Monday, December 12, 2011


Look for me on the second floor this year.
Concept to Creation
Theresa Yondo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Next Show is Where?

The life of an artist-
I am testing my stamina these days and it is great to be healthy.  My new plan this year was/is to show work at shows that have short hours and minimal cost.  This however has caused the big calendar to go on the wall with dates filled in as to where I am to be on any given day.  I need the visual plastered on the wall for my mind to focus on one day at a time!
Below is what this month looks like and I am still teaching at the retirement community which I love and privately in my studio.  I can't believe it has taken thirty years to get a good work balance in my life. 

Dear Family Friends and Patrons,

Check out all of these amazing venues which support small business and handmade.
December 2nd, Cleveland Artists Holiday Invitational, Friday evening 5-9 opening.
Trinity Cathedral 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland Ohio.
December 4th, Lakeside Yachting Club, Sunday Noon-4
4851 North Marginal Road, Cleveland Ohio 44114. Gated club, O.K. to stop by and shop! Drive up to “box” just before gate and press button. Speak into box and let them know you are there for Theresa Yondo and the shopping extravaganza.
December 5th and 6th, Monday and Tuesday, Lakeland Community College 10-2 both days (near cafeteria and bookstore).
7700 Clocktower Drive, Willoughby Ohio.
December 9th, Friday, 10-4, Market Bazaar, McGregor Home 14900 Private Drive Cleveland Ohio.
Community Room, enter main entrance and check in at front desk.
December 9th, Friday evening, 6-9:30. Jewel Heart Cleveland 2670 W. 14th St.
Second Friday Tremont Art Walk.
December 10th, Saturday, 10-3 and 11th, Sunday, 11-5 Trinity Holiday Arts and crafts Bazaar.
Trinity Commons Piazza, 2230 Euclid Ave, Downtown Cleveland, Ohio 44115
December 17th, Saturday 10-6 Last Minute Market
Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park 13000 Athens Ave, Lakewood Ohio.
And yes, I am still finding time to glaze new work. Thank you for your continued support.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, November 14, 2011

Flower Brick #3

How some of the clay work is used!
This is the third image sent to me this year from collectors who "house" my clay work.

I always enjoy hearing how my clay work is being used.  Thank you Judi for sending this image of the flower brick with the beautiful flowers and berries.  Enjoy!

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Beachwood Community Center.

Shows are in abundance this time of year!

This Saturday I will be at a Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Beachwood Community Center.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beachwood Community Center

25225 Fairmount Blvd. • Beachwood, OH

(One block west of Richmond Road)

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, November 4, 2011

Open Studio at the Screw Factory November 5th 1-7, 2011

small porcelain bowls about 4 inches round and high
wheel thrown with wax resist glaze application
Room #337 13000 Athens Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107
This Saturday November 5th, I will be a visiting artist at the Screw Factory in Lakewood.
I am so honored to be invited as a visiting artist to the studio of dovecote.  The studio of Teresa
Crompton, Sarah Darby and Kathy Patton.  See details below.....
The Screw Factory Artists are hosting their one day open studio featuring the work of over 30 artists. They open their studio doors only four times a year. This is not an event to be missed! In addition, the artists will host visiting artists within their studios. The Open Studio continues to grow each year and offers shoppers a chance to get a jump on their holiday shopping.

The building has an eclectic variety of media including functional and sculptural ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media, handmade bags, fiber arts, sculpture, glass work, jewelry, mosaics and printmaking.
Participating Resident Artists: Ann Caywood Brown, Libby Chaney, Kristen Cliffel, Martha Cliffel, Sarah Darby, Gina DeSantis, Robb Durr, Katie Hanrahan, Freddy Hill (Bomb Factory Furniture), Michael Hudecek (Forest City Portage), Phyllis Kohring Fannin, Sandy Millman (Yours Truly), Michelle Mowery, M.C. Nagel, Mary Beth Norton, Martin O’Connor, Kathryn Patton, Daniel Pruitt, Ryu Sakebi Studio, Kate Tobin & Achala Wali.
Visiting artists*: Andrew Kaletta, Amy Budzar Sebold, Christine Fowler Sheerer, Mallorie Freeman, Phoebe Marie Nelson, Kim Schoel, Ruth Sholtis-Furyes, SBevis Designs, U. Spotts & Theresa Yondo.
The building which houses the studios (currently the Lake Erie Building) was originally built as the manufacturing home for the Templar Automobiles. The Templar Motor Cars will be on display on the 3rd floor.
Food truck Umami Moto will be joining us once again from 2pm-?
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, October 31, 2011

