Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's That Time of Year...

Summer sale time!  While it doesn't quite feel like summer out here just yet, the sale season has definitely begun.  We had a studio artist sale a few weekends ago at Northern Clay Center, and I'm participating in one this weekend at the Front Porch Gallery (aka my friend Anna Metcalf's front porch :) )  If you're in the area browsing the Seward garage sale madness, stop by 2813 29th Ave. and say hi!  We'll be there on Friday from 9 - 5pm and Saturday from 9 - 7pm.  There will be yummy treats, too!

Monday, May 10, 2010

There's Just Something About...

...plates all stacked up.  So satisfying :) 

And reclaim, too...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Battle: Surface Vs. Form

First off, here are a few pics (photo credit: Scott) from the Earth Matters exhibition at NCECA - only a month after the show - ha!    It was exciting to have work in a well attended exhibit like that, and really got me thinking about my ceramics and the direction of my clay ideas...
I applied for one of the Jerome artist grants offered by the Northern Clay Center earlier this year.  I didn't get the grant - boo - but I did have the opportunity to sit down with one of the jurors, Cary Esser (who was also a McKnight resident at NCC, and is an AMAZING lady!), to talk about my proposal and my work.  I was excited to talk with Cary, because I greatly respect her opinion, and I was eager for feedback from someone rooted in the academic clay world.  At the crux of our conversation was the issue of form.  She, along with the other two jurors, felt that while my surfaces contain a strong concept, my forms do not.  I totally agree with this assessment of my pieces.  The form is a place where I just make and enjoy the material.  The surface is a place for me to think hard and set up ideas and a narrative.  While there is part of me that would like a more definite place to pull from formally, there is another part that worries my work will lose accessibility if I increase the complexity of the pots.  So, finally, here is my question:  Are there ways to pull the concept of my surfaces into the forms while keeping the pieces functional and approachable?  I think the successful marriage of surface and form is an issue for a lot of folks, especially those who put imagery on their pots.  I've had a few ideas about how to balance concept and functionality, but I'd love to hear what any of you out there have to say (and maybe how you have resolved/not resolved this in your own work)!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Good Combo!

I am definitely into this...  Found here on the Cartolleria blog.  More updates to come soon!  I've got a few pictures from NCECA (hard to believe that it was already over two weeks ago now...) and a question for all you clay people out there.  But for now, I'm off to the studio!  Happy Sunday.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Interview UP!!!

The interview I did with Connie Norman is live on her blog (thanks again for the opportunity, Connie)!  If you're interested in learning more about my work and where it comes from check out what I have to say at:  Enjoy!

Oh and a little side note:  Below is concrete proof that lowfire white clay should never (ever!!) go in a high fire gas kiln.  And yet, it somehow manages to happen every term at NCC. UGH!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back on the blogging horse...

I've been looking for a nudge to get myself back into the blogging routine, and I found just the thing to do it!  Fellow clay artist and blogger, Connie Norman, will be posting an interview we did about my work on her blog this week.   Not only does Connie make excellent clay work, but she's interviewed some great clay folks (most recently Jeff Campana and Ron Philbeck - a few of my favorites...)!  You can check out Connie's work here and her blog here.  I'll be sure to post an update when the interview goes live...