About Honeybee Ceramics
"To pollinate is to move the pollen from one plant to another.
When a bee, for example, pollinates a flower, it helps the plant reproduce."
I named my company Honeybee Ceramics, and I create ceramic art with honeybee themed designs, because I am inspired by the importance and industry of honeybees. Bees fertilize over 1000 different types of plants -as wide ranging as almonds, onions, carrots, and strawberries to coffee, chocolate and cotton. By pollinating plants bees not only provide us with food; they also enable flowers to thrive which dazzle our eyes and fill our breath with heavenly aromas.
The art of Honeybee Ceramics is designed, and created by me, Beth Sherman. After 25 years of making fine art as a personal, spiritual and psychological endeavor, I have shifted my focus to creating art that is functional, affordable, and aesthetically accessible. This inspiration gave birth to my company, Honeybee Ceramics. I often feel like a busy bee in my studio by the sea, attempting to make my version of honey.
Slip-casting is the process I use to create all of the ceramic art here.
I pour slip- which is clay in a liquid form- into the plaster mold. After a few minutes it starts to dry, so I suck out the excess wet slip with a turkey baster as seen in the photo to the right.
First I sculpt the original design out of modeling clay, making sure that there are no under cuts so that I can make a plaster mold that is able to separate from the model. The photo to the left shows the original design on top, and below it is the plaster mold that holds the impression of the model.
When the slip is dry enough it will pop out of the plaster mold. It then needs to completely dry to be fired in the kiln. After it is fired once, which is called "bisqued", then I paint glazes onto the surface and fire it again.
My cat Fruno walks on all of the switch plates to test them for strength.