Our artist of the week this week (2/17) is Cheryl Smallwood Roberts
Tips on Tuesday:
For the artist just starting out with clay, take it easy and don’t expect perfection. The whole process is fraught with things that can go wrong, so don’t sweat it. Just go with the clay and enjoy making something. I made a lot of “bad” art before I made something I felt was worthy of being shared. Plan on it being a continuous learning process.
It’s been a while since I have done much high-fire, so I am taking a class in high-fire glazing and finishing. I have some projects in mind for this year and am experimenting in the best way to accomplish them. What you see here are two same size hand-coiled bowls—one is low-fire terra cotta and the other high-fire stoneware clay. Both will be decorated with underglaze colors.
This is a piece from 2010 that I created using prospected clay. It is decorated with a negative resist surface treatment I learned from indigenous potters in Nicaragua. I think it shows my mastery of coil building of large pieces (this one is about 2 1/2 feet tall).