Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I have so many odds and ends now, I need to work steady every day to make homes for all of this stuff. I got in two solid days of work this week, tomorrow will be a half day of work, I have some meetings, and then Friday I'm taking Wesley to the beach with my art chick pals. Girls only weekend, should be fun! Wesley will be home from school on break for the next couple of weeks, so I'm not sure how much I am going to get done, but I do need to work at least some of the time she is here. I know she has to work on a screenplay, so that will help motivate me to work also.
Don't forget the Mudfire show opens online Friday at 12pm!!
Monday, February 27, 2012
On the way to Winston Salem we got an email that someone Gerry used to work with lost his teenage son Friday night. Hold your loved ones tight, take time for them, the work can wait, we only have our friends and family on this Earth for a precious amount of time!! Thanks, Wes for spending the day with us, we love you, xoxo!!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I am a very lucky girl. I spent Friday with my very good girl friends, and the rest of the weekend with my two very best friends, Gerry and Corky.
Corky was Gerry's roommate in college and I met him when I was 19 years old. He is still our best friend, we have been through marriages, divorces, births, deaths, illness, employment woes, sadness, happiness, and through it all we have remained friends, never an unkind word spoken between us. This weekend he came to stay with us and give me some Skyrim lessons. Corky is a master game player, and yes if you are wondering if the two of us have some maturity issues, I can prove that we do with this video! That's ok though, we are happy, we are young at heart, we are not mean spirited and we have sooooo much fun!!!
My life is very full, my friends and family bring an amazing amount of joy and adventure to my life., and I am grateful every single day for them. They keep the monsters away!! My wish for each of you is that you may have people in your life that bring you laughter and joy, what is life without it?!
Peace ya'll, happy week :)
this story on MSNBC that Gerry has been working on (shot the photos for). It's about a girl that lost her horse, tragic tale, and then a happy ending. Very good story, well written, great photos! If the link won't take you there for some reason, just google Gerry Broome animal tracks and you should find it.
Take a break, have some tea, and read a good story :)
What a beautiful day!
Take a break, have some tea, and read a good story :)
What a beautiful day!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Piccasso
Driving to Charlotte today, gave me and Laura lots of time to talk about art, goals, themes, issues, lots of great thoughts. Laura made a very interesting point to me recently that I really liked. We were talking about how many blogs had images of houses on them lately. I had a friend awhile back at Claymakers that called it heightened awareness. We worked together as assistants and there were always cycles of similar things. One person would make a votive candle holder and then the kilns would fill with them. Someone would make a slab tray with leaves pressed in it and then the shelves filled up with slab trays. It's an interesting phenomenon in a community clay studio. I have seen it in every one I have worked in. Anyway, we were talking about the house form and how so many people use it and she made an interesting point. We all live in a house. It is a universal symbol: we all take shelter in a house, raise families in them, rest, laugh, love, all in our houses. So of course it is a familiar and comfortable object to many of us. Just like a bowl or a cup is a familiar and comfortable object to all of us. Today I mentioned that I thought it would be cool to see all of the potter/bloggers make a house in their own style, like the cups or bowls they make, or the sculptures they make, just using their own glazes, surface decorations, inspirations. I had even emailed several potter friends a while back to see if I could send them one of my houses and then have them decorate it in their own style. I would still love to do this, but the logistics went out the window when Ron requested red clay and Michael needed to wood fire his, see where this is going?! But what if everyone made one in their own way? It would be interesting, don't you think?! Maybe Meredith could put together another show, haha!
I'm excited to see the House and Home show go up next week at Mudfire and see the many interpretations of this shape we all have in common. I think it will be a fantastic show. I am very proud of the pieces that I sent down and very proud of the pieces that I left at Lark and Key today.
I am also very proud of these art chicks that are my friends. They lift me up, they support me, they cheer me on, they give me advise, encouragement, and blunt talk when I need it. They don't try to tear me down, they don't envy me, they accept me and they carry on and make their own great and powerful work and I love the strong, intelligent women they are. They make me stronger, smarter, and bring me laughter and joy when I am with them. Today was one of those very great days, being with women who know who they are and don't give a rat's ass what anyone thinks, because they are confident and secure with who they are. ROCK ON Susan, Laura, and Shannon!!!!!! Thanks for being some kick ass girls!!!
ps: I hope it's ok that I borrowed these images from your blogs :)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I just want to give a great big hug and thanks to the folks at Mudfire Gallery. I have never met them, we have only spoken through emails, but I have to say they are the epitome of a fantastic and supportive gallery! They have been so kind and helpful and I am very honored to be included in their upcoming show, House and Home. Thanks also for the featured artist interview they posted on their blog. If you don't have their blog on you blog roll, you should. They have some great interviews and very interesting posts. Check it out here: Mudfire Blog. Thank you, thank you for your amazing support of clay artists!!!! xo
Lark and Key Gallery. More folks that I have not met, but have also found to be sooooo kind and generous. Looking forward to meeting them tomorrow. My pal Laura is riding with me and we are going to check out some of the art museums while we are there. I'll take lots of photos for all of you that can't ride along with us:)
Thank you also to my blog pals that emailed today to give me the heads up about the Mudfire interview. I really appreciate all of you and your support more than you know!!!
