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Jul 30 2014

Can't Resist the Urge

Mirabelle the Kitten sniffing Daisies in a vase

I'm sorry but I can't resist the overwhelming urge to post more kitten photos!  During our most recent photo shoot, look who wandered in.  In fact, right now, she is also destroying one of my old paintbrushes.  

She has become an integral part of my painting process and often lounges on me or my work as I am painting.  My studio at the Potters Guild is very small and so I often take my bisqueware home to paint it in my home "studio".  Yes, this means I pack up all of my pieces from the first kiln firing, take them down one flight of stairs at the Berkeley Potters Guild and drive them home (carefully and pray I used enough newspaper to pack my pieces).  Then, I climb three flights of stairs with load after load of boxes filled with cups, mugs, plates, bowls etc. and unpack them, wash them and paint them with underglazes.  

At the end of this process, I once again pack everything up again in newspaper and boxes, go down three flights of stairs, drive from Oakland to Berkeley, climb up one flight of stairs to my studio where I wax the bottoms of each piece and dip them in clear glaze.  

Okay, yes, this is complete, excessive and utter insanity and unbelievably labor intensive.  However, this means not only do I get to spend time with Mirabelle (and her new sister Olivia), sitting in my lap, but I get to hang out with Christopher (oh and watch copious amounts of Netflix on my Christopher supplied studio mini-entertaiment system).  So, yeah, who wouldn't want to spend all day painting with my happy, loving family who quite clearly spoil me rotten with the added benefit of painting late into the midnight/1am territory.

Plus, in the back of my fevered brain of insanity, I think, well, it is alot of well needed exercise.  

Jul 9 2014

ACGA Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival

Tea Tray

 

This weekend is the Palo Alto Art and Glass Festival with the ACGA!  Come see 150 clay and glass artists and buy my new little tea tray.  July 12-13 10am-5pm both days Saturday and Sunday!!!  http://www.acga.net

Jun 19 2014

Cat Bed or Fruit Bowl??

Apparently my new fruit bowl can also be used as a cat bed!  Meet my new kitten Mirabelle.  My new fruit bowl will be for sale at the ACGA Show in Palo Alto July 12-13 http://www.acga.net/

Large Red Gemma BowlGemma Red Large Bowl

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Jun 1 2014

Pro Arts Sale at the Berkeley Potters Guild

For the next two weekends at the Berkeley Potters Guild, we will be participating in the Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios.  Our expanded gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm, June 7/8 and 14/15. I will be working my gallery shift on Sunday June 8 so if you want to say hi, come by and see me then!  I still have some leftover drastically reduced priced seconds from our annual seconds sale too.

Here is info about the show: http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/index.php 

Below is a picture of my new fruit bowl!  I will be selling them at the Palo Alto ACGA show in July.  Email me if you are interested in one and a color for pre-orders.

 

Apr 30 2014

Seconds Sale at the Berkeley Potters Guild starts THIS Weekend!

 

Happy Spring!  Spring is one of my favorite times of year because I LOVE cleaning and spring cleaning is my favorite.  I know, I know I am quite weird but my OCD nature loves scrubbing oven parts with a toothbrush - what can I say?  

Anyway, the best thing that happens in Spring is the Annual Seconds Sale at the Berkeley Potters Guild because we can clean out our closets, storage bins and shelves of all the sad little souls who don't quite meet the exacting standards of being worthy for sale as a "first".  Ceramics is KNOWN for firing flaws -- little tiny hairline cracks, color not turning out that way you hoped, little black smudge marks, a little more warp to the bowl than acceptable.  Argh!  It drives one insane.  But these little guys still deserve love and a home and they get there with rock bottom prices starting this weekend.  

Check out my slight seconds and hot out of the kiln firsts -  May 3/4, May 10/11 from 11am-5pm at Berkeley Potters Guild 731 Jones St 

 

PS This cup isn't a second.  It just seems befitting for spring to me...

 

Apr 1 2014

Juried into the ACGA!!!!

I am so honored and pleased that I was recently juried into the Association of Clay and Glass Artists, a prestigious California organization with a long history of promoting and supporting California clay and glass artists.  It is a tough jury and a lot of people I know only got in the second or third time so I was quite excited to get in on my very first try.  Also, there were 15-18 people and only two of us got accepted so hurrah!!!  

One of the benefits of jurying into the ACGA is that I can now participate as an exhibiting member at their annual Palo Alto Art Show in July.  One hundred and fifty members of the organization will be showing their work at the Palo Alto Art Center on July 12th and 13th from 10am-5pm.  Check out more info here: http://www.acga.net/cgi-bin/DJcalendar.cgi?TEMPLATE=shows-detail.html&EVENTNO=00084

Association of Clay and Glass Artists ACGA

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Feb 8 2014

Happy New Year!!!

I'm so embarrassed!  I have been lagging on my blog this year and my only excuse is that this time of year, I tend to hibernate (a natural state I think for artists).  You get so exhausted after the holiday season that in January all you want to do is clean your filthy studio, clean your filthy house and re-focus your energies on new ideas, new pieces, new starts and maybe even new directions.  

 

This year my January has been hiccuped by finishing up major orders and a big show moving from May to March so it's re-stocking time again?!  I've been grouchy about this.  It's so obnoxious of me to even slightly complain about needing to spend time filling orders.  I am so very grateful that anyone wants my work but I'm kicking like a toddler because darn it this time of year is my time *off*.  Time to play and clean (and I am weird but I love to clean).  I feel so drained most of the time, that it's hard to be creative.  

 

Anyway, this picture is of a new-ish design I have been kicking around and playing with.  It's getting more minimalistic which is where I think I need my life to move toward.  So, in that is my New Year's Resolution!  The Pursuit of Minimalism in my Life, Art and Brain.  Happy 2014!!!  xo  

 

 

Dec 7 2013

San Francisco Bazaar TOMORROW!!!!!

Bizarre Bazaar Show / Fair

 

Okay, okay I am SOOOOO late in posting this but honestly it has been because I have been working night and day making work for the holiday season.  It never feels like I have enough work so this time of year becomes literally a blur of painting, clay dust, shoulder spasms and are those black spots or white flashing in front of my eyes??...  

But tomorrow, it is time for the ceramics I unloaded from the kiln merely today to be released into the world!   From 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th at the San Francisco Concourse, you can buy local and handmade for the holidays.  Hope to see you there -- and please no rain til the night time!  http://www.sanfranciscobazaar.org

 

 

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