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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The Upcoming show!!!

December 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm (Galleries, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, here’s the first poster! The show is going up next week and will be up for 2 months at the SCRAP Re:Use gallery. 🙂 Since all my clay is reclaim, and I’ve been using this yummy reclaim glaze (or two) I feel that this is a great place to give my work a first show.

A show at the SCRAP Re:Use Gallery

All the weird post human critters you know you want to see. :}

Also, its a good excuse for all you Portlanders who haven’t been to SCRAP yet to go check out the awesomeness that is the creative reuse center of Portland. 🙂

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Work as a distraction

December 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , , )

I need to get blogging again, I think it keeps me honest.

I’ve been working in the studio, but work-that-pays is stressing me out. I feel they have unreasonable expectations of just how much I can do in a day, but then what if they don’t and I’m just not very good at office work. I take the time to do a good job, and to be honest when I see the person who was before me’s work (who did everything they wanted to have done) it was slipshod and poorly done. So I do think they have unreasonable expectations. ON the other hand, I’m having to fight that awful voice inside me that tells me that I’m worthless and I’m always always always going to fail.

I hate that voice. That voice is a piece of shit, but I can’t get it to shut up and go the hell away. Of course I’m going to fail at times, but I also succeed. So why in hell can’t I remember my successes, only and always my failures?

So I feel stressed out at work, and its the time around winter solstice which means I get to struggle with SADs. So working in the studio has been hard. I just want to hibernate, really. Sleep, read, occasionally eat. Write a little.

Still I must persevere. Today I’m going to go to the studio and glaze my work for the show that’s going up next week. (EEP!) I don’t think its going to turn out how I wanted it to, but I hope it will turn out well.

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Show Prep

December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm (About my process) (, , , , , , )

I have a show coming up. I’m pretty darn nervous about it, I don’t feel like I’m going to be ready. The things I wanted to do… I don’t know that I can get them done. I kept putting off making sculptures because I was focused on more immediate and financial concerns. I thought I’d still be jobless at this point and have plenty of time to focus on my sculptures.

Ha. What an idiot.

Now I spend every night watching tv and texturing little forms. Not that I’m complaining about being able to do work at home, but this is not exactly how I planned on doing things. I’m also afraid that its not going to look good when its done. ergh.

and I need to make so many more slugs its not even funny. Every time I think I’ve learned my lesson…

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More sea slug awesomeness.

September 13, 2011 at 5:49 am (inspiration) (, , , , )

So I’ve been digging into the sea slugs. Found some awesome ones, and a interesting divers blog who takes a lot of undersea photographs. 🙂 Of course, I’m more often looking at the background rather than the fish, but hey, lots of photographs!

There are some strange things under the ocean, but thats why I love it so much. 🙂
<a href="” target=”_blank”>Sea slug, brittle star, and oceanic dildo creatures

OMG spots!

This one creeps me out a little.

In studio news, the Dragon Matt green shifted again, and I got some OMG AWESOME results. I’ll have photographs next week sometime, when my life has (hopefully) calmed down a little.

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Good Morning!

August 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm (Business story) (, , , , , , )

Yesterday I got some work on the pasta jars done. I have to tell you, its a pretty awesome feeling holding a jar that you made that’s a foot tall (30.5 cm tall). I’m going to be giving some ammonites homes today and then its finally to those darn mermaid purses that I’ve been trying to get to.

Yesterday was the second day of the Mercy Corps NW class on Business Fundamentals. It was largely on finances and while a lot of it was stuff I already knew, it was illuminating to me to have it set out in that structure. I know the cultural myth is that “creatives” are supposed to be good with free form and better with no limitations or boundaries, but I find that structure really helps me. Structure and group support, which is what a class provides. Even in the studio I find structure useful. I don’t need to be so tightly bound to structure that it limits my movements, but … well, I see it like a vast jungle gym that I can move across however I want, and in the studio I get to try to use it to see what I can make.

So the class is good for me. The homework is a bit intimidating, but its good practice. I’m just not looking forward to checking out my credit report. o.O

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A bit of inspiration

August 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm (inspiration) (, , , , , , , , )

I ended up on the beach yesterday. It was unexpected, so now I have a bright red stripe on my back where my shirt didn’t quite cover my back and my neck is flaming up (my arms are sunburnt too, but they didn’t get it as bad and aren’t showing as much.) The upside is that my husband, with native american heritage and burn resistant skin) has promised to stop heckling me about my religious use of sun block.

On the other hand, it was a bad day for crabs yesterday, given the empty shells and detached legs splattered up and down the beach. Good day for me though. I got a nice set of legs and a shell for texture and color references. ^_^ Yeay!

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Business Class

August 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm (Business story) (, , , , , , , )

So I signed up for a business class with Mercy Corps. NW. My lack of business skillz has become apparent to me over the years and I figure that since I’m not going to stop being an artist, then I’d damn well better become a business person as well.

The ideal of the artist who is utterly unconcerned with money and business died with the patronage system, if it ever existed at all. Unless they were nutters like me who just couldn’t stop making art, but didn’t have the access to resources to learn about how to make the obsession work for them. I haven’t yet had to choose between art and food, so I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I’d like to avoid that personal discovery. That’s why I’m taking the class. 🙂

First class in and I’m already getting insights. I’ve realized that I’ve been barking up the wrong tree for a few months. The henna pattern design stuff is fun and simple to make, but its not really where my passion is, and its not really where I want my work to go. I don’t love it like I have my fossil work and my sea critters. I have plenty of it so I don’t have to make any for a long while, if ever again, so I suppose that’s good. But still, more sea critters and fossil work.

I’m still going to do the Naga, but that’s going to be a blowing off steam kinda’ thing. They’re more personally satisfying than the henna patterns ever were.

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And Crunch time is over

August 6, 2011 at 1:48 am (About my process) (, , , , )

Thankfully. I think I can take the stress of about two weeks of crunch time, which is good to know. Well, crunch time plus a bored husband. If he had more to occupy him, I’d probably be ok for 3 weeks, since I wouldn’t have to be so active in the evenings after work.

Still, thats good to know for future reference. That means that I can probably crunch my way through a single load, probably medium kiln, of work. So long as the work is simple, like this bottle. Or maybe if I did a about 5 large sculptures, or a handful of tiny smooth ones (like this one)

Knowing one’s boundries when working allows one (me) to avoid promising too much, or taking on to much. Alternativly, it keeps me honest too, knowing how far I can go keeps me from being too lazy. I was raised with a lot of anti-boundary propaganda, but I’m finding that boundaries are actually darn useful tools.

Anyhow, I should be back to regular posting next week, now that I’m not so rushed. 🙂

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Magic word for the day: Nudibranch!

July 21, 2011 at 6:02 am (inspiration) (, , , , , )

No seriuosly, what could be more magical than sea slugs? I mean, you think slug and you get this image of a slimy, long, blob-shaped thing, right? But then add the word “Sea” to “Slug” and something amazingly magical happens to that homely slug and *poof* you’ve got Nudibranches! Beautiful, colorful, deleicate! The exact opposite of the terrestrial slug.

Alas, I have no pictures of my own to share so here’s a listing of some awesome galleries.

OMG, so beautiful!

National Geographic always does a stunning job.

More!

Though, as beautiful as they are… I still don’t want to touch slugs. Ew.

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