Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Goodies in time for the Holidays!

Hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the holiday season! I am getting pretty low on inventory here, but I did manage to deliver a batch of new pieces to the Artful Deposit in Bordentown City NJ (the pics above are there). Stop in for a last minute gift! And if you haven't checked out my work in the current ceramic exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at the Ellarslie Mansion, the show is up through the New Year. It is a really great show featuring an amazing assortment of ceramicists. I highly recommend it taking the ride over to see it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Treasury Thanks!

curated by rewelliot
curated by GlimmeringGems
curated by Allybeans
 Thank you for all the beautiful Treasuries!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ellarslie Mansion Ceramics Invitational Show


Standing in front of my work
Detail from "Rebirth" by Lisa Naples

"She Thought She Knew...So...She Kept A Watchful Eye" (back view) by Lisa Naples

What a great show and such an honor to be included with so many talented artists! The show will be up through January 2nd, 2011, so if you get a chance check it out...Gallery info, hours and directions can be found here....For more pics from the show, you can check out my flickr set here....

The Trenton City Museum at the Ellarslie Mansion also has on display a collection of early pottery from Trenton. For more than 100 years, Trenton, New Jersey was one of the two major pottery centers in the United States the other being located at East Liverpool, Ohio. At its peak in the 1920's, Trenton had more than fifty potteries operating throughout the City. Since 1850, more than 150 companies have operated in Trenton. 

It was great to see such an array of contemporary ceramic works fill the first floor of the mansion and then to be able to go upstairs and to so much of the early pottery roots of the area. Read more about Trenton New Jersey's  Pottery history .

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ellarslie Museum First Ceramics Invitational Exhibit


Please Join Me for the
Ceramics Invitational Exhibit
Opening Reception


The Trenton City Museum
Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park

Trenton, New Jersey

Saturday, November 13, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Members and artists only
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

On exhibit November 13 - January 2, 2011

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Municipal Holidays
Visit www.ellarslie.org for more information and directions.

The Trenton City Museum, located in Ellarslie Mansion in the heart of Cadwalader Park in Trenton, New Jersey, does not have a street address.  To find us using a mapping program, use 299 Parkside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. From Parkside Avenue, turn into Cadwalader Park and follow the signs to Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Earth Art Series: Hope 2010

Hope 2010 by Ericka O'Rourke
14" x 14" including frame
Earth Art Series
Mixed - Stoneware clay, wood, recycled glass, copper, and found natural objects

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Featured in this Amazing Treasury . . . TWICE!

I am so honored to be featured in this great treasury, not once, but twice!!! Thank you to ZiBagz for putting this together! There have been so many great Treasuries that I have been featured in lately! See a sampling below... Thanks to everyone!!!


from the Earth by ZiBagz

Smolder by riversongrapture

The Banshee's Wail: An Irish Ghost Story by LovelyTiffy

Black and Tan Winter by Laughingdogstudio
Around the World by fivelittlegems

comfy, cozy, rustic, textural...by PulpandPaisley


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Earth Art Series Ravine II 2010

Ravine II 2010 by Ericka O'Rourke
14" x 14" including frame
Earth Art Series
Mixed - Stoneware clay, wood, recycled glass, copper, and found natural objects


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Earth Art Series :: Clay Paintings





My Earth Art Series represents my personal and spiritual connection, birth, life and creation with the Earth. Just as a fossil holds the remains or impression of a prehistoric living organism preserved in petrified form, the fired clay preserves the marks that I create with my hands and natural objects. Unlike any other medium, working with clay, evokes a deep sense of antiquity and natural connection for me. The words that are incorporated into many of the works are representative of my distant past human connection. They are moments, events and thoughts that have shaped my existence.

Earth Art Series :: Clay Paintings



My Earth Art Series represents my personal and spiritual connection, birth, life and creation with the Earth. Just as a fossil holds the remains or impression of a prehistoric living organism preserved in petrified form, the fired clay preserves the marks that I create with my hands and natural objects. Unlike any other medium, working with clay, evokes a deep sense of antiquity and natural connection for me. The words that are incorporated into many of the works are representative of my distant past human connection. They are moments, events and thoughts that have shaped my existence.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Inspired Pottery at The Artful Deposit!

Just a sample of some of the new autumn inspired work that I delivered to the Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown NJ today!  Bordentown is hosting their annual Cranberry Festival this weekend October 2nd and 3rd, so if you are looking for something to do, it should be fun!

Autumn Inspired Pottery at The Artful Deposit!

Just a sample of some of the new autumn inspired work that I delivered to the Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown NJ today!  Bordentown is hosting their annual Cranberry Festival this weekend October 2nd and 3rd, so if you are looking for something to do, it should be fun!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Starry Starry Night

This is a fun but challenging photo imaging job I am currently working on for Random House Publishing. The original photo is on the left . . . I added the clothes and night sky. Still a work in progress, but I think it is rather successful so far!

Starry Starry Night

This is a fun but challenging photo imaging job I am currently working on for Random House Publishing. The original photo is on the left . . . I added the clothes and night sky. Still a work in progress, but I think it is rather successful so far!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Beautiful Treasuries!

 Sapphire Moon Treasury by CLoVeN   
 

Earth • Air • Fire • Water by DarkFaerie
Thank you for creating these treasuries featuring my pottery!
Ericka

Beautiful Treasuries!

