natalie shelly studio

natalie shelly studio

mishima and cobalt

June 30, 2014

Hello Summer!

Time has flown, but we've had a beautiful season of travel, teaching, and home buying excitement (oh my!). This evening I wanted to share a small group of finished pots from our last firing in early May. The small hexagon mishima dishes have been a delight. I've taken to drawing with an extra thin needle and love the delicate fragility of the line it creates. I've also grown more comfortable and enthralled with cobalt as a drawing medium. Translucent to opaque, I love the variety and value of these marks.

Wishing you a lovely week,


lately | here and there

March 26, 2014

Planting onions during a late winter and beautiful claytonia from the spring garden at our CSA - Macomb, IL
Studio still life and a new series of porcelain plates with mishima drawings - Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
I recently spent a week with my lovely cousins in Chicago. I enjoyed walking through beautiful neighborhoods, copious amounts of amazing mocha lattes, and baking a delicious lemon blueberry yogurt cake (recipe from the ever amazing Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen) - Chicago, IL
We're so excited about the arrival of our good friend and wonderful ceramic artist, Norleen Nosri who has a two day workshop and lecture on campus this week. Her work is beautiful and it's such a joy to a again celebrate clay with her- Macomb, IL

Wishing you a lovely rest of your week,


lately | found and drawn

February 19, 2014

  A collection of stills from this snowy landscape that continues to surround us.  - Macomb, IL

Lately, I've been in love with the contrast of dried plants and seeds against the snow. The lines they hold are graceful and the plentifulness of the remaining seeds is driving my making in the studio.

I hope inspiration is finding you in unexpected places as well!


5/52 - in the studio

February 2, 2014

It was a wonderful week.

I enjoyed a beautiful 31st birthday and days in the studio working a collection of hand-built slab mugs. Bliss.

Sunday brings a day of traveling as I return to the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts to take down my recent show, Path. Thanks so much to everyone who took time to visit the work and those who came out to celebrate at the reception. Your love and support is contagious.

Wishing you a wonderful week,


a holiday

January 15, 2014

A handmade holiday inside and out - Macomb, IL

A delicious sundae and butterbeer date with Ian at Aglamesis Brother's (as a Cincinnati girl, I still can't believe this was my first visit to their sweet shop) - Oakley Square in Cincinnati, OH

My grandmother dishing out her homemade chocolate sauce onto her famous chocolate roll (something that only comes once a year…yum!) - Cincinnati, OH

A special anniversary slice of opera cream torte from The Bonbonnerie - Cincinnati, OH

A beautiful range of blues, greens, and browns caught on our drive into Pennsylvania - Stahlstown, PA

My favorite kind of found object from our first hike of the season - Newville, PA

Beautiful landscape on a drive through the countryside - Shippensburg, PA

Up early to catch the 6:09 am train into Philadelphia for a walking tour of the city (it became quite a pilgrimage for new pots which are always our favorite type of souvenir!) - Downingtown, PA

A feast of succulents at the ever lovely Terrain - Glen Mills, PA

Ian's grandmother taught me how to crochet, it's one of the best presents I received - Crocheting in the car through Fithian, IL

One last beautiful landscape in Pennsylvania - Berlin, PA

Hope you had a wonderful holiday too! Have a lovely week,


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