Recently, I was invited back to Inspirations Studio in Toronto to take part in a pottery class with a group of my blogging colleagues (hi RenÃ©e, Brittany, Shannon, Amy). It was so fun! You may remember that last year, I designed a collection of pottery that was sold at BlogPodium. This time, though, it was my turn to get behind the wheel. Oh my goodness. I made a mess! And it was fun!
The afternoon began with a pro-potter giving us step-by-step instructions on how to throw the clay and form it into a small bowl using the wheel.
In just a few minutes, she made this perfectly formed bowl:
I made several attempts, but couldn’t quite get a symmetrical bowl. A little wonky bowl is a conversational piece, though, right? We also had the chance to roll out the clay and use different materials to imprint patterns on our pieces. I made a tray and rolled a piece of lace over it to create some texture.
Our pieces should be ready soon, and I’ll be sure to show you how they look post-firing. For now, here are a couple more photos from around the studio. If you’re in Toronto and would like to have your own pottery experience, you might want to register for classes at Inspirations Studio.
Thanks to Lindsey T. and the team at Inspirations Studio for organizing a wonderful afternoon of pottery!
Okay, so I’m not really quitting my day job to become the next Jonathan Adler, but I am currently working on a very cool project which has required me to put on my very first ceramics designer hat (eek – so exciting!). Let me explain.
This fall’s BlogPodium will featureÂ a local organization called SisteringÂ that offers supportive and educational programs to homelessÂ andÂ marginalized women, so that they can develop newÂ skills and have more control over their lives. Inspirations Studio is a division ofÂ Sistering that develops participants’Â knowledgeÂ about crafting ceramics.
This year, I have the opportunity to design a collection of ceramics in collaboration with the artists at Inspirations Studio that will be auctioned off at BlogPodium in September with all proceeds going back to Sistering. Earlier this spring, I met withÂ Victoria atÂ Inspirations Studio, and I shared my designs. UnderÂ her guidance and instruction, the artisansÂ areÂ bringing my designs to life (um, amazing!). The process thus far has been really cool and creative, and the items are coming along so darn beautifully! I’m impressed, and I’m eager to see the final products soon (it’s so hard to be patient, but I’m trying).
Â Inspirations Studio, photos by me
I hope to eventually share stories from the artisans at Inspirations Studio and the full production process, but for now, here’s a very small sneak peek of one of my designsÂ (I can’t give everything away quite yet!).
photoÂ byÂ Victoria
Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme is also busy designing items, and attendees of BlogPodium have a chance to win aÂ chance to design pottery of their own! I encourage you to submit your design if you’re attending BlogPodium this September.Â Read all about it here.