Dec 27, 2015

Funtional pottery

Believe or not I've never own a pottery wheel, saying that pots had not been something I feel I could make in a production kind of way, instead I love making things that are one of a kind, more elaborated and with minimal use of machinery, still wanted to make some pots and spoons inspired on requests from friends who had seen my work. 
I came up with a theme and colors, all towards a rustic natural look and simplicity. 
I'm delighted to see the beauty of this creamy glaze, this plate makes me think about creme brûlée and the hardness of stoneware is a great touch. 

I also made spoons with driftwood handles, my son helped me to collect the wood from the beach and the lake, it was fun and educational for him since he had to look for non-cracked, doable thickness and lengthy pieces of wood. 
All this work and more can be found on my etsy store. 

Dec 2, 2015

Little things on big walls

What a season change for me! When I thought I would had a "relaxing" end of the year I ended up taking a great challenge. I'm collaborating wit a great mosaic artist on a series of murals for the Children's Hospital in VA. I've been making little and some not-so-little inserts, so far everything is looking very good, I can't wait to see the results. 

For now there are some of my favorite pieces 

Leaves for trees 

Stars for air balloons 

Butterflies for a landscape 

Fish for a undersea scene and so on. 
I'm overwhelmed with work but it is a good problem to have, the designs are so playful and brings me a smile each time, I hope does the same to you. 

Oct 5, 2015

Knobs and Knobs

The display is all set, the last details are up. I wanted to create a variety of cabinet knobs that would coordinate with my wall designs and there you go! 
The piece of wood I had in my studio was perfect, the finish is nice and smooth, the same thickness of a cabinet drawer and a great contrasting color for the colorful knobs. 
For more details you can purchase them also online on my store if you live close to me then you can stop by David Hecht Kitchens at 154 Cross Road. Waterford, CT 06385 

Sep 22, 2015

Old rusted metal and Clay

Sounds like a great combination to me! I went to an old building to take few treasures and I found some big rusted nails, probably used to hold something, when I saw them I immediately imagined how they will look with a colorful flower on the top, smooth and vibrant in color in contrast. 
I started working on the first design as soon as got back to the studio
Collecting wild flowers and browsing my archives also helped me to get inspired and this is what I'm making, it is still very raw but soon the flowers will be fired-hopefully tomorrow. 

Sep 18, 2015

Making a simple life

What is living a simple life? you might think it is about minimizing material possessions, I think is living with a clear mind no matter how many "things" you have accumulated. Of course having less clutter and less things to put your energy on simplifies your life - at least for some.

I cleaned my studio, before moving in, I took all seconds, broken, unfinished and unwanted to the trash but what really made a change was to clean out my mind of ideas I couldn't start or finish, sound easy doesn't it? not for an artist who is constantly creating, but in order to bring quality and better results I'm focusing in very few things. Yes, there are still few options since I won't put all my eggs in one basket.

photo by Brian Swope 

My art keeps growing, I wish I have more than 24 hrs a day to make more! there is a sample of what I had been doing lately

Jul 21, 2015

Sketching for multiple purposes

Sketching wasn't my thing, I always preferred to work directly from my mind, now since I had been using my Moleskine notebook to draw while talking on the phone or as a stress release I found some drawing quite useful for clay work, and there you go 

I'm half way to fill my sketchbook now and this great habit is giving me ideas when I need to use it on my clay and have a mind block. 
When on the phone I'm more conscious of using plain paper a good pen or pencil and make sure to keep all my designs in one place. 

Jun 2, 2015

Works in progress and a lot of waiting

I had collected things while hiking or exploring in the old buildings, nature keeps being my main inspiration, specially when it looks so different to what I saw in my tropical country many years ago. 
Those dried branches where somewhere and kept them in a vase until I decided to pull them down and learn its pattern, texture and curves. 
The tile is already cut and dried, along with other tiles. I can't wait for the first firing in this studio, the vents are not installed yet, I must wait, that's ok if something we ceramicists had learned well enough is patience! Meanwhile I keep working on more designs. 

May 10, 2015

May is The Month to Launch My New Project

Happy Spring! the long winter is gone and it is time to sprout, inside, outside and in my studio. Today is also Mother's Day, what a special day to tell you about my new creation. Oh yes, I can finally tell you all about it.

I've working on this for months, I still amazes me how I could fit such big pieces in my old tiny studio, I remember I could barely walk around it. Since we got a land by a beautiful lake and my husband is a builder himself we decided to jump on it and build our dream house, imagine all the stress and excitement involved. My mission was to pick colors, styles, designs and all should merge his and mine taste. When the kitchen backsplash came to the conversation I said to myself, I should make it, after all, many years ago I used to make permanent wall pieces for business and homes in Venezuela. The adventure started there, he agreed to let me do whatever I wanted since is my kitchen anyways, I love cooking and when I talked to the designer I made sure I had the most confortable place to cook with the minimal cleaning since I dislike cleaning.

Look at him, it is the centerpiece of the kitchen, people come over and are amazed to see it, I purposely asked to have the sink in the island instead the wall since I wouldn't have space for a majestic backsplash I had in mind.

2015©Sikiu Perez
I fell back in love with working in large scale, my inspiration came from the lake and the woods we have around the property, it is so relaxing here, it is like living in a permanent vacation. Would you like to come over? you can contact me thought my website and I'll glad to give you a tour, my studio is in the basement.

Another way to see my work displayed is at the showroom of David Hecht Kitchens in Waterford, CT
Bill or Linda will be glad to help you if you have any questions. You can also see some pictures and more information in this section of my website here

Let me know if I can do something for you, either if you are remodeling or building I will be glad to give you a quote for your project, no matter if you are in the area or not. Working large is what I like to do but don't be sad I will still have small work for art shows year around.

May 4, 2015

Looking for Studio Decor Ideas

Last Saturday we had a housewarming party, we are now officially in the new place, all the contractors came to see the final results, after all a piece of them is embedded all around. I'm sure they are as proud as we are with the look and functionality of the house. 

Some brought their spouse and it was a good practice for me to show them what I do and of course show them my workplace. I think my studio is still to raw and not as inviting as I would like, hubby told me it will be unfinished for a while, I better then find a way to make it more "presentable" since I'll be having an open studio coming soon, and you are invited of course! 
Ideas, ideas, ideas, hmmmm maybe Pinterest will guide me, do you have any suggestions? 

Apr 22, 2015

Samples for my project

Yes, I haven't told you yet what my project is about. Next week will be the day, I promise. For now I have some samples to work on while we all wait. 

There is some math involved, I measure in inches, transforming into centimeters then adding 10% to count for shrinkage, fun and not so fun sometimes.  

Apr 17, 2015

Spring Break means no babysitter

I have no idea how other working at home mothers do. How do I go to my studio and leave my son playing where I can't keep an eye on him and if he comes down to my studio it is impossible to keep a good rythm of work specially when you are working with delicate pieces or time consuming tasks. 

Oh well, everything has a solution and since I still need to grow the cabinet knobs inventory I moved few tools and materials to my dinning room table, it works for now! 

And the results of enjoying the beautiful view are Spring inspired knobs, on the picture bellow are still raw and without retouch but you can see how beautiful are coming up. 

This is how they look when they are glazed and installed, I have them all over my house, I mix match them to keep it interesting. 

They are available in my Etsy store, you don't need to change all your knobs to make an impact, give it a try.