Monday, April 27, 2009

purpley vases. they look kinda blue in this picture but unfortunately this glaze doesn't photograph well in natural light.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I have 2 cherry blossom mugs in the Kent State Cup Show. One already sold. There are some other great cups left as well. Go check it out. Its an amazing and unique show. I'm very proud to be a part of it.

sometimes i stay at home (or the studio) so i'm not disappointed by life. here is something i make when i'm hiding.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A sneak peek of work that will be on display May 2nd during Rutabaga Nights, the LEAF Benefit (my studio on the 3rd floor will be open) and May 9th for the official Lake Erie Screw Factory Open Studio.

I think I need to make more teapots. I'm happy with how they turned out. One needs a refire for a slight glaze issue but I am confident it will survive looking foxier than ever.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


i don't like waiting. for the kiln firings. or for other things. new things soon. hopefully in all arenas of life.

Monday, April 13, 2009

You can now find my work at La Lanterna Gallery in Little Italy. I don't have a website link for you yet. Its across from Guarino's. I have some pottery and what is left of my jewelry at this time.

Tomorrow I am taking work to Heritage Gallery. They are expanding their photography studio into a gallery. Its located in Canal Fulton, OH.

I'm going to check out the Kimono exhibit while I'm near Canton. I have heard nothing but good things so I'm excited.

I have new jewelry supplies arriving this week and I hope to have a new series completed by May for both my open studio and the LEAF party benefit. Off to teach.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Check out my spring wheel throwing courses at Art House. We have a lot of fun and explore multiple forms on the wheel. Its an all levels course. For beginners I cover bowls, mugs and handles. For the more intermediate to advanced students I cover lids, teapots, and platters.

Ceramics on the Wheel with Gina DeSantis

April 6 - May 4 OPEN

May 11-June 15 (no class May 25th, Memorial Day) OPEN

June 22 - July 20 OPEN

10 weeks or two 5 week sessions

6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday evenings

Class fee: $125 (5 weeks), $225 (10 weeks)

Class fee includes: 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firings.

All levels welcome.
Throw bowls and cups on the wheel. Or if you are more advanced, work on plates, teapots, and large bowls. Classes are small so this course is tailored for each individual. Enhance those thrown shapes with hand-built handles, spouts, and decoration. All clays and glazes are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The following event will be held in my studio's building. I plan on having my space open. Ruth Sholtis-Furyes and Bridget Ginley will be joining me.

Please join us on May 2nd for Rutabaga Nights, Lakewood Earth and Food Community's first fundraising gala. There will be local food and drink from the area's best restaurants, multiple bands and a silent auction. Come celebrate the growing season and show your support for our local food system by benefiting City Fresh and LEAF. Download the Sponsorship Letter and Form for more information about event sponsorship and donations. Help spread the word: Download and print posters and flyers today.

Lakewood Earth and Food's First Annual Fundraising Gala
Support Local Food and Celebrate the Growing Season
Live Music, Food and Beer
Tickets are $100 $50 $25 and $15 for students
Proceeds will benefit LEAF and City Fresh

Tickets are available from LEAF members and at Phoenix Coffee 15108 Detroit Ave in Lakewood.

Rutabaga Nights
May 2nd 7 PM until Midnight
Screw Factory Building
13000 Athens Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio

Stay tuned to for more details about this event!

LEAF Community Mission:
Lakewood Earth And Food Community is dedicated to the development of a more sustainable, healthful and economically viable community through environmentally responsible actions producing broad access to fresh, local foods and culture.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


today i broke an $80 bowl by dropping a $25 mug on it. its amazing how i can exhibit such grace on the pottery wheel yet the minute i step away from it i am a total disaster. i am getting ready to take new work to local girl gallery. i also have new representation at la lanterna in little italy and heritage gallery in canal fulton. i will post links as soon as i get my work safely to them. this chore of organizing my work made me realize how unfocused the remainder of the work seems. i have an open studio in may, the clifton arts fest in june, and a show in chicago in july. alas i have plenty of free time ahead of me to get work done. this is assuming i don't drop it all.

i posted an image from a lucie rie set. as you know from reading she is my heroine. for some reason the art i like tends to be from women who were silent but strong and put up with a lot of crap. i sometimes get unfocused and over complicate my work so i find revisiting artists i enjoy refocuses me onto the correct path.

here is the thing i realized. i am creative. i don't know where the ideas come from. some of them are bad. most of them are good. bad ideas lead to editing. editing leads to me making great work. asking me to explain how i fill in the blanks with no direction is pointless. if you're not truly creative then you don't get it. i can see what you can't. and likewise. asking me to explain how i come up with ideas is pointless because their origins are countless. you can teach a person how to express themselves and hope to free them of inhibitions but you can't teach creativity. it needs to be molded. the moral of this is don't judge what you don't understand. if you don't get it you have no position to judge in the first place.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

more newness.
i have not made vases in a very long time. quite like the teapots i felt it was time. this round of serving bowls is a little more asian in influence. i ovaled half of them and so far i like the results. i think i may do the same for the noodle dishes for a new twist. noodle dishes for me are something that i make when i'm stuck. its not the only time i create them. they are like a reflex at this point which is why i turn to them when i feel creative but stuck. i think the variation on them will be exciting.

Monday, April 06, 2009

liking the mugs. on the fence with the bowls. i hope to have a bisque ready by sat. and i need to sort out new work for a gallery in little italy. so much to do.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

New work in the studio...
I decided to make teapots. It has been a very long time since I have made any. I think I need to make more. I enjoy the complications of creating each one. Its satisfying the tick I have had to make things more complicated with my work. This urge did not translate well with the new decorative techniques I was trying. Back to basics. I looked at some Lucie Rie pots for clarity. I like to overcomplicate things. I'm quite good at it. I'll post more studio picks soon and of course images once the teapots are glazed.

Handmade pottery just makes food taste better...mmm....

Italian pasta salad:
Angel hair, olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh basil, green onions, cherry tomatoes, chick peas, black olives, oregano, pepper. mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

For Immediate Release: Lake Erie Building Spring Open Studio

The Lake Erie Screw Factory artists are opening their studios to the public on Saturday, May 9th from 4-9 pm. A variety of fine art and craft will be on display and for sale.

Featuring the work of Ann Brown, Gina DeSantis, Katie Hanrahan, Hunter Harrison, Peter Jennings, Marc Konys, Allyson Meier, M.C. Nagel, Martin O’Connor, Steven Ollay, Ann Onusko, Kari Sanford, Ruth Sholtis-Furyes, Kate Tobin and Liz Trenholme.

The Lake Erie Buildling is located in the Bird Town area of Lakewood at 13000 Athens Ave. The building houses artist studios and local businesses. Both the second and third floors house artist studios.

Visit for more info or contact Gina DeSantis at