Fun Friday: May 12, 2017

I’ve done it again, and missed a few days. This week has been hectic between work, studying, doctor’s appointments, pottery, etc. But alas after this Monday’s GMAT, the test stress will subside for a while! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, happy Friday! Today I thought I would write about some fun pottery things I have been doing this week in the little spare time i’ve mustered.

For one, I finally busted out my camera and updated all the photos on my Etsy shop. The previous photos were not by any means bad, but they were taken on my iPad in a cabinet in my family’s store and were fairly sloppy. Now they look much better! The feature photo for this post is one of them, feel free to check the rest out on my Etsy page.

This week I also tried some new things like throwing planters and trimming without using clay to hold down the piece to the wheel. My planter came out a little small, and I forgot how useful throwing on a bat for something so plate like could be, but overall it is a sweet little thing. As for the trimming technique, it was a success!

Mugshot Monday, May 8, 2017

I knew I would do it, and relatively soon: I missed a post. Friday’s to be exact. I was consumed with my work, my second work, my studies, and my boyfriend’s very fancy but very late night gig in St. Pete. I had no more energy by the time 3am rolled around.

Anyways, happy Mugshot Monday! Today’s mug is one I crafted a few months ago. I loved it so much I decided to keep it for myself. I posted it on my pottery Instagram, @Blummepottery, this morning and as of this moment it has collected 60 likes. 60 likes is the most I have ever gotten on a post on my pottery account and I am SUPER stoked and so so so grateful.

The way I decide how to design and carve my mugs, like the one above, happens as I go and often is a spur of the moment decision. Of course I do plan… or at least try to. I draw things in my sketchbook during the week that I hope to put on my next mugs, but ultimately I decide in the moment while holding that freshly trimmed and handled mug. Sometimes it works, and other times I wish I had planned more.

The way I decide how to glaze my mugs happens in a similar fashion, however I am currently limited in colors and can only glaze my pots every 6 weeks at the studio I work from, so I do get to think on it a little longer. For instance, with this lil’ fish mug I thought a long while on how I wanted to glaze it, mostly because I had thrown it in week 1— 5 weeks before I could glaze it. I ultimately chose 5 different glazes (there’s a 5th, slate blue colored glaze on the inside,) and I used a wax resist for the fish. and had a chat with one of the studio assistant about a technique I could use to get what I had envisioned, and it worked!

And so it ends, my first Mugshot Monday.

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Amanda

Throwdown Thursday: May 4, 2017

Throwdown Thursdays have been created half because my Thursdays are always turbulent for some unknown reason, and half to vent about my pottery frustrations.

Today was not the worst in terms of turbulence. I took my dad to the doctor and got my Etsy sale sent off. This past week (and well, 2 months) have been spent studying for this dang GMAT and with less than two weeks I am a stress ball. I spent last night at Jesse’s grandparent’s house, we had a lovely time, but I was also pulling my hair out about my practice test results (which Jesse keeps telling me were great but I think they were bad… but maybe since he’s better at this stuff i’ll trust him.)

ANYWAYS. Pottery. Pottery fails all around today. Very frustrated. And it rained so nothing is drying.

Good day.

Wildcard Wednesday: May 3, 2017

Currently I have taken the day off to study for my GMAT. That’s right, i’m thinking about going back to school. I’ve been out a year now and have gone through every wave of emotion one could go through in that post-grad-unfabulousness. I am still ridden with anxiety but i’m going to trek on and try for an MBA within the next year or two.

I’ve also taken the day for some much needed pottery time both in craft and in preparation. I have a renewed sense of confidence stemming directly from the fact that I woke up yesterday morning to find that I made another Etsy sale! (to someone other than someone I know!!!) I’m just a little bit excited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the topic of Etsy, the featured image here on this post is one of my favorite lil’ mugs to date. I made the palm tree mug a couple months back and it is one of the few mugs that emerged from the kiln EXACTLY how I envisioned it. I was sure someone would snatch it up quickly, but I have been wrong so today I used it to test some potential photography backdrops in my backyard, because lord knows my Etsy photos are lacking and i’m anxious to re-photograph all my pieces in the future.

If you like the palm tree mug, it is available for purchase here: Etsy.com/shop/Blumme

Have a happy Wednesday!

– Amanda

Structure

How I Plan to Organize this Blog

The purpose of this blog, aside from sharing my endeavors with you all, is to help bring some structure to my life and to my art. This blog serves not only as a creative space, but as a documentary, a portfolio, a more ~professional~ outlet to show my creative process, even if I’m still an amateur for the time being.

If there is one thing I know about myself it is that I don’t like things to be more complicated than they need to be. I need some sound organization for this blog, or I’m likely to slack off on it. After a bit of brainstorming in the shower last night the idea of how to solve this issueย struck me. I called my boyfriend, Jesse, and sloppily spilled my ideas and his feedback was positive so here we are.

SO. This is how it’s going to be. I’m going to be posting Monday- Friday with consistent topics correlating to each day.

Monday

Mondays will be Mugshot Mondays, just like the popular Instagram tag. Mugs are my favorite as well as the primary thing that I make, so I’ll be sharing my mugs on Monday.

Tuesday

Tuesdays will be Tip Tuesday. I’ll share tips I’ve picked up of learned or want to learn, etc.

Wednesday

Wednesdays will be Wildcard Wednesdays. I might share bits about my life beyond the scope of pottery, personal thoughts or reflections, pictures, observations, etc. In other words, what I feel like specific to and not specific to pottery.

Thursday

Thursdays will be Throwdown Thursdays. My posts on these days will revolve around throwing successes, failures, and all the messes inbetween.

Friday

Friday will be Fun Friday. Kind of like Wildcard Wednesdays but more fun.

Thank you all for reading and hopefully you all have as much fun with this as I will. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beginnings

My name is Amanda. I’m from the great sunshine state and on most days you can find me on the outskirts of the Tampa Bay area with a cup of coffee in hand.

A year and one day ago today I graduated from my university. It’s a strange thought to set on and i’m still trying to wrap my head around it. At university I discovered a great many things about a great many things, but perhaps the most paradigm shifting discovery I made was pottery.

I could explain in great detail all the events that have led up to the creation of this blog but only one event matters– the moment I realized that this, this ‘doing something even though i’m not 100% sure what yet with pottery’ thing is my dream.

I’ll be posting thoughts, tips, experiences, pictures and the like as much and as often as I can so please enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