Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pottery zone

I blog, I paint, I do DIYs and I do pottery! 
Blogging, paintings, and DIYs don't have any one specific space, 
I use my entire little apartment to do do these. 
But for pottery/ceramics, I go to Sunnyvale Community Center every Wednesday. 
It will be complete one year since I am doing pottery there, 
but seems as if I am there since many years. 
The people, the instructor, the ambiance, the views, the facilities, 
I love everything about my Pottery Zone. 
I have shared a lot about my love with clay here and here
So today I thought to share my weekly work zone with my blogger friends! 

Recently I read somewhere "clay is the way", and this turned out to be true for me. I fell in love with the material.  Similarly, I love the Pottery Studio where I work with clay. I am not an early riser, but become one only on Wednesdays! Come with me on the tour of my Pottery Zone!

The Studio and people working there

we even have a small Microwave, a coffee maker and a tiny fridge

mini Library

even music!

Tour with Process

the clay storage, we get clay from here

my tool bucket

clay waiting to be re-born with creative hands

Wedging Table

Potter's Wheels with stools

Slab Roller for hand technique (which I use too)

clay taking new shape with Potter's Wheel

Clay taking new shape with hands, slab technique

after giving clay it's shape, we keep our creations on these shelves to dry for couple of days.
since we go once a week, so they dry over the week

the next week, we put the products on the Greenware Shelf for their first Bisque Firing
(as shown below)

The Kilns in Kiln Room, where products get fired

inside the Kiln

After the Bisque firing, we collect products from the Bisqueware Shelf 
to put Glaze or Stain and put on Glaze Shelf

Bisqueware Shelf

stuff ready to be waxed and glazed for the second firing

waxing the bottoms of each and every product

products waiting to be glazed or stained with waxed bottoms

Glaze Buckets

Glaze color/sample board

getting Stained

getting glazed

glazed/stained products back on the shelf for second and final firing

my products waiting for second firing!

final colorful Pick-Up Shelf

The beautiful views we get while working!

Even Children come the for classes in the evening. 
See their cute little creative stuffs:

me with my Instructor/Guide Barbara Brown 
who made me fell in love with the clay!

see my products here

linking to 'In the Zone' on Colors Dekor

India in my little home!

Happy Birthday The Key Bunch!
yes, It's key Bunch's 3rd birthday and 
Designing Life is joining their party 

sharing "India in my Home"

the 'felt' Bandhanwaar and Ceramic name plate with Ganesha on the entrance

Rajasthani birdies play in my patio

Diwali lamps

cushions from Dastkar, Madhubani Painting, Kalamkari and pure silk!
(other cushions I'll share soon)

painting inspired by own country

black & white Warli Painting on a small wooden block

Buddha on paper with Oil Pastels, still waiting to framed

mini Ganesha canvas paintings

my favorite! love the Ganesha painting, the chest and chest top stuffs,
love every inch this wall

Rajasthan touch again!

our Mandir/Temple, yes this beautiful frame of Gods is our Temple gifted by my aunt 

Laddu Gopal (Baby Krishna) 

last but not the least, Tulsi plant in my sunny patio

Our home decor is not just India inspired, 
but every room has a little Indian touch or pieces from India.

Hope you liked my mini tour of my home,
will share more soon!

linking to the party at The Key Bunch

All Images: my home
All Paintings: by me!