Monday, 5 May 2014

May Featured Artist - Remembrances

Well, this is going to be an unusual Featured Artist post because the artist of the month at the RCC is me, Remembrances pottery (although I'm AtTheCrossroads on Etsy).  So this time, because I can, I thought I would share what inspires me to create.

 I'm often inspired by, grass, seeds...
...and often, an image gets lodged in my brain until I take the time to make it.

 I will find something I fall in love with, and it stays with me until I find a way to incorporate it into a piece of my work (like the pussy willows on the bowl on the left, below).
The strange thing is, once I've made the piece, it's out of my system and I rarely feel like making another - which is why so many of my pieces are one of a kind.

This series was inspired by the river rocks that are so abundant on our local beaches in my hometown.  There are more in this series than are pictured above because it seems to take a whole collection to make this "feel right" to me.
I'm inspired by my garden.  I developed a series of tube vases because in my city garden, I often end up with "one of these" and a "couple of those".  I found the best way to display my homegrown flowers is to have each kind separated into individual containers (these flowers, however, are from the grocery store as the picture was taken in the dead of winter).

 Antiques and vintage items...I can't seem to get enough of them - if they are the right sort that call out to me.  The flower plate is based on a cut glass piece I inherited from my grandmother...her dishes inspired a set (however, to date, only one has survived the process - this one happens to be on Etsy)
If you are local to the RCC, pop on in to see the assortment of platters - based on an antique stoneware plate I bought years ago (even before I started making pottery of my own).

 Linens --- I can't get enough of linens!  So I thought, why not make a series inspired by textiles... The plate above is a based on a linen dishtowel my grandmother wove and dyed herself for her hope chest.  A few have survived the fires, life on a farm, and a couple generations...I was lucky enough to inherit three of them.

These are inspired by my teen-age son's love of all things argyle (he's pretty stylin' for a teenager).

Quilts...need I say more?

 And finally, I am of the belief that everything we use in our day to day lives should be as beautiful as possible.  I love things that transform a mundane task to a delightful experience.
 I thrive to create items that I think accomplish just that...a drinking cup that fits your hand just perfectly (no matter the size), the glow of a candle while eating your breakfast (or while cleaning the bathroom as my son does), a cereal, soup, or salad bowl that you use daily because it's beautiful...

I would love to hear what inspires you.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Oh, and I guess I should mention - this month at the Rural Creators' Collective, all my pottery is 10% off.  There is also a draw to win one of my bud vases (with a gift certificate to the flower shop downstairs) at the end of the month.  If you are local (ish) pop on in and check it out.

Also, you can come see me in person at the Carlisle Country Craft and Old-Fashioned Market Mercantile on August 23, and 24th, 2014 in Mountsberg, ON.

1 comment:

  1. What wonderful creations, thank you for sharing your creative process :)