Saturday, December 15, 2007
I ended up making a teapot, a small wall piece and a basket bud vase. As I've said before, often when I'm teaching/demonstrating I feel the need to entertain as well as educate (which is not always needed or necessary or even appropriate). Luckily, this time, I don't think I embarrassed myself or scared any small children.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Even though this image is a little fuzzy, this was my recent favorite as it came out of the kiln. It looks like a night scene, with glowing street lights:
This is the train crossing on Sugar Creek Rd., close to the dead end of Davison St.
A detail of the image above:
A similar scene as the first one, but with a completely different color scheme. I've really enjoyed working with new colors and experimenting with line in the borders:
As I've recently discovered/realized that I am indeed a girl (as opposed to the 9 year-old boy that lives inside me....that I often give too much voice to!) I have started to really really like putting pink on this pots. So pink it is!!!!
Come out to Charlotte Foust's studio this Friday or Saturday if you can make it. Like I said before, my dreamy husband is going to be playing some music to create the proper ambiance for the evening, and there will be champange and goodies too. Sounds like a perfect time to check out some art!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The loaded kiln just before firing..Toasty pots ready to come out of the kiln...
Our firemaster, Greg!
Art and Chuck waiting to remove their pieces...
More students hanging out, waiting while the kiln is firing...
I head up to Cornelius tomorrow to teach a handbuilding workshop at the Creative Arts Exchange. I'm looking forward to this short two day class and meeting new students at a new studio.
This weekend is the Art Collective show at Charlotte Foust's studio on Park Rd. in Charlotte. There will be a really nice variety of work for sale- paintings, collages, jewelery, and of course, pottery. I'll have some new work there (hopefully I will post some images of some new trays I just finished) and my husband, Brian will be playing the music for the opening!
Thanks to those of you who came out last weekend for the Clayworks sale! It was nutty crowded! I'm sorry to those of you that I didn't get much of a chance to talk to- I was running the register and was pretty much busy the entire night!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Actually, I've been quite busy getting ready for upcoming shows and such. Next week is the Piedmont Craft Fair in Winston-Salem, which is a 2 day show at the convention center there. It's a great show that has many repeat artists, which means I get to see some friends that I typically only see once a year- so, I'm looking forward to it.
My sweet sweet friend Alyssa is coming tonight just to be really nice to help me glaze. So I decided to make my all time favorite treat: zucchini muffins. Even though they're made with a vegetable, they're not too healthy. Eh. Who cares?!
I promise to post more often- I have some great pictures from a recent trip to DC to see some eco-friendly residential buildings. Coming soon in a post.....
Monday, October 15, 2007
Here's a picture of my booth as I'm just about to finish setting up in the morning. It was a little chilly, but I happily welcome this fall weather. The best part of the show was having fun neighbors- all the the potters in our circle of eight group were together and I was next to Jen Mecca and Barbara Chadwick- both whom make great work. It's always great to be in good company (of work and people!). At the end of the day Brian and my good friend Carrie came to help me load up the car- I'm so thankful to have people that care for me well!
My friend Julie (who's also a potter and you'll see her later in this post....) took some pictures at my show that opened a month ago at Iredell County Museums in Statesville. Here are a few pieces from that show:
Hi Mom! (check out those pink pants!)
Some of my industrial "post-modern fine china"
A detail shot...
One of my pieces from the "Soon?" series
As the "such" part of this post, earlier today I received an email with links to an online photo album from my crazy friend Julie (with her dog formerly known as Sagovia, but now known as Miss Princess):
Julie's sister had a costume birthday party for their dogs; while I wasn't at the party, I can still appreciate the goofy hilarity of dressing animals up. Here's some more:
He looks thrilled to be a hot dog.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
While I don't consider myself an overtly political person, it felt good to be a part of something. I must admit that I was apprehensive to write anything political, because it seems to go a little against the grain of a lighthearted pottery blog, but heck, why not?
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I really enjoy making items for a specific purpose (I make some rectangular bowls that are intended specifically for asparagus). I had some for sale a couple weeks ago at our Circle of Eight sale, and just had to make more. These colors are very different for me, as I usually use darker, earth tones on my work. The brightness is very appealing to me and change can be good, but I'm finding it hard to decide if I want to integrate these colors into my other work. We'll see.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
We finished off the afternoon with some fudge and a picture in front of the "famous" water wheel. It's where typically parents pay 25 cents to have their children paged to if they're lost. Ron generously paged me when I came out of the bathroom. It's good to have concerned friends!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
On Friday I had my opening at Iredell County Museums in Statesville. There was an amazing turnout- I was very lucky in that it was the first "Art Crawl" for the town of Statesville and the event was well promoted. As it was my first solo show, I was really excited to see so much of my work in one place. It was a bit intimidating too- I didn't realize just how nervous I was until the drive up; my husband did a good job of distracting me from this! Many friends made the drive and I really appreciate their support and reaction to the work. To top all this goodness off, Theresa Golas, the museum's curator (and maybe also executive director) and wonderwoman was amazing to work with. She was so patient and probably put in over 200 (shamefully, for real) screws in the wall to hang the show. She's a rock star.
Saturday was our Circle of Eight sale at my house. The weather was perfect and we had a good amount of people stop by. Its a lot of fun to do a sale with friends- and to be among everyone's nice work. Mark Peters came down as our guest artist- it was great to get to know him better.
I'll post additional photos soon. Of course I forgot my camera on Friday, but my buddy Julie remembered hers and took some pictures. There are also a couple on Elaine's blog, which you can visit by clicking her name on the sidebar.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
An unexpected plus to the week was spending time with my friend Virginia McKinney. She's an amazing sculptor who works with clay and metal. She had the foresight to have her daughter Loo (we became instant friends!) come teach another class during the same time so we could all hang out together. I'm not sure why we're all smiling so much here, I was about to leave! It was a great time.
Friday, September 7, 2007
After the demo at the Mint, Brian and I headed up to Statesville to deliver work for my upcoming show at Iredell County Museum. I'll have a large variety of work at the show, including these pieces which are from a new series I'm working on. These are medium-sized serving trays that have images of some of my favorite industrial areas of Charlotte.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I'm really excited to have the opportunity to show a large amount of work in one place, as well as feature a couple of new series that were inspired by my recent class at Penland. The pieces will be shown in groupings, reflecting the importance of community in my life.