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.