My other love… pottery

In my conversation with Lesley I mentioned that I used to do pottery when I lived in Austin. I love working in ceramics, making the basic form and then carving the surface. Much like when I make an art quilt, I paint the fabric and then quilt the surface. I love that extra layer of visual texture. I found that each art form often influenced the other. Lesley asked me to post some pics on my blog, so here goes…


I eventually stopped making pottery, as much as I loved it, I had to make a choice, art quilts or pottery, there just wasn’t enough time in the day to do both.

18 Responses to “My other love… pottery”

  1. Gerrie says:

    Love it all!! I, too, love pottery.

  2. What masterful work! Love it! Cool to know you lived in Austin!

  3. Just beautiful! Goes to show, artist’s hands don’t care which medium.

  4. Melissa P says:

    Great pieces! You are the Master of Texture–no matter what medium.

  5. Erilyn says:

    Such a talented lady! Hope you are bearing up under the cold – you are missing such beautiful warm weather – yes even in the Manawatu!

  6. Jane LaFazio says:

    stop! you’ve got just too much talent!! Seriously, these are gorgeous. I love pottery too, and did it for a few years, but nothing like your masterpieces…wow!!

  7. Barbara says:

    Dear Judy, thank you so much for sharing your work and your talent. I visit your blog every morning for a beautiful start to my day. I’ve been doing it for quite a while, and it’s only fitting that I thank you on the day before Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes. Barbara

  8. Oh Erilyn, its no fun to hear about your beautiful warm weather in NZ when he have below freezing temps today! I want to transport myself down under immediately!

  9. Thanks for all the lovely compliments on my pottery!

    Diana, I lived in Austin for almost 7 years and loved it! I miss it so much.

    Barbara thank you so much, comments like that really make my day.

    Peace and love to all of you on these days of giving thanks.

  10. WONDERFUL! I love your surface marks and the shapes are FAB. I too just recently had to move on from clay :o( so much time and so little sure firings! Clay is truly a fickle mate -fiber rarely leaves much to chance and I have yet to have an art quilt blow up under my sewing machine!

  11. LOL Cindy, you are so right! It is always so sad when so much work has gone into a piece and then you lose it in the kiln.

  12. Annette says:

    Me too… my choice made easier/harder by the body having an issue with the physicalness of clay! After 22 years I’ve sold it all.. wheel, kiln, clay, glazes.. I kept all the lovely brushes!!

  13. I love all of these pieces! And they are so you!

    You know Judy, there is fimo type clay in ‘clay’ colors…so you could make a few things to embellish your quilt tops…I would do this, but my fingers can’t seam to do magic with anything other than a needle and some thread, I even find myself stabbing at paper with a paintbrush…so I gaze with wistfulness upon your artwork,Judy.

  14. Dianne says:

    Gorgeous work, Judy. You are always so inspirational. Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. Vicky, I made fimo buttons and put them on a duvet cover years ago and over time the thread used to sew on the buttons deteriorated and broke. this was not from wear and tear, it sat folded up on the shelf for several years. So I suspect that polymer clay may not be good with fibers, maybe it is acidic or something and over times eats it away.

  16. jojo says:

    Just beautiful Judy!

    Thanks for sharing et al.

  17. juanita says:

    Your pottery is lovely! Great surface design. I am another ex potter turned fibre artist. I was a potter for 15 years and have been quilting for another 15 years. I recently ran into a couple of potters I knew from the 80’s at a fibre arts meeting and I marvelled at how freely artists move from one medium to another. I wonder what’s next?

  18. so so sad Judy.

    Although it is good to know this about this play clay.

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