November 2011 Shows

Hello to you all,

It is that time of year again when the shows are in abundance for the upcoming winter festivities.
In November you can find Theresa Yondo Ceramics along with some other surprises at;

November dates-
5th, Saturday 1-7 (The Screw Factory in Lakewood) You can find me in the studio of Kathryn Patton,
Teresa Crompton, Sarah Darby. Room #337 13000 Athens Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107                
12th, Saturday 10-5 (Beachwood Arts Council) 4th Annual Beachwood Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Show 10 am – 5 pm Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio.
19th and 20th, Saturday 1-8 and Sunday Noon-4 (Charm the Heart in Cleveland Heights) 3124 Corydon Rd Cleveland Hts. Ohio
27th, Sunday (Prosperity Glass! Wear in Cleveland) 1814 East 40th St, Suite 5E Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Call to confirm time at 216-431-7677.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sculptural Clay Oil Cans

It is always nice when a show uses an image of your work for promotions.  The oil can image (top left) is some of my clay work.  Not typical of the wax resist that I am known for as this design was created specifically for an NCECA concurrent show in Pittsburgh PA  titled Echoes From the Rustbelt.  I had so much fun with these oil cans that I continued to make them.  Thanks to the Kenan Art Center in Lockport NY for using my image to promote their show.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, October 7, 2011

BAYarts 49th Annual Juried Show

BAYarts, formerly known as Baycrafters has come a long way!
The newly organized center has been a joy to visit and as a visiting artist I have enjoyed the enthusiasm of the staff and students.
Tonight the 49th Annual Juried Show opens.  I did get a vase accepted in the show.  Stop by to see the show which is open until November 4, 2011.

BAYarts 49th Annual Juried Show
October 7 - November 4
Opening Reception October 7th from 7-9 pm
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Functional Ceramics Workshop 2012


The Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop in Wooster, Ohio is changing format.
The workshop is still happening but advertising is going out late due to a few changes.
*Malcolm Davis (see note below)
Gail Kendall and
Bill (William) Hunt are the presenters this year.
The workshop is now 2 days and the dates are April 20th and 21st.
Betty Talbott is the contact person for the workshop
Betty Talbott Museum/Artistic Director,

*With the sad passing of Malcolm Davis, Jeff Oestreich will now be one of the presenters.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Skeletons from the Show

Proper Attire

The Secret to Life

Primary 1 and 2
A few more Skeletons from the show!
See previous post.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, September 23, 2011

New work for the Skull and Skeleton show at Lakeland Community College

balloon man about 3 inches tall
 Shirley O'Neil and I drove over to Lakeland Community College yesterday to check our the current exhibition.

HEY MARY you sure went all out this year.  All I can say is WOW.
You can check out the evolving link to the show at  or type the www address in if the link does not work.

Those of you who are familiar with my claywork know I usually use the theme of the heart to make small sculptural objects, not skulls. 
I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone to participate in this skull and skeleton themed show.  Thanks Mary and Lakeland Community College for the opportunity to participate in  this show.
I am a graduate and former adjunct faculty member of Lakeland Community College.  Years ago Michael Gentile and I had a two person show at the college when my first ceramic teacher George Somogyi was still the gallery director. 
And the spiral of life continues to unfurl---

Of course, these three images posted can be seen at the show.
You can find additional sculptures such as the three church ladies, the thinker and the worker.  I will post additional skulls over the next few days.

love hurts


The Skull and Skeleton in Art: Folk Art to Pop Culture..

curated by Mary Urbas

September 15 - November 3, 2011

Artist Reception and Costume Party: Thursday, October,27, 2011, 7-9 pm

This event is FREE and open to the public... The Gallery is located in Building "D", first floor

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo


Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Hearts at Gestures / August 2011

New hearts can be found at Gestures Gallery in Rocky River.  20 new hearts, some with lockets and all just waiting for their new home.

