Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Growing Pains

This is part of what a mornings worth of work looks like for me.

Yes, I'm working in my laundry room which is fairly large as it is a converted porch. But it's still pretty cramped quarters so my pots end up all over the house.  Thankfully, we start construction on the studio next week.  I'm excited but also a bit apprehensive about setting it up well.  It'll be a small space also so efficiency is mega important.
I'm planing to place my wheel in front of a window with a work table and wedging table very close and open shelves on as much of the wall space as I can manage.  I'm also going to look for a rubber mat to lay on the floor thinking it will be good to stand on, insulating and easy to clean.
What are some ideas that you are using or would like to have in your ideal studio?

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Tip Toland Workshop This Weekend

This weekend Tip Toland will be giving a workshop at Mudfire.  I don't do this type of sculpture but I'm so impressed with her work that I'm very excited about the workshop.  A few months ago Debra Fritz gave a sculpture workshop and I learned a lot, had a wonderful time and met some talented artists.  It's a great way to spend a weekend in my opinion.
Look for a review of the workshop early next week on my other blog in the workshops section.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Enjoying Other's Art

Here are three pieces of art that hang on my living room wall.  The painting is by Don Thacker who I showed with at the Telephone Factory Lofts Show in December.  The blue plate is by Bill Campell.  It was a gift to Janet a few years ago because she loves his work.  And the fumed plate is a joint effort of Linda and Charlie Riggs and me.  Charlie threw the plate, gave it to me and then I decorated it as he and Linda had taught me in a workshop.
The little collection makes me happy, I hope it makes others happy too.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

About.com Raku Article

I have been very honored to have some of my raku firing pictures used in an about.com article about the history of raku by Beth Peterson.
Check out the article here.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Wheelbarrow Festival in Reynoldstown

This past Saturday I had a booth at the Wheelbarrow Festival in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. The festival was long and the day was hot but the vendor's tents were situated around the park for optimum shade and to be close to the entertainment.
I was lucky to have vendors on either side of me that were very friendly and social so it was a little like hanging around in the park with some friends.
Most of the entertainment was quite fun including Atlanta civil rights veteran Larry Platt who is very adamant about his latest crusade...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Etruscan Pottery In Cortona Italy

With a name like Future Relics one would think I have a love of history and ancient artifacts.  It's true, I'll admit it.  So I could not resist a trip to the The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona.I was not disappointed as the museum was full of pottery and other art and relics from the Etruscan. Some of the work was from around the 9th century BC. It makes me wonder what people will think about us when they find our art centuries from now.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Visiting Michelangelo's David

Replica of Michelangelo's David
I've just returned from a wonderful holiday in Italy. The art and architecture is amazing and the landscape is stunningly beautiful. I think if I moved there today and saw as much art as was possible everyday I would still not be able to view it all in my lifetime. Of course one of the most famous pieces that I just had to see was Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery in Florence (Firenze).
I've been familiar with this statue for years.  Dad gave my mother a small replica for Christmas a long time ago and I always thought it was beautiful.  The original is awe inspiring.  The detail is amazing. I can't fathom how it was possible to make hard marble look so smooth and soft without power tools but what really struck me was how the grain of the marble works so well with the lines of the sculpture.  This is something I've not seen in any reproduction.  I've not noticed it properly in any photographs I've seen of the original.
I normally try to avoid the very touristy places when I'm on vacation but I am so glad that I did go to see David and recommend going to anyone.
The statue pictured here is the fake David that stands in the Palazzo Vecchio (more on that in a future post) where the original stood until 1873.  I've used this picture only because I was unable to take pictures in the Gallery.  If you're interested in seeing more pictures I've been posting them on my FaceBook page.

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