This is my newest orchid sculpture- I painted it with my underglazes, mixing the colors like paint.
So, above is a link to my decorating style (Mashima)– it’s a short video clip on Instagram. I’ve been trying to do more video recording of my making and decorating processes lately. 😉
I have some big news– just the other day, my boss came up to me and suggested an unlikely proposition. I thought it was a joke at first. She asked me if I would be interested in giving an educational lecture on ceramic art to inmates at a jail. I said that it sounded interesting, but I was unsure whether it was real or not. Come to find out, she talked to the educational director at the jail and they came up with the idea together. I had a 10:30 meeting to talk about it for real yesterday, and it has expanded into me giving my artist demonstration with my tools and clay for a full day, with 4 shift changes of inmates. I will be demonstrating and lecturing to 10 inmates at a time. The education director will be there with me, and she assured me that I will be safe. She said she feels pretty safe there with just 10 inmates at a time.
After asking me to give a demonstration at the jail, they also suggested that I give a full-on interactive workshop for the community. I still need to make the flyer and figure out the details… they haven’t gotten permission from the sheriff just yet, so who knows if it will actually happen, but it’s exciting none-the-less. I wonder if it has been done before– a visiting artist giving a demonstration for inmates at a jailhouse. This will definitely stand out on my resume and it will be a great story to tell if it happens 😉
The community workshop will be the scary part– I will be presenting/teaching 20-30 people, and there will be an entry fee (to cover the materials and my travel).
It will be my first ever demonstration/lecture, so I’m a bit nervous, but this sounds like a good way to jump into it. The best way to learn is to DO.