art quote – Tharp 4.12.2018

“Experience – the faith in your ability and the memory that you have done this before – is what gets you through the door. But experience also closes the door. You tend to rely on that memory and stick with what has worked before. You don’t try anything new. Inexperience is innocence, naivete, and humility.…

heart of clay 4.5.2018

I’ve been making some ceramic hearts lately. Here’s my process in brief. I start by rolling the clay out flat with a rolling pin, then cut out the heart shape with a cookie cutter. I gently push out the inside to give the heart some dimension. After I roughen up the edges and add a…

art museum visit 3.29.2018

Earlier this week I visited the Chazen Museum of Art, located in the city I currently live –  Madison, Wisconsin – on the University of Wisconsin campus. It’s a wonderful, free museum with plenty of delicious art, and I went specifically to see an exhibit they have up through April 22, titled “Ancestral Modern: Australian…

“Mastering Handbuilding” book, 3.22.2018

I recently purchased and read Sunshine Cobb‘s latest book titled “Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More.” I suppose I could’ve waited until my public library bought the book, but I am impatient at times;)  Plus, I wanted to own it because 1) it was written by a woman, 2)…

art quote – Martinez Celaya 3.8.2018

“Creating a work of art ought to be a conversation between you and the work in which you are the quieter of the two. At some point when creating your work, there is a moment when you seem to disappear. This is the way.” From “On Art and Mindfulness” by Enrique Martinez Celaya –

painting update 3.1.2018

My vow to paint more this year is holding true. Earlier this year, I wrote about wanting to paint more in this post. I seem to be able to sit down with my paints once a week, and I don’t think that’s quite enough. But once a week is a start! Here’s where I’m at…

christine center 2.22.2018

Last weekend I attended my annual Goddess Retreat gathering at the Christine Center. Except for iffy traveling in February, which can be treacherous here in Wisconsin, it’s one of my favorite annual activities. My Goddess Retreat group meets each February for a few days, and it’s my chance to share and grow and love with…

poem 2.16.2018

A Poem for My Daughter by Teddy Macker It seems we have made pain some kind of mistake, like having it  is somehow wrong.  Don’t let them fool you— pain is a part of things.  But remember, dear Ellie,  the compost down in the field: if the rank and dank and dark  are handled well,…