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18

Mar
2017

In Uncategorized

By Nancy Gorman

New work added

On 18, Mar 2017 | In Uncategorized | By Nancy Gorman

Thanks to some lovely photography by friend Jean Burnett, I have added some new work to my extended gallery page. I’ve also added a new show to the 2017 schedule, the Prairie Arts Festival in Schaumburg on Memorial Day weekend. Now back to the studio to keep building the inventory for the busy season ahead!

13

Sep
2016

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By Nancy Gorman

New bowls

On 13, Sep 2016 | In Uncategorized | By Nancy Gorman

briebaker

I made these bowls as brie bakers, but now I’m thinking of calling them Brie baker-chili-onion soup-ramen-pot pie-soup bowls!  What do you think…too long?!?

23

May
2016

In My Blog

By Nancy Gorman

Catching On!

On 23, May 2016 | In My Blog | By Nancy Gorman

I think I’m finally catching on to uploading pictures more successfully! Here is my maple lantern done in the mint glaze. It’s a softer look, less weathered looking than when glazed with the dry matt green. I like this maple leaf shape better than the sugar maple shape because it is more deeply cut. I can’t remember what it’s called but it grows to a medium height in my front yard! mint maple lantern

25

Apr
2016

In Making pots

By Nancy Gorman

Butter Dishes

On 25, Apr 2016 | In Making pots | By Nancy Gorman

My latest obsession is butter…making containers for butter, that is. I went to a workshop at NCECA in Kansas City and saw a demonstration on stretching a thrown disk into an oval that looked like it would be fun/easy to do. Ha! Fun, definitely, but the challenge has been getting that circle into an even oval that is the appropriate length for a stick of butter. Since clay shrinks significantly and the walls of the cover also take up space, this is requiring major mathematics on my part! (Did you know a stick of butter is 5″ x 1″?)  But butter dish #1 was successful. Butter dish number 2 was made in a different way, opening the clay lump into a small ring and also a larger hump in the middle to form the lid walls. When soft leather hard both the little ring and the wall ring are stretched to an oval or rectangle. The ring is attached to a slab to make the dish bottom. Another slab is shaped and attached to the lid walls to make the cover. Dish # 2 also fits the butter. Dishes #3 and 4 are ready for the bisque but I am afraid #3 will require some trimming of the butter stick to fit. I think #3 will end up being the one I keep for me to use!

I should take some pictures of the process…although that’s a bit tricky when I’m covered with clay!

22

Mar
2016

In Uncategorized

By Nancy Gorman

Website Frustration

On 22, Mar 2016 | In Uncategorized | By Nancy Gorman

Pottery, I love. Technology not so much. I have just spent over an hour trying to update my website so that my extended gallery shows some of my latest work and was only able to get one to picture to load. Aaaargh! Any hints to working with WordPress and Juicebox would be appreciated!

17

Nov
2015

In Uncategorized

By Nancy Gorman

New Gallery

On 17, Nov 2015 | In Uncategorized | By Nancy Gorman

I am pleased to report that some of my black and white sgraffito work and my elephant pots are now in the Smith Studio and Gallery at 124 S. State Street, in Geneseo, Illinois.

On display at the Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo, IL

On display at the Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo, IL

16

Aug
2015

In Making pots

By Nancy Gorman

Love the Minty Glaze!

On 16, Aug 2015 | In Making pots | By Nancy Gorman

Mint Baker with Grape Leaf Handles

Mint Baker with Grape Leaf Handles

My new mint glaze is doing some wonderful things over my brown clay, especially where I layer it over some iron oxide stain. The bakers come out satiny smooth inside, but on the outside I sometimes get some glossier areas…love it!

15

May
2015

In Making pots

By Nancy Gorman

New Work

On 15, May 2015 | In Making pots | By Nancy Gorman

Trying new glazes and new shapes. This is one of my favorites, a combination of a wheel thrown body and handbuilt lid. The glaze is a soft, satiny mint with some interesting “accidentals” like the blush on the one side.

Twisted Jar

Twisted Jar

06

Apr
2015

In Making pots

By Nancy Gorman

And an Honorable Mention!

On 06, Apr 2015 | In Making pots | By Nancy Gorman

coneflowerset

I also entered this set into the contest and it won an Honorable Mention. The coneflowers are created using sgraffito (“scratching”) through a coating of black slip over creamy white B mix clay. I used a satin clear glaze.

06

Apr
2015

In Making pots

By Nancy Gorman

Contest Winner!

On 06, Apr 2015 | In Making pots | By Nancy Gorman

elephantsetsmall

ClaySpace sponsored a 3-piece place setting contest for its members and students last week and I was thrilled to win First Place! The design challenge is adapting a theme to 3 completely different forms. I bumped out the plate rim to accommodate the elephant motif rather than make a row of little elephants…elephants aren’t little animals and I thought it would look silly! Since the elephant areas are not glazed, only finished with red iron oxide, I didn’t want to put elephants in the center of the plate. Surprisingly, food looks wonderful on black…it makes the colors of the food pop!