Monday, December 29, 2008

Sick Craft Fever

Life’s whirlwinds had taken me away for a while but I’m back and posting again, hooray!

During the holidays I got a cold, and took residence for a week on my couch cuddling along side a box of tissues. During that time I spent many hours surfing the net, getting inspired and then eventually getting crafty making Christmas decor.

I am not much a fan of the holidays, but this year under the influence of sickness I somehow got into the holiday spirit and made a wreath. My wreath does to fit in the typical norm of the Christmas theme, but over all its green and I think it’s festive. And as my mum would say, “it only matters what you think honey”. So thank you Katie Runnels of The Constant Gatherer
for inspiring this creation of mine and filling my recovery time with joy.

These are a few pairs of the earrings I assembled over the week. There are more posted on my Flickr account too.

Forest Party

Honey and Colver

Candy Whipper

I'm going back to the studio now to get my hands dirty, and hopefully make something magnificent. Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rebel Crafter Fights the Night

I have been hell bent busy; the Holiday season really takes us artists by storm.

The Rebel craft fair at the Kennedy School was a success. I was excited to see people come in response to my email flyer. Wow, advertising does work! I also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting away with other artists, locals and travelers at the event. I might have even made some new friends. There was an amazing group of artists and art work to be seen. I wish I had the money to buy a few things. After the fair I went out and enjoyed the rest of the night with these fine citizens of the city.

So to anyone who missed the event, I will be having a last chance studio sale before Christmas. Email me so I can put you on my list. There will be new pots and everything left from the craft fair to see.

So recently artist Stephanie McKay , whom I met in undergrad found my website. In turn I got to look at hers, and well…I fell in love. Her hand spun wool is gorgeous, the colors are fabulous and the little crocheted berries that she adds, Oh my god are darling. Check out all her beauteous creations on her site, the colors will bring you happiness.

I have a lot of exciting new work coming out this spring so keep your eyes open.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Crafty Wonderland

Craft fair creations are in full swing for the next few weeks. I realized I don't need to make a million things, just enough to fill the booth + some. It's also important to keep up a good quality of craft as to not just end up making "stuff". So while I am working away for this fair I am also preparing for my show this spring. Many of the things I am going to be selling are secretly prototypes for my show. It's the learning curve of trying new things out in ceramics, the first ones are practice. Every once in a while I'll luck out and the first run of making a new forms turns out great, but like most things……. practice, practice, practice.

I do have a paired down line of dishes I make to keep the price down, but I still think they are cute and edgy. Here are a few of the paired down group waiting for a trip to the kiln.

If you don't hear from me for a while, I'm just in the grind of things. I will post some details of the new pots as they come out of the kiln in a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Refrigerate your artwork

I dreamed last night about show casing my ceramics in an old retro refrigerator and kitchen cupboards. People had to open the refrigerator in order to find the artwork inside. Some of the ceramics even had blueberries and salads in them to show off their beauty and functionality. The show looked like snoopy house guests inspecting the wares or looking for stashed loot. While some people took turns reading the artist statement posted on the refrigerator with alphabet magnets, others puzzled over the narratives of the cups and plates in the cupboards. I think this is a future show that must happen, don’t you?

So my featured artists of the day are the magical creators at
Apak Studios
here in Portland Oregon. Their fantastical world makes me want bike around Portland with rose colored glasses looking for the portal into this other realm. The brilliant colors and light hearted mirth of these images melts my heart. I have yet to buy a print, but they are totally affordable on line at etsy. Please visit their website as it’s a treat to explore. I hope one day to meet this dynamic duo and if I should, I hope I don’t make an ass out of myself.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bread and Babies

A few months ago my friend artist Megan Bisbee-Durlam, living in Japan sent me a package full of wondrous little doodads. Rather than storing away these curious Japanese toys for all time, I made them a home in one of my Ikea frames. I think my assemblage piece came out quite well.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Studio Nest

After much consideration I have turned my little dinning area into a little ceramics studio. I don’t think I have ever been so diligent in keeping my studio this clean but it’s a good healthy practice none the less. It’s been a few weeks now and I love having the natural light and the sweet smell of basil while I work.

So I am working hastily in preparation for my craft sale at the Kennedy School next month and my show this spring at the Bloomington Clay Studio. This week was a lot of sketching and researching for new subject material and form reference. In the process I discovered some amazing artist’s web sites and sprouted some new ideas.

This little ceramic stool by Asa Jacobson is beautifully placed in her garden being visited by a chicken. What a wonderful image, it makes me want to have my own little chicken and tomato plants.

Monday, October 6, 2008

3 states + 6 days = good times!

My summer trip went fast but it was fantastic! I had 6 days of looking at graduate schools and visiting old friends. I had a wonderful time in Alfred visiting friends and exploring Cara's cabinets full of handmade pottery. It’s always an inspiration to see and feel the different methods and surfaces of handmade pottery. Each pot has a different personality reflecting the people who made them. My other diversion in Alfred was pillaging the local antique stores that are awesomely cheep.

After Alfred I swung up to Buffalo for a fine evening of margaritas and craft night with Ashley and Jay. The Mexican restaurant we ate at had great food, so so service and to my amusement was a partly renovated Denny’s. Jay’s Margarita was more like a bowl of liquor as you can see.

After a night of “party!” I drove down to Bloomington Indiana to see Shu-Mai and Daniel of the Bloomington Clay Studio. They where awesome hosts and gave me a wonderful tour of the town and Indiana University. I don’t think anyone else could have done a better job of winning over my heart to this town. Daniel made us an amazing dinner worthy of a fine restaurant, Daniel you rock. After some good food, company, and conversation I returned home to start working again, and with lots to think about.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thunder Gray Photo Attack

I’m gearing up for the coming months of craft fairs and studio sales. Making deadlines for my self is painful. Focusing to make work and not play work is more painful. Credit card tools, priceless!

Yesterday I newly discovered more love of my credit card tools. They are great for wet trimming and shaping. I had a blast playing around with different cut card shapes to us in pushing the clay around and apply patters.

Today I’m off to pick up my first back drop in thunder gray and set up for picture taking. I’m fantastically long over due for taking pictures of my work. Kyle would call my procrastination my super hero weakness, it totally is.