Gestures The Fine Art of Giving: 1150 Linda Street Rocky River, Ohio 44116. 440-665-3122.

Stop "buy" and check them out!

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Look at that beautiful parking area!

The driveway has been grated, extended and a drain tile laid which will make parking easier when the rain and snow are upon us.

Classes begin Wednesday September 14th and I am trying something new.

Classes run for 2.5 hours and cost $150.00 for 6 classes.

The studio will be open from 4:00 – 9:00. A sign in sheet will be provided for the 2.5 hour allotment.

Project demonstrations will be at 4:00 and at 6:30. If wheel throwing, you must commit to a time in order to have access to a wheel. Reservation accepted upon payment. First come first served.

If you know you will miss a class, plan on staying the five hours to wildly create if you can handle it!

POLICY: There are no refunds for missed classes and missed classes are not transferable for money credit to another session unless a medical crisis or life crisis occurs.

Let me know IF YOU WERE planning on taking class Monday or Tuesday evening. If enough people respond I could add a class.

I greatly appreciate your passion and enthusiasm for clay. Because of you this ancient way of creating can continue to thrive. Contact me for information on projects for this session. I am open to any input you have for projects you would like to create.

We will begin with a bowl.

Contact me with any additional questions at

Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Skull and Skeleton in Art: Folk Art to Pop Culture

Leather hard skeleton heads
3-4 inches tall
I am getting ready for a show at Lakeland Community College and have been working with skull images.
The title of this post is the title of the show.  Mary Urbas is the gallery director and is always coming up with great ideas for shows. 

I had way to many ideas circling around in my mind that could not reach my hands in order to birth them into this world.  My attention deficit was getting out of control.  Often when this happens I go to the library and get movies that I can listen to rather than watch on DVD.  It was appropriate to pick up some vintage Boris Karloff movies which were perfect.  I popped the movie in and began listening to the macabre story of The Man They Could not Hang and  Before I Hang, occasionally looking up at the visual screen of the TV.  All in pursuit of the eternal elixir.  Perfect for making skulls. 

So many things going on right now besides the usual such as, an addition on studio and fixing the driveway by the studio which needed drain tile and regrading.  I will be glad when it is done! 

Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Support the Arts!

10 inches tall x 6.5 round,
Cone 10 electric fired, wheel thrown,
glaze overlap using wax resist technique.

 Another try with taking images of the new work!

I teach classes out of my studio and the photo set up was still out when the students arrived on Tuesday.  Thank goodness is was because I was able to get a fresh eye from one of the students.  Gayle suggested I use the dark cloth that I had rather than buying yet another darker photo paper roll.  The cloth worked for the backdrop. 

This image of the new work is very close to the actual glaze color on the surface of the vase.  There are so many levels of trial and error when working with clay.  I hope that anyone taking the time to read this blog can get a better idea of what is involved with this profession.  So, the next time you think that the price of a clay object is to expensive, think again.  The time that is involved in getting a lump of clay to a finished and refined work of art or fine craft (whichever you prefer) is longer than you think.  Knowing about and understanding this creative process is a great asset to an individual and to a society. 

The creative process strengthens the ability to see how actions could possibly unfold.  The ability to think this way for the greater good is crucial for a society to flourish and prosper long term.

Please continue to support the arts in whatever way you can.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, July 2, 2011

That pesty blue color!

