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.

🙂

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 issue 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. 🙂

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. 🙂