Archive for February, 2010

Become a Face Book Fan of Red Mudd Studio and Receive a Free Gift!

Visit Face Book and become a fan of Red Mudd Studio and you will receive a free gift! Simple. Just shoot me your name and address(snail mail) on my contact page and in a few days you will receive a small token of my appreciation. I will be posting specials for fans as well, like receive a free gift with a purchase of a pottery piece. Act fast cause I only make small series of a particular piece. The Deal of the Day right now includes receiving a free mini tile with a purchase of the Textured Tile described in the “Tiles Taking Over” post. Only seven tiles were created and seven are left. If you are interested in purchasing a tile, shoot me an email and I will give you the details. Act fast and get your Textured Tile today! See For Sale page for the details.

Textured Tile

Move Over Tiles, the Buttons Have Arrived!

Boat drying

During Open Studio time this afternoon, a friend joined me and started to make some buttons. Fall, winter and school related motifs were stamped into dozens of round shaped buttons. In the past, this friend has made many a buttons and today was no exception. By dinner time, and after a few glasses of wine, over 175 buttons were completed! Just a few more shelves filled on the drying rack and space is now at a premium. Hopefully by the weekend the 155 tiles, 175 buttons and 10 more Empty Bowls can get fired. As for me today, I made a few more boat shapes…

Buttons for sale

Tiles Are Taking Over the Studio!

During Open Studio Time, a few students have decided to tile the back splash of one of their kitchens! This is a very ambitious project and this dynamic duo has done a great job making their tiles. In two afternoons they completed 155 tiles. Every flat space, board and rack in the studio have these unique tiles drying. Once I can fire them, the girls will be back to glaze. Shown is one of my textured tiles that I completed during a class I was teaching at the St. Clair Art Association. It gives me an idea that maybe my kitchen can use an update with a few new tiles! There is seven tiles in this series, all very similar with faint stains and oxides, along with the edges glazed in black. Approx. 4″ x 4″, each tile is $18 if your are interested shoot me an email from my contact page.

Textured Tile

Boats in the Studio

I’ve been working on a series of boat shapes. I work intuitively and this is the shape that developed. Each form is textured, stained and glazed. I’ve build them from red and white clay and experimented with chalks, watercolors and stains. All the different sizes also make these shapes unique for display.These pieces are a reflection to the textured trays I made last spring. The trays have sold well, so we shall see how these boat shapes set sail. See info on how to purchase on the For Sale page.

Large Boat 1

Small Boat 2

Small Boat 3

Vasefinder Competition

The possibilities of CLAY combined with the human need for self-expression can grab onto our very souls with an unrelenting grip. This is evident in the high quality of work submitted. True expression, creativity and innovation are deeply seated in knowledge of the PAST.

Kudos to Charlie Blim for his passion to keep REAL POTTERY ALIVE….

Bob Nelson, January 2010

Visit to see some exceptional vases! Under the Nationals button you will see this years exhibitors. Scroll down and I am #38 to view “Heritage”.

Zen Powder Room

The powder room off the kitchen is finished and it feels like a zen art gallery. The sink is glazed with Red Iron Oxide (my favorite) and a new single handle faucet has been installed. It sits on a black granite counter top with a black cabinet stand. The walls were painted Chianti (deep red) with white trim and ceiling. Photographs, oils, and mixed media are hanging on all four walls which look great. About 4″ from the ceiling I placed five raku plates on two walls. The floor remains the broken tile I made when we moved in.


Empty Bowls Event

Empty Bowls – Please save the date! Here is a link to the flyer for this great event. Once again I will be donating bowls for this wonderful cause. Red Mudd Studio has offered to be the location for potters to pickup clay and drop off finished bowls. This year, several glazes have been donated for the potters to use at the studio or do their own thing. A huge thank you to those potters who have stepped up to the challenge to help out!

Pottery Classes

Students will focus on developing beginning wheel throwing techniques to make several functional forms such as bowls, cylinders and mugs. Glazing and firing projects are included in last class session. All glazes for functional pottery are food, microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Class includes 25
lbs of clay, extra may be purchased.

Skill level: Beginner
Cost: $95.00 for Youth (10-16); $155.00 Adult (17+)
Instructor: Deborah Maxwell
Time: 2.5 hours each
Capacity: 2 to 3 students
Sessions: 6
General Information and Polices: Fees may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Registration is only considered complete when payment in full has been made. All clay used at Red Mudd Studio, LLC will be provided and additional can be purchased from Red Mudd Studio, LLC to be used for Open Studio time. Up to three students per class. Suggested schedule: Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Flexible schedules are available. Cancellation for class is up to one week after the first class date, a refund will be issued minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds or credits will be given after that time.
Open Studio: After completing class, students may reserve to use studio, equipment, glazes on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Deborah for more information or to reserve a space in an upcoming class!

Here is a link to the flyer

Girls Night Out!

Bring a friend and experience clay!

Students will design and hand build clay tiles, ornaments, bowls or create something unique by using a slab roller and molds in the first session. During the second class, students will glaze projects.

Classes are held on Thursday/Friday after 6:00 p.m. Saturday or Sunday classes are available in the a.m. or p.m. Flexible schedule is available,  so please call for specific times.

Class consists of two sessions one week apart. Three student minimum and 10 students maximum for class to run. $40 per student includes instruction, materials, use of studio and firings. Extra clay will be available for purchase for future Open Studio use.

Contact Deborah for more information or to arrange a class for you and your friends!

Here is a link to a flyer for this event.