Sunday, January 4, 2015

My first ladies night out Pottery Party

With the proliferation of social painting nights popping up at wineries and bars all over the place,  I thought that it would be fun to do a ladies night out in the intimacy of my small studio where  a few girls could come to a working artist studio and glaze a piece of pottery made by me on the potters wheel and fired to the bisque stage of 1941 degrees.

I got the studio all set up and marked the premade bowls with a pattern of mine that I thought that the ladies were going to be completing although I had left the option open in my advertising to glaze the bowl with your own design.

To my surprise and delight these ladies came already to go with reference images and ideas for what they wanted to paint on their pottery. There was a slight bit of trepidation as Mary Ellen had not done any art previously. The girls had done some but none had experience with glazing pottery.

They were delightful and easy to work with as I guided them through the steps for drawing onto their pottery and showing them how to work backwards in completing their designs with the Amoco Velvet underglazes, a glaze pen, and wax resist.

 I had allotted three hours for the evening and we ran a little over time but that was okay as one of the girls was very involved in an intricate design on her work.We had a lot of fun chatting while they worked and mom and I sipping a little wine. All in all, it was a great evening.

 The ladies left their bowls for me to coat with a clear glaze and came back to pick them up a week or so later after my next glaze firing.

As you can see, the results were beautiful and I think everyone had a great time. I know I did and I hope to be able to host one at least once a month. My next one will be held on Friday, January 30 from 7-9 pm. You can get more information, register and sign up on my website .


  1. beautiful work! this sounds like so much fun!

  2. That looks like such a fun time! We think there should be kitties on the pottery next time!

  3. Thanks for the comments! It was a lot of fun. Maybe next time I'll do a kitty bowl night.. meow...