Monday, December 24, 2012


Dear Family, Friends and Patrons,

Thank you for another very good year on this planet.  It always amazes me how resilient we can be during all the things that arise in one's life-time. 
I am so grateful to all the artists, family and patrons who joined us for the last open studio of the year.  And, to all who wished they could stop by during this busy time but could not.  Your warmth and support is what keeps me going!

May we all find peace in our hearts and minds in the approaching NEW YEAR.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Open Studio December 2012

May these dark days be full of light for you and your family- AND-  Many thank “you’s” for your patronage over the years.

          -Happy Holidays-

OPEN STUDIO with several guest artists!
winter solstice will be upon us soon and I suspect we will still be here and the
Mayan civilization just took a break from all those calendar numbers
So, come on over for a year end
at Yondo studio and visit with Bruce (Murphy), Theresa (Yondo) and several wonderful artists.

December 22nd and 23rd NooN – 4:00.
13796 Chillicothe Rd. (St. Rt. 306)
Novelty (Russell Township) Ohio 44072

The studio is just North of Fairmount Blvd on the west side of 306.
The studio building is behind the residential farmhouse. There will be someone to assist with parking.

images in bloomsoap and salt/sugar scrubs
James and
Linda Zmina – Glass
Kim Mettee – Jewelry
Maryann Posch and
John Gulyas – Jewelry (Sunday only)
UrbasSilk Screened Clothing
Theresa Yondo – Ceramics
Anne WarrenFiber

Hopefully, the ground will be frozen which will make parking much easierIf not, where your boots.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Last Minute Market 2012

Trial Run set up for LMM 2012
See you Saturday!

13000 Athens Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Admission is a give-as-you-wish monetary donation to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Translucent, strong, dense and vibrant are a few words I use to describe porcelain.

Working with porcelain clay is yummy.  The clay slips through the fingertips on its way to becoming a form.  After firing the clay is so strong and dense and the glazes are so vibrant on the surface.  I still fire to a hot cone 10 because I love the sound of the clay body at this temperature.  I love how the high pitch ring vibrates and carries in the air.  I recently started throwing and building with Jack Troy Porcelain from Standard Ceramics.  The cone 10 porcelain I was using was warping at cone 10 so I switched to a cone 13 clay body which I am firing to cone 10. 

I am not sure why the old clay started warping so much.  Maybe I am handling the clay differently or my throwing has become much thinner.  Or, maybe the clay recipe was changed.    Regardless of the reason, I am getting use to a new clay body and wondering how it will change my work. 

Concept to Creation,

Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bearing ones SOUL

Continually hoping for PEACE!

Occasionally, I really need to bear my soul and not just talk about clay!

This time of year is always difficult.  With daybreak at 7:00 or so and dusk at 5:00 or so this time of year, people start losing their grounding.  Especially if you work a 9 to 5 job.  So, it is not surprising that great reflection might happen upon ones past life experiences.  There are so many stories in each and every ones of us that are fortunate enough to be birthed upon this earth.  That said I am in this life for the long haul.  You should be too.   Life is so precious that you need to get over whatever it is that is haunting you.  One story I seem to be sharing lately is a survival story which goes like this.  My dear brother in law Dan, who was a Marine in the Vietnam War, shared many horror stories with me that he experienced in the war.  He was in the Battle of Khe Sanh.  That said I choose to tell this story.  While fighting an unclear war for whatever reason, the thing that kept my Dear Brother in Law going was his experience with following the Buddhist Monks into the Jungle.  He would transform his consciousness to wonder and look and listen to the prayers, mantras and pujas offered to the directions of the worlds in hopes of better times.  One monk offered an amulet of protection and yes my Dear Brother in Law came home.  Not in tact as he suffered from severe PTSD.   His life energy so strong, that he recovered mostly from his own decisive ability to go forward. 
My prayers for anyone this time of year is for healing, health and good fortune in your days ahead. 