Oh, the first photo is also one of the dolls I got. She is on a box that I picked up for myself. I'll take some photos of it later, it's really cool. I think it will be my new cash box at shows! Really great day today, hope all of you are having some of the same. I know there has been some sorrow this week but I hope that you have had a few smiles to brighten the sadness
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
It's not keeping me from my work though. I do have some sense of responsibility and self control, not much, but enough to go out to the studio every day and work. This week I am working on Gena's family project.
Is it my imagination or are there a lot of house forms popping up on blogs lately?
Ignore everybody, just work, ignore everybody, just work, ignore everybody, just work.........
Monday, February 20, 2012
Two of out blogger friends Judi Tavill and Lucy Fagella lost their best friends this week and felt safe enough in the blog community to share it with us. I thought we could take a moment and honor their loss with this moment of silence and celebration for the seasons of our lives. Please take a minute today to be silent and honor those that we have lost.......
My condolences to you Judi and Lucy and to your families, xo
I'm going to take a blog break for a few days, I need some space to breathe............
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO
THAT GOOD NIGHT
Dylan ThomasDo not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I felt sort of bad for them. They are between Med Deli and Mint, two very popular restaurants in town. We in fact were heading to Med Deli but the line was out the door, so we went to Tallulah's and lucky us, there was only one other party in the place, there was great music, it was peaceful, and the food is way better when you don't have to stand in line to order it. I love this place, if you are ever in town, check it out! Sorry, the photos were shot with Gerry's iphone, not terribly great quality! There was so much food left over, we will have a nice dinner too!
Now for some hot tea and a movie. It is Sunday, after all, day of rest.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I was standing in line at the grocery the other day waiting on the slowest check out lady in Chatham County, so I started flipping through magazines, checking out what Martha is up to these days. Who knew, she did a story on Seagrove's very own David Stuempfle. Great article and Jeff Dean and Steffanie Martin, two of my very favorite potters (the greatest handle makers by the way) get a brief mention and photo as well. Good job you guys! Congrats!!! Doug, Hannah and Ang you might remember going to David's the day I met up with you guys when you were here for your U.S tour. (Ron and Meredith were along on that trip too, such a fun day!)
He is such a great person, so kind and his place is my dream house. One day I too will live out in a field of green with no redneck neighbors revving their engines at 7am, but I digress, sorry :)
So run to your local magazine stand and pick up the latest Martha Living.
My news isn't so exciting, but fun just the same. I raku fired this little flock of sheep today. I pathetically
played Skyrim, trying to get an f' ing dragon bone until after midnight, so I figured today, I should make up for that nonsense and work. It was so beautiful today, the world just cried out for a raku firing and I had this order that has been pressing me to finish, so my poor customer that has been so kindly waiting can have her sweet little sheep. I am sad to ship these folks all the way to California, but go they must, so today I will set them out on my kitchen table where I set everything until I can bear to part with it. Right now they are hanging out with the two barns I'm not sure I want to give up.
These sheep are not a constant thing in my work flow. I make them every now and then on a whim. I worked with a brilliant clay artist long ago and together we made these for kid's classes and summer camp and they were fun. But if I had to sit down and make a bunch at one time I would lose my mind. I try to make just a few to keep them fresh and they are just whimsical on the shelves at shows, although they last for about the first hour of the show and then I have no more. If I was smart I would just make stars and sheep, but then I would pull myself apart from the madness of it all! they do make me smile every time I make them though, sigh.......
Friday, February 17, 2012
I have found the test for these items that I am collecting is that they have to make me smile. This little chick passed the test. And so did the little cherub playing the cello.
These will be available at the Lark and Key gallery after next Friday, whatever they pick from them at least.
This is an image of a pathetic potter with a terrible work ethic. I woke up with every intention of getting to work on some houses today, I have them cut out, they just need to be built. But what do you think I did? Our friend Corky came over and I ended up playing Skyrim with him ALL day. Sad, isn't it? Then he left and my pal Laura showed up and she gave me a bunch of tutorials on my ipad.
So let's see what I accomplished today: I got a horse from a dead guy and rode to Riverwood until a wolf attacked us and took a chunk out of my horse's ass, I can shoot flames from my hands, I took a potion made from spider eggs, and I have a mission to get a golden something from a dragon. I can also now use my painterly app on my ipad. Hmmmm, I would say I had a good day, considering haha!
Oh yeah, and I had a short therapy session with Laura where we discussed this compulsion I have to make perfect houses and store amusing childhood symbols in them. Sort of going down the path of: well my childhood was fucked up so I am making the perfect house and putting happy memories from other people in them. See where this is going? A therapist could buy a new car with the hours we could spend analyzing this one!