The past few days were spent taking images of work inside under various lights and outside under various camera settings.  After buying a new backdrop and changing the white balance settings on my camera, I finally bought new photo blue bulbs which balanced the overbearing and dominant blue color my camera kept picking up.  Yikes!  The only obvious new variable was this new glaze. 

Compare the mug image from the last post to this image and you will see the difference.    The only problem is the glaze color is closer to the "real thing" in the dominant blue image.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, July 1, 2011

Glaze and Chemistry

The last kiln firing was spectacular mostly due to a new glaze I am working with.  The glaze is a bit of a celedon and you can just look forever into the glaze and not see the bottom.  The glaze is very difficult to "photograph" so I may need to go see Dan Milner who takes amazing images of objects. 

This is the first time I did the chemistry for a new base glaze recipe that worked.  These recipes are generously handed down to those who wish to explore and study the field of ceramics. Before, I mostly would experiment with only the additions to the base glazes to alter color and transparency.  At this point, I am feeling a bit selfish with the recipe for this glaze. 

Glazes are tricky and they need to fit a clay body properly or else the glaze can do all those things like crawl and craze.  Since I do so much wax resist on the surface of an object to create pattern, the glaze can be a bit problematic.  Sometimes, the glaze can be too powdery causing the brush full of wax to struggle and pull rather than glide on the surface of the form.  Not this new glaze, the brush danced across the surface.  I do hope that this glaze continues to behave.  Their are so many variables such as humidity in the air that cause a glaze to react a certain way.  Only time will tell.

I will post images of the new work over the next few days.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, June 24, 2011

Art on the Circle 2011 at Notre Dame College

This weekend you can find me in South Euclid at Notre Dame College.  Yes, there is another Notre Dame College in South Euclid Ohio.  This venue is very close to where I live and it sounded like the organizers wanted to put on a quality show.  To get the show going the juried exhibition fee was a modest $50.00.  The current booth fees for shows, some of which can be $1200.00,  has pushed me out of the market.  Come on folks I am "just a potter".  How much do I need to raise the price of a mug to cover my expenses in order to exist in this  field.    Well, enough of that!--------                                                                                              "Notre Dame College,

in partnership with the
City of South Euclid, will
present “Art on the Circle,”

On June 25 and 26 Notre Dame College, in partnership with the City of South Euclid, will present “Art on the NDC Circle,” an opportunity for artists to display their works surrounded by the beauty of our serene and picturesque campus. The event will be open to the public, and is part of a weekend of fine arts at the College that includes a Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presentation on Saturday evening. Plan on being with us, and join in the fun."

"4545 College Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
Art On The NDC Circle
Saturday, June 25 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m."

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, June 17, 2011


You can find new hearts at Gestures in Rocky River  The theme for this series is Home Sweet Home, Love and Keys.  Each time I work on a theme a story forms. 

For instance, with Spring comes the season for weddings and graduations.  So, I thought the key image would be perfect to work with.  Below is the story for the key.

Heart with KEYS -

Yes, it may mean you
hold the keys to my heart.
or- it may mean,
that YOU are about to choose the key
to open the door for your life to unfold.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

VASE image 2011 #2 (image of functional work in use)

Betty holding handmade vase with flowers.
 The simple joys -

we are no longer fascinated
with our childhood toys,
can still find refuge
in our simple joys.


Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Create the world you live in-
Create random acts of beauty.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Memorable Art/Fine Craft Sale 2011 / Saturday MAY 21st NOON - 6:00

Memorable Art/Fine Craft Sale 2011 before the

Memorial Day kick off of summer shows

Posch and Gulyas

Maryann Posch and John Gulyas – silver jewelry, enamels and much more.
Deborah Woolfork - Sterling silver jewelry featuring fine gems &
hand dyed silks.
Kathy Patton – jewelry line, Smashing, features her work in sterling silver and glass enamel with a focus on bright color, deep patina, and organic shapes."
Theresa Yondo – Ceramics: Finely crafted functional objects for daily use.
Enjoy the day perusing finely crafted works by these talented artists.
Visit with friends and enjoy the atmosphere of a working studio.
 More information: 440-338-6219

