Panopoly: Ceramic art and craft, by Lynae Zebest

Springtime is for Growing Things

2012 has turned out to mean BIG changes for me. Good ones, but big.

New Plates Preview

I have suspended custom orders for the next few months, at a minimum, while I work on a few things, namely:

  • A new fresh face for my work. I’m rehauling the way I make a lot of my pieces, and on top of that, I really want to bring things more into focus, and hone down my lines. For the past few years my pottery has been leaning more and more towards folk art motifs, and out of fear of leaving my “safety zone,” I kept steering away from it. But finally I have taken the leap, and I really want to focus focus focus on bringing my ideas to life. I think you will love what’s coming.
  • Transitioning this site, and my Etsy shop, over to the moniker Zebest Pottery.
  • And lastly–I probably won’t be talking about this here again, since it’s not really relevant to my ceramic work, but I’m turning a lot of my attention over to a second business I’ve been working on for a while: hand-blended nail polishes. It does tie in to my pottery on one way, though, which is that I’ve found myself able to expend most of my EXCESS COLOR ENERGY on my nails instead of my plates. Har har. But seriously…I want a more simple, easily-manageable glaze palette, but it was difficult when I was always like “I NEED TO DO THIS IN TEN MORE COLORS RAR!!!!”

The redesign for this site drags on…which is okay. It’ll happen when it happens.

Look out for a clearance sale in my shop in the near future!

And meanwhile, my bit of earth and green thumb have both been improving….

My First Fennel

Asiatic Lily Blooms

New Pendants!

Over the last few days, a new batch of poem pendants has been making its way into the shop, including these personal favorites:

A Backlog of News!

I’ve been neglecting my Thing A Day project lately, at least in the sense that I haven’t been making a lot out of raw clay in the past couple weeks. However, I don’t feel bad about this, because I’ve been getting a lot done.

You might notice, for example, that some of my Thing A Day pieces are already up up in my Etsy shop. In fact, some of them have already sold! Here’s a couple pictures of the completion process for them:

Thing a Day: Kilnload

Thing A Day: Glaze Glaze Glaze #1

Thing A Day: cluck tile

I also don’t even think I mentioned here that in addition to some of the Thing A Day goodies I showed off here, I also made more than 30 plates. Many of these went to the new batch I took over to Mission Pie: if you thought the last ones I made for them were a bit too “souvenir-y,” the new ones say simply “eat more pie,” which is a message I think we can all live by.

Another Round

The other main project I (and my husband, who’s been doing all the gruntwork) have been working on, is the continuing “remodel”/makeover of my studio, which has remained somewhat of a stagnated work in progress since last fall, but is now finally getting some very happy improvements. The first step was putting in some shelves:

Yay Shelves! #4

And in addition to more shelves on the way, plus some ART on the walls, we found this awesome cabinet/drawer unit thing on the street,which after some pretty minor repairs, is now able to hold all my inventory, and not look totally hideous doing it! So suddenly (well, after some very happy yet heavy reorganization occured) filling orders no longer involves spelunking through the closet and digging through boxes and generally going on an epic adventure every time.

The sun has finally returned to San Francisco, which does mean I’ve been taking some genuine time off to go and frolic in the sunshine. It also means my studio has become a sunlit, inspiring place to work, which in turn has allowed me to get a lot of stuff done that I was just not feeling all winter long, such as uploading big chunks of my backlog of photos, drawing, reading, and welll…generally being happy!

Out Across the Lake