Monday, April 30, 2018

The Lotus as Inspiration

Two days a week I work at a retirement community in East Cleveland facilitating art therapy projects.  Whenever there is a 5th Monday in a month I have the day off so I thought I would use some of this time to blog.

The past month I have been reading about the Lotus flower, pod and seed.   I have been reading mostly about how to grow the flower.  And then there is the spiritual side of the lotus.  The story of this flower which is used to teach parables in such religions as Buddhism and Taoism has intrigued me for years so I finally started making lotus pods out of clay.  I am making what I think of as the skeleton of the flower, the pod, while using artistic license to distort the form.

Later this year I will have a show at Brick Gallery in Waterloo and have been invited to participate in the Ceramics Show at The Gallery at Lakeland in Kirtland.  The work I am making now is inspiring so many new ideas which will be ready to present at these shows.  Most of the pods are loaded in the kiln waiting to be bisque fired.  Later this week I will take images of the unglazed work for posting.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I've Gone Underground!

Yes, I have been a bit silent as of late.
Organizing and purging to make room for the new.
I have been in that conceptual stage and
I am just beginning to create.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Testing glazes and crazing

I have been doing much early spring cleaning and organizing in the studio.  Testing glazes is something I love to do but have struggled over the years with how to document results.  The new filing system consists of storing small glaze tiles in old plastic slide sheets.

These small tiles give me a base line of where to go next.  They show me such things as texture and weather the glaze will be matte or gloss.  This is a good place to start and then I can add stains or oxides for color.

A few years back I switched my throwing clay body to Troy porcelain from Standard Ceramics #437.
This clay body does not warp in my electric firing to cone 10 especially if the kiln gets a bit overfired.  I also began a wood firing adventure with Brinsley Tyrell and crew and the Troy porcelain will work for both the electric and wood firings.   I do love working with this clay body although my glazes seem to craze more than usual on this body.  I have tested my glazes on 4 clay bodies and the glaze on Troy porcelain crazes more that I like a glaze to craze.

So, I have been running many tests on the glaze and clay fit.  The last firing showed results I am happy to use but will still tweak the glaze to see if I can have a solid glaze fit with no crazing.

Glaze tests from last kiln firing.
The mug on the left had no crazing.  The mug on the right is the glaze I will still be experimenting with for a tighter clay body fit.  The crazing on the mug (right mug) is quite beautiful.  The crazing is tight and so far their is no staining of liquid in the mug.

I am grateful to have the time to spend on testing glazes.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Clay class begins January 17th, 2018

2018 started out very busy with a workshop at BAYarts in Bay Village.  The group of 10, which included me, explored glazing techniques.  Wax resist is a most difficult technique to teach as the technique has many variables like the thickness of the glaze to the moisture in the air.  We all had a good time!

With the busy start to the New Year I will be pushing back the starting day of the next class session one week.
Maybe the cold has you hibernating or cabin fever is about to drive you crazy.  If the latter is true sign up for a clay class.
Classes resume January 17th.
WHEN:  Wednesday evening January 17th or Thursday morning January 18th for 6 weeks.
TIME:  Wednesday evening 6:00-8:30pm or Thursday morning 11:00am-1:30pm.
FEE:  $150.00 which includes the use of most materials such as tools, clay, glaze and firing.  Bring an apron, towel and a few brushes.
WHAT is OFFERED?  Handbuilding and wheelwork is offered to all levels of experience.  Remember to... Bring an apron, towel and paint brushes.  I can show you what brushes to purchase during the first class session.
WHO?  Adults or young old souls!
WHERE?  Located in Novelty (AKA Russell Township) in the barn out back.  13796 Chillicothe Rd. Novelty, Ohio  44072
Let me know of any special requests you may want to explore with clay and glaze and I can see what I can do for you. 

Some changes for the New Year include the closing of Gestures/ArtistTree in Rocky River and The H'Art of Chagrin in Chagrin Falls.  Thank you Val and Chris from Gestures.  A privilege to have worked with the two of you for 9 years.  Good luck Debra at the H'Art of Chagrin on your next adventure.

Please forward to a friend you think may be interested in this information and if you would like to be added to this email list let me know.

Thank you and have a great year,
Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Friday, January 5, 2018

Workshop at BAYarts 2018

Tomorrow, January 6th, I will be teaching a workshop at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road Bay Village, Ohio 44140
I am all prepared and looking forward to the workshop. 
With possible temperatures of high 6F and low -5F a big thanks to all the brave souls who will be showing up for the class.

Exploring Glaze Techniques: Surface Decoration for Clay WORKSHOP    

4 teapot
with VISITING ARTIST Theresa Yondo

SATURDAY 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

JAN 6 (1 day)

The way your clay work is identified is based largely on your color and glaze application. In this one day workshop, various resist methods such as wax, paper and tape will be explored on small tiles and plates.


*Now registering, earlybird discounts on this workshop have expired.