Offering much love and protection.
Concept to Creation,

Theresa Yondo

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 2012 Shows

December shows are abundant. 

If you are in Tremont for the artwalk,
I will have a few things at Jewel Heart; the evening of December 14th from 6-9 p.m.
Jewel Heart Cleveland is located at
2670 W. 14th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
I will also be selling work at the Last Minute Market in Lakewood.
organic porcelain shapes about 5 inches round
the 15th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
The location for the show;
13000 Athens Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
The show is in the old screw factory warehouse and there is much to see. 
So wear comfortable shoes and shop away.
For information about the show
For information about the artists


December 22nd (Saturday) and 23rd (Sunday) from Noon - 4:00 there will be a party and open studio with several guest artists.
Stop by and enjoy visiting with the artists while picking up that last minute holiday gift.

Yondo studio located at;
13796 Chillicothe Road (State Route 306)
Novelty, Ohio (Russell Township)
Studio is located in back building.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Prosperity's 24th annual Holiday Party Sale

Stop by and check out all the great handmade work-
 perfect for any gift all year round, and-
of course enjoy the company of old friends and new!

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, November 17, 2012

MORE SHOWS November 2012

 I have been working on new heart designs and organic sculptural shapes.  I will have some functional work too!

Stop by if you can and as always, thank you for your continued support and interest in clay work.

11/17 Saturday 1-8 and
11/18 Sunday Noon-4
CHARM THE HEART One of a kind art gifts,
3124 Corydon Rd. Cleveland Hts. Ohio 

Lots of really cool artists with our lovely host April.

11/25 Sunday 1-6 1814 East 40th St, Fifth Floor Cleveland 44103
Use the Kelley St Entrance. 
Lots of really cool artists and of course Kat and Laura of Prosperity.

The kiln is cooling
Lovely creations
Hoping for a new home
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, November 5, 2012

Trunk Show / Gestures Gallery / November 2012

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

Friday, November 2, 2012

5th Annual Open Studio

by Gina Desantis
Join the Screw Factory artists, visiting artists and some of the area’s best local businesses for the 5th Annual Open Studio. This one-day event will be held on Saturday,

November 3rd from noon-7pm.

13000 ATHENS AVE in Lakewood  (Big Warehouse / Lots of Artists)

Artist studios on the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open. View work, shop for the holidays and enjoy a wine tasting on floor 2 at Humble Bee Vineyards!
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, October 15, 2012

Three Upcoming Shows!

There are many upcoming shows that are happening in the Cleveland area.  I wish I could get out to see all of them but alas there just is not enough time in the day.
However, a few shows you will find me (and or my work) are listed below.

This Thursday at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus - Gallery East

Breaking Ground:  A Survey of Northern Ohio Ceramics

A NOC (Northern Ohio Clay) affiliation
October 18th - November 8
East 1 Building, Room 135
4250 Richmond Rd.
Highland Hills, Ohio
Opening Reception October 18th 6-8:30
Additional Gallery Hours
10:00 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Thursday

ALSO in Kentucky,

Breaking The Mold
The Louisville Clay 10th Anniversary Show at
Weber Gallery
Council on Developmental Disabilities 1151 South 4th Street Louisville, KY 40203
Opening Reception October 19th, 2012 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Exhibition Duration Oct. 19 - Dec. 21, 2012
Gallery Hours M-F 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The 5th Annual Open Studio at the Screw Factory is just around the corner.

November 3rd, Saturday, Noon-7 in the Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park, LAKEWOOD

Join the Screw Factory artists, visiting artists and some of the area’s best local businesses for the 5th Annual Open Studio. This one-day event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from noon-7pm. Artist studios on the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open. View work, shop for the holidays and enjoy a wine tasting on floor 2 at Humble Bee Vineyards! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Up and Running again

Garden of Porcelain Flowers
15.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 depth
Seconds after getting the new computer up and running there were already updates coming in from cyberspace.  Who would have known how fast technology would speed up and how difficult it would become to hold onto the stillness within.  You know, the soul mind connection.  Soon enough I think maybe this speed will become our new Tower of Babel.
That said, as I could no longer Babel it was time to upgrade.  Zapplication would no longer take images and I had difficulty Blogging with Google because my hardware was no longer compatible.  This is not a good thing when you are trying to run a small successful business.  I hear in months that Windows 8 is coming out to get us ready for the touch screen world.   Yikes!
So, I just spent the last few weeks dealing with a bunch of crazy things.  Enough said!

