Camelia’s Guilty Pleasures
Favorite snack: Honestly, I’m pretty open. My mom’s a super health-freak and doesn’t allow any “toxins” in the house, so anything salty, sugary, and bad for you usually works for me. Bring on the Fritos, Doritos, Twinkies, and Scooter Pies.
Touristy Trip: I’d love to go to Florence and Rome to study the art.
Fashion addiction: When I go shopping, I mostly just look at the mannequins and then copy (buy) the clothes I think look cute. I’m a big Gap girl – basic, comfortable, feminine when it needs to be, and can be dressed up or down.
Dessert: Fried ice cream – yum!
Fast food: Chips and chalupas from Taco Bell.
Beauty Binge: I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but I must admit I like collecting samples from Sephora and at the make-up/perfume counters at the mall, though my mom hates it, saying I should only use organics on my skin and in my body. I do like Bare Escentuals products – the Buxom Lip gloss is amazing.
Late-Night TV: The Ghost Whisperer, marathons of Made, Supernatural, and Lisa Williams’ Life Among the Dead.
Chick Flick: Before Sunrise.
Nightlife: Chatting online with friends.
Cheap Thrill: Cool and fun new sculpting tools.
Ultimate Splurge: A new pottery wheel – I still use an old kick-wheel.
Camelia’s Favorite Pottery Links
Directions on how to form a coil bowl
1. Make your coils – either rolling them out by hand or using an extruder. (Don’t forget to wedge your clay out first!)
2. Choose a shape for your bowl. For beginners, I recommend using a plastic bowl as a mold, dousing it with a bit of oil beforehand, so the coils don’t stick to the mold’s surface.
3. Take your first coil and spiral it around to make a snail-like shape. This round disk will be your center.
4. Smudge the coil seams together, so you don’t have any lines or gaps in the clay. Don’t worry about the outside of the bowl (that coil surface appearance will remain). Only smudge the inside seams of the bowl.
5. Continue adding coils to your base in a circuitous fashion, following the shape of the mold.
6. Continue smudging all the seams together so your bowl won’t have any cracks.
7. Allow to dry – as the coils dry, they will shrink, allowing the sculpture to be removed from the mold.
Directions on how to bring your own psychometric senses to fruition
1. Make yourself comfortable in a place that feels “sacred” to you. For some it’s outside, surrounded by nature; for others it’s a favorite chair or surrounded by candles; for me, it’s wherever I’m doing pottery.
2. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, letting go of any stray or nervous thoughts.
3. Now, take an object in your hand. A good idea is to have someone give you something they’ve owned for a long time, i.e. a favorite bracelet or a set of keys.
4. Close your eyes again and concentrate on this object. Be aware of any thoughts or feelings that come about as a result of holding this object. Talk those ideas through, even if they seem silly or insignificant, but never make information up.
Remember, this takes practice and a bit of experimenting. The goal is to begin tuning in to your own inner awareness and your ability of perception. What works for me is saying a question aloud in my head, and then sculpting out the answer – using my power of touch in a creative and organic way.
On Camelia’s Bookshelf: the Blue is for Nightmares series, Bleed, Project 17 (all by Laurie Stolarz).