Ceramics showcase!!

April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Ceramics showcase is coming!  I just spent a week putting up posters.  As many potters have already noticed, it is hard to come by good pottery posters.  I now have several extra posters featuring a beautiful ceramic sculpture.  If you want one, send me a note on etsy and we can work out getting one to you. 🙂  

This year I’m taking Trilobite and Ammonite work to the showcase.  I’ll be in the group booth which means a lot less frenetic work on my part, but a lot more in time spent at the showcase working.  

Here’s some samples of the work that will be there!

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Pasta Jar! 

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Sake Set!

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TIki !

February 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

SO I had a commission recently for a pair of Tiki’s. I love making Tiki’s BTW, so if anyone out there on the net wants one from me, just say the word!

So is a tiki I made for her! (Unfortunately the other one broke, but I do have an image that I have to get off another computer… it’ll be here soon I promise!)

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Tentacle love

November 24, 2011 at 7:17 am (inspiration, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Philip K. Dick was an amazing Author. A while back I read an interview with him just before he died where he laid out the frame work for a story. A main plot point was an alien race that beheld colors in a way that humans can’t, but couldn’t hear.

My mind went immideatly to cephalopods. Cuttle fish to be particular, mostly because of the giant cuttlefish near Austrailia which can put on such a great show. Also because they are known to communicate through using color.

Now we’re finding out out more and more about the intelligence of Octopi. Other animals as well, but Octopi and other cephalopods are just so fascinatingly different.

I can’t imagine eating something so intelligent, it honestly grosses me out to see cooked octopus. I wonder if someday in the future humans will be able to honestly communicate with the alien creatures that haunt our waters, and how humans will effect the evolution of octipi… and vice versa. (I mean, if we’re going to start adopting genese from other creatures, I totally want color changing skin.)

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Let there be light and lots of it.

November 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Seasonal depression has always been a bane of mine. I didn’t know why I burst out crying when Mrs. Mugg told me I couldn’t go outside for recesses in the 4th grade, but I did. Not all at once mind you. I don’t remember what my infraction was, but the sentence to the indoors was handed down, and then we went to lunch. I sat alone, away from everyone else (not too uncommon) faced the window and staaaared at the sunlight. Wasn’t too long before the waterworks began.

Yep, I’ve had this for as long as I remember. You’d think then, that I’d have tried the light box long before now.

I hate light in the morning. I mean, I really hate unnatural, ugly, flat light. I don’t notice it at night because you’re eased into it by the setting of the sun, but in the morning, you wake up to glorious, beautiful, soft darkness. I can see fine, I can remember where everything is in physical space, so I just don’t turn on lights.

Exept I could barely get out of bed on Saturday, and Sunday I was inches from a fight with my husband all day. Monday started out with a random crying fit in the grocerey and a terrible day of work full of my inability to focus and lots of repetative, detail oriented tasks.

That night i got the light box. Sadly, I can’t mock it by calling it the happy light because that is the model name.

The next day was drastically different. I still wasn’t perfect, but Hell, I’ll take not about to burst into tears and able to focus.

I’m just sorry it took me this long to do it.

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Work is a Vampire

October 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Seriously. Ergh. I’ve been working part time jobs up till now, but that doesn’t really pay enough bills just now. So now I have a full time job and no energy or life force left to really do the things I want. Ugh. Thus my disappearance.

Not that I’ve stopped doing ceramics. I’d have a melt-down of epic proportions if THAT happened, but things like writing on my blog has definitely fallen to the wayside, and I only get 6 hours a week in the studio, as compared to the 40 I was getting before. 😦 So sad.

Still, I find ways to cope. Now I bring work home to go all texture on. ^_^ Sitting in front of the TV, watching DR Who or whatever I feel like at the moment and poking intricate texture into the pieces. Very relaxing. I will be ready for my show in January!

As for Christmas, I’m going to be in a Pop-up-store in Portland this year. 🙂 It opens on the 17th, I believe, and its on the intersection of SW Morrison, 10th, and the Max line. Eeee!

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My 9/11 remembrances

September 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

The news is alive with 9/11 stories. People are posting about it, talking about it, about the towers and grief. But when I think about 9/11 I get angry. I think about how I had to wait a full day to hear from the president as he flew from safe location to safe location and the betrayals that followed. I think of anger at my own government for the way they responded, with knee jerk anger, patriotism and opportunism, not with thoughtfulness and an eye on what was best for us, the citizens, for the country. Osama Bin Ladin is dead, and if it hadn’t been for the incompetence of the White House and Congress, all his legacy would be is burning towers, a successful proof of a safety design at the pentagon and a failure (our success) in a Pennsylvania field.

