Sunday, March 10, 2013

Handmade In A Small World

You may have noticed in the left side bar there is an Etsy box from the Clay Shaper Gallery.  Clay Shaper Gallery is the ceramics home of Potter Sally Anne Stahl. In her blog post this week Ms. Stahl writes about making living in a small space feel special by utilizing the handmade in your everyday life.  When living in small apartment or house we must make decisions.  And one decision you might make is about dishware.  You can go to one of the big box stores and buy the same crap that was made in Taiwan that half a million others have bought or you can seek out the handmade.  As a potter myself I can attest to the difference using a beatiful mug or bowl handmade by someone brings. I love getting my coffee in the morning because I have this collection of mugs and cups and each morning I look at them and think "hmmmm, which one do I feel like drinking out of today?"  It makes the morning coffee just a bit more special.  So follow the link to her blog post Handmade in a Small World and next time you are in need of new dishes, think outside the box, think unique, buy handmade pottery. You can like Clay Shaper Gallery on FaceBook too! and be sure to check her latest offerings on Etsy

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Monday, January 28, 2013

2013 Scripss College 69th Ceramic Annual

This past saturday I got together with some friends and headed out to Claremont California to Scripps College to see the 69th Ceramic Annual.  Always a fun event populated with interesting work and people.  The show was curated by Virginia Scotchie. Some of us went to her lecture prior to the opening to get her insights.  The show is titled De-Natured and is "an exhibition that presents ceramic artists who enlist the use of change to explore the natural given qualities of familiar objects of choice".  Do make a point of checking out the show if in the area.
Below is the work of Priscilla Hollingsworth, I enjoyed the illustrations of the work as much as the finished pieces!
Kate Roberts is the creator of this amazing work of art below.  Stunning.
Full scale model drones
 Frieda Dean
Moss soaked in slip and fired multiple times.  Wow.
Much more to see at the show, go check it out Click For More Info!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

McGroarty Arts Center Annual Ceramics Invitational

This past weekend I went up to the McGroarty Arts Center's 9th Annual Ceramic Invitational featuring the work of Richard Burkett, Karen Koblitz, Adrian Sandstrom, Porntip Sangvanich, Karen Swildens and Joan Takayama-Ogawa.  the two pieces above are from Karen Koblitz.  The images below are of Richard Burkett. I discovered I absolutely love his work and if I had the money I would have bought all five pieces!  These mixed media vessels are beautiful to me.  the lids are made of metal or glass and fit perfectly.  Once piece has large bolts and screws, all the pieces give an illusion of mechanics. Awesome.
The show is up thru June 23, be sure to check it out if in the Southern California area.

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