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Colorado Art Studio

Colorado Art Studio
A pottery blog by artist Cynthia Guajardo who makes functional pottery, sculptural wall pieces and ceramic jewelry
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Colorado Potters Guild Spring Show!
2012-04-19 18:02:00
It’s spring here in Denver and that means one thing – time for the Colorado Potters Guild show + sale! Show dates are May 3, 4, and 5th – if... Read The Rest →
More About: Life in General , Spring
New Project
2012-02-22 01:26:00
As part of my last semester of graduate school for landscape architecture, I’m required to take a class called Professional Practice. While the class aims to teach students the business... Read The Rest →
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Full Circle Inspiration
2012-02-09 02:00:00
A funny thing happened late last fall during a field trip for a class I took called “Field Books”. For this class we kept a “field book“, or sketchbook as... Read The Rest →
More About: Inspiration , Life in General , Full , Circle
2012-01-12 06:07:00
I swung by the guild on Monday to clean. It is a bit cruel that I haven’t been taking advantage of the guild’s studio space, yet since we’re a co-op, I’m still required to clean about every 4 months or so. I know – who’s fault is that? No need to rub it in. Anyway…while ...
Re-entry is Rough
2012-01-07 16:29:00
Roughly 3 weeks ago, I swung by the Colorado Potters Guild to pick up 25# of clay in anticipation of a clay reboot during my winter break between semesters. Alas…the clay is still sitting in the mudroom unopened, chastising me for being such a procrastinating wuss. The truth is, I feel rusty and a little ...
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Happy 2012!
2012-01-04 19:16:00
Yay – it’s a new year! Like many other people, I welcome the new year as a time to take advantage of a semi-fresh start to make resolutions and to rekindle flames that may have dimmed a bit over the past year (or several).While one could argue that simply flipping the pages of a calendar ...
More About: Life in General , Happy
Salida, CO Art Symposium 2011
2011-04-29 17:29:00
Habitat, Symbol & Art Excerpted from the Colorado Art Ranch website: “Colorado Art Ranch?s eighth Artposium, ?Dwellings: Habitat, Symbol & Art,? will construct?and deconstruct? the meaning of home. The weekend event will explore how a house is not merely a shelter, but a source of identity, a symbol of family and heritage, and, ideally, a ...
I?m Borrredddd!
2011-01-17 18:23:00
I guess that means that it’s time for me to go back to school. It’s been a good break, albeit a bit long and I still didn’t get everything accomplished that I wanted to in the past 5 weeks. My break has been punctuated by family visits, holidays, fun and then in the last week, ...
More About: Community
2010-10-28 04:15:00
I picked my daughter up at the bus stop today and we started talking about boys. Mainly about boys (or girls) that she may like someday. **awkward pause** I was on a mission, after all to go grocery shopping and find a new coffee maker for the one that had gone on the fritz before ...
Happy July!
2010-07-08 16:58:00
Flower Trio by Jasmine Not so much happening here in Denver the last week except for gardening and my plants class.  In that vein, I decided to share a painting my daughter created in early June at the Art Student’s League of Denver.  We finally started renovating the exterior of our house – photos to come later.  Nothing crazy or anything since we’ve decided to move next year after we’ve completed our 2 year residency stay.  I would have like to go crazy and implemented a more water thrifty garden design, but alas I’m working with what I have and have a tight budget. Meanwhile, I need to finish my take home Plants midterm right now…only three weeks left till I can enjoy a real summer vacation before the fall semester begins. Hope everyone’s summer is splendid!
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My Blog on Hold
2009-11-14 18:39:00
Hello everyone - This is a short note to say that I am alive and well but am busier than expected after returning to school in August to finish a masters in landscape architecture. Needless to say, all clay activities are but a memory while I tend to school, being a mom and supportive partner to ...
More About: Life in General , Blog
Three Cups of Tea
2009-09-21 22:41:00
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson I’m very jealous – Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea visited my daughter’s school today.  Parents received a special email saying – “Don’t bother showing up, this is for students only.”  Arghhhh.  This is definitely one school assembly I would have loved attending.  Oh well…I did have the pleasure of helping my daughter craft questions for the author because her class was going to get a special audience with him.  I’m not sure she chose any of my questions or not which were all about the schools that his work has funded – hers were more along the lines of, “What does yak milk taste like?” Greg Mortenson sounds like an inspiring person who turned a negative into an opportunity.  His mission: to “promote peace one school at a time.”  Even my shopping loving 11 year old daughter is moved and that says a lot – she has started reading Three Cups ...
Adding an Opt-in Email Sign Up Form to Facebook Page
2009-09-15 18:58:00
Hello everyone – happy new week (sort of since it’s already Tuesday)! Between being a mom, going back to school and moving, I don’t seem to have enough time in the day to do everything that I want to do. Oh why, oh why do we need to sleep at all? It seems so ...
More About: Email , Page , Facebook , Sign , Form
Bring on the Heat!
2009-09-07 16:43:00
But it’s one step closer to making pottery. In my last post, or even one before that, I mentioned that I wanted to get my hands muddy again. Needless to say, clay is the last thing on my mind right now because I’m feeling a bit swamped with school obligations, being a mom and also ...
