Sunday, November 24, 2013

To market, to market!

I love to create. Working with the creations to move them from my studio space into the wide world is not something I am as adept with. In less than two weeks, I will be doing a holiday art market in Highlandtown, Baltimore. Before that happens, all of the pieces that are going need to be photographed, priced, and packed up. Big work! Exciting work! I am hopeful that this will create for me a bit more shelf space for new creations. Stop by if you are in the area...12/7/13, 10am - 6pm at  3402 Gough Street, Baltimore, MD 21224!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Loonacy of Pottery

Pottery is an art form with much potential and possibility for frustration. Things crack or get bumped; glazes are applied too thick or too thin. Another piece in the kiln blows up and the debris rains on your own--or vice versa. This week when I got to the studio, my loon plates were out of the glaze firing. With trepidation, I walked to the shelf and found that they were...just as I had hoped...(and pottery is all about hope!) The paint and glaze worked and nothing foreign was permanently baked in during the firing. And this is the loonacy of pottery. This is what keeps me in clay. For all the pieces that don't meet my inner expectation, there are those that do. And when they do (and even when they don't), I can't wait to create the next hope filled piece.

Monday, November 11, 2013

S(no)w Chance

For the first time this season, snow is in the forecast! Well...there is a snowflake symbol on the forecast for tomorrow. There really is s(no)w chance of accumulation or even a late opening for school--but--the possibility got me painting! Instead of the usual snowman, I found  myself painting a small snow angel. Stay tuned to see if we see any flakes tomorrow--and to see how this ornament turns out. One of the interesting aspects of using underglazes is that the paints change when, I am never really sure how something will turn out!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lens of Inspiration

Last night I had the opportunity to attend an opening for an art show by Paula Reynolds, a local photographer. The photographs are stunning and strong. Large scale photographs of waves, inlit windows at a steel mill, and autumnal wheat and corn adorn the walls. There is much to be gained by simply walking into the room and taking in the varied images. The power in attending the opening, for me, was to hear the artist speak about her work and the under stories that are reflected in each series. The wheat fields were then transformed into a portrait of a person and a time. A context was provided which gave another dimension to these beautiful pieces. The beauty was also present in the responses of those in attendance. It was a community experience of sharing stories of how people process the events in their lives. I left inspired to continue to create artwork that answers the questions in my own life.

If you have the chance, be sure to see the show. It is at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church through December.
Photo by Paula Reynolds