Saturday, June 28, 2008

MORE of student's work

I'll be posting more of my own work here, soon. In the meantime you can see some of it at these various sites.

For now however, a few more student pieces!

Friday, June 27, 2008

More student work

A few more pieces from my students. They're doing great things with the new glazes. Loving the forms they're producing too. Creative, wonderful lot.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Barbara Dunshee's Pottery Classes

These images are a small sampling of student work that I unloaded just yesterday. Will share more photos later.

I teach in my Seattle studio and the world of pottery students is fascinating. I recall vividly being one myself and that informs and influences the way I teach. I attribute my DE-burnout to my students. I was feeling the loneliness and insulation of being alone in my studio, after only a few years of supporting myself through clay work. I started to take on students for company, conversation and energy. After a few months of teaching it struck me that I was no longer experiencing that dreaded burnout. It went away without me noticing. I often discover new techniques and inspirations for my own work as I search to add interest for students. They keep the flow going.

My studio and kiln are small, there's no running water, just a few of many parameters that we deal with here. The studio evolves everyday, there always seems to be a better way to do something, to store something, improve the ergonomics. I fall asleep and wake up thinking of all things clay. My life and my work are a very homogeneous mix.

My students just went through with me a complete change of clay and glazes, going from cone 10 reduction glazes and clays to cone 6 oxidation glazes and clay. They were patient, funny and wonderfully experimental. They make the glazes come alive.

Friday, June 6, 2008

I've gone etsy.

I love having people come to my studio, to learn ceramics, to buy ceramics, to share a cup of coffee or tea. I teach there and have studio sales quarterly. But this etsy thing is such a buzz, it feels like a big party, very active. It's changes moment to moment (I understand it's even addictive) and it's overwhelmingly inspiring to see what people are churning out. So, I'm joining the party and posting some of my functional pieces (my french butter dishes, or "butter bulbs" as I like to call them are picted here) and some of my Lidded Vessels for sale. Have been photographing pieces, writing about pieces, myself, my materials, my workspace. I'm buzzed.