Where: 13796 Chillicothe Road (ST RT 306)

Deborah Woolfork
Novelty, Ohio 44072 (AKA Russell Township)
When: Saturday, May 21st Noon – 6:00
MAY 21st NOON – 6:00

Kathy Patton

Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation
Hopefully the rain will
subside so parking will
be easier. The weather
forecast as of today is
dry and 70
for Saturday.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

VASE image 2011 # 1 (image of functional work in use)

From the collection of Sharon Grossman.
Handmade porcelain vase by Theresa Yondo
Wheel thrown with wax resist glaze technique

So, its is that time of year again when the flowers are busting out of the ground.  You can also find some fabulous flowers at the local store.  Thanks Sharon for sending this image.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Finestra Gallery in downtown Willoughby


You can now find my work at Finestra Gallery just in time for Mother’s Day. And, interestingly enough, if you collect Troll Beads check out the information below.

Who would have known that Finestra Gallery is the top 7th selling Gallery in the United States of Troll Beads! Designer Nicholas Aagaard will be at Finestra tonight from 6-9.

"Finestra Gallery Welcomes Trollbeads Designer

Posted by Stefanie Toth on Apr 29, 2011 in Event Coverage, Featured

Finestra Gallery, 4076 Erie St., will welcome Nicolas Aagaard, Trollbeads Designer on Wednesday, May 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aagaard is the grandson of the creator of Trollbeads.

Finestra would love to have all of their wonderful collectors at the gallery to welcome Nicolas and to show him how truly great their loyal customers are. Owner Lisa Longo hopes to make this an elegant and fun evening for all.

Champagne & strawberries and gourmet cupcakes will be served.

As a special thank you for purchasing during their Mother’s Day Trunk Show, May 4 to 7, customers will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 Finestra Gallery gift certificate.

Visit Finestra Gallery’s Facebook page.

-Information submitted by Finestra Gallery"  

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mystery Glaze

What do you do with all those glaze tests?  Of course,  you pour or dump them all in one bucket and then test the glaze and use it on some appropriate object.  Recently, I was working on lowering the melting points of two glazes.  The melting point of one glaze became too low and the other glaze was still too matt.
So, I took a few scoops of the matt glaze and mixed them in with the runny glaze to see what would happen and of course came up with a wonderful glaze that is both matt with some gloss crystals.  The color is a pale sea foam bluish green which breaks to orange on edges.  WOW, could I figure out what I did to get this glaze.  Believe it our not, yes I did.
Wheel thrown and Hand built
porcelain clay
7.25 in. tall x 6.5 in. wide x 4.5 in wide oval

The darker glaze is another glaze overlapped on top of the pale sea foam glaze.  I will work on tweaking this glaze a bit more and look forward to adding this glaze to my palette of color.

Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


On Wednesday, April 6th, I finally drove to Philadelphia with plans to see the Barnes Collection in Merion and Fonthill in Mercer Pennsylvania.  I wanted to see Fonthill for some 30 years and I had to see the Barnes collection before the collection moved to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I arrive at the Bed & Breakfast about 7:00 P.M.  Eat dinner and off to bed.
Thursday morning, I drive over to Merion to see the Barnes Collection.  After watching the documentary, The Art of The Steal, I decided I had to see this collection before it moved to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Dr. Albert Barnes worked as a chemist and invented and manufactured silver based compounds to fight infections.  He also loved art.  His work as a chemist created great monetary funds which allowed him to collect art.  Dr Barnes began collecting great works of art in the early 1900's.    Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Prendergast and Leger are some of the artists in the Barnes Collection (all collected before they became famous).  The collection is fabulous!  I can barely digest what it is I saw.  The collection also has several very large Native American pots.  The vessels are about 2.5 Ft. round made of earthenware clay and the brushwork masters the linear repetition of shape and primitive animals these vessels are know for.  The collection is displayed a bit quirky and unpretentious as Dr. Barnes personal aesthetics arranged the placement of the objects.  Everything is hung more in the French Salon style rather than the Museum style.  I loved seeing Dr. Barnes original placement of the objects.  I hated the poor lighting.  This collection is a must see.  Unfortunately the museum allows no "picture taking".

