Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday

Mondays are not that bad when your desk looks like this.





Opening the door of the kiln is always something I anticipate with great enthusiasm. Sometimes the surprise quickly develops into a shock-like state, and I find that right before an event my whole entire load of work (previously ordered and payed for) can be tossed into the garbage because my thermo setter decided to give the firing a little kick of its own. Such things happen rarely, but they do happen at times. Breathing in and then calmly starting all over again is the best way to handle such dreadful situations, that much I have learned over the years. And there are other times, luckily the more frequent ones, when I am dancing my way to and from the kiln and my shelves as I unload my fired and finished work. I love the element of surprise, that tiny little something that makes the results partly unpredictable....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Made it

Flower pots for "selfish" reasons...
I rarely get to make anything for myself and when I realized I didn't have any pots (of my own) to plant my larger succulents in, I knew, this had to change. Red clay is rarely something that I work with, I prefer the lighter colors and finer textures for most of my jewelry-work and everyday objects, but hand-built flower pots, well, they look best in unglazed red. The organic sturdy feel and the uneven lines fit so well with the perfect and systematically beautiful look of my succulents. Such balance suits my taste...


Sometime during the following week, when all of the wares I made yesterday will have dried out completely, I will load them into the kiln and bisque fire them. Then off to plant my lovelies. Cannot wait to show you the final result.


There is something so meditative about hand building... your hands are soaked in thick clay as you perfect the shape of the pots in repetitive moves...Absolutely magical. And this type of clay is amazing to work with, made especially for throwing, so its flexibility is like none other clay's I've worked with so far.

As I was working on these, a thought came to me and it won't leave my mind even days after. I might organize some clay workshops for children... It would be so nice, don't you think? I have held courses a number of times in kindergartens and summer camps, but I have never actually organized one, I was merely guest tutoring. Are there any mothers out there reading this post? What are your thoughts on this? Would children be interested in learning about pottery and digging their little hands into this wonderful "mud"? ;)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shop update: Earrings


If you don't follow me on Facebook just yet, then you might have been left out of all the fun :) And you probably missed the awesome news about my latest earring shop update too. I need to start learning how to make online lookbooks, it would be so nice to gather new collections in that way and publish it before the actual release of a collection... Something to keep in mind for next time. And until then, here is a little teaser (for more, head over to Jasmin Blanc on Etsy).







Saturday, July 19, 2014

my week in photos

It has been a while since I posted anything on this space. Life hasn't been much on the sunny side lately, so I neglected writing, silence felt better, that's all. But one step at a time, one can get far, and that is my pace right now, which is fine. Time heals and helps. So they say.

Some days I can't even believe we turned our calendars to July, and we summed up half of it already. I haven't even had the chance to get a tan just yet. Something is terribly wrong with that, I'm telling you. Rain, thunderstorms and wet grass, this pretty much sums up this past week and also my mood. But luckily none of that had any kind of negative influence on my work, and I was able to make great progresses in the studio. And so it is only fair that I tease you a little by saying, that I have lots of exciting news to share...soon... But until then here's a glimpse into my moody days.






Friday, May 23, 2014

new studio: walls of leaves & sun-ray ceiling



If I told you I was working today, you probably wouldn't believe me... Glazing day is so much better when the sun is shining and I get to set my table up out in the garden, listen to tiny birds quarreling on top of the locust-tree and dream away.



I never imagined that one day I would really, truly find what I love doing, though I have been searching for it most of my life. And if you had asked me five years ago about the way I saw myself in 5 years time, I would have probably placed myself into an international human rights institute, fighting to change the world for the better. Which is of course a great place to be... for someone, I'm sure. But not me.

Four years ago I have found my way back to my soul. And four years later I have found my way home. And I am home in what I do, and in who I've become. I am home in the way I live my life. And probably for the first time in my life I am home in Transylvania. Not only physically (that would not really be an achievement, I mean, travelling is really made easy nowadays), but emotionally, heart and soul, this is where I belong.

I may have lost my center for a while after having come back from abroad, despite this being what I have wanted. But I gained it back. And I know, that I may be bent in two and at times I may reach great heights, but where I will always find balance is right here, in the very center of my world, doing what I love, being free from the things and the people that weigh me down. Life is too short to be wasted not knowing what we want and not living that dream that makes us smile and gives us the motivation to get up and be awesome... whatever that may be for you.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Celebrating May: GIVEAWAY

It has been a while since I hosted a giveaway, but I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of May, a month so dear to my heart... So head over to Jasmin Blanc on Facebook for a chance to win a pair of my delicate, mint colored rose earrings. I have 3 simple rules and this giveaway is open worldwide, so don't miss out!


Closes on May 6th, at midnight.
Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

spring mornings



Today I awoke to one of those mornings when coffee and silence are so dear to me... And solitude oh so... necessary. Spring proved to be a little moody this year and though I admire the subtle glow of a rainy day, I definitely could appreciate a warm ray of sunshine at this point.

Painting under artificial light is not my favorite thing in the world, but it sure relaxes me to let go of all distractions a bright lively day offers and melt into my actions, the slow movement of my brush and the blending colors on my palette. I find it deeply meditative... I have found myself in more of an observational, contemplative, reflective kind of mood this season. Not in a sad way, rather in a peaceful, calm and harmonious way. When everything aligns within, even though on the outside life could not be more scattered and twisted... I like this feeling. I like peace and harmony. I like to just be, yet to feel more alive then when I am rushing... I like the spring rain, and my new red umbrella. I like calm days and morning solitude. And I very much like my coffee strong with just a dash of milk.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wishes casted into the wind...


I am a woman of simple needs. I enjoy leading a decent, simple life, aiming to make thoughtful decisions.
I've been thinking a lot lately...because that is what I do, I think. Too much, most of the time. But now I feel like thoughts and feelings harmoniously cling together and I am more and more certain about the exciting desire of moving out of this suffocating urban environment.

Perhaps this decision becomes clearer with every jarring of my apartment wall, due to the renovation work that has been going on for days on end in the apartment bellow.

I dream about tall pine trees, warm summer days, lavender fields, a wooden house and SILENCE.

I truly wonder what it would be like to move to such a magical place, where nature is right under my feet, it is in the wind, hiding in the silence between thoughts and words.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Custom cat portrait



Spring has been so good and generous to me this year. I can truly feel its magic with every fiber of my being, I wake up to the joyful song of the tiny birds every morning, and this constantly reminds me how blessed I am to be alive...



On the work-side of life I am painting my way through piles of custom cat portraits, which has been so wonderful so far. I absolutely love this. I remember the first time I listed this idea in my Etsy shop, I was so anxious to see what would come out of it and how people would respond to it. Since my first cat portrait about a year ago to date, I have painted so many little furry friends of people all over the world. It warms my heart to be able to read their stories...

Thank you for sinking me into cat orders, dearest friends and fans of Jasmin Blanc, I am humbled by your appreciation and kind words. But most of all, I am incredibly grateful for your love! I absolutely love being a crazy cat lady in my own special way ;)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Etsy


Have you seen the new Etsy newsletter yet? If not, you have got to see my custom cat featured, so open that email immediately! :) Yaaaayyy!

Thank you, dear Etsy, you've made my Monday oh so perfect, as if it wasn't perfect enough... I'm so happy!