Sheila Simpson Studio

Ceramics

I have long loved ceramic work, and took ceramic classes when I was studying for my painting degree. Clay has unlimited potential, and working three-dimensionally provides me with compositional challenges that don't occur in my two dimensional pieces (not that I can't set up a pictorially challenging piece two-dimensionally). There is satisfaction in making something functional, and expressive.

I handbuild my pieces, constructing with slabs, templates, hump molds (plaster and clay bisque), and sometimes I use my banding wheel to coil, and pinch. The clays are both low-fire white earthenware (glaze fired to 05), as well as, mid-range stoneware clays (glaze fired to cone 5 or 6).

Polar Bear Bottle (side 1)
6.25"H x 2.75" x7"
Earthenware
Polar Bear Bottle (side 1)
6.25"H x 2.75" x7"
Earthenware
Polar Bear Bottle (side 2)
6.25"H x 2.75" x7"
Earthenware
Polar Bear Bottle (side 2)
6.25"H x 2.75" x7"
Earthenware
Orcas Vase and Plate
Plate - 8.5"x5.25"
Vase - 7.5'x 5" 
Earthenware
Orcas Vase and Plate
Plate - 8.5"x5.25"
Vase - 7.5'x 5"
Earthenware
Nightingale Bottle
6.5" x 4"
Earthenware
Nightingale Bottle
6.5" x 4"
Earthenware
Blackbird Plate
8" semisquare
Earthenware
Blackbird Plate
8" semisquare
Earthenware
2 Cormorants
8" semisquare
Earthenware
2 Cormorants
8" semisquare
Earthenware
Chickadee Plate
8" semisquare
Earthenware
Chickadee Plate
8" semisquare
Earthenware
Turtle Bowl
5"H x 6.75" diameter
Earthenware
Turtle Bowl
5"H x 6.75" diameter
Earthenware
Fern Mug
Earthenware
Fern Mug
Earthenware
3 Nightingale Mugs
4.75" tall
Earthenware
3 Nightingale Mugs
4.75" tall
Earthenware
Nuthatch Mug
5"x3.75"
Earthenware
Nuthatch Mug
5"x3.75"
Earthenware
Wren Floral Mug
4.25"
Earthenware
Wren Floral Mug
4.25"
Earthenware
Chickadee Spongeholder
3.75"
Earthenware
Chickadee Spongeholder
3.75"
Earthenware
3 Spongeholders
Earthenware
3 Spongeholders
Earthenware
Corgi Spongeholder
3.75"
Stoneware
Corgi Spongeholder
3.75"
Stoneware
Wren Spongeholder
3.75"
Earthenware
Wren Spongeholder
3.75"
Earthenware
Elephant March
Set of Earthenware Plates, Mugs, & Spongeholder
Elephant March
Set of Earthenware Plates, Mugs, & Spongeholder
Trees and Pinecones
8" Semisquare
Stoneware
Trees and Pinecones
8" Semisquare
Stoneware
Seal Plate
8"
Earthenware
Seal Plate
8"
Earthenware
Two Seals Double Serving Dish
9.75"x 4"
Stoneware
Two Seals Double Serving Dish
9.75"x 4"
Stoneware