More About: Life in General , Heat
Week 2 in New House & School
2009-08-30 15:25:00
It’s been almost a full 2 weeks now since we moved into the new house which is still undergoing renovation construction. Needless to say, it’s a challenge to live without kitchen facilities – but we are oh so close. We now have counter tops, a sink with faucet, lights and our appliances will be delivered ...
More About: House , School , New House , Week
Oh so tired?
2009-08-22 17:01:00
House Update: We have survived the move & the first week (technically it will be 1 week on Monday) in the new house and I am whipped – hence the lack of posts or visits from me. Construction inside the house is still ongoing which is challenging to live through to say the least, but ...
More About: Life in General , So Tired , Tired
I have the hiccups
2009-03-03 15:38:00
As with so many things in my life, when I find a new interest (obsession), many other things fall by the way side until I get a grip on whatever it is I’m into. In this case, I havent’ posted in my blog for 5 days because I’ve been wrestling with ubuntu - a linux ...
It Takes a Village?
2009-02-27 05:10:00
to forgive my kiln over-firing debacle from last Monday - the kids took it well. It may have helped that I promised to make them each a special “I’m sorry” cup to make amends. It was a good learning moment for them - firing a kiln is still a mystery for them - how hot ...
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Ceramic Laser Toner Decal Success
2009-02-22 17:39:00
This is one of those processes that I have been dying to try, I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier. I think it may be because it seemed so complicated and to be honest, it required the purchase of a laser printer. This bowl has been waiting ever so patiently on a shelf ...
More About: Laser , Success , Toner
Ceramic Jewelry Box Part 3 & News
2009-02-20 15:02:00
This is the continuation of part 1 and part 2 of a custom project that I am making for Texas based artist, Jean. It’s always a pleasure and an honor when another creative person commissions pottery from me - Thanks Jean! My original plans for today did not call for posting part 3 of this ongoing ...
More About: News , Jewelry , Part , Part 3
Ceramic Jewelry Box Part 2
2009-02-19 20:07:00
This is a continuation of yesterday’s post highlighting the construction of a custom 2 level ceramic jewelry for Jean. As I mentioned yesterday, I don’t normally enjoy custom orders because it feels too much like homework, but I had already been thinking of making this project before Jean asked - good timing. I ...
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Ceramic Jewelry Box
2009-02-18 18:44:00
I don’t know why I haven’t done this before, but I finally broke away from the square! The idea came to me in a dream - okay, maybe not a dream but a lucid day dream. Then, unexpectedly, I received an email from super talented Texas painter, Jean Levert Hood, who was interested in a ...
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Miscellany Pottery and Food Chopper
2009-02-16 18:48:00
I’ve been making a little bit of pottery here and there, but not any type of production work per se. Mostly, I’m making a few forms to test fire ceramic decals. Hence, these forms have very limited ornamentation because that will come later after glazing. I pulled the handles for these mugs which proved trying ...
More About: Food , Life in General , Miscellany , Chopper , Pottery
Happy Valentine?s Day
2009-02-14 19:13:00
Sending some ? everyone’s way! xo, Cynthia
More About: Valentine , Happy
2009-02-13 06:06:00
As part of my clay class, I offer a snack since the class starts right after the last school bell rings at 3:00pm. Despite feeding the kids and based on the projects shown today, I’m inclined to think that the kids are starving…. One of my students always makes food out of clay - and ...
More About: Hungry
Colorado Potters Guild Website is Finished
2009-01-24 22:39:00
WHEW, and let me just let out one more extended audible wheeewwwwwwwwwwww for my own benefit. I finally finished the Colorado Potters Guild website today - what a relief! I feel like I can finally get on with my life and I’m sure my family will be happier too since I will no longer be ...
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Solar Heat Collector Part Deux
2009-01-22 05:04:00
It’s science fair week at my daughter’s school and when she came up empty in regards to what she wanted to try making back in December, I suggested something close to my heart - solar energy. Yes - I was being just a little bit selfish when I suggested making a solar heat collector, but ...
More About: Solar , Heat , Part , Collector
Walk Write Like An Egyptian Clay Lesson
2009-01-15 18:40:00
My Cartouche Cartouche generated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology website. Now that school is back in session for my daughter and a routine [of sorts] has once again been established after winter break, I have started teaching another session of my after school clay class. I don’t repeat lessons often, except for ...
More About: Write , Lesson , Walk , Clay , Egyptian
Walk Write Like An Egyptian Clay Lesson
2009-01-15 18:40:00
My Cartouche Cartouche generated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology website. Now that school is back in session for my daughter and a routine [of sorts] has once again been established after winter break, I have started teaching another session of my after school clay class. I don’t repeat lessons often, except for ...
More About: Write , Lesson , Walk , Clay , Egyptian
Wordpress Plug-ins I?m Currently Using
2009-01-12 19:35:00
Plug -ins extend what WordPress can do by adding new functionality and features with minimal effort on your part” writes Scott McNulty in Building a Wordpress Blog People Want to Read. If you’re new to Wordpress, I highly recommend picking this book up! It’s short and and gets to the meat of using WordPress succinctly. Plug-ins are ...
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