Goodbye Clay . . . It's been fun.

 Coastal stoneware bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

Coastal stoneware bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

They say the average person should re-invent themselves about every 7 years. Not sure where I heard that before, but it sounds pretty good to me. I have always believed in re-inventing yourself continually though, and by that I mean, to never stop learning, never stop seeking new ways of creating. It’s all part of the exploration of the process really. And . . . The process is often much more important than the end result. I always drew, then I always painted - but loved collecting pottery. Took classes and fell in love with clay. Clay introduced me to fire. Insatiable curiosity led me down the path of alternative firing techniques, which I found to be so much more alluring than oxidation. Oxidation, led to reduction and Raku. So playing with fire is not such a big leap really. I loved the functionality of clay - it has the ability to turn a mundane moment into an experience. To really enjoy a cup of coffee or tea out of a hand-crafted mug, to enjoy your oats out of a bowl that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The chemistry behind the glazes a whole world of art in and of itself. I will love clay forever. And I may visit it again . . . someday.

But for now, it is time to move on to other explorations. The last remnants of my clay creations - and there are really only a few - will start to be listed in my Etsy shop. They will be priced well in light of cleaning out the studio for fresh new offerings. Shoot me an e-mail with any questions or reserves!

XO Ericka

 Coastal Stoneware bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

Coastal Stoneware bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

 Coastal Stoneware No.2 bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

Coastal Stoneware No.2 bowl by Ericka O'Rourke

 The last straggler mugs . . . to be listed in  the Etsy Shop

The last straggler mugs . . . to be listed in the Etsy Shop