Today was my first day touching clay this summer, if you don't count moving bags of clay in and out of moving trucks. So excited to have my potter's wheel and workbench set up in my new basement studio in Rocky Hill, CT.
Get ready to see some different work as I embark on a journey of leaving my aesthetic of soda and wood fired pots behind. Ready or not experimental pots here I come.
Want to see more behind the scenes of my pottery studio? Click HERE
My new ceramic art studio in Connecticut is a work in progress.
Welcome to the beginnings of assembling my new basement clay studio in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
My husband and I have:
It's still hard for me to believe I have left my Milwaukee studio, garden, and community behind as this move to Connecticut happened so quickly.
Ps. Sheet vinyl flooring, if you do not have a clean concrete pad, is the best choice for flooring in a ceramic studio as it is super easy to mop and their are no grooves for clay dust to gather in. And sheet vinyl flooring is water proof.
Check out more behind the scenes articles on building my ceramic studios by clicking here.
The feature is called "NOW: Buy mom a gift & support Wisconsin artists all at the same time."
To watch the entire interview on CBS 58 News Click Here!
News Caster Michael Schlesinger interviews me (Lisa York), a potter, in my Milwaukee, home studio about our collaborative, Wisconsin Design Crafts Counsil's Mother's Day Sale. The WDCC created this online boutique to feature 25 Wisconsin Artist's artwork ranging from Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Art and More.
Thank you for celebrating these 2 minutes of fame with me, and continue to support local artists as their business's are highly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
Reveal of Upper Unit
This upper duplex unit resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a 1917 Milwaukee Bungalow that was converted into a duplex. Enjoy the pictures of this upper unit. This unit is probably my favorite as it has more natural lighting. The bonus of it being an upper is that has the charm of angular ceilings, small windows, and still has some built in. In addition, we converted the unit into having an open floor plan for living and kitchen space.
Enjoy the mix of old home charm with a little bit of a modern facelift.
Kitchen and Living Room
2 Bedrooms and Hallways
Want to see the restoration of lower unit?
Trust me you want to find out what the surprise is this next week.
Well you might guess what it is. I'm not very good at secrets.
But needless to say if you have not become a part of my online community you will want to join quick to not miss out on my next perk.
Instagram Live workshop
I am doing an instagram take over for Functional Ceramics Workshop today. As part of this take over I am doing an instagram live workshop on making pitchers.
Please join me for a free workshop on making pitchers.
When: Today 1pm central time
Where: Instagram @functionalceramicsworkshop
Lower Unit of Duplex is Done!
I have been working on more projects than just pottery these last few months!
My husband and I have been renovating this 1917 Milwaukee Bungalow, Duplex, and the lower unit is now complete. It has been a labor of love with just a few of the projects including a massive paint overhaul, refinishing floors, and so much more. Oh how I want this unit for myself as it has so many built-ins that would be amazing to display pottery.
Today, my husband and I had our last cup of coffee in the lower unit of the duplex. Here are more pictures of unit below.
Dining and Living Room
Happy Pottery B-day
Cheers to my fellow March and April b-days as we learn how to celebrate a Birthday in the midst of quarantine and the COVID-19 crisis. Listed below are some of my approaches to still making my B-day special in the midst of isolation as we quarantine.
1. A Feast of Food at Home
Good food is a must for any celebration!
My husband made us an amazing breakfast before we each started our work day on my Bday. This included a healthy spread of fruit salad, sweet potatoes, avocado, healthy but yummy banana bread, and not feature in the picture was the scrambled eggs. This was perfect for me as breakfast is my favorite meal, and really enjoy savoring slow breakfasts on special days like my B-day.
In contrast to my healthy breakfast was tea time ice cream and cake. Aldi sold this fabulous Godiva lava cake mix which all I had to do was add butter and eggs, and it backed really quickly as well. I loved these mini sized lava cakes and gooey hot center.
2. Great Coffee and Flowers
When it comes to good coffee I have to give a shout out to Stone Creek Coffee's Cream City roast. I'm not an affiliate for them they just make my absolute favorite coffee! I got a 5lbs bag of cream city roasted coffee for my B-day. And you should know that they are offering free shipping right now!
Ps. a mug made by me and beans from stone creek coffee would make the best b-day/thinking of you gift.
Plus my beautiful bouquet of aldi flowers in a Lisa York Arts vase.
3. Takeout and Nature
Finally, a double win with takeout food was getting to support a local restaurant and not having to cook. I ordered pho from Vientiane Noodle Shop. This was a the perfect meal for our picnic at Lake Michigan because it was a little cold to have a picnic. It's good to remember that we are still able to enjoy nature at our local parks we just need to make an effort to keep the appropriate social distance of 6ft.
Haha...so I guess you know my favorite things now: pottery, food, and nature. Well I had a fabulous pottery b-day, and I hope you, my fellow quarantined B-day buds, make an effort to have a special, celebrated Birthday during COVID-19 quarantine as well.
And hey we can always celebrate our Birthday again with travel and/or people post the quarantine. In the mean while, we can day dream of being able to explore and travel again this summer.
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