How I Learned

March Meet the Maker – Day 14 I started taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center with a friend just for fun in 2016. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with clay. After a couple months, I sat down at the wheel and then I was truly smitten. …

Story Behind My Name

March Meet the Maker – Day 9 Naming a business is HARD. It has to be pronounceable, easy to spell, have an a available web address, and ideally, it would say a little about who you are or what you do. I’ve been a maker for as long as I …

Product Range

March Meet the Maker – Day 8 This is a both a strength and weakness for me. I have a very diverse range of products in my current inventory, from pet treat jars to nesting bowls, mugs to planters, trinket dishes to miniatures. It makes it difficult to set up …

Not So Glam Side

March Meet the Maker – Day 7 Not so glam side: There is actually a lot of “not so glam” that goes into pottery (or any one-person maker small biz). I’m not just the artist, I am responsible for everything from mopping the floor and installing HVAC to bookkeeping and …

Full-time / Part-team

March Meet the Maker – Day 6 Riverlane Studios is not my full-time job. I have 2 offices… the daytime/full-time one, where I stand behind this Mac, serving as a marketing graphic designer for a small SaaS software company in Dublin, OH. And the evenings and weekends/part-time one, in the …

How I Started…

March Meet the Maker: Day 2 Well, I first put my hands on clay in a ceramics class at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus. (I still take classes there every week.) I had been making for a little over a year when I posted THIS picture of holiday ornaments …

March Meet the Maker

I’ve decided to participate in March Meet the Maker. It’s a series of prompts designed for Instagram, to help get to know makers. I’m going to use some of them as blog posts as well. As I write them, some seem to be too long for just Instagram. So, here …

Speckled Clay

I have been playing with different clay bodies over the past few months, and it’s been quite the experience. I’ve had some tragedies. But, I’m learning a bunch. The science of clay is fascinating. I may never really figure it out, but I can certainly learn, take notes, and keep …

All the Tiny Pots

I love throwing tiny. Trimming tiny, on the other hand, is a bit of a struggle. I can’t tell you how many tiny pots I’ve cut right through while trying to put a foot on them. Whoops! Last week, my husband was out of town, which gave me an excuse …

It’s Just Clay

My philosophy on making art is that it’s OK to make all kinds of mistakes. I learn best from mistakes. So, I’m constantly reminding myself that “It’s Just Clay,” or fabric, or paper, or whatever medium is in my hands. It’s easy to get kind of lost in worrying about how …