Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Taste of Etsy

I've been away a few days and happy to get back to work. below is a little taste of my Etsy shop. This is where I sell my work when I'm not selling it at my studio in Seattle!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Paul Andrew Wandless Workshop in Portland, OR

I took the train to Portland for this two day workshop. Paul Andrew Wandless is fantastic as a teacher and he doesn't spoon feed the information. It was a crash course in some image transfer techniques, some of which he covers in his book "Image Transfers on Clay". I liked the speedy, multi-tasking pace of the two days. Will practice and revisit many of techniques now that I'm back in the studio, though some will have to wait as I've got some sculptures to work on, some Lively Vessels to "manifest" and some functional pieces, like French butter dishes to finish up.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Must. keep. posting.

Am turning the studio upside down again. I like to shift things about, rethink the ergonomics. Am always surprised when I didn't figure this stuff the last time I inverted the studio.

Am making many French Butter Dishes, god they're cute, posting them to Etsy http://www.barbdunshee.etsy.com and trying to get the rest of my works up there too, including my Lively Vessels (formerly just called Lidded Vessels). My sculptural work now has its own Etsy "gallery",
I decided "barbdunshee" versus "barbaradunshee" would have to do to distinguish between my whimsical versus my fine art stuff. Works in a pinch. Can't change them now. Well, could but I'd have to start over with building up the shoppes (some people don't like that word, shoppes.)

Have decided I can't part with one of the faces. She's called "Marshmallow Princess". Actually she's the huge image at the beginning of this posting. Didn't mean to put her up there that big, but then I liked seeing her there. When I started using this face as an "Avatar" or icon for my Etsy site I started using some magnified detail images of her eyes. That and her surface texture really sucked me in.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Two more student pieces

I'm having fun taking glam shots of my students' works in between my pics of my own work for etsy. Insert shameless self promo web link HERE! -->>

1. Sabina N -thrown porcelain
2. Jenny K -thrown porcelain

Thursday, July 3, 2008

~my etsy banner ~

I put this banner together to represent my three types of ceramic work, functional, Lidded Vessels and my sculpture. http://www.barbdunshee.etsy.com

I'm not alone in my Etsy obsession. There are others like me. I'm not proud of it, but nor am I ashamed, yet. I've been posting my work there and I've definitely been shopping. I don't know what to compare it to in earth (non-web) terms. What has art, craft, art supplies, craft supplies, jewelry, fasion, vintage bits and more more more, yet feels very personal? Perhaps a fair, under white EZ-up tents, without the wind, without the big booth fees & commissions. I've done those as an artist. When I go now I'm a shopper and so very grateful I'm not there as an artist.

I'm having more fun as an artist on Etsy. I'm not very efficient yet, it's been a couple weeks and I'm getting better. Packing up for shipping is the most time consuming part of my process. Pottery has got to be packaged well, and trying to keep the boxes small and the shipping affordable is a challenge. I've been shipping at lot of my french butter dishes

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Okay, a few MORE student pieces!

Have been firing both kilns fast & furious. Classes ended last week and I just finished the last firing yesterday, unloaded today. More good stuff, a few sample pics.