Clay Design

If you haven’t been following my instagram you may not have noticed that I started working and teaching pottery classes at Clay Design in Toronto last Spring. This past November I also started selling in the shop.

I’m hoping to get new pots out to Waterloo as soon as possible but I wasn’t very active in the studio for the past few weeks as I was feeling a little exhausted and needed to take a break. Anyway that break is over and it’s time
to get back in the studio making pots!

If you would like to explore the wonderful world of Clay Design here is the website http://www.claydesign.ca/

CLAY DESIGN STUDIO/GALLERY 170 BRUNSWICK AVE. (at Harbord) TORONTO, ONT. M5S 2M5

(416) 964-3330

sales@claydesign.ca

Our Hours are:
Monday open 10-7 in December(I work Mondays in the store!!!),
Tuesday-Friday 11 – 6
Saturday 10 – 6 (I work Saturdays in the store!!!!) Sunday 12 – 5

Many things have changed

 

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I hadn’t used etsy in a while and was shocked to see how much has changed on the website. It may look similar for shoppers but the back end for sellers seems different to me.
I posted some new work and I hope people enjoy it.
Here are a few examples of my new work on my Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SeanRobinsonCeramics

 

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New Glaze

I grabbed a few photos from my Instagram account to do a quick post about some of work. In November I made  a new glaze for my slipware. I had been slowly working on some tests to replace an iron glaze I had played around with when I was a student at Sheridan College. I finally made one I was happy with. I plan to use it to make the majority of my functional work in the next year.

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Summer’s almost over

The London Potters Guild fall class schedule is online. We have a variety of classes for all skill levels. I will be teaching the Friday night class again. The last class I taught was six weeks long and each class was 2.5 hours but this time it will be a full 8 week class and 3 hours long. I’m looking forward to that as the last class was difficult to cover all the topics and spend enough time helping each student develop. This will be the first time we will have adult classes on the second as the renovations were just completed this summer. It’s a great space to work in I had the opportunity to run some workshops for kids and did a week of kids clay camp on the second floor.

Here is a brief description of the class I will be teaching.

General Pottery I* with Sean Robinson
Friday Evenings from 7:30-10:30pm (8wk)
Sept 20 to Nov 8
This is a comprehensive introduction to working in clay. Learn hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab building, and press moulding. Students will also work on the potter’s wheel, and will learn the basics to create their own pieces. The students will end with a collection of their own glazed pieces.
* If you are new to pottery, this is the class LPG recommends.
$15 toolkit is included in the price

http://londonpottersguild.org/offer/classes.htm
and here is a direct link to the registration page. http://londonpottersguild.org/offer/classes_Registration.html

We’re building furniture

I’m planning on doing some shows with Kyle Thomson a fellow Sheridan Alum (http://imakepottery.wordpress.com/) to sell our ceramics. We’ve been busy preparing for a show on June 1st to try and see how we can sell together in the same tent. We are building some display shelves for our work. It’s been a fun and challenging experience we are both potters and our furniture skills are a bit limited. We have building one cabinet and using that as a way to learn the process and are expecting the other cabinets to improve as we go along. We keep on making slight modifications to design as we come up with better ways to complete the steps. Kyle has been taking the lead on the project as he has a higher comfort level with the tools and building in general. It has been a very time consuming project but very rewarding. We may have one ready stain tomorrow as we plan to put a final push to get one done. Hopefully the displays we make are of a higher quality then the furniture made in the Portlandia video I posted at the end of this post. And if you’re wondering I have been doing more than just standing around and taking pictures of Kyle working. I think we should make a quick video at some point but I have to see if Kyle is on board with that. We could definitely make a “how not to video”.

 

First Video

I thought I would try to make a demo video today. I’m a bit shy and don’t like the sound of my voice so I decided to use a song in the background. Though in the next few weeks I do plan to be a little more ambitious and explain what I’m doing in each video. Anyway I hope you take a moment to watch what I created as I get prepared for a few show’s this summer and hopefully get my work in a few new locations.

The next round of pottery classes

So I’m halfway through my first pottery class at the London Potter’s Guild. I hope my students are enjoying it as much as I am. The next round of class starts next month and the registration is up online. I’m teaching another Friday night class if enough people sign up for it. Each class at the guild needs a minimum of 6 students to go ahead. I should write my instructors bio for the website before I go to bed tonight. 

General Pottery I*
Sean Robinson
7:30-10pm (6wk)
May 10 – June 21

General Pottery I
Teacher: Sean Robinson
Day and Time: Friday 7:30 – 10pm (6wk)
Date: May 10 to June 21
Adult Rate: $120.00 + 15.60 hst = $135.60 + Toolkit
LPG Members: $105.00 + 13.65 hst = $118.65 + Toolkit
This is a comprehensive introduction to working in clay. Learn hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab building, and press moulding. Students will also work on the potter’s wheel, and will learn the basics to create their own pieces. The students will end with a collection of their own glazed pieces. * If you are new to pottery, this is the class LPG recommends.
New students need to purchase a $15.00 toolkit.
Toolkit is included in your registration cost.

http://www.londonpottersguild.org/offer/classes.htm

But now for the first time I understand

I did a quick search for a Song poem online for this post and this one jumped out at me. I feel it relates to some of the paintings I have been working on lately. But anyway I heard some interesting news this week. A Song dynasty bowl recently sold at auction for 26.7 million U.S. dollars. That is an astonishing amount of money and is hard to comprehend. It’s interesting to consider how many bowls could be purchased from practicing makers today. Here is a poem from the Song Dynasty by Wang Li.

“In my dream I scratch my head and get up and listen.
I listen and listen, until the dawn.
All my life I have heard rain,
and I am an old man;
but now for the first time I understand
the sound of spring rain
on the river at night.”

– Yang Wanli

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17612167

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125032/Chinese-Song-dynasty-dish-sells-26-7m.html