Still transisting, craving clay

But not like an antique radio.

We’re still in the process of unpacking and settling in. Our new living quarters are out of the ordinary and have very little storage which has hampered some of our efforts to this end, but the last two weeks progressed in the right direction. I’ve spent a lot of time painting. The previous tenant of the second floor left quite a mess.

And I’ve been craving clay.

It’s been rough being on the plains, watching the storms and not being able to act on those observations. I should have made something of the opportunity and spent some time drawing since the clay studio hasn’t been up to snuff, but I didn’t think of it. And it’s not as though there haven’t been 100 other things to do. I’m getting close though to what looks like a functional basement.

3rd Street studio in progress

This is what it looked like last month, just after moving in. I’ve come to realize that it’s difficult for me to produce work in an unorganized studio. Messy I can deal with, but when there’s no foundational organization my impetus is to unpack, put up shelving and move things around.

I need to get a new cord for the kiln before firing, if I’m going to use the existing outlet. The one on my old Knight kiln is both too short and wrong-pronged. I’d like to rewire the whole thing before firing again, including replacing the elements. Not sure that will happen though. I might also like to move the kiln into what is presently the stained glass store’s sandblasting room, but I’m not sure that will happen either. That project would be fairly simple except for the fact that the 220 is run straight from the electrical service and not from a panel. The shutoff is at the kiln, meaning I’d have to have the electrical company turn power to the building.

And I still need to find a local or relatively nearby clay supplier that suits my needs. I messaged a local ceramic artist to ask who she deals with, but I can’t tell from their website what they sell as far as wet clay. Glaser Ceramics in Lincoln is a fair option, but I know for certain they don’t stock the clay bodies I want.

Still a ways to go, but getting closer.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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  1. Pingback: A functional studio again « The Aesthetic Elevator

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