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This was the last teapot completed successfully in my studio. Sadly, I’ve made at least 8 while in SF, and this is the only one that survived—thanks to a pre-mixed Cone 6 glaze from a bottle, brushed on. Inner liner glaze is my own.

Let’s rewind the clock to Fall of 2012.

September. I finally set up my little studio in the garage of our Redwood Shores townhouse rental, I was excited to continue my teapot making…I was starting to really enjoy the process. Got my little Skutt kiln hooked up after paying the electrician $300 for a special outlet—this we negotiated down from $500! Bought the necessary glazing materials and equipment…this was not cheap either since I couldn’t bring all of my wet glaze materials.

So, fast forward a few weeks… many bisqued teapots, cups and bird houses and other little experiments I was ready to glaze. Mixed up my usual batches of tried and true glazes in test quantities and fired up my kiln to cone 6. They seems to look fine… but it wasn’t. My second glaze firings included those new teapots and every pot came out with blisters! I mentioned this in my previous post, but didn’t get into what happened to my teapot making. Well, I was distraught, so I stopped making teapots…it was too heart breaking. I started hand-building and reformulating glazes and testing, testing, testing—glaze mixtures, clay bodies, temperatures, ramp/hold/cooling schedules. Turns out it was a bisque temperature and kiln load density issue…yes 5 months of testing! At least now, I have several new glazes that work beautifully (also found in previous post).

Fast forward again to this weekend.

I took a hands-on Ultimate Teapot Workshop with George Dymesich offered by OVCAG at Higher Fire in San Jose. Well, I think my groove is coming back. George was a very patient and thorough teacher, showing each step with explanation of why certain techniques are used, both functional and aesthetic concepts. All this time, I didn’t understand why there is a hole in the lid! It’s to allow liquid to flow without gurgling. AHA! There were many other Aha! moments throughout the day. Not only from George’s instructions, but from working with 10 other fellow potters learning, encouraging and inspiring from each other. Seeing little home made tools and shortcuts like: a little painter’s sponge bought at HomeDepot stuck at the end of a stick works so much better than ones you buy from the clay store! And I learned how to use a throwing stick on the inside of a pot to give volume…and I successfully threw a 5 pound clay pot!

Now I should have some photos of my hard work…nope. Packed it up in the trunk at the end of the day, got home and while unloading my pieces, dropped it on my garage floor. FLOP!

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Two things learned by dropping my teapots on the floor:
1. Got over my “precious pot” syndrome. It’s the “don’t cry over spilled milk” for potters. Kind of.
2. My throwing is getting better, even walls, mostly. Still need to work on not thinning out at the rim.

Back to the wheel.

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2Frogs at Winter Art Collective in Chicago


Need something to do this weekend?
How about early shopping for Valentines Day?

What ever the motivation, six hand-craft artist will be showing and selling their works at the Winter Art Collective this Saturday, February 4th, Noon – 4 pm at the Healing Foundations located at 2112 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.

Hope you can stop by to visit.

2Frogs Ceramic Arts at the Fall French Market at the Lycée Français Chicago-Oct. 14-16, 2011


Fall French Market Poster for Lycée Français 2011 by Yann Legendre

A short post today to update this weekend’s show at the Fall French Market at Lycée Français Chicago this weekend.

Fall French Market 2011
Lycée Français de Chicago
613 West Bittersweet
Chicago, IL 60613

Look for Miki Shim-Rutter at 2Frogs Ceramic Arts and Legendre+Rutter booth in the Gym!

Fri. Oct 14, 2011 7pm-10pm (tix $40/p, adult only)
Sat. Oct 15, 2011  10am – 5pm (tix: $5/adult)
Sun. Oct 16, 2011  11am – 4pm (tix: $5/adult)

The Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market.
Shop and dine with over 50 vendors, including Figaro Parisian Antiques, Bijoux Fantasia, Careful Peach and Provenance Food & Wine. Watch notable Chicago chefs prepare local specialties. A pavilion for children ages 3-10 will provide supervised activities while you shop.

MARKET E CARD 2011

Ravenswood ArtWalk, October 1&2


If you are out and about town in Chicago this weekend, Come out to the Ravenswood ArtWalk.
Look for me at 4611 Ravenswood Ave., 2nd floor. Sat. 11 am – 7 pm, Sun. 11 am – 7 pm

For more information, www.ravenswoodartwalk.org

Save the Date: Ravenswood ArtWalk Oct. 1 & 2, 11am-5pm


2Frogs Ceramic Arts will be one of over 300 artists showing works at the 9th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk along the Ravenswood Corridor in the North Center and Ravenswood Neighborhoods.

This show will feature the Carved Series (more photos to come), Pebbles and the yet to be named series of pots featured below (naming suggestions welcome!).

The ArtWalk is free, thanks to support from dozens of neighborhood businesses and a strong donor base. Besides featuring the work of more than 300 visual artists, it also includes music, food vendors, kids activities and a live graffiti wall.
I will post updated location information as soon as it is available.
Save the Date!

2Frogs at Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest August 20-21, 2011


A booth of my own at a neighborhood art fair in Chicago!

Visit with me at Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (6900N-1400W Rogers Park)
August 20-21, 12pm – 9pm each day.

This venue is free to the public with 2Frogs joining other artists showcasing locally produced and community oriented works.

My booth will be listed under 2Frogs Ceramic Arts featuring new pottery series featured above and a sneak peek of collaborative pieces carved by my husband, Lance Rutter (see previous post).

Hope you will explore fest and visit with me at my booth.

Mayslake Peabody Estate Fine Arts Fair 2011

Miki Shim/2Frogs Ceramic Arts showing at Mayslake Peabody Estate Fine Arts Fair, July 23-24, 2011 10 am – 4pm.


This Egg series pots will lead the way at the 4th Annual Mayslake Peabody Estate Fine Art Fair !
I should have named them Pebbles. These are special vases with bulbous body and super glossy glaze that oozes down to a satin red finish to the bottom. A unique coloring that range from a very deep chocolate breaking to varying degrees of greens, reds and orange. It’s hard to describe. You have to see it and touch it to really appreciate its beauty. Wheel-thrown, white stoneware is glazed red on the inside so it is water tight. Hand wash recommended. All of my pieces are glazed with lead-free materials and is food-safe.

Special thanks to my husband Lance Rutter for a great job on the photograph!

I will be showing my new works at
4th Annual Mayslake Peabody Estate Fine Art Fair presented by Alliance of Fine Art this weekend.

Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011.
10am – 4pm both days.

1717 W. 31st., Oak Brook IL  60563
Open to the public with plenty of parking!

You can find me in the ClaySpace Booth along with 3 other ClaySpace artists: Marge Couden, Susan Delaney, & Sharon Spitzer.


Still to come
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Plan ahead to visit me in August at the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, August 19-21. I will be sharing my booth with fellow potter, Sharon Spitzer and together will be showing a wide range of functional tableware and tea pots & cups.