Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mr. Turner & The Seaside

A giant blanket of fog bearing down on the coast highway...

The sky became very gray just south of Pigeon Point...

Stopped in to buy a tasty pie...

It was good to see Happy again...

Visited the show featuring many late Turner paintings...

Ran into this beauty by Juan Gris, one of my favorite painters...

Some amazing pre-Columbian ceramics, and African sculptures...

Stopped by Marlowe for some eats...

The absolute best hamburger I've eaten in ages...

Paid a visit to a butter driven bakery...

Very tasty, and the line was out the door...

Paid a visit to a fair trade market at the museum...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Odds & Ends

These have just been sanded...

These cheery little pots are on their way to the last firing...

These nests need white washing...

Watching the trips from the kitchen to the kiln...

These need clear glaze for their last firing...

Ah, three coats of clear glaze...

These need some white wash...

Simple little home signs...

In the process of white washing...

Using a little paper clay to smooth things out...

Loose white wash to "prime the canvas"...

And now, they're ready for color...


Sunday, July 19, 2015

"Do You Know the Way to Monterey?"

Cooper Molera Adobe sitting room...

Love this color, and all of the old door knobs...

Iron shutter holders and lacy curtains...

Thomas O. Larkin quote...

Fragrant geraniums in the back garden...

The old and the new...

View from the back garden...

The shady side of the house...

Meditative bench resembling Brancusi's "Fish" sculpture...

Underneath the very full arbor...

Found some little treasures for the wall boxes...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New Studio Assistant



Breaking out a new knife...

Leaving good and bad marks in the clay...

Winston is the new quality control chairperson...

Following the pattern...

Rolling out decorative details...

Ready to dry...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

What's It All About?








Sometimes I wonder about how I spend my summers. For the past four or five years, I've used my summers to prepare work for Open Studios, which happens during each October. It seems like my daily summer schedule involves waking at about 8 a.m., working in the clay shed until the summer heat becomes unbearable (and the fan ceases to help), taking a shower, having some quiet reading time, a short nap, and then back to work until late evening. Why?! Summers are supposed to be for lounging or loafing.

But, before Open Studios, before getting my kiln, I was still making stuff relentlessly all during each summer. Or, I would take classes at a local community college, so that I could kiln mooch. Before that, I worked at a year round school, where teachers and students had six weeks of school, followed by three weeks off. During those three weeks, I spent every available moment making things. One time, after looking at a book filled with mobiles, I decided to make mobiles for three weeks. On another break, I tiled a table. And, there were many paintings created, too numerous to count.

So, what does all that effort gain? Today, while driving in traffic on the great Pacific Coast Highway, I kept thinking, "What does all the effort gain?"

Here's what I think happens. The more you make, the more you understand what you're making. And, the more you develop your problem solving skills. It becomes addictive, that feeling of fear. Followed by the struggle. And, if you're lucky, there is a feeling of accomplishment or success. You've said what you wanted to say. The interior is now the exterior. It's almost a relief.

The desire to make is closely connected to the desire to express. One of my favorite ceramic artists continually makes different work. Her style is still the same, but the shapes and forms are different. When I look at her work, I can tell that she is also addicted to problem solving. She doesn't just make the same pieces over and over again. There are new colors, and patterns. Each successive piece builds on the last one. That's the kind of ceramic artist that I want to be. One that walks a daring tightrope, trying new things, and maybe failing a lot, but maybe succeeding a bit, too.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ACGA Holiday

Purchased this Ross Spangler bowl at the ACGA show...
Also picked up a Suki Diamond mug...
And, an Elaine Pinkernell cup...
Was teased by a Liz Crain ceramic spice tin...
And, finally I left Palo Alto with a Suki Diamond bowl...
The watermelon mint popsicle was divine...
Loved these Suki Diamond birds...
But, my bag was already full, and my money was gone...
Stopped in for a grilled cheese at Peninsula Creamery...
The cherry Coke refills were seemingly endless...
Spent the rest of the day with Mr. Bogart...