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Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by elmstudios » Aug 17th, '09, 12:02

Hi All! I have been meaning to introduce myself here in this amazing forum for awhile! I am enjoying the wealth of information that is available for me here...My ceramics and art is an expression of my inspiration of nature and earth...I love working with the earth in my garden and creating using earth as a medium. I create all of my glazes in my home studio...in my garden I grow much of my own ingredients for teas. I am currently exploring the use of recycled glass in my earth and water series of tea ware. All of my pieces are completely food, dishwasher and microwave safe with the exception of my raku pieces. I also enjoy yoga, cooking, painting, reading and meditating. I sell my work online at my etsy shop...www.elmstudios.etsy.com

I just unloaded a kiln load with quite a few chawans, so here are a couple of pics!

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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by Chip » Aug 17th, '09, 12:06

Hi Ericka, glad to see you made it!

There are currently 3 of your works in use here! This is my fave ... so far!

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by Mrs. Chip » Aug 17th, '09, 12:17

Chip wrote:Hi Ericka, glad to see you made it!

There are currently 3 of your works in use here! This is my fave ... so far!
+1 for the mod! We just adore your work and I will have to agree that so far, that one is my fave too! :wink:
Welcome to the forum, Ericka.

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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by bonjiri » Aug 17th, '09, 12:51

welcome ericka

enjoyed viewing your beautiful pieces !

is that crushed glass you're placing in the bottoms of your pieces ?

cheers !
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by elmstudios » Aug 17th, '09, 13:27

Hi Cory, yes I collect used glass bottles and crush them up...I am starting to play now with incorporating more than one color to get a different effect, such as the picture I posted today.
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by bonjiri » Aug 17th, '09, 14:37

elmstudios wrote:Hi Cory, yes I collect used glass bottles and crush them up...I am starting to play now with incorporating more than one color to get a different effect, such as the picture I posted today.
ericka
have u ever had issues with the different coefficients of the different kinds of glass ?

sometimes the glass will suddenly 'pop' apart...

my good friends do glass, and they warned me about this fact.

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by Littlepig2 » Aug 17th, '09, 16:45

Welcome Erika of Elm Studios. It is entertaining and educational here on TeaChat.
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by iannon » Aug 17th, '09, 16:51

Yay welcome Ericka, finally :P
I too have one of her wonderful pieces! and have been espousing the beauty of those glazes you make for a while now. Just gorgeous stuff

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by Victoria » Aug 17th, '09, 23:34

Welcome Ericka, yes, finally!!

My favorite piece? Probably the last one, the glaze is amazing:

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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by kymidwife » Aug 18th, '09, 20:38

Welcome Ericka! I am also a proud owner of one of your pieces and so glad you finally took us up on our many invitations that you join us here on TeaChat.

I've been the happy owner of this piece since June... it's absolutely striking.

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Now I naturally feel compelled to go check out your shop and see what's new!

Again, the warmest of welcomes!

Sarah

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by elmstudios » Aug 20th, '09, 09:33

thanks for all the warm welcomes! Cory, I personally have never had a problem with the different glasses as of yet, but I tend to use one type of glass, that has different color variations...but as with all art, it is a continuous exploration and evolution....I have been playing with glass in the bottom ofmy pieces for years and have tested them through my dishwasher and microwave without problems for many years....so hopefully this will remain :-)

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by elmstudios » Aug 20th, '09, 09:35

sarah, I loved your yunomi so much! I want to make more with that larger size and organic shape! it just glows in sunlight! I am glad you are enjoying it! ericka

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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by elmstudios » Aug 20th, '09, 17:10

another new chawan fresh from the kiln...I love this light sage glaze overlapping with the copper....
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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by Chip » Aug 20th, '09, 18:21

elmstudios wrote:sarah, I loved your yunomi so much! I want to make more with that larger size and organic shape! it just glows in sunlight! I am glad you are enjoying it! ericka
Hey Ericka, don't forget those of us who prefer smaller cups, too!!! There was a good size discussion under Colorado pu's topic. Let me link it for you since you came in a bit late.

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Re: Ericka O'Rourke (Elm Studios) ceramics

by leiche2 » Aug 27th, '09, 01:22

I absolutely adore your work, especially anything with glass at the bottom. It's so rustic and reminds me of the sea. The greens and blues are so vivid!

I can't wait to get the mug and bowl I just ordered, actually.

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