Monday, February 29, 2016

well organised dirt

Raw porcelain vases, drying. Or, as I like to think of them: well organized dirt. 

I love seeing clay work at the raw stage… There’s an intensity in seeing all the forms together, and because I tend to make a variety of shapes and sizes, it feels like a crowd - like a group shot of people: they are individuals, somehow uniform, and different. 

Freshly pinched porcelain vases: bases levelled, signed, and slowly drying ahead of their first trip through the kiln.
3.5 - 8.5 inches tall. Christine Pedersen. 2016.

Lining the pieces up for a picture has a habit of making one of them stand out - like seeing a group photo where you only know one of the people. I’m not entirely sure how consciously that happens, but it definitely adds to the fascination of taking the pictures, and it’s part of getting to know the characters before I have to say goodbye.

This group of vases are small and medium sized, and will hopefully be joining their friends at Bluerock Gallery in April.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

be mine

For Valentine’s… #15 looking, dare I say, hot! Pulsing with colour and promise.

You can find a wide selection of my vases - from the petite and curvaceous, to the tall, brooding, and handsome at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada. Bluerock will ship, or there is a lovely florist nearby if you're local.

"#15: Be Mine" pinched porcelain vase, with “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow: Orange and Red Slurpee” glazes. 21 cm tall.
Christine Pedersen. 2015. #canadianceramics #spreadtheword

Loving these tulips.

The hashtags I am adding #canadianceramics #spreadtheword come from a new Canadian Ceramics web-site makeanddo - the site is building a directory of Canadian clay artists, offers guest artist features, and the work of a core group of fabulous Canadian contemporary clay artists. Pop over and see!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

will you...?

Artists write stories about their work all the time, and the greatest joy is when that story becomes important to another person. 





This project was about creating a piece of fan-art for a client (DP) based on their love of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories. DP approached Jeff de Boer because he needed to commission a very special golden snitch sculpture: the body would become an opening engagement ring-box. DP had a very special proposal in mind, and the snitch was to play a key part.

Jeff and I do not usually make snitches. Jeff is a renowned metal artist and teacher, famous for creating armour for cats and mice, and collected world-wide. Jeff also has an ever-increasing body of large-scale public art projects (…with lots of news to come in 2016!). His web-site is a magical place, full of stories made real. I am an emerging metal and clay artist whom Jeff is mentoring - particularly in the skills of chasing and repoussé - and these skills were to be at the core of making the snitch. Lucky me.


Jeff and I both love stories—and who could resist being part of someone else's love story? Our challenge was to use our skills to make an heirloom for this young couple: to turn his story of a magical object, invested with his dreams, into a real object for his girl-friend. We knew that this story would be theirs to share with their family and friends, just like the name of the sculpture says, “Always”.


“Always” commission. A “golden snitch” sculpture with an opening ring-box in the body.
Designed and made by Christine Pedersen and Jeff de Boer. 2015.


My thanks to Jeff de Boer for inviting me to make this piece with him.

With thanks to our clients DP and CP - we wish you long life and happiness, always.