Sooooo, I will be working all weekend, paying the price for playing today, not a bad deal really!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
She was talking about finials and doorknobs and I was seeing visions of houses with these things and thinking yes, please, let me make some for you! This is what my pieces are meant for. Little sacred spaces for family memories, for treasures from our past. So today, in the pouring rain, Gena made it out to my tiny little studio with bags in her hands full of precious items from her grandmother's past, from her past, and her family's. So many memories in these pieces, I could sit all day and let her tell me about the soapstones used to sharpen knives, that we are going to use in some way, the doorknobs from the kitchen, the finials from the house itself, and the bottle opener that was only used for the "hard cider". I love that! Alcohol wasn't allowed in the house, much like my house growing up. My dad hid his stash in the carport :)
Anyway, I could just see the love Gena has for her family and the memories she brought with her in those paper bags and I am so honored to give them a place to exist in my art. I can feel the history of this place, the lives that lived there. My body feels like it is buzzing with electricity from these objects and I already feel connected to them. How does anything get better than that. There will be a barn for uncles, an aunt, a grandmother, a father, brothers, and of course one for her! I have a lot of work I need to get out in the next couple of months, but I will start this project in the morning, I will be too distracted if I don't go ahead and get all of this completed and off to new homes. Then I can concentrate on my June shows! Thank you Gena, for trusting me with your family memories, I am very excited to get started, I will document my progress here on my blog so your family can see what's going on! xo
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Learn your craft, do it with integrity, originality and from deep in your soul.
Do you know that I cried when I finished these pieces? My body was tingling all over, first I cried, then I laughed, then I felt an enormous sense of satisfaction that these pieces came from some place deep inside my heart, they are the fabric of my being and they will now belong to someone else. They are on their way to Mudfire Gallery and I will never see them again..........
This is how your art should make you feel or what is the point?
The phrases above came from blogs I read this week and they were words I needed to keep me from kicking another hornet's nest :) thanks to Michele and Kelly
BTW, I just want to point out how simply Gerry is shooting this. Jim Hines, the photographer that shot my work last week, is a brilliant product photographer, no doubt about it, but my husband is an artist! These shots feel like walking in a beautiful cemetery.......
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera. They are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier Bresson
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
of Pere Lachaise
I have mumbled a blog to myself all day, but I'm just going to keep it to myself.
It's been a great day, Gerry shot these photos for me today (he's good isn't he), gave me presents, took me out to a great Thai restaurant, so why spoil all that. Hope everyone had a lovely day with lovely people.
HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY!
My friend Meredith at Whynot Pottery gave me this little guy and some other treasures she found around her house. I think I might just need to go down and plunder through her stuff some day, she keeps finding all of these great little things in her drawers. She and Mark also live in paradise. I love going out to their place. I stopped by there Friday after picking up some clay at Starworks.
Hope everyone has a great Valentine's day!
I am unloading some work from the kiln this morning, I may get back to you later in the day with good or bad news :)
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sorry, I had a Bruno Mars video up but it disappeared so I decided to put this one up.
Who watched the Grammy show last night? Bruno Mars rocked it, google his performance last night if you want to feel good. The Civil Wars opened for Taylor Swift and I would have much rather heard more from them than Taylor. I have to say, for a few hours of escapism TV, the show last night was really great. Eye candy for sure, the sets and choreography were amazing, and the performances were so much better than they have been in the past. The Foo Fighters kicked ass and God bless Glen Campbell.
Thanks for those votes for the versatile potter thing, I'm not really sure what that means, but thanks. I have been so busy filling out contracts and applications and Mudfire sent me some interview questions, so trying to come up with clever things to say for the obligatory "tell us something about you we don't know" and then name some more people for nomination has slipped through the cracks. It's not that I am ungrateful for the recognition, I just don't like it when a few people are singled out on a blog for recognition when we are all busting our asses and doing what we love and doing it the best we know how. I do like reading the things people say about themselves when these award things come up, but if you have been reading this blog for awhile you already know way more than you ever needed to know about me. If I made a list of those I would like to recognize it would be everyone that reads this. So here is a versatile potter shout out to all of you if you are reading :)
Happy week everyone. I have a kiln going today and I need to ship work to Mudfire for the show and I have some applications to send out, so I need to get going.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I know three guys that went to college together and studied photography, so I thought I would get them to shoot some really nice photos of some of my best pieces. Jim Hines worked for years at Alderman Studios in the small products division, shot covers for Smithsonian Magazine, corporate product shots and lots of other things. Gerry swears he is the most brilliant photographer he has ever seen at lighting. Cole Martin (Corky) was Gerry's roommate in college and he is brilliant with photoshop and printing, and has the very coolest studio in downtown Greensboro, and then there is Gerry, who is just plain brilliant at everything when it comes to photography. So how could I go wrong! Jim used small mirrors to reflect light, which I would have never thought of doing, masked lights, masked his lens, moved and worked with shadows like magic and brought out so much depth in my work, the shots looked incredible.
Here is a short video I shot at Corky's studio today. Fun day! Waiting on Gerry to tone and crop and then I will post some really nice photos.
Thanks Guys!!! It was fun!