Garden of Porcelain Pods
15.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 depth

The studio keeps calling to me and I try to get as much time in as possible. I have added to my repertoire of small sculptural objects, pods and flowers.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, September 10, 2012

Computer Woes

I planned on taking some work time off from teaching art at my studio and at the retirement community so I could spend some concentrated time preparing for some upcoming shows in the studio.  Things do not always go as planned but I am grateful to be alive.  While driving home on the last day of work which started my vacation time I got in a car accident.  All I keep saying is I'm O.K.!  Maybe it just is one of those shock responses. 
Then, there is the computer issues.  I have spent the last week deleting files and backing up files on my computer which I was sure was going to start spitting and sputtering smoke at any minute.  Finally the fan stopped working on the computer and the groaning and whining stopped. 
This week is my last week of "vacation time".  Already I was up last night until midnight peeling and gutting roasted peppers from our garden and there are more.
Anyway, when I get my computer issues resolved I will be back posting images and blogging more often.  As it is now, my hardware is so old that I cannot navigate on line very easily these days. 
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, August 27, 2012

Creating New Work

I have been hiding out in my studio creating new work. 
This time of year usually has an urgency about it as I know the fall will soon be upon us.
Can hardly wait to share the new work.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WOULDN''T IT BE NICE - an artist dreaming - 1

A thought about patrons for the artist!
Artists can be an interesting lot!  They can often not be as concerned about money as others working as adjunct faculty for less pay and much fewer benefits than full time teaching faculty just to stay in their studio full time.  They can also rally for a cause that they are passionate about often paying lots of money for a booth fee at an art show in hopes of selling there art work to support themselves and the cause of the show.  Wouldn't it be nice if a few shows returned to supporting the artist?  Not the arts or the paycheck for someone else, but the artist themselves.  In another life I may have thought this to be a selfish idea.  But, as the many years have passed I think it a good idea for artists to examine what they are doing.
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Upcoming events for July and August 2012

A new design I am working on for the hearts. 
I am still figuring out the balance of
positive and negative space
in relationship to the flower image.

There are many new upcoming events to report.  This Friday there is an opening at BayArts from 7-9.
The show 100 ARTISTS, 100 PIECES OF ART, 100 DOLLARS
All proceeds will benefit BAYarts Educational Programming.
A fun night of great art, music & food!
Opening Reception July 6th from 7-9 pm
July 6-August 4

Then, a few of us are getting together for another showing at Kathleen's.

Kathleen Calby and her singing bowls, Tibetan and Crystal (
Gayle Pinkley-Astrup and her intuitive readings (
Deborah Woolfork and her sensuous jewels (
Theresa Yondo and her clay treasures (
are gathering to show their wares and skills at Kathleen’s home in Cleveland Heights.
Time and Date-
Friday July 20th, 6-9
Saturday July 21st 11-5
1037 Renfield
Cleveland Heights OH. 44121
To schedule a consultation with Gayle
phone 440-354-2587 or email at
$20 for 20 minutes.
Questions, call Kathleen at 216-297-0739

And, this is not until August but you may want to get the date on your calendar as it is such a good cause!

