Author Archives: Expressive Clay Art

Talk Me Out of Square Plates

Square plates are an ‘abomination’, says MasterChef William Sitwell. He feels a square plate is at odds with nature as ingredients naturally occur in many shapes, including round, but never square. Others believe round plates are better because their square … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Artists Make Great Friends and Lovers

Artistic people can be flighty, moody, off-beat, and have a reputation for walking around with their heads in the clouds. They lose track of time lost in their own creativity. Creatives spend enormous amounts of energy focused on their art … Continue reading

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Who Else Wants to Sell Their Artwork?

If you want to sell your art and have all but given up, here’s hope! Over the years I’ve marketed my artwork in many different ways. My efforts tend to fall into 3 categories: craft fairs, house shows and online websites. … Continue reading

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Thoughts for the Many Different Types of Mothers on “Mother’s Day”

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. As per dictionary.com, the definition of “motherhood” as an adjective is “having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable”. As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself … Continue reading

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Get Unstuck. How to Unblock Your Creativity

Struggling with ideas? It happens to the best of us. All creative people experience a frustrating block at one time or another. The creative well that often overflows suddenly is dry. You’re uninspired and self-doubt creeps in. For those who … Continue reading

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Does the Cold Weather Affect Your Creativity?

I returned home yesterday from almost a week in New Jersey’s frigid temperatures. We intended to stay four days, but our flight home was rescheduled three times due to bad weather. The flight cancelations out of our control, we hunkered … Continue reading

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Who Says You’re Not Creative?

Do you know that if you think you are creative, you are more likely to be? Does that mean if you don’t see yourself as creative you are actually less creative? I used to be one of those people who … Continue reading

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Sending An Item Off To It’s New Home

The only compliment I can really trust is when someone pays me money for one of my ceramic pieces. Everything else is my mother telling me it’s nice. I love to sell my pottery for that reason. Why then is … Continue reading

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What’s With the Color of Your Plate? (Read Before You Set the Table!)

Color matters. It just does. In fact, Winston Churchill once said, “I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns”.   Though not completely understood by scientists, a … Continue reading

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Are Two (or More) Heads Better Than One?

by Leslie Farin My home ceramics studio has been in place for almost six months now and I feel very comfortable in my new space. I love the convenience of being able to work any time, day or night, as … Continue reading

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