Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday Night on the Town

The day started out with a sweet treat...
Drove to my parents' home after school...
Barbara's roses still look lovely...
Talked my sister into a movie at the Stanford Theater...
Least favorite Cary movie, but the giant poster ain't bad...
Love "The Big Sleep" on the big screen...
Typographic travesty in the parking lot...
Apparently my sister hates Richard Widmark, not James Mason...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Odds & Ends

Found this yesterday...

One of my students asked if she could come to my house sometime, to visit and to see my studio. I told her that she was welcome anytime, but that she might want to let me know, beforehand, what day she would be coming. She asked why. I told her that I spend a lot of my spare time in pajamas, with no makeup. She laughed like it was a funny, funny joke. But, I guess that the look on my face stopped her laughter. I said, "Never underestimate the comfort and the perfect ease of loungewear, Fernanda." This might become a new catchphrase for me... 

This has been a weird week, trying to get my house put back together, and trying to finish up some odds and ends. Next week, I will be making Anasazi plates with the fifth graders next door. So, I have to get the rattles done and out this weekend. Here's to finishing stuff!


Started working it into a basket last night...
Paul sent me an art trade today...
Kids finished glazing their late faces...
Placed the greenware pumpkin rattles in the oven today...






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Open Studios Post Mortem: Back to the Lived-In Room

The car finally fits back into the garage, despite the book boxes...
Putting everything back together...
Every knick knack tells a story...
All of the ceramics are back out in the shed, waiting to be boxed up...
Thank heavens that the couch didn't have to move...
Now, we still need to bring in all of the boxes of books...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thoughts on Nervousness



The first weekend of Open Studios has come and gone. It was a great chance to show off the work that I do quietly, on my own, in my clay shed. Most of the time, art work is a solitary pursuit. And, that's a good thing, because I'm an introvert at heart. Having people over to look at my art work is scary. It takes a kind of bravery that is difficult for me to muster. Maybe it's the lingering of critique sessions during the final three years of my BFA. I hated those critiques. They did nothing to toughen us all up. Instead, they made all of us feel nervous and insecure. 

My clay work is very personal to me. Unlike the graphic design work that I completed in college, I feel completely invested in what I produce in my studio. It is my work, and mine alone. There is no client or professor. And, I guess that's what makes showing work difficult.

As with all things in life, friends and family members make it so much easier. This time, they brought pies, and cookies, and conversation that melted away my nervousness. Thanks to everyone who stopped in to visit.  Thanks to Betty, for providing entertainment, and for being the official greeter. Best wishes to all of my fellow Open Studio-ers for Encore Weekend. When Betty wakes up, we'll be ready for the next round.





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Boom!

Many Survivors.
Piper's Rattle.

We had some hard luck with our pumpkin rattles. Some students formed their pinch pots on the flat desks, instead of in their hands. This caused some of the rattles to have super thick bottoms. When I fired them, the bottoms weren't entirely dry through and through. There were five or six explosions! We'll just have the students with the exploded rattles, make new ones, during our glazing session. I probably should have used a longer warm up setting on the kiln, too. The good news is that they sound fantastic! We built small paper envelopes for the clay rattle balls inside. This kept the rattle balls from sticking to the side walls of the pumpkin.


Strong Stems.
Parent Rattles.
Textured Pumpkins.
My Demo Rattles.
Nice Shapes.
Faces for Absent Students.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Favorite Pieces at the Open Studios Gallery Exhibit

Cynthia Armstrong
Jenni Ward
Charles Prentiss
Burt Levitsky
Marianne de Hatton Groh
Laura Rice
Mott Jordan
Lisa Hochstein
Claire Lerner
Jamile Torres
Elaine Pinkernell
Donna Thompson
Karen Hansen
New Studio Shed Decor

Friday, October 3, 2014

Last Minute Touches

Flowers near the light snacks...
Can't do math and chit chat simultaneously...
Flowers at the entrance...
The surly greeter is practicing for tomorrow...
Just some housecleaning...
Found a hole punch for the signs and this tidbit...
Also found these awesome new clay tools at the supermarket...