Art & Beer In Cleveland for Project Learn!
Shop this exclusive Art Sale while sampling summer beers.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
1pm – 6pm
ABC Benefit tickets are $25 each.
Ticket sales go 100% to support the programs of Project Learn,
Cleveland’s renowned adult literacy organization, now in its 38th year!
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
AUGUST 11, 2012
Join "Art and Beer in Cleveland" at Visible Voice for an exclusive art sale and a tasting of summer beers. One hundred percent of the ticket sales go to Project Learn, Cleveland's largest organization for adult literacy.
Artisans from Cleveland Handmade participating:
Jenn Doss -prints on wood
Kylee Koszela - jewelry
Lori Paximadis - jewelry
Melissa Major - soaps & candles
Coretta Kutash Рappliqu̩ handbags
Theresa Yondo - ceramics & hearts
Tickets are available through the Project Learn website (click on the BIO link below) or at the day of the event in the store.
For additional information and to buy tickets

Monday, June 11, 2012

Staying Busy

I can't seem to keep up with blogging these days.  In order to keep up with all my current commitments I have let a few things slide.  So, here are a few things to share to try to stay connected.

To the left- A sculpture that I really liked at the Gardiner Museum
"Model of a dog standing on its doghouse
Austria, Vienna, Du Paquier factory, c. 1730-40
Marks: None

To the right- A few things I am working on for American Crafts and Jewels.  The gallery is in Carmel CA. and will have their web site up and running in a few weeks.

Tomorrow night stop by Kent State University and check out this artist lecture by
Chuck Hindes.  The presentation is on Tuesday June 12 at 5pm, Art Bldg. AUD. room 202.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where To Start?

The past few weeks have been full of adventure.  The 2012 Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop, a visit to Canada, teaching, studio work, family and friends.  So many tears and laughter have been experienced over the past few weeks I don't know where to begin.  I could talk about the drama or talk about clay.  I choose clay!

The functional ceramics workshop was amazing.  I purchased one of Gail Kendalls lovely oval plates to add to my clay collection.  Watching Gail draw the sgraffito lines through the white slip and onto the red clay was like watching a dance of the line.  She works on such a wet surface it was like watching a painter create except there was no paint on the tool making the mark.  The process of taking away a surface to create a line rather than painting on a line has always fascinated me. 

Small tray by Gail Kendall
The wealth of information that was exchanged was over the top.  I found myself asking so many questions and was so grateful for all the answers.  How nice it was to spend time with so many people who love working with clay.  Watching Jeff, Gail and Bill work was a real treat!  There are so many new things I want to try before the ideas drift out of the memory realm of concept and are forgotten.  Oh to have a million arms! 

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Monday, April 16, 2012

porcelain toilet
 We live in an old farmhouse.  The century home sign reads built in 1891 by henry hill.  The old home needs a lot of work and the bathroom has always been a nightmare.  I try not to complain as I realize that half the world's population is without a toilet in their home. 
O.K. so really, we had a carpenter ant infestation and had to tear the walls out of the bathroom.  Our bathroom is not usually an attached outhouse.  Luckily, my husband Bruce is really handy with building things or financially we would be in a financial mess.  I think I would have drilled a whole in the bathroom wall several years ago and planted an ant colony if I would have known a new bathroom would be the outcome.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, March 31, 2012


I am not a trust fund baby and I paid for my college education.  Dad was a steal worker and Mom ran the household.  I am the only sibling in my family to go to college.  In other words, I did not have parents pay for my education, buy me a car or pay it forward to make a better life for their kids.  Simply, Dad and Mom just did not have the means to do this but I think my modest upbringing may have prepared me for survival in the Arts. Maybe it was a little crazy to study the Arts as surviving in the Arts is no easy task.  Thriving in the Arts is nearly impossible.  These two references are being made in relationship to the financial cost of living.  So, what does it mean to be successful in the Arts in relationship to where I live in the United States of America, Ohio?

I suppose everyone would have a different answer for this.  Some may say being published or landing that tenure teaching position means success.  Others may say being accepted into the Smithsonian show means success.  Recently , all I want is to develop a good relationship with a few gallery or boutique owners that will sell my work and send a timely check for the work they sell. 

