atomic

ok, i literally took one picture the whole day.  i snapped this quick pic with the intention of going back for more but you know how it goes sometimes.

oh, wait no, there were two, liz and sarah aka femme covert’s fabulous wares.

we were crammed together pretty tight between the tables.  luckily robin from neckeds didn’t really mind when i touched her butt on accident.  speaking of butts, i think the best story of the day was when robin’s friend pointed out the sign i’d put on the group of these little sculptures:

the sign said “butt” seeds 3 for $15.  they were all like, “are those really for your butt?”  which totally shocked me.  because they are, you know, seeds WITH butts, not seeds FOR butts.

bottom line–aesthetically speaking i’m more about poop than sex so i changed the sign.  haha.

hot out of the kiln.

last post before atomic.  i’ll definitely post remotely from the bazaar with pics of everything going on. come on down and get a group of these little guys for your home.  i’ll also have some of the large wall peices and an assortment of rattles and tiny sculptures.

getting ready for atomic.

small wall piece, wood/salt fired.

last year i wrote about shopping at the atomic holiday bazaar in sarasota, fl.  this year i’ll be there selling my work.  i was honored to be selected and even more honored to be rocking my space with team sarasota!

small wall piece, soda fired porcelain.

i know it’s going be a good time.  last year i ran into an old friend who i hadn’t seen since before cell phones and internet!  crazy.

get to the bazaar early for sweet swag bags including some tiny sculptures by me!

small wall piece, soda fired porcelain, lots of yummy carbon trapping...

snaps

my clay co shelf near entrance...

back shelf/tide pool.

today i unpacked the work i’d taken with me to “eclectic and then some”.  since most of the smallies had just come out of the kiln they hadn’t made it to the shelf before heading over to gulfport.  these are some quick snaps, but you get the idea of my shelf space at the clay co.  i am really loving the pieces all together like this.

john cage says “Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different
processes.”   gettting a look at everything together, the low fire wall pieces i made about a year ago and the small ones which i made a couple of weeks ago really get’s my brain going.  the collection in the second picture feels like a display case of a natural history museum.  shells?  fossils?  an aquarium?  this is the kind of situation i would like to put people in.  and then they realize they can take a little piece of the display home with them.

welcome to my collection of specimens…

eclectic and then some

saturday while the clay co a.i.r.s were working it at craft art, b.d. and i headed over to gulfport for “eclectic and then some”.  a much smaller sale with only 20 artists in the fellowship hall of a church.  the sale was small but with a good following.  i did pretty well with a little help from my friends.  i was trying to stay focused and not get temped to buy or trade too much with other artists.  i’ve got to say that left to my own devices i would trade away everything i make.  there were so many talented artists there.  one of the organizers makes one of a kind dolls and there was a felter that had some amazing scarves and wrist bands.  in the end i did trade with an amazing metals artist.  sweet.

though i’ve helped out with sales in the past, group efforts with all the other artists in the clay co, this was my first sale with a bulk of my own work.  exciting.

i took a couple of pics before forgetting about my camera all together.

my display, with bonnie in the backround

bonnie bravo's work

gearing up…

haven’t posted in awhile because i’ve been meaning to take some pictures but keep leaving my camera at work!  november is going to be a crazy month, lots of great stuff going on.  first of all, us a.i.r.s will load and fire the wood train kiln monday.  it will be my first time firing this kiln.  i missed out on a fun filled, peanut butter cup s’mores laden firing last month when i was out of town so i’m really looking forward to this.

wood train

last month's wood train. with autio platter. yay! pic by red.

next up i’ll be rocking a soda kiln.  i think j’s going to join me in firing, very exciting.  i’ve been “cranking’ out work, but for me that never means too much, too slow and trudgy.  especially since my show opened, it’s been hard to get back to the grindstone.  this week so far i’ve almost finished 10 small wall peices.  i’m working on tiny versions of my flora peices, in hopes of trying them in a few different kilns and also, getting them out to people for a more affordable price.

three sales coming up, eclectic and then some in gulfport, fl (will post info next wed.), atomic holiday bazaar (check out vendors now and start planning) and SPCC’s annual holiday sale.

spcc will also host 3 artists this month.  matt long, john ballisteri and don reitz will spend a week and a little with us making work in preparation for the anagama firing in january.  i’ll take the whole time off work to be around and help.  john and don were here firing the anagama on my way in to the residency so it’s very fitting to have them here on my way out as well.

i’ve got a few shows lining up but more on those later.

more in november and then….december.  proper pics and posts coming soon.

 

upcoming projects

bumbswhew, what a relief to have the show up.  opening night was great.  my awesome parents catered the event, providing more than enough foccacia, stromboli, hummus, coponata and beverages.  lars din and mel malfa played some sweet tunes, there was quite a crowd and sales were good.

lars

and of course i couldn’t have pulled it all off with out the cavalry coming in at the last moment in the form of a.  she helped me with hanging, designed all the text for the wall, took installation images and offered unwavering moral support.

teet

chicken

i’ve been taking a break from the studio.  i picked up a few shifts at my job the last couple of days but  finally stopped in at the studio today to sweep.  it’s that time again.  time to sweep and mop and rearrange my studio space and get back to work.

some exciting projects are coming up.

-this weekend is folk fest.  i’ll be there with some folks from the clay co. as well as having a booth with the artlink team.  mary anne and i just started a blog about our artlink partnership.

-november 21st i’ll be selling work at an art sale in gulfport called “eclectic and then some.”  i’ll post more details on that soon.

-the atomic holiday bazaar is december 12th.  i’m really looking forward to participating.

and last but not least

-march 12th white box 2 opens.  a four person show curated by kara walker tome.

ckbutts

the hump.

changes are hard to take and sometimes the hump is the hardest part.  getting up the incline and over to where it’s down hill the rest of the way.  but i think i’m getting there.  i’ve gone down to part time at my job again.  it’s funny that monday (yesterday) was my first “day off” according to the new schedule, but it has made a world of difference.  i got a crap load accomplished and had some serious work time saturday, sunday, monday AND today.  i should be able to get in some significant time tomorrow too.  yeah!

right now i feel like i’m stock piling things for the installation but the truth is that i won’t be able to stop working after that.  i have a few events coming up that i still need work for.  one is the folk fest, which is put on by creative clay and that’s a week after my opening.  i’m also doing the atomic holiday bazaar in december and today i was invited to participate in a small craft show in gulf port.  i haven’t attended it before but from what i understand it’s a very high quality show of quirky, eccentric work.  i’m feeling a little myopic right now, can’t see past tomorrow, but i think i will definitely participate.  one of the curators is a local doll artist who’s work i respect immensely  so i am honored to be considered.

ok, it’s almost 2 am and i just got back from the studio a little bit ago.  have to go pass out but first some pics of work in the studio.  more to come.

new wall pieces.

new wall pieces.