Nov 1, 2013

Jul 29, 2013

Back to Live Video/Chat

It had been a while since my all routine of live video while working. I stopped because I wanted some privacy for breastfeeding LOL now that those days are way gone and my working schedule a little more regular, I think a once or twice at week live video/chat would be fun.

A big change from then is that now the chat will come with advertising arghh but they are short, after few seconds you'll be able to take a pick of me working.

For the first-timers, don't hesitate to type any questions, I regularly check the chat and reply with my voice or by typing if you can hear me.

The box will be always available on the right column of my blog and this is a link for this post.

Days will be as Summer time: Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Time. Keep checking if you don't see me online, I might be either in a break or doing some errands. I'm looking forward to chat with you.

Jul 6, 2013

How to keep your inspirations handy

Many things can inspire you but why sometimes we are blocked? maybe are distractions, bad memory or stress, even lack of sleep can affect your creativity - I've been there. I love photography although I own a good camera and lens I don't consider myself a photographer, I think printing my pictures or saving them in a digital folder had helped me when the inspiration is somewhere far away.

I'm preparing an album for my upcoming exhibition with a collage of my pictures, there are some for you to enjoy

I can't wait to show you what I'm making from those pictures.

May 14, 2013

Contact List Update

Since I started selling my clay-work online I learned your contact list is the most valuable asset because it is you, my follower, collector, friend, the one who has been all the way along with me. Now organizing this list is a long tedious work and it has been years- yes, years! since I don't pay attention to it, that is quite embarrassing but I'm letting it out and committing to a change.

I follow Alyson Stanfield at ArtBizCoach and also attend to my local SCORE meetings. I was quite frustrated because I literally don't have time to do that work but one great advice I found last week from their archives was to hire a Virtual Assistant. I felt like I found the answer, the perfect solution for my life style and keep making art.

My first newsletter is going to be out as soon as my assistant is done collecting and transferring the database. You will hear from me, possibly quarterly and I promise to make it short and sweet with full of visuals.

Brooch on clay with quote. ®2013 Sikiu Perez
Carrying to Etsy store is my biggest challenge, both are very different although very fun to fill them with good stuff. The picture above is from MangoTreeCeramics, my white clay notebook creations. I love notebooks, don't you? Click here if you want to see more, I have jewelry, trays and soon will add cups, all with the same notebook idea.

May 4, 2013

Fly Bird, Fly Away

Preparing for a solo show and building from scratch my new studio had left me with very little time to spare. I had this tile for many weeks on my "in process" shelf. Yesterday I finally grabbed it and just clicked, I wont make more bird tiles. 

I started making them back when the recession started as a release of stress and with the intention to make people smile, and it did! I enjoyed all the wonderful feedback and of course the sales. Now it's time to move on and my feathery friends will leave home, maybe to a warmer climate. 
This one is so Shabby Chic I have no doubts it will go to a good home. I can picture it decorating a Kitchen, even permanently installed on a tiled wall. 

Apr 9, 2013

Embrace, Embrace The Cracks

What do you do when things don't come up as you expected? This is a though situation specially when you already had put some much work on something.
I call this piece, Embrace, because it made me gone through so much pain, disappointment, desperation, then a glorious joy I can't describe.

On my last post you see it raw, still drying out. Let me tell you what happened... it CRAKED!* all over the place and my biggest shock was that i was using the best clay composition to avoid cracks and much shrinkage; it didn't happen.

  • Pain: It hurt my skills and knowledge 
  • Disappointment: I don't like this clay anymore, bag gone to the trash right now
  • Desperation: What do I do now? Destroy it? I can't do that, it's mine I made it, but what to do? 
  • Joy: Just happened after a long research, meditation and letting things go. 
*I decided to embrace the cracks instead of fighting them so many times.

There are the first pictures, I still need to mount it on wood for display.

Embrace 2013® Sikiu Perez. Terracotta 16"x16"

One of the most painful cracks I decided to highlight

Thickness is diverse here

Feb 28, 2013

Broken Inspiration

It's not what you think, there wasn't any disturbance or creative block; it was a real inspiration, from a broken object: my iPhone.
This morning I finally had so much time and a ready-to-work table that I started two medium wall pieces. As always started with a blank slab and loud music on the background then I looked my broken phone and said, why not? instead of hiding, crying over it, or worse of it buying a new one I better embrace the broken lines on my work and get over with. That's a great therapy, don't you think?
 The cuts are made and now waiting for a leather hard dry to start carving and decorating a little more. It has been a while since I don't work on this format, I'm excited and can't wait to show you the final results.

 That's my old phone next to the tools I used most for this pair of pieces, ouch!

Feb 16, 2013

A Clear Glaze Accident

In ceramics you'll always have those days when you are waiting for something wonderful to come out the kiln and then you get shocked with what happened. I'm a little disappointed with this glaze, what I heard it could give you a blue halo on the rims, instead i got a semi translucent violet milky cover. I don't know what to say. I wonder if there is somebody out there who would like it, buy it, appreciate it on ways I don't.

All-right maybe it's not so bad, alt least the drawn design is visible and unaltered.

What should I do? I'm thinking on collecting all my pass accidents and make a special sale, or even art trades.
Now the important part is to learn how to use this glaze in other occasions and get the best of its qualities.

Jan 21, 2013

Rustic Love, actual work

The New Year is coming with many surprises, a new body of work and many blessings. We are about to build a new house and I have to start packing my studio, meanwhile there is an invitation for a solo show this November I need to get ready now. It might look early but it's not! 
Look at my favorite ring, I thought about using a vintage book as a background, I just love vintage books and give my work that sense of old times. 

 One of my engobe bowls, this one with a masculine bird carving
 And of course a more feminine one
Let's keep going!