Welcome to the Yellow Cottage Studios
My name is Dani Montoya and I am a Gourd Artist and a wannabe potter!
I love to create art and I love to do it with what nature gives me. Gourds are grown from Mother Earth Herself and clay is really just dirt.
Just recently I built and moved into my little yellow cottage studio. Half of my studio is devoted to gourds and the other half is where I play in clay.
Within these pages I will share with you my ups and downs, successes and failures, lessons learned, thought processes and how to’s.
And I will share with you what I make.
I hope you will follow me on my path as I explore being an artist via gourd art and Pottery.
My Latest Posts
December is usually the time when I stop and reflect on the past year and what was good, what was bad and what I may (or may not) have accomplished. My greatest accomplishment was back in July when I decided to try, I mean really try, to be a full-time artist. I rented a space at BrickCity Emporium to sell my stuff which meant that now I really needed to produce!! YIKES. So I threw myself into it, 100%. I [more]
In my last post, which was a kind of pity party, I mentioned that I had over-fired an entire kiln load of yarn bowls. They were all really pretty shapes and I truly hate to throw things away so I decided to experiment and see if I could still glaze them. I scoured the internet and even posted on Linkedin asking what I could do. There was not much information available at all that pertained to my situation but I [more]
Have you ever had one of those weeks where it seems like everything you do, say, or make just fails? Well I am having one of those weeks. It has been so frustrating for me that I have lost my confidence and find it hard to do any work at all because of what might happen. Silly I know, but I am human and so are you so I am betting you know exactly what I mean. So before I even tell you what happened let me tell you why [more]
This last past weekend I did my first Art Show in the Oklahoma/Arkansas area. It was a small, fundraising show called Art in the Park and it was held at the Riverfront Park in Fort Smith Ar. Now I am not a big fan of participating in art shows but since I am trying to be a full time artist I know that this is something I will have to do (until I get famous of course) and this was just a little show so I jumped in and [more]