Robert Boyer

Robert Boyer @robertdboyer

pottery - sculpture - studio - boston
http://rdboyer.etsy.com/

I have been playing around with these climbing grip mugs for almost a year now. Typically I find that after I work with a specific motif for a while there comes a point where other major themes from my work start to get incorporated. I start to mix and match to see what pairings might yield an interesting result. Almost from day one of attempting a climbing grip mug I could have told you that at some point I would start making simple faces or creature grips. Essentially this mug was inevitable and there are more and better examples coming out of the kiln that I'm looking forward to getting in front of the camera. #everforward #mugshotmonday #rdboyer• • • • • #climbingmugs #coffee #mug #coffeemug #contemporaryclay #climbingholds #climbing #ceramics #chalkup #cremerging #climbinglife #industrialdesign #buyhandmade #instapottery #madeinaskutt #etsyshop #brooklynboulders #shoplocalboston #ceramicsmagazine #shopupdate #climbingwall #contemporaryceramics #climberlife #climbertraining #ceramicmug #wheelthrown #bigwallclimbing
In Boston it feels like everything starts over with the new school year. For me this is the week where it's all happening including helping @darrellfinnegan take a kiln apart to put in new electric coils. Kiln maintenance is an interesting aspect of the pottery process that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of community studios where that aspect of the making can be somewhat hidden behind the scenes. It's fun to get a peak behind the curtain and help get the studio ready for the new year. #rdboyer #mitsaa • • • • #potterystudio #potteryclass #pottery #instapottery #pottersofinstagram #kilnmaintenance #studioceramics #studiomaintenance #behindthescenes #clay #ceramics #keramik #mitpics #artsatmit #electrickiln #madeinaskutt #skuttkilns #bostonart #newschoolyear #bostoninthefall
White mugs have always seemed like the standard ware to me...I think because of diners in Ohio. Because of this I get drawn into making them every now and then although this one has a purple bottom which might catch you by surprise. I also want to take this #mugshotmonday post to highlight my Wednesday afternoon class @indigofirestudio which could use a few students to run...see my previous post for info. #rdboyer #potteryclass • • • • #madeinaskutt #coffee #mug #coffeemug #ceramic #belmontma #modernrustic #instapottery #splashofcolor #bostoninterior #designboston #somervillema #cambridgemass #modernfarmhouse #wheelthrown #artistinspiration #manmakecoffee #pottery #potterymug #potterylove #stamped #instapottery #keramikk #cremerging #handthrown #mugshotmondays #ceramics #contemporaryclay
Spots are still open in my classes starting this week: WED: 3:30 -5:30PM THURS: 6:30-8:30PM Message me for details or check out the calendar page @indigofirestudio ...there are classes all week if my days don't fit your schedule. Hope to see you there! #getahobby #potteryclass #rdboyer • • • • • #studioceramics #clay #indigofirestudio #pottery #belmontma #cambridgemass #artclass #diycraft #somervillema #artclass #potterystudio #pottering #potting #ceramics #keramik #cremerging #texture #texturedclay #adulting #textureobsession #wheelthrowing #handbuilding #wheelthrown #stoneware
I have been playing around with these little footed dishes. They are the perfect multi-purpose vessel. I was originally thinking about small serving dishes for dips or small bites etc but this air plant looks right at home and I can imagine many other uses. Full disclosure I'm mostly interested in the little feet and stamped decorations. Sometime the functional aspect of this whole pottery thing escapes me. #rdboyer #textureobsession • • • • • • #handmadeceramics #airplants #houseplants #pottery #thatsdarling #texture #texturedclay #makersgonnamake #homestyling #boston #studioceramics #ceramicsmagazine #cremerging #ceramique #keramik #keramika #contemporaryclay #contemporarycraft #pottering #potterystudio #potteryclass #somervillema #functional #handmadeclay #handbuiltclay #footed #feet ? #stoneware
I glazed this mug as a demo during the last class of the most recent session at @indigofirestudio. Classes start back up in a couple of weeks and I found myself wondering today how it has turned out?! Im teaching Wednesday afternoon and both Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the coming session. If you are interested in classes check out their website or message me with questions #rdboyer #potteryclass • • • • • • • #handmadeceramics #contemporaryclay #pottering #texturedclay #mugshotmonday #mug #coffee #coffeemug #handmade #studiopottery #rusticdecor #potterystudio #belmontma #texture #textureobsession #clay #potteryclass #indigofirestudio #classdemo #wip #process #keramik #ceramic #potterie #ceramique #keramikk #wheelthrown #mugshotmondays
