Welcome to the Burnish Clay Studio Blog, a weekly update and news source for all things Burnish. Here, you will find clay tips, professional resources, and news and events in the Burnish Community and beyond.
Happy Anniversary to US!
It is the fourth year anniversary of Burnish Clay Studio, and we would like to give a big thank you to our students, members and everyone else in our community who make our studio so wonderful. We work hard to create a welcoming space for all, and we couldn’t do it without all the people who fill the classes, shelves and kilns with so much cool clay love.
Kilns and Firing
Speaking of kilns, we have a new round kiln that is ready to fire! It has been a long time coming, and now that it is up and firing, the clay magic will flow through the studio in an even more timely manner. Additionally, we have more Soda firings on the books for the Spring, so head on over to our Soda Firing page and check out the dates and requirements for our next soda kiln firings.
Official Kiln Names
Big Bad Wolf Soda
AtmosQueer Soda Firing
Speaking of Soda Kilns, we are having a pop-up fundraiser at L & L Libations (next door to Leaf and Ladle), on May 20th from 3-5 pm. The focus of the fundraiser is for the AtmosQueer Soda firing workshop for members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community as a part of the June Pride celebration.
Additionally, proceeds will go to the Burnish Clay Studio Grant Program, which goes to support individuals from communities that are historically under-represented and under-resourced in the arts. The studio grant program is to demonstrate our commitment to welcoming and supporting people from communities that may have felt that this was not a place for them. If this goes well, as we expect, it will become an annual event!
There are a few ways people can get involved:
- Donate art to sell: people can give 1-5 pieces of ceramic art to be sold during the fundraiser. Artists will receive 50% of the purchase price (because artists deserve to be supported too) and 50% will go towards the fundraiser. Instructions on how/where to deliver pieces will be provided soon.
- Come to the event and buy a pot!
- Come to the event and buy a drink! $2 of all cocktails sold from 3-6pm will be donated by L&L to the Burnish grant fund.
Follow the link below if you want to get involved, just go to the bottom of the page and fill out the form if you want to donate.
And now for our…..
Tip of the week!
If you are not getting enough strength in your throwing, it might be because you’re not using the strength of your body to do the “heavy lifting”. The reality is that your body is so much stronger than your arms, and if you can brace your elbows against your body and push the clay by leaning into it, you will have more control and less wear and tear on your body. Throwing clay at arm’s length is hard on your arms, shoulders and back, and over time, can cause some pretty serious issues.
Calls for Entry!
Have you ever thought about entering your work in a juried show? Here are some upcoming deadlines that might just interest you:
Artist Trust has tons of resources for all kinds of shows, fellowships, residencies and such. Want to learn more about clay, show your work, and meet fellow clay artists? This is a good website for opportunities.
CaFe’ is a website with a TON of opportunities for artists. Make sure to use the filters, or you will be lost forever on this website.
EntryThingy is also pretty cool, but not quite as organized.