After seeing the Barnes Collection, I drove back to Philadelphia to the Clay Studio and saw the current dinner works show.  What a treat!  Next, off to see Neil Patterson and Sandi Pierantozzi at their studio.  Their studio is very close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and worth the visit.  It is important to see how artists financially function in this world.  Neil and Sandi work very hard.  They purchased a building and on the first floor is their studio, the second floor, is a classroom where they teach classes and the third floor houses a renter.  Below is a small plate I bought at the studio that Neil made. 

Small Plate by Neil Patterson
By the way, driving in Philadelphia makes me very anxious.  I become this high energy warrior just to get to the next place.  Everyone drives 45 in 25 mile zones on windy streets like Lincoln Blvd.
Anyway, back to the Bed and Breakfast which has soothing cats that like to sit on your lap.  Another quick dinner and a movie and then off to bed. 

Moravian Tile purchased at Moravian Tile Works 2011
The next morning I head to Mercer to see Fonthill.  Henry Chapman Mercer built Fonthill.  Mercer was an archaeologist (among other things) and loved clay.  He started Moravian Tile Works.  His home, Fonthill, is a castle like home and was built out of cement and tiled with Moravian Tiles.  The tiles are everywhere, ceiling, floor and walls.   Mercer inherited his money which permitted him to pursue archeology and the historical documentation of years gone by.  It makes sense that an archaeologist would love clay as so many clay objects are found in digs.  So, I was able to go on a tour of Fonthill and visit the tile works.  Maybe next time I can visit the Mercer Museum.

On the way home, I decided to stay off the turnpike which is very expensive these days and take some back roads.  I meandered through Doylestown and Quakertown heading North West until getting on some main roads that led me back home.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Madness

There were many wonderful happenings around town this month.  It had been difficult juggling and keeping up with all those things one does in a day.  The M.C. Escher Impossible Realities Show at the Akron Art Museum was top on my list.  The show dates are February 12th-May 29th 2011.  For more information:

I also was obsessing  about a jar I saw at the Cleveland Museum of Art and did go back to take an image of the jar.
Tea Caddy with Lid, about 1750-1800
England Staffordshire

The Bequest of Nicholas J. Velloney 2003.247-248
Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art allows patrons to take images of work on exhibit as long as no flash is used.  The Akron Art Museum restricts this practice.  It is always good to find out the rules so one can "learn to play".

The other amazing happening around town is the Cleveland International Film Festival.  My friend Nanci, who is a big supporter of the film festival generously gifted me with a few movie passes.  One movie which is well worth watching is titled The Woodmans.  The Woodmans is a documentary about the life of photographer Francesca Woodman, daughter of George and Betty Woodman.  The movie explores the haunting suicide of the talented photographer Francesca Woodman and the impact such an act  has on matters of the heart.  The movie also explores how the work of ceramic artist, Betty Woodman, changes after this tragedy.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, March 21, 2011

Who Does She Think She Is?

Yesterday, on P.B.S., I watched the movie Who Does She Think She Is.  The movie focused on the plight of women in art today and through history.  At this point in my life, as a women in the arts, I found the movie informative rather than disturbing.  I suppose the movie helped to put many things in perspective. 
Check it out for yourself at
I can't let this topic go without writing this.  As a women teacher working in the arts, one of the oddest things that was said to me when going to the boss to resolve a problem was you should have been born a man.  And, I always loved this one; Oh by the way, I switched your schedule around next week.  I know this will not be a problem since you don't have kids. 
Three things I can always rely on when working in the arts;
You can be assured that you will always have part time work, get low pay and keep other people in higher paid jobs with benefits.
I do hope one day that people will understand and value the role of the artist in society. 

