poem 7.5.2018

Remember That to have the eyes of an artist, That can be enough, The ear of a poet, That can be enough. The soul of a human just pointed in the direction of the divine, that can be more than enough. I tell you this to remind myself. Every gesture is an act of creation.…

Colorado art redux, 2018 6.28.2018

I just returned from my annual vacation in Denver, Colorado. The main reason I go is to visit both of my daughters. But there are plenty of great art museums to visit while I’m there, too. This time I toured the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, which has been closed on my two previous…

art quote – Whyte 6.14.2018

“And there’s also this necessity in life and art to radically simplify,  to get back to innocence. You can get very developed as an artist. You can start impersonating yourself, and so everything you start doing becomes tedious to yourself and everyone else, even though it’s done at a great level of competency. Innocence is not…

glaze test 6.7.2018

I bought a few new containers of Amaco Potters Choice glazes, and decided I’d like to try and combine the glazes to see what happens when they’re layered. Ceramists often experiment with these “glaze tests.” The plate is one I made from a rolled-out slab of clay. After the bisque firing, I layered 6 glazes,…

spring garden 5.24.2018

My garden is looking gorgeous this spring. Here are photos of just a few 😉 of the plants that I tend. Ferns: Ostrich (Matteuccia struthiopteris,) Maidenhair (Adiantum) and Japanese Painted (Athyrium niponicum) Barrenwort (Epimedium) – three types Forget-Me Not (Myosotis) Hosta and Lungwort (Pulmonaria) Columbine (Aquilegia) (Hybrids) Leaves of Peony and Japanese Red Maple (Acer…

art quote – Negroponte 5.17.2018

“Making art is like getting clued in at a certain moment. It could be that simple, because for a moment in time you give up on yourself. You take a serious look at what really matters. Then, and only then, something starts to happen and you watch it like an observer. It’s magical because you…

spring art sales 5.10.2018

I just finished up with 3 art sales in the last 2 weeks. Whew! It’s a lot of work! Here’s a photo of the lists I make in order to keep myself sane. Each show requires different setup and display supplies, so checking items off the list as I gather them up helps keep me organized.…

new blue vase 5.3.2018

I started work on a couple new larger vases early last month. The vase I write about in this post is the one on the right in the next photo. Here are both vases with a coating of black slip. In ceramics lingo, slip is a liquid mixture or slurry of clay suspended in water.…

poem 4.26.2018

Bridal March, Part II: Threshing & Sifting by Laura M Kaminski Not too surprising: doctor grounded me from driving, from really using that shoulder in much of any way. Told me not to roll over on it in my sleep, recommended sleeping upright, more or less, in some sort of chair. Five weeks. Stuck in…