[Edited: the shop is now updated!] I had so many photos I like from this batch of mugs I decided to post three in a row ...huge mistake? raging success...I honestly rarely know how well this Instagram feed is going...feedback welcome : ) This is also the last feed notice to promote my little shop update today at noon EST [link in profile] ...about an hour from now... #rdboyer #climbingmug • • • • • #climbingmugs #coffee #mug #coffeemug #contemporaryclay #climbingholds #climbing #ceramics #chalkup #cremerging #climbinglife #industrialdesign #buyhandmade #instapottery #madeinaskutt #etsyshop #brooklynboulders #shoplocalboston #ceramicsmagazine #shopupdate #climbingwall #contemporaryceramics #climberlife #climbertraining #ceramicmug #stoneware #bigwallclimbing #studioceramics
Every once in a while I manage to take a photos that really captures the essence of what I was trying to accomplish with a piece. I really love the almost two-dimensional quality of this photo and the silhouette that it exposes. ...This piece will be in my shop this Wednesday noon EST. I am planning a shop update with a batch of climbing mugs ....posting helps gives me a deadline for getting all the photography and listing prepped 😬and hopefully gets some folks interested 🙂 #rdboyer #mugshotmonday • • • • • #climbingmugs #coffee #mug #coffeemug #climbingmug #climbingholds #climbing #ceramics #chalkup #cremerging #climbinglife #industrialdesign #buyhandmade #instapottery #collegebound #brooklynboulders #shoplocalboston #ceramicsmagazine #shopupdate #contemporaryceramics #climberlife #climbertraining #ceramicmug #handmade #stoneware #bigwallclimbing #studioceramics #mugshotmondays
A commenter on my latest video, @eatmypantalones, asked to see what my signature looks like after firing. I most often freehand this mark so it changes from piece to piece and the color depends on the glaze that fills the grooves. In this case I have used the copper green glaze in my previous post. When it is quite thin it becomes a pale yellow...you can see the same color along the edge of the circle. If you have any other questions or something you would like to see, let me know in the comments, and I'll see what I can do. It might be cool to have a sense of what folks would like to see in the feed. #rdboyer #makersmark • • • • • • • #potterystudio #pottery #studiopottery #clay #stoneware #artistprocess #signature #ceramic #keramik #keramikk #ceramique #pottering #potterslife #potterylove #contemporaryclay #modernrustic #crafting #makersgonnamake #initials #madeinaskutt #electrickiln #handmadeceramics #handmade
I photographed my recent work earlier in the week so expect to see some new pieces in the feed and a shop update probably next week. I also grabbed this guy from way back in time to try and get a good image. I always feel a little angst about this older work because although it exhibits less technical proficiency I often feel like there is more creative energy on display. I used to make a lot of random things, (and in some ways still do) but over time aesthetics get pared down and we begin to focus on ideas for longer stretches of time. I think the progression is probably a good one but it often feels like something has been lost. #rdboyer • • • • • • #tbt #tbthursday #clay #studiopottery #texturedclay #textureobsession #stoneware #instapottery #primitivemodern #lostyouth #contemporaryartist #interiordecoration #piercedclay #contemporarycraft #madeinaskutt #keramikk #bostoninteriors #somervillearts #artistprogress #artreflections #artobject #coppergreen #wheelthrown #ceramic #keramik #contemporaryclay #ceramique #pottering #throwbackthursday
I cut together a few short videos in real time to try and show off the glazing process for this little pierced vessel. Realizing that I could thread the holes in these pieces to dangle them into the glaze has been such a big step for the quality of glaze application in the face of all the texture and all the glaze running through the holes. I clean the glaze off the bottom of the piece so that it won't stick to the kiln shelf, but like to leave my maker's mark filled with glaze so it stands out. It takes a couple of tries at the end of this video but I finally manage to get the mark oriented correctly I front of the camera in case you have never seen it. #rdboyer #potteryprocess • • • • • • #potterystudio #mitsaa #artsatmit #piercedclay #texture #textureobsession #makersmark #glazingvideo #artistsoninstagram #potterymaking #pottery #ceramic #pottering #onedayatatime #realtime #onepieceatatime #clay #wheelthrown #potterymakingvideos #instapottery #keramik #ceramique #contemporaryclay #justartvideos #contemporaryart #artistatwork
