Lidded Yarn Bowl by Kristina Chadwick
Kristina's Handmade Ceramics & Jewelry
Great way to keep your yarn tamed and away from curious cats and kids. Can be used with or withour the lid. Yarn and knitting needles not included in the sale
Materials used: Clay, glaze
Dimensions: 7" x 3.35" (no lid) or 6.5" (w/ lid)
Artist Statement: A scientist by day, I find pottery and jewelry-making a relaxing, creative escape. There is nothing like feeling the clay move through your hands on the pottery wheel as you challenge centrifugal force, pull up a cylinder, and watch a mound of mud transformed into a beautiful ceramic vessel. I primarily make functional ceramic pieces in the mid-fire range using a variety of commercial glazes and an electric kiln. And because I also need something to do while watching TV or listening to audiobooks, my second creative outlet is jewelry. I love anything that can be jazzed up with the sparkle of crystals. My favorite techniques are bead weaving, bead crochet, bead embroidery, chain-maille and wire-wrapping.
In my studio, I attempt to be as eco-friendly as possible. I recycle my clay into slip (liquid clay) and use it for surface decoration and to make ceramic cabochons. Majority of the glazes I use are non-toxic and waste is appropriately disposed of (in the trash as opposed to down the sink). I look to source from local suppliers and fire the kiln efficiently (e.g. when it's full) to minimize impacts on resources.Our house has solar panels which generate 100% of our energy used. Some of my pottery is raku, a process inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing.
Bio: I have been making wheel-thrown pottery for about 20 years and jewelry for more than 25 years. I got my first pottery education through extra-curricular classes at university and then community art centers but have struck out on my own since. Beadwork has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, mixing my own experimentation with artist designs. As a member of the South Jersey Bead Society for 10+ years, I enjoy the fellowship and promotion of the ancient art.
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