If you really want to remember 9/11 remember the people who took advantage of our grief to get what they wanted, to send us to war in not only the place where Osama Bin Ladin was hiding, but in an unrelated country that had no connections. The people who took away our freedom in the name of safety, who trampled over the constitution and treated it like a rag.

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New apartment; new Job

September 2, 2011 at 6:13 am (Uncategorized)

So in the midst of moving I get a call for an interview, and then another and before we’re done moving, I have a job. I start next week, and its full time. This is really going to take a lot of time out of my studio, ya’ know. Still, its looking like an interesting job that will actually use my artistic skills. That makes me happy.

On the other hand, I have my spaghetti jars, a mermaids purse, and some mugs and bowls in a kiln coming out on Saturday. I’m afraid I rushed the spaghetti jars, so I left one out to finish later when I wasn’t rushing, just so I could have a back up jar. I hope the others turn out, because they should be pretty darn awesome.

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Monday monday

August 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Well, I’m running behind today. So today’s post will be short and about something I think is worthwhile, but not important enough to write a long post about. Namely, I’m going to let you know about a charity contest being held by Vivint. They are having people vote on the charities that they feel are most worthy of support, and then they are giving grants based on the support those charities recieve.

Me, I’m supporting the It Gets Better Project. The it gets better project is an outreach by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered adults to GLBT kids. GLBT kids face severe bullying at school and (sadly) often at home. Its bullying thats in the culture, coming from political leaders, from religious authorities, from teen support organizations (say, boy-scouts.) As a result, GLBT kids are more likely to run away and/or suicide.

While this is slowly changing, GLBT kids are suffering now, and the It Gets Better Project is reaching out to them to tell them that its not like what they are experiencing everywhere, and that it does get better when they are older. There is a future to look forward to.

That being said, there are a plethora of good charities to vote for. Check it out and vote for the charity of your choice.

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Bees!

July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm (inspiration, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

So on Wednesday a bee swarm sauntered into the area. Anyone who’s ever encountered a bee swarm knows that they’re aweinspiring and kinda’ scary; yet at the same time so high on honey that you could do anything short of pulling off limbs or attacking the queen.

So this swarm decided to attatch itself under the bridge to a concrete support and hang out. It was a very large bundle of bees, very fascinating, but over-all harmless and unnoticed by most poeple (once they settled in that is.) So I let them Bee. After all, they don’t travel very far when they are swarming and they just want to find a new place to live. They were surely just resting there while finding a more suitable place, right?

They were still there the next morning, and I was getting worried. Honey Bees are a precious resource, providing pollenation, wax and delicious (!) honey. The last thing I wanted was for anyone to call in an exterminator. Fortunaly Rhul Bee Supply has a listing of bee collectors (bee keepers who are happy to have a wild swarm) for the North West. I called a man named Terry and he came by and picked them up after work.

Fascinating to watch a man go up a ladder with a bit of honeyed plastic and come down with a load of bees. At first he was gentle, just working the hive apart and pulling a few off. Then he pulled out the big guns, a old, potent honey comb with some honey still in it and got even more. Then he just started scooping the bees of the cement and putting them in the hive, gently dropping a bundle of bees.

It was pretty darn awesome to watch. I’m never going to be afraid of a bee swarm again. (this is different than a riled up bee hive. Swarms don’t have any brood to protect, hives do.)

Of course, finding out that they were planning on staying on that cement support was pretty shocking, even to the bee keepers. There was the foundations of thier new hive being laid up there on the cement support. With a bar and restaurant nearby, that would have been a disaster for everyone involved. After all, people do stupid ass things when they’re drunk. So I’m happy that the bees now have a nice, dry, wooden hive to go home too, though I’m sad they won’t be nearby anymore.

Anyhow, that was my awesome day yesterday. I did also get ceramics work done and I got into the studio earlier than normal today. 🙂 That’s making me feel real good right about now.

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Post 4th of July Post

July 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Hey everybody. Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July. Even those of you not in the USA, where it would have just been a happy day and not a holiday. (Just because its not your holiday doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a happy day. 😉 )

I’m struggling in my mind between what I want to do and what I have to do. I want to work on sculptures, but I have to do production. Hell, I have a show coming up and I’ll need to work on sculptures sooner rather than later… but getting paid is good too, and the person only has a limited time in the city.

So its more cups for me, but I have ideas, and I want to try those ideas.

Today is a Chester day in the studio, which means I have a cuddly puppy on my lap. The dogs handled the fireworks well. In Oregon fireworks are legal to sell and set off around the 4th. So of course my nighbors try to burn down the city every year. I’m not very comfortable with it, having grown up in a fireworksless state. Well, that and watching sparks hit a house and a charge going into a tellephone pole just does not inspire great trust in my neighbors ability to handle explosives. -_-‘

Of course, all the smart people went to the big, open field park to set off their fireworks. … there were about 4 of them. Gah.

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