As today's blog is focused on women in the arts, there is another movie worth checking out about the art and life of Seraphine De Senlis.  Go to and you can watch a trailer of the movie.  This movie intensely explores the calling and passion that consumes the inner being of an artist to make art.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

More Cups and Mugs

Yesterday, I was hoping to drive to Kent, Ohio to deliver cups and mugs to the 11th Annual National Cup Show.  As the heavy snow kept accumulating on the ground and the wind whipped up frenzied snowflakes and turned them into four foot drifts of snow, my hopes for driving to Kent vanished.
The school closed down along with most of the Northern Ohio Cleveland area.  Later that day, it was as though the snow storm was just a dream as evening activities continued.

Today, I will again attempt to drive to Kent. 
The roads look clear outside and the temperature is 22 F.
So, I will bundle up and off to Kent I go.

Above and below are more images of mugs and cups which will be at the show.  Please see previous post dated February 25th for more information.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Friday, February 25, 2011

11th Annual National Cup Show March 2-26,2011

The 11th Annual National Cup Show at the Downtown Gallery in Kent Ohio will be featuring the work of Kent State University Ceramics Alumni from around the nation.  All proceeds will help establish a Graduate Student Fellowship in Ceramics.

I will be donating one mug to the Fellowship and providing additional mugs which will be for sale during the show.  Anyone wishing to donate to the Scholarship fund just needs to show up with money in hand to donate.  Please stop by for the festivities.

Above to the right and below are some of the mugs you will be able to purchase at the gallery.

The size of these mugs are about 5 inches tall  x 3 inches  wide. 

All are made on the potters wheel and with porcelain clay. 

The pattern is created by using  the overlapping of glazes and wax resist.                          

These cups to the right are about
3inches tall and 2 inches wide.

Friday, March 4, 2011, 5-8
Downtown Gallery
141 East Main St.
Kent, Ohio

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Heart as Object

These hearts can be found in the
Boutique at Wall Eye Gallery
5304 Detroit Ave. Cleveland Ohio
For times and access to the Gallery and
Boutique, click on link below;
 How I started making heart objects.

There was a time when I would have never used the image of a heart in any of my work.  This overused image of course in the art world can be very controversial.  Yet, when I taught Kindergarten through Fourth Graders a bit ago, I forced myself to dissect images the kids could relate to.  This helped me to teach good elements and principle of design to those little budding minds. 

I then started revisiting artists work like Jim Dine and his heart series which started me on the road to painting hearts with the kids.  I have more recently been looking at the use of color in some of Jasper Johns flags as I have been making hearts with a flag theme.  I am grateful to these artists who took the time to investigate color in the way they did. 

Working with glaze is much different than working with paint.  The chemistry involved in making glazes and the variables that happen in the firing process tamper with color results of a glaze.
It is challenging to work with clays and glazes when looking for color!
I came upon making these hearts quit honestly.  I intensely studied Buddhism for several years and at one point during this time was invited to create some art work for a show at a local Buddhist center in the Cleveland Tremont area.  The name of the center was Jewel Heart.  I accepted the invitation and decided to make 108 clay heart objects.  The number of hearts was decided upon to represent the number of beads on a mala and with the name of the center being Jewel Heart I thought the heart image would be perfect.  I wanted every heart to be different to represent the numerous hearts we come across in this world.  After the show, I continued making hearts. 

The hearts have become a way for me to explore form, pattern, texture, clay and glaze.  In this world where we need to pay rent and feed ourselves, the hearts allow me to continue exploring the numerous clay and glaze possibilities that exist while experimenting with them on a sellable and affordable object.

The Boutique at Wall Eye Gallery is now carrying these hearts.  The boutique is also carrying another line of work, bottle cap earrings.
This Friday, stop by Wall Eye Gallery and Boutique for the opening of "It's All About the Heart.  On Friday, February 18th from 6:00p-11:00p we will have our opening reception for it's all about the heART to help raise funds for the Helping Hearts Fund."

