Archive for May, 2009

Le Deluge…

May 9, 2009

Rain will not stop. My basement flooded, not badly, but still not good. Glad my kiln is up on that metal vent stand. I was gonna take the munchkin to the falls of the Ohio River today and it occurred to me that it’s flooded and the area we usually explore is submerged. Then I went over to my friend Al’s blog and he had been there yesterday morning and has provided pictures of our submerged playground. My camera is kaput and I finally gave in, bit the bullet and ordered one online. Thanks to those who offered advice. I ended up trying to choose between Canon, Nikon and Sony, all in the same price range and eventually went with the Canon. It might be that my current camera is a Canon and it has served me well and there is a certain familiarity to the settings, etc. Not sure how long it will be before it comes but I’m with the youngun’ all weekend and have promised two days of labor to my friend Vern after that, so it hardly matters as far as taking studio shots. So I guess this calls for some nostalgia and older work…

vase

Another Pox On Ye…

May 8, 2009

photogra…phy! My camera’s on the blink and I knew it was gonna happen soon. I’ve been asking around and looking online and I abhor it. Every camera that I’m interested in has some bad reviews somewhere. In fact if you go to amazon, there will always be just enough bad ratings to make you think twice. I always get buyer’s remorse when I buy something like this because I feel like I just leapt in without doing enough due diligence. Of course I can’t stand shopping and comparing… I just want the perfect, low-priced, easy-to-use, manual white balance, no pause when I click the shutter, etc. etc. camera to somehow be obvious and just get it. Not asking too much is it? So another good day to post one of my good friend Vern’s digital art pieces. I stopped by his printer’s house one day to pick up some work related prints (Vern’s not mine) and this particular piece was printed on canvas at about 6 feet wide and hung in the living room. The detail held up wonderfully at those dimensions and it was really stunning to see the image printed out at that scale.

vern digital art

Bowl Me Over…

May 7, 2009

I added another page to the right under “Pages”. I consider this section like a portfolio and put “Recent Bowls” there to hold the pictures of the bowls from the last couple kiln loads. I have posted most if not all of these bowls before but if one is interested, they can look at them all in one place.

recent bowls

Another place to see them is on the Warm Springs Gallery website. This is the gallery in Virginia that I visited and is now open and pics have been uploaded to the the site. I’m very excited to see how things go at Warm Springs.

warm springs web

Here’s the three sisters from yesterday… getting a little carried away with slip spatterin’. My camera’s acting funny and as this pic looks off (a little purple-ish)… do not want to have to purchase a new camera!

greenware

Rainy Days And Mondays…

May 6, 2009

And Tuesdays and Wednesdays… we had a busy day and Sofia’s going through clay like shite through a goose. I now have no room for more bowls and she has no room for more tiles but it’s so much fun to have her in the studio busily working away while I’m at the wheel and we’re jamming to some good music. Occasionally she comments that she likes a particular song and I kid myself that her having my taste in music will last. Enjoy it while it lasts is all I can do. More importantly, I’m hoping that what sinks in is that making things is a normal way to make a living. Here’s the tilemaker posing with her little tile…

sofia

We also had ballet class yesterday. I had never taken her before and it was funny to watch the little girls jumping around and mimicking the teacher… kind of a cute overload and Sofia had been asking me to take her so I could watch. All this dancing is creeping into her drawings lately… talk about cuttin’ the rug…

drawing

More greenware…

greenware

Hear No Evil…

May 5, 2009

sofia

It was a very productive day in the studio… well at least for Sofia. I was way off myself but she was like a tile-making machine. At this rate we’re gonna have to re-tile the kitchen counter or the shower stall and they both need it really bad. She’s definitely leaning towards minimalism in her decorative technique. Here’s the latest batch…

tiles

tiles

The bowls are piling up and I need more shelves…

greenware

1984…

May 4, 2009

It certainly wasn’t as George Orwell had envisioned but surreal nonetheless. Here’s an old picture that I keep around. It reminds me of and proves to myself that I did spend a year in Missoula, Montana in graduate school at the University of Montana. My undergrad clay instructor said go to Montana and study with Rudy Autio and so I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend as much time with Rudy as I would have liked. He was a great guy and I loved to watch him work. It’s only in retrospect that I realize how lucky I was to be able to hang out and watch him make his “pots” for the undergraduate students. The university’s swimming pool was in the building with the ceramics and sculpture departments and Rudy used to come in early early and go for a swim before starting his day. Eventually, he allowed me to fire some of his pots for him and I was terrified that I would do something wrong although it was pretty much foolproof. I only spent a year there and left to attend school in the midwest. The professor who was running the department day-to-day was really into performance art and I wasn’t. This combined with economic problems prompted me to leave and go where I was given a free ride tuition-wise. Anyway, this is the only picture I have and it’s of my studio space there with some of the pots I was working on. I remember making 19 of these handbuilt pots, all about 4-5 feet tall. I visited KY the following summer intending to return and never went back. I have no idea what happened to the 19 big pots (probably destroyed) but I have nothing to show for my year there except this photo (sorry, no scanner) and the memories. Check out the coke can as a form of carbon dating…

montana

Danger! Electrocution Hazard…

May 3, 2009

Or should I say “Vorsicht Lebensgefahr!”. I know it’s a bit melodramatic but we live in a melodramatic culture… not that this sign is inappropriate when the machine is running and the basket is up in electrical wires. Whereas some lucky folks go for a nice walk in the country with their kids, we take walks in the urban neighborhood down alleys, through parking lots and around construction sites… still fun though. Here’s Sofia working the big rig…

big rig

sofia_walk

What Happened To Spring?…

May 2, 2009

Last week it was pushin’ 90 and it was 48 when we got up today. No work this weekend – not because of the Kentucky Derby but because there’s no work any weekend. Sofia and I are at the computer and her table. She is very intently making some more drawings to decorate my un-drywalled studio walls while we listen to the Decemberists… (no video – just audio

sofia

Here’s some nostalgia… years ago (1987) when a friend and I started a computer animation company with a rip roaring 10 mghertz cpu (we had to wait days sometimes to render 1 second of animation) we had a computer paint program which predated photoshop. I decided to satisfy my curiosity to see what I might look like with different hair configurations. You can tell by how primitive the print is how long ago this was… read codger.

mugshot

Trimming’s Afoot…

May 1, 2009

Or should I say trimming some feet. Making a bunch of bowls and spent the day trimming yesterday. I have two main tools, both from Dolan Tools, and they are practically worn smooth. I heard recently that they were selling them again so gotta get some replacements. I imagine it’s much worse for stoneware people or people that have grog in their clay because mine are pretty dull and my clay is smooth as a baby’s… ear? Anyway, here’s a trimmed foot pic and a couple trimmed bowls.

trimming

trimming

I’ve been totally digging Michael Kline’s black and white pictures over at Sawdust and Dirt lately and decided to be a bit of a copycat and post one myself. Here’s the little bug with 0 saturation…

sofiablackandwhite