This bowl is another class demo from #indigofirestudio ...the very few pieces I take all the way through the firing process as class demos tend to be pretty freeing from an artistic perspective because there purpose is instruction and they don't need to fit into my aesthetic, any body of work or a preconceived concept of progress or artistry. I like to teach primarily technical skills, how to make, and let folks develop their own ideas of what to make so these demos aren't often directly related to my person work in clay. It's definitely not the only way to teach but it's what makes the most sense to me...of course I don't walk fully away from my sense of aesthetic which also makes teaching a bit of a learning process for me too! #bonus #rdboyer #potteryteacher • • • • • • #potterystudio #clay #pottery #studiopottery #instapottery #belmontma #ceramics #ialwayswantedtotrythis #pedagogy #stripes #ooak #contemporarycraft #contemporaryclay #keramik #ceramica #ceramique #modernrustic #rusticdecor #modernfarmhouse #bostoninteriors #bostondesign #instapottery #pottersofinstagram #wheelthrown #potteryclass
Clay delivery! This was at the end of tossing around more than one and a half tons of clay. I'm amazed we managed these smiles ...I was definitely wondering if I was going to drop that box 😅👍🏻 #claydelivery #mitsaa #rdboyer• 📷: @tastewalksee • • • • • #potterystudio #artsatmit #clay #wod #studiopottery #communitystudio #mitpics #ceramics #keramik #pottersofinstagram #pottery #engageyourcore #lagunaclay #ceramique #delivery #liftwithyourlegs #cambridge #dontbeahero #studiolife #makersgonnamake #workouttime #handmadepottery #handmadelife
I made this mug as a demo in a recent class at @indigofirestudio ...one of my friends has a mug with a bear above the handle from which I took the basic inspiration (although I tend to just make creatures heads and this guy isn't a bear). It's a fun project that incorporates a lot of different skills for a beginner...throwing and trimming a mug body obviously but also handles and hand-building a little sculpture etc. #rdboyer #mugshotmonday • • • • • • #clay #coffee #mug #coffeemug #handbuilding #indigofirestudio #canyouhandleit #wheelthrown #creaturefeature #somervilleartist #potterystudio #potterymaking #potterymug #classdemo #instapottery #potteryclass #somerville #keramik #ceramics #ceramique #makersgonnamake #contemporarycraft #mugshotmondays
I formed this bowl today and then watching the video made me realize I wanted to tweak the form slightly. I often wonder how all of the digital documentation we do for social media etc affects our productivity and even what effects documentation has on the final product. In this case it feels like a positive since I was able to see the bowl almost through fresh eyes and make it a bit better. I'm not sure that all the outcomes are in the win column though. How does documenting your process and work change what you do? #rdboyer #socialmedia • • • • • • #clay #potteryvideo #potterymaking #stoneware #claybowl #potsinaction #boston #cambridge #instapottery #ceramics #keramik #keramikk #ceramic #artinprocess #pots #wip #course3 #makersgonnamake #artiststwork #wheelthrown #handmade #artsatmit #contemporarycraft
Hammering some bumps into the side of this little vase which is a process I always enjoy...not quite sure of the result but we're trying things #rdboyer #process • • • • • • #clay #pottery #potteryvideo #potterylove #wip #ceramic #bumpy #artvideos #vase #ceramicvase #ceramique #keramik #keramikk #ceramiche #wheelthrown #alteredart #allaboutthedetails #resultsmatter #instapottery #stoneware #textureobsession #textures #mitsaa #contemporaryclay #studiopottery #potterystudio
Playing around with old ideas. Revisiting these textures is one of my go-to techniques for the uncertainty of what to do be making in the studio. The first photo is the view I'm really into this texture for....you can see the whole bowl in the second photo #rdboyer #texture • • • • • #potterystudio #makersgonnamake #clay #pottery #process #clay #wheelthrown #textureobsession #dots #bowl #bostoninterior #handmadeclay #potsinaction #instapottery #potterylove #ceramics #keramik #keramikk #ceramique #ceramiche #mitsaa #artsatmit #texturedclay #contemporaryclay #contemporarycraft
I have been feeling a lot of dissonance with my work lately. I'll use the same amount of clay I always do to make a mug and then decide that it is too heavy. I have been recycling work like this vase at a much higher rate because it doesn't speak to me in any way. This week I put a few things to the kiln because "you have to keep something," but my production this summer has been super low other than the few pierced pieces and some climbing mugs. Not quite sure how to react to this headspace. Do you just work through it, keep making things and ignore the feelings (or lack thereof) or is it appropriate to start looking for something different? I'd honestly love to hear your thoughts #rdboyer #questions • • • • • #maker #clay #process #wip #wheelthrown #artistsoninstagram #artsatmit #mitsaa #artistproblems #recycled #contemporarycraft #doover #makersgonnamake #sarcasm #pottery #potterylove #potsinaction #potterslife #potterystudio #studiopottery #ceramics #stoneware #whatsnext #keramikk #keramik #ceramique #ceramicvase