Thanks to all of you for your continuous support in buying handmade and supporting the arts.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, February 7, 2011

Where to find me on Sat Feb 12th 11 am - 5 pm 2011!

     Sat Feb 12th 11 am - 5 pm

     1037 Renfield Rd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44121
     Theresa Yondo: Pottery, with one-of-a-kind hearts and
     Bottle Cap Earrings

Also participating;
Gale Astrup
Arline Bognar
Kathleen Calby 
*Kathleen will have a singing bowls concert at 10.30 am - 11 am
Deborah Woolfork

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Gestures Trunk Show Featuring Artist Theresa Yondo, Saturday February 5th from 10a.m.- 4p.m.

Gestures is proud to present guest artist Theresa Yondo and her fabulous collection of hearts for a one-day trunk show on Saturday February 5th from 10-4 pm.
Pick the perfect heart for the perfect person.
This one of a kind gift is perfect for Valentines, babies, weddings and more. Prices range $25-$45.

Gestures The Fine Art of Giving:

1150 Linda Street Rocky River, Ohio 44116.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Teabowl 2011

 Exploring Japanese words for teabowl!
These porcelain teabowls are at the Stripes Show
 (see January 3rd post)  $40.00 each
Teabowls also function as a vessel for holding food.
 Japanese teabowls come in many shapes and sizes.  The Japanese have several different names for a tea bowl such as Banchawan, Chawan, Guinomi, Matchawan, Senchawan, Yunomi.  These words have confused me for many years until today.  I gratefully found this scholarly link on Japanese terms for ceramic drinking vessels.

 I have a catalog from Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers on 20th Century Japanese Ceramics titled the Tea Bowl and dated Tuesday 8 November 2005 London.  This catalog shows images of just about every teabowl shape imaginable.  One thing that most, not all, of the teabowls have in common are their simplicity in surface decoration.  My work of course falls into the minority of tea bowls as my highly patterned glazing does not always convey stillness in an object.  I see pattern in just about everything. 

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stripes - Vases 2011

The opening of the Stripes show is quickly approaching this Sunday  (see January 3rd post).  Charles T. Mayer is the Director of the Sandusky Cultural Center and always puts together great shows.  I mentioned I would be posting more images of objects that will be exhibited at the Stripes Show.  So, here you can see three of the silhouette vases.

Three porcelain vases on view at the Sandusky Cultural Center January 9th - February 13th.
Sandusky Cultural Center

2130 Hayes Avenue at Perkins
Sandusky Ohio
public hours: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday through Friday

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sandusky Cultural Center - Stripes January 9 - February 13, 2011

Happy New Year-

It already seems that the new year is bringing much change.  Some wanted and some unwanted.  But the New Year did roll in and came in with a forceful wind of changes for many.
Today, I drove to Sandusky, Ohio to drop work off for a show titled Stripes.  Below is the artist statement for the body of clay work I dropped off for this show-

Stripes – Sandusky Cultural Art Center January 2011

Artist Statement
How thrilled I was to be invited to the Stripes Exhibition.
The use of line in the creation of stripes and also dots has been a main theme to create pattern on the surface of claywork for much of my career.
For this show, my focus was to use stripes as the dominant pattern in terms of number of stripes. For example, an alternating grid pattern of stripes and dots may have several stripes while only having one to three dots on the grid.
The vases were especially challenging to glaze. The use of stripes on the vase draws an additional vase image on the surface of the form. So, you are looking at two contrasting vase shapes within one object.  (I will post some images of vases and additional work that can be viewed at this show in future posts.)
The clay is porcelain, the glazes are made in my studio, the pattern is created using wax resist with the glaze although some pattern is carved, and the work is fired to cone 10 in an electric kiln.

I hope you will be able to see the show or join us at the opening.
Sandusky Cultural Center
2130 Hayes Avenue at Perkins
Sandusky Ohio
public hours: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday through Friday
Sandusky Cultural Center is located in the Sandusky High School complex on the northeast corner of SR 4 (Hayes Ave) and Perkins Avenue.

Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation