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Crystalline Ceramics Coming Soon! Interview with Robert Weiss

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I grew up in a very creative household. My dad is an artist of many mediums - he received his Masters of Fine Art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the 60's. As a student he started Robert Weiss Originals, a ceramics company that he eventually moved to Sonoma County before he sold the business. He didn't pick up clay again for years, until recently. Now he is using a very special technique to glaze his porcelain ceramic with minerals that grow into crystals in a very high heat kiln. There are only a handful of people in the world that know how to do this, and he has been collaborating with artists internationally to learn + share from each other.

I am excited to start selling some of his mugs, tumblers and teapots in my shop soon!  To learn more about his process, check out his site.  

I am starting an interview series of creative people I respect and admire. Here's the first interview with Robert Weiss!

What inspires you? New ideas to explore. 

What are you passionate about? Creating, inventing, building and watching my family grow.

What project/s are you working on right now? Ways to create small porcelain pieces with lots of crystals

What keeps you going when you’re “stuck”? A new day and the thoughts that "I can do this".

What do you believe in? My daughters and their passions.  Also in Oxygen, it really keeps me going. 

How do you take care of yourself? By doing the next thing for me...by allowing my creative energy to emerge, by allowing my self to sleep-in once in while and by eating better.

What qualities about yourself work to your advantage? My ability to invent and re-invent.  

What is your favorite place on earth? My home.

What is your next travel destination? Somewhere in the United States, not sure right now.

What is your favorite beverage? The best coffee I can find.

What is your favorite food or recipe? A great soup with seafood and thick noodles.

What are your Utopian ideals? If our bodies can peacefully co-exist with all the stuff we put in them and our cells can reproduce on their own (most of the time) keeping us alive, why can't folks on earth (leaders of countries) stop killing each other?  

What is your astrological sign? Peace.

Anything else you’d like to share? Yes, my family is awesome and I am the luckiest guy on earth to have them around me.

 


DIY Silkscreening!

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Here is a little of my process learning to screen print! I found some instructions online, went to a few different craft stores (Beverly’s and Riley St in Santa Rosa) before I came home an attempted the mysterious screen-printing process!

 

It is actually not that complicated :-)

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What you will need:

·       Embroidery hoop (or a wooden frame) 

·       Mesh material (I went for the cheapest silk screen material at Riley St for $21/yard)

·       Drawing Fluid + Screen Filler (I used Speedball, both from Riley)

·       Small paintbrush

·       Newspaper

·       Screen-printing ink – I used acrylic paint!

·       Squeegee

·       Hairdryer

·       Something to print on!

Assemble your screen (pull silk as tight as possible within the embroidery hoop, or staple it to a wooden frame).

Draw your design with Drawing Fluid (wait to dry – I used a hair dryer)

Apply Screen Filler with a squeegee. Only go over the dry drawing fluid 4x max so it doesn't get clogged. (wait for the screen filler to dry – I used a hair dryer again)

 

Rinse Drawing Fluid with water and you will be left with only the screen filler! Now it's time to get out the paint or ink and...

Screenprint!

Put the screen face down onto material to be printed on. If the material is thin or could get stuck to itself, insert paper inside (shirt, bag, pants, etc). Add a blob of ink or paint above the design. Swoop down with the squeegee and make sure the whole design is covered in ink. When you take it away from the material you will have your printed design!



These are the bags my Dreamtime Brew will come in! I am so very close to have everything ready, the online store up and running. Thank you for your patience and encouragement as I approach the finish line!

XOXO Califa