Sunday, May 17, 2015

Glazing Away

Sanded and ready for the second trip to the kiln...
Heading for the final firing, and should be salmon colored...
Lots of pieces are getting white washed...
Glazing projects set up for next week...
Definitely heading into senior citizen territory...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Goat Hill Fair

It's that time again...
Frolicsome goats...
Dream van...
Love these light shades...
Tool caddy...
Super pink ribbons...
A fez to die for...
Gorgeous mantilla comb...
Reminders of Alberta...
Trying hard to forget the "no more globes" rule...
Giving the crowd a stare down...
A blessed sailor lad...
Bought some presents...
Gorgeous farm truck...
Farmers haying in the distance...
Spoils...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day



I feel that I need to officially thank my sister on Mother's Day, for being the best kind of mom to me. There are so many ways that she has changed and shaped my life. When I was a little girl, the youngest of four, I often felt lost or left behind. Jana made sure that I was noticed and loved. She used her artistic talents to enrich my life. When I was five, she gave me a set of paper dolls, cleverly made from cardboard, construction paper, and doilies. Later, she created upholstered dollhouse furniture for me. She also made clothes for my dolls, sometimes crocheting or sewing them. My Barbie had a chic white coat with rabbit fur trim. I always loved opening her presents, and I still do. When I felt bad, I could always go to her room, and I would instantly feel better. She knew just what to say.

When she left for college, I remember feeling completely bereft. She left me a copy of "Little Women" to read while she was gone. Then she got married and moved away to New York City. I was so grateful when she and her husband finally returned to live nearby.

Over the years, I've relied heavily upon her good judgement and her kindness. She listens to my complaining, gives me advice, and always leaves me feeling better than she finds me. Now that our family has aged, Jana has taken on the role of being the glue that binds our family together. Thanksgiving meals, birthdays, and every other holiday is shared in her home. She keeps us close and connected. She drove 2 1/2 hours one way to help out in my classroom every Friday. Amazingly, she did this for 13 years. It was a pleasure to see her once a week, and to talk with her over lunch, which she brought each Friday.

I want to thank Jana for everything. For trying to set me on the right path in life at an early age, and even still now. I also want to thank all of the kids who let me be a part of their lives. I've received a lot of sweet Mother's Day presents over the years, and I'm grateful for the love that kids radiate. Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ceramic Food Class Reward Activity

A Big Mac and a breakfast sandwich with bacon...

Another breakfast sandwich and a burger...

Eggs over easy, and a bagel sandwich...

Ciabatta bun burger and an Egg McMuffin...

Hamburger and a Dessert Burger...

These two are made with swiss cheese...

Burgers and a cupcake...

Breakfast sandwich, a dessert burger, and a chocolate cupcake...

Roaring Camp: California History

Candle Making.

Textiles.

Spinning. 
Schoolroom.

Gold Panning.

Prospector.

Fur Trapper.


Blacksmithing.

Charlie Parkhurst.

Plains Crossing.

Print Shop.

Gorgeous Letterpress.

Type.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Seconds or Leftovers?



I always wonder about selling seconds. I get really nervous about selling damaged or flawed work. It has my name on it, and I don't want people to judge me by inferior work. Heaven only knows how difficult it is to come up with something that "works". And, I can afford to be a snob, since ceramics is not my daily bread. Any work that doesn't meet the grade goes straight to the quality control shard pile. A few years ago, I gave a friend a large mended wall hanging. I gave it, because I wasn't sure how long the mending would last. I still worry about it.

This sale was nuts. It started at 10:00 a.m., and when I arrived at 10:10 a.m., it was crazy crowded. People were walking around with boxes full of work, or loot. It had the aura of a legendary Loehmann's sale. I've wondered about participating in this sale, but the timing is always a bit rough. Usually, it falls on one of the weekends during Open Studios. And, May is a busy month for me, with school coming to a close.

I'm thinking of having a studio clean-out sale this summer. It would be nice to sell work from the studio that hasn't sold, and is taking up room. Food for thought...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Squeak Carnwath Lecture

Yummy chicken kebab dinner...
Last night, I was able to listen to a lecture by one of my art heroes. I first saw Squeak Carnwath's work as part of a photo spread of her loft/studio in the San Francisco Chronicle. It was back in the old days, when I was an apartment dwelling painter/ceramic kiln moocher. I still have the article in my desk drawer, because I fell in love with her large scale paintings, and with her home space. Then, I attended her show at the Oakland Museum a few years ago, and was dazzled by seeing her work in person.

Her lecture at the University of Santa Clara de Saisset Museum had a slide show, and was pretty freeform. The audience members asked questions. A couple of her thoughts stayed with me. She mentioned that art can be magical in the way that it can alter the past. She talked about symbols, in regards to their meaning in her work. And, she mentioned that numbers and text on a painted surface, forces the viewer to have to slow down and take time to see the painting.

But, my favorite idea was that a "professional" artist is not measured by work in galleries, or work sold, but by work completed. It's important to satisfy yourself. And, it's important to put in consistent effort, honing your ideas and skills. She mentioned Malcolm Gladwell's theory that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery of a task.

The start of the slideshow...
A Thiebaud print in the hall...
Hans Christian Anderson as interpreted by Andy Warhol...
Love the colors, and the subtle texture...
Brilliant compositions, as well...
Amen...

Found the book from the Oakland show...