 Sapphire Moon Treasury by CLoVeN   
 

Earth • Air • Fire • Water by DarkFaerie
Thank you for creating these treasuries featuring my pottery!
Ericka

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Summer Inspiration . . .

Yes . . . . . . . .  I have been on summer vacation, mentally, physically, and technologically . . . I am trying to get my internal creative clock, which prefers to operate on night hours ready for the undesired but obligatory early rise that must begin in a few more days. It is bittersweet. I am more than ready to be able to spend uninterrupted time in the studio and feel autumn's breeze (a little rain would be nice too). . . but I am not completely ready yet for the daily grind of lunch prep, homework, and forcing myself to get to bed at a reasonable hour, so I can keep it up.  It has been a wonderful summer outside of the weather though. After recharging my inspiration lakeside at a beautiful log cabin in Maine, I received news of acceptance into the The Trenton City Museum at the Ellarslie Mansion's first  Ceramics Invitational Selected Artists Exhibtion.
I will displaying 3 of my clay paintings as well as a bowl in the exhibit . . .
The exhibition will run this fall from
November 13, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Opening reception November 13 ~ 7-9 pm
Hope to see you at the opening!
Ericka

Branch Lake, Ellsworth, Maine

Our cabin . . .

Tidepool inspiration

An awesome visit with Mark Bell in Blue Hill!

Beautiful evening meditation . . . 

Amazing lichen found off Parker Point, Blue Hill . . . 
If you are observant, you may see this exact texture in some of my upcoming work and jewelry!

First time I ever had these yummy Maine currants . . . from the Blue Hill Co-Op.
They look like pearls!



Summer Inspiration . . .

Yes . . . . . . . .  I have been on summer vacation, mentally, physically, and technologically . . . I am trying to get my internal creative clock, which prefers to operate on night hours ready for the undesired but obligatory early rise that must begin in a few more days. It is bittersweet. I am more than ready to be able to spend uninterrupted time in the studio and feel autumn's breeze (a little rain would be nice too). . . but I am not completely ready yet for the daily grind of lunch prep, homework, and forcing myself to get to bed at a reasonable hour, so I can keep it up.  It has been a wonderful summer outside of the weather though. After recharging my inspiration lakeside at a beautiful log cabin in Maine, I received news of acceptance into the The Trenton City Museum at the Ellarslie Mansion's first  Ceramics Invitational Selected Artists Exhibtion.
I will displaying 3 of my clay paintings as well as a bowl in the exhibit . . .
The exhibition will run this fall from
November 13, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Opening reception November 13 ~ 7-9 pm
Hope to see you at the opening!
Ericka

Branch Lake, Ellsworth, Maine

Our cabin . . .

Tidepool inspiration

An awesome visit with Mark Bell in Blue Hill!

Beautiful evening meditation . . . 

Amazing lichen found off Parker Point, Blue Hill . . . 
If you are observant, you may see this exact texture in some of my upcoming work and jewelry!

First time I ever had these yummy Maine currants . . . from the Blue Hill Co-Op.
They look like pearls!



Friday, July 30, 2010

All Things Jane: Blog Feature

Check out this beautiful collection and blog All Things Jane featuring my leaf impressed slab formed dish. It is a wonderful blog that focuses on practical creativity, organic living, and space-creating simplicity.

Image Credits:
1. Art Deco Table Lamp from Target
2. Fillable Glass Table Lamps from Lamps Plus (spotted on Completely Coastal)
3. Rioja Bowl from Crate&Barrel
4. Linocut Print from thebigharumph
5. Marble Magnets from sideproject
6. Throw Pillow from wickedmint
7. Tin Recipe Box from kotibeth
8. The Crafty Silver Fox from dearcolleen
9. Porcelain Dish from elmstudios

All Things Jane: Blog Feature

Check out this beautiful collection and blog All Things Jane featuring my leaf impressed slab formed dish. It is a wonderful blog that focuses on practical creativity, organic living, and space-creating simplicity.

Image Credits:
1. Art Deco Table Lamp from Target
2. Fillable Glass Table Lamps from Lamps Plus (spotted on Completely Coastal)
3. Rioja Bowl from Crate&Barrel
4. Linocut Print from thebigharumph
5. Marble Magnets from sideproject
6. Throw Pillow from wickedmint
7. Tin Recipe Box from kotibeth
8. The Crafty Silver Fox from dearcolleen
9. Porcelain Dish from elmstudios

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Inspiration Treasury!


This is a beautiful treasury featuring my deep sea porcelain wheel thrown bowl...thank you! I have been very busy soaking up my share of inspiration in Maine, one of my favorite places to travel. I have also been spending the summer taking a few metalsmithing classes...I have been wanting to incorporate my ceramics and fine art with more metals for some time now...so I am very excited to start creating some new work!

Inspiration Treasury!


This is a beautiful treasury featuring my deep sea porcelain wheel thrown bowl...thank you! I have been very busy soaking up my share of inspiration in Maine, one of my favorite places to travel. I have also been spending the summer taking a few metalsmithing classes...I have been wanting to incorporate my ceramics and fine art with more metals for some time now...so I am very excited to start creating some new work!