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My Ceramic Obsession
studio of artist michelle schneider

studio of artist michelle schneider

paint your own pottery, the art of michelle

paint your own pottery, the art of michelle

I've always loved ceramics. I loved my pottery classes in college, learning to use the wheel and make small pinch pots, learning about glazes and kiln firing and how hot is too hot for each clay piece. My favorite artists at outdoor festivals are almost always the potters. I'd love to fill my kitchen with handmade pots, mugs, bowls, plates, you name it.

But of course, when you finally graduate college, you kind of need to pick a focus. You can't experiment with different mediums your entire life and take classes full time forever if you want to run a business. I always knew I wanted to be a painter and illustrator, but if I could do it all (and I definitely cannot), then I would add "ceramics" to my resume. And if there were 20 more hours in every day, I might think about turning part of my studio into a mess of clay and kiln and throwing wheel.

custom painted ceramics by michelle schneider

custom painted ceramics by michelle schneider

Since I certainly don't have time to make my own pottery just for fun, painting someone else's pottery is the next best thing. I love how tactile it is, the roughness of the bisque ware, the paint all over my hands and in my hair, the dimensionality of each piece, the space it all takes up, the packages full of white pottery on my doorstep in the morning.

Apparently my goal this year is to paint one million Christmas ornaments because I have ideas for designs and custom options and sizes coming out of my ears. I just LOVE this time of year and the promise it holds of exciting things to make and sell. The thing I appreciate so much about having my own business is how free I am to reinvent myself whenever I want, to try new things and add painted ceramics to my shop without a single person telling me not to.

custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

Anyways, I guess this whole post was just one long love letter to art and ceramics and painting. My attempt at selling all of these painted beauties is an attempt at sharing my love of art with all of you. So be sure to check back here often in the next few months for a chance to purchase all the fun things I'm working on now!

And if you want to experience the joy of creating your own painted pottery piece, please sign up for one of my Fall classes!

A Few Portraits Lately and My Reading List

I've been feeling burned out lately on all my usual podcasts about relationships, science, business, money, marriage, etc. Since I work alone, I tend to consume large amounts of audio throughout the day. Lately I've been craving story over sermon and conversation over a business to-do list. Plus, I've noticed a huge drop in my mental energy since having a baby.

But I still really want to read and learn, so I decided to try out an Audible subscription. So far I've listened to...

I find it terribly difficult to sit and read at night. I'm just too mentally drained in the evening. And I've also found that I relate much more to female writers than male. It's nice to mix up my reading material from fiction to memoirs to nonfiction to novels to self-help. Too much time in one genre is monotonous for me.

One of my favorite things to do, I've discovered, is paint while listening to an audiobook or draw while watching TV. Of course, I paint in the studio but watch TV in the house occasionally when Seth is away on business. I'm currently re-watching the show Call the Midwife. We don't have cable, so I rely on our local library to supply me with DVDs, old-school-style. ;)

What about you? What's on your reading list right now? What shows do you watch in the Fall?