Clay and Hearts


Remember last year when I mentioned being struck down by ceramics by Lisa Naples? It was one of the those epiphany moments for me: Whoa — clay being used with texture, color, words, and images!

>>>Update: Some how I missed linking to Lisa Naples main website here! Thanks Andy! <<<

After that day I talked a lot around here about getting back into making stuff with clay. Not that I plan to stop making quilts. But I’m interested in bringing to it some of my ideas and things I’ve learned over the past few years.

So guess what appeared under the Valentine tree last weekend? A whole set of clay-making stuff — a wheel, kiln, clay, bunch of glazes, and hand-tools. My sweetie found a ceramics studio that was going out of business and got a truck load of great stuff at auction. What a surprise to find the whole setup in our studio!


I’ve gotten a lot of metal hearts over the years, but this the first time for a clay heart. What a great guy! I can’t figure out how he got it all here, and I’m pretty overwhelmed.

14 thoughts on “Clay and Hearts”

  1. absolutely sweet! My mom used to be an award winning potter and I spent many a happy and dizzy hour sitting on her kick wheel – spinning… spinning….. spinning….. spinning….

  2. Thanks Andy, I guess I didn’t see her website when I googled her. I’ll update that blog post with a link to the website, and also left a message on Lisa’s FB page.

  3. Hi Judy,

    Oh that’s said you had to give it up. I would love to see some of your carved designs. Actually I will have to clean out a place for it, right now it’s sitting in the middle of R’s work area — he just set it up there to surprise me!

  4. Oh, I am sooooooooo jealous. When I lived in TX I took classes at a studio for years when my kids were in school. I loved it, wheel and hand building. I often carved designs in my clay that came from thinking about quilt stitch designs. When I moved to Chicago from L.A., I had no place for my wheel and donated it to an art center in Pasadena. waaaah! You are so lucky to have the room for all that equipment.

  5. Hi Mary Ann and Matt-Britt,

    Not sure exactly what I’ll make, but it’ll probably be late in March before I can really set up the equipment and supplies in an area of the studio I can use. I have a place in mind near my fabric, but in a separate room. Just have to get it cleaned out from old books and such 🙂

    I like working in the warehouse in the Spring when we can open the doors and get some fresh air inside!

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