For the first time after 30 some years, I had a gallery call and reorder work after only 8 days.
Could this mean that the wind has finally shifted and is at my back spurring me on to reaching the goal of thriving in the Arts.

For now, I have decided to focus on one clay object, the heart.  The clay hearts are light, easy to pack and ship and the turn around time from making to shipping is faster than other clay work I make.  Thus, it is a financially sound plan and will be relatively easy for me to keep up with any gallery order.  All I need is 5 galleries to work with that can move a dozen hearts a week.  To sit in the studio, work with the clay and experiment with the glazes on the surface of the hearts; This can fulfill my artistic curiosity until of course it evolves into something else as nothing ever remains the same.

Thanks to Iva at American Crafts and Jewels in Carmel for opening your gallery.  I do hope the momentum continues.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Gallery

I keep making clay work and keep missing way to many events.  Maybe I will be able to get out today to check out a few shows.
There is a new gallery, American Crafts and Jewels opening in Carmel California on the 15th of this month. 
Check it out if you have the good fortune to visit Carmel. 
Iva Winton is the owner and the gallery is at;
Ocean Ave. between Lincoln and Monte Verde

831.622.9080                    The Gallery will be representing my heart collection.

Concept to Creation
Theresa Yondo
Thanks to Mary Urbas for this contact.

Monday, March 5, 2012


I have been immersing myself in studio work which leaves little time to do all those other things in life.  The bills are still getting paid on time, the house work needs some attention and our dog longs for more time outside.  It still is winter which is not my favorite season.  When the temperature is between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit I am comfortable.  So, I did not last very long yesterday while outside trying to take images of my work in 30 degree weather with the small dots of snow falling on the backdrop.  The day was cloudy and the sun was setting which is perfect for minimum glare and true color. 

I lasted long enough to take a few images of new work.  The handle on this teapot is so comfortable and the weight balance for holding and pouring is amazing.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Hearts February 2012

New porcelain hearts
for open studio
this Saturday
Today I will be glazing a new line of small sculptural objects. 

On Wednesday, I will be bringing hearts to Gestures in Rocky River and on Thursday, The American Craft Gallery in Cleveland, Larchmere. 
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Open Studio Evolution

The Open Studio keeps evolving.  Anne Warren will now join the open studio event and will have her beautiful fiber works for sale.  Anne will be donating much of the sales of her work to Jewel Heart in Cleveland.

February/Valentine open studio sale and party on the 11th from 1-6.

MaryAnn Posch and John Gulyas (Jewelry)
Deborah Woolfork (Jewelry)
Steve and Barb Bloom (Fiber and Soap)
Anne Warren (Fiber)
Theresa Yondo (Ceramics)

Theresa Yondo Studio
13796 Chillicothe Rd.
Novelty, Ohio 44072

Saturday, January 21, 2012



February/Valentine open studio sale and party on the 11th from 1-6.
MaryAnn Posch and John Gulyas (Jewelry)
Deborah Woolfork (Jewelry)
Steve and Barb Bloom (Fiber and Soap)
Theresa Yondo (Ceramics)
Theresa Yondo Studio
13796 Chillicothe Rd.
Novelty, Ohio 44072

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year 2012

Happy New Year to All!

I am finally recovering from the fast pace of the Holiday Season which is becoming a distant memory.  With Valentine's Day just around the corner I do not have much time to waste.  I am hoping to begin making new hearts for Valentine's Day today.  The new construction in the studio is complete and I am almost finished with reorganizing the studio. 

When I started teaching privately, I turned over much of my work space to students.  A new 10x10 space has been built.  This is just enough space to organize the studio more efficiently.  I suppose if I did not make my own glazes I would not need so much space but, I just love experimenting with the materials.  Maybe I was a geologist in a previous life.

May the New Year be full of just what you need.  And, it looks like Chinese New Year is on January 23 and Losar on February 22nd so we still have a lot of time to begin a New Year.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo