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Baleia Blu Ceramics

Handmade by Adette Contreras in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by a big blue whale and our little blue planet.


New Year, New Gear, and New Ideas

New Year, New Gear, and New Ideas

For the holidays, got lots of new gear care of Måns! Also found some great handmade wooden ribs by a local potter turned woodworker. Stumbled upon them in Red Hook, as we were doing our Christmas shopping, and they are beautiful–the most beautiful tools I've ever seen. The maker is a woman that was a ceramicist that switched to woodwork, so I feel like she truly understands the needs. I've been wanting a carved rib for a while but haven't found one. All I had to do was go to Red Hook, apparently. Also, the little carved scalpel lookin' thing is incredible to hold, and I got this funny texture buddy named by the maker as "Ms. Pacman." Excited to try some textures with that while the clay is still on the wheel.

Måns got me this incredible waxed canvas tool roll in my favorite color–gray, a bendy little blue rib, some underglazes, underglaze pens (to experiment with writing), and an awesome roller with the seigaiha pattern on it. Been wanting to work with slabs and introducing that to my wheel-thrown pieces, so the roller will add a nice textured element to the mix.

And let's not forget about this brilliant invention: The Claypron. Yes, that's right. It's split down the center, so that it will actually work when you're throwing on the wheel. It's epic. Big points for The Big Swede, on that one.

Also finally pulled the trigger on some wireless, water repellent, awesome-sounding headphones. Yes, I spent 48 hours researching my best options. Was looking into Bose, but it doesn't make any sense for me to drop hundreds of dollars of this bad boys literally drop into a bucket of clay and water. Yeah. Need something heartier and cheaper. If there's one thing you cannot be when you walk into a clay studio, it's "precious." You cannot be precious about anything. Your clothes, your hair, your electronics, and certainly not your work. It's a practice in imperfection and a practice in failure. So no, I do not want to bring $500 headphones into that environment, but some type of something is necessary. Sometimes, the radio station in the studio has Bieber's Despacito playing approximately 5 times each hour. So, um, I have to drown that out somehow, and that's worth paying money for.

Pretty inspired for this year and some new ideas I'm scheming! Including creating some ceramic amulets and talismans and tying them in with In Wild Pursuit... would be fun to branch out and start experimenting even more. Here's to 2018, and clay every day!

Back at It

Back at It

Textures & Meditation

Textures & Meditation

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