows. It's a lovely space and the staff at the bank has been most welcoming!
The bank recently had its own opening of this particular branch and threw, yet again, a great party, and kicked it off by donating $5,000 to the YWCA Central Area Food Drive! 
Home Street Bank
4036 E. Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

A few examples of the Whim Vessel series.
11" x 6"
11" x 6"
14" x 7"
11" x 5"
10" x 5"

Barbara Dunshee

Monday, August 18, 2014

Registration begins Monday, August 18th for Sept-Nov Pottery Classes in Seattle.
Join the fun at Barbara Dunshee's small private studio in the Arboretum/Capitol Hill area!

9 week + Final Saturday Party, small group Pottery Classes in wheel throwing and hand-building. Includes instruction, 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firing. All classes are mixed level.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring 2014 Pottery Classes in Seattle

Registration is now open for my Spring 2014 Pottery Classes in Seattle. There is currently a wait list for my evening pottery classes but I still have spots in Monday DAY and Tuesday DAY 11am-2pm, starting the week of April 7th. 

We'll be coordinating a barrel pottery firing of some of our work near the end of the Spring session! Hope you can join us.

For details, registration and current availability, visit my website

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2014 Spring Pottery Classes in Seattle

Open Registration for my Spring 2014 (April-June 2014) Seattle Pottery Classes begins Monday, March 3rd, 2014.

 Visit my website: Barbara Dunshee Ceramics for more information and registration details.

Wheel throwing and hand building, small classes, combined experience levels.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall 2013 Seattle Pottery Classes

Currently registering students for 2013 Fall Pottery Classes in Seattle with Barbara Dunshee!
10 week, small group classes starting the week of September 23rd. 
For schedule and updated availability, visit my website: Barbara Dunshee Ceramics

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seattle Pottery Classes for Fall 2013

Currently registering students for 2013 Fall Pottery Classes in Seattle with Barbara Dunshee!
10 week, small group classes starting the week of September 23rd. 
For schedule and updated availability, visit my website: Barbara Dunshee Ceramics

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Gallery of Butter Bulbs™ in textures and glazes. My take on French butter keeper design.

This is a sampling of glaze combos that I've created on my Butter Bulb™ design. Some are such pleasant surprises!

Glaze is about more than color. Glaze character is opacity, translucency, color, flow, stability, smooth texture, rough texture to name a few. Blistering, crawling, crackling, pinholing are words that describe characteristics considered both as faults and as exciting individuality, depending on circumstance.

The clay, the shape and texture of the form inform my choice of glaze as well as how I will apply it. The clean, graphic nature of my design can be unforgiving of flaws and requires precision when it comes to applying the glaze. I'm quite particular in their fit so I fire them together. Errant glaze could glue the two pieces into one paper weight, rather than a two part Butter Bulb™! One never knows till the pieces are pulled from the kiln, if the glaze, in its molten state, created something unplanned.

French Butter Keepers
Butter Bulbs™ by Barbara Dunshee

Yellow with Red Dot
Butter Bulbs™ by Barbara Dunshee

White with Red Dot
Butter Bulb™ by Barbara Dunshee
Wave texture, Blue with Aqua Dot.
Butter Bulb™ by Barbara Dunshee

Ray pattern, Rust Brown with Aqua Dot.
Butter Bulb™ by Barbara Dunshee

Rustic White with Rust Brown Dot.
Butter Bulb™ by Barbara Dunshee

I've loved the idea of French Butterdishes for years, long before I made ceramics myself. Soft butter, yes! But, I didn't like the way they looked. It took me another 5 years, of designing, abandoning and revisiting before I had a design vision I liked. In fact, I love my design now. I give them all a big happy dot on top and rounded parts that look lovely and feel comfy to hold. And finally, the butter chamber is bulbous, rather than the traditional straight cylinder. That holds the butter in even better so it doesn't fall into the water in the bottom chamber. This is why I've named my design Butter Bulb™!

Watch my YouTube Video video of the easiest way to fill the Butter Bulb™
My medium version of a French butter crock holds one stick of butter (1 stick = 1/2 cup = 4 oz = 113 grams)
My large version holds two sticks of butter (2 sticks = 1 cup = 8 oz = 226 grams).
Available through my Etsy shop!

Other colors available only as MADE TO ORDER. Please allow 6-8 weeks prior to shipping.
( browse my "sold" section at my Etsy shop )

How the Butter Bulb™ holds the butter and the water.

My take on the French Butter Keeper. French Butter Dishes keep butter soft AND fresh on the counter top. Fill the top with butter, fill the bottom with water and the water will create enough of a seal to keep the butter fresh at room temperature. It feels sweet in the hand, very ergonomic. My design is a shallow version of the typical French Butter Dish cylinder for better butter access. I call mine "Butter Bulbs™". Nice for serving goat cheese or other soft spreads too, though I would keep those in the fridge till serving.