Tuesday, May 31, 2011

July Anagama Kiln Firing

Hambidge Creative Residency Program - a place that inspires

Please note: for everyone’s safety: No alcohol is allowed while on shift or during the two hours prior to your shift.

Also, please bring work gloves, safety glasses, kiln goggles, respirators, kiln shelf scrapers and angle grinders.

Costs: A $50.00 participation fee is required to reserve spot. In addition there is a fee of  2 cents per cubic inch of space your bisqued pieces take up in the kiln. We will measure pieces and calculate each artist’s individual payment. As a general guide, bring at least 10 medium-sized pieces to fire. There will be glazes available (celadon, tenmoku and shinos), as well as some flashing slips to glaze your pieces before loading. Please feel free to bring some of your own Cone 10 glazes to experiment with. Needless to say, your pieces must be made with Cone 10 clay and bisque fired.

There is space on the lawn for free camping and plenty of hotels nearby in Dillard and Clayton.

PO Box 339
Rabun Gap GA 30568

Anagama Kiln Firing
July15- July 17, 2011

with Rick Berman and Tom Egan
Attention all potters!!! Hambidge is once again firing its Anagama Kiln. Everyone is invited to participate in this 3-day event but remember to sign up early because we can only facilitate a limited number of pots and potters. We will start glazing and loading on Friday, July 15th at 9:00 a.m. and light the kiln hopefully by that evening before dark. We will have 4-hour shifts and everyone will have a chance to be on one or more shifts depending on how many people are available.
Fees: To reserve your spot please send the $50.00 participation fee by July 1st to Anagama Firing, Hambidge Center, PO Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568.
For more information contact Debbie Sanders at 706 746-7324 or email center@hambidge.org

Dates to remember:
Friday July15, 2011
9:00AM begin glazing and stacking; sign up for shift
6:00PM Propane burner
Later that evening start wood stoking

Saturday July 16, 2011
Stoking, stoking, and more stoking until cone 10 is down.

Saturday night:   POTLUCK DINNER

Sunday  July 17, 2011
11:30AM Finish stoking and bricking up door.

Saturday July 23, 2011

10:00AM Un-brick door, clean firebox and unload pieces
12:00PM Clean-up, scrape shelves; general cleaning of studio and grounds

For more firing information, please contact Deb Sanders at Hambidge 706 746-7324 Monday- Friday 9:00 - 5:00pm.
My check is on it's way

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Judith Duff and Shozo Michikawa at The Signature Shop

The Signature Shop & Gallery

MAY 27 - JUNE 25
Opening Reception Friday, May 27, 6 - 9pm

Both potters will be exhibiting pieces fresh from a workshop and firing led by Shozo at Judith's studio in North Carolina. The workshop includes 12 participants who will help load the anagama and train kilns with Judith's and Shozo's work, and 30 of their own pots. They'll take shifts around the clock firing for 60 hours. Judith's and Shozo's pots from this firing will make up this show. I am excited to present the outcome of their efforts at what promises to be a great exhibition! - Carr

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Throwing Multiples

I normally don't throw sets. I rarely even throw sets of two. But for some reason that I can't explain, I was inspired to throw this set of eight soup mugs. I threw to a gauge (also known as a chopstick stuck next to the wheel head with a ball of clay) and measured out the balls of clay very carefully. For whatever reason, I didn't get distracted while throwing so I completed the set. I think it's good to do this every now and then just to stay in practice. I have not thought much about glazing them yet. I wonder if they should all be glazed differently.Soup mugs by Lori Buff BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Saturday, May 21, 2011

East Atlanta Beer Festival

Our 8th annual East Atlanta Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, May 21st in East Atlanta Village’s Brownwood Park. Come join us as we celebrate great craft beers, good food, rockin’ local music, and East Atlanta!
I won't be selling pots, just pouring beer.  Come on out and visit.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blog Writing

If an artist has a web presence at all it's often in the form of a blog. Some of us decided to start writing a blog in an effort to sell our art. Many of us also read each other's blogs and blogs from “experts” about how to market our work. Sometimes these experts tell us what we should write in our blogs. One potter who's blog I follow took a workshop about blog writing and made some decisions about what she was going to write because of the workshop. I am a little disturbed by this trend. If someone tells an artist what and how he or she should create many of us take this with a grain of salt. Sometimes the advice is good, sometimes it's not so good, like the woman who told me I'd make a lot of money if I made jars that said “Belly Button Lint” on the outside. I'm not really inspired to do that and she wasn't really inspired to order one. Needless to say, that's some advice that I passed on. Who knows, maybe it was a million dollar idea and I dropped the ball. Or maybe I'd be scaring people out of my booth with those jars. Who knows? But the bottom line is that it's my art and I chose to make the mistake of taking the advice or not.
I think that blogging is a form of art; it's creative writing. Someone may give you advice that they have seen work for an artist but will it work for you? I think we should write our blogs however we want. If we want to talk about our art in every post, great, if we want to talk about our personal lives in every post, great too. If someone is interested, if they can relate, they will follow your blog and they might end up being the perfect customer for you.
What do you think would have been the outcome if Picasso listened to the experts? What do you think will be the outcome if you follow your blogging passion as you do your creative passion?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Call for Artists: Eagle Nation on Parade, Georgia Southern University

Eagle Nation on Parade About Eagle Nation on Parade Eagle Nation on Parade Sponsorship Eagle Nation on Parade Sculpture Facts Call for Artists FAQs

Call for Entries

Opportunity for Artists
Each sculpture—wearing nothing but factory-applied primer—awaits an artist’s creative vision to transform it into a vibrant works of art. Eligibility to participate in Eagle Nation on Parade is open to all artists over the age of 18.

Benefits of Participating

Provide optimum exposure for artist’s work.
Garner media attention throughout the state and beyond.
Each selected artist will be featured online at www.eaglenationonparade.com, including a link to their artist website, and promotion on all ENOP event marketing materials.
Each ENOP Eagle will have a plaque attached to the base that acknowledges the artist who created the sculpture.
Each artist receives complementary tickets for two, to the Eagle Nation On Parade Auction Event.

Application Postmark Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2011

Application Postmarked Deadline

Artist Resources

Suggested Material Information
Cowpainters, LCC recommend acrylics by Golden, Windsor-Newton, Daler-Rowney, Pebeo, Lascaux, Liquitex and other professional-grade paint. For more information, request a Prep & Painting Tips© by emailing us!

For more information about Eagle Nation On Parade and the design submission process, contact Stephanie Neal at 912-478-5358 or email parade@georgiasouthern.edu
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

The 9th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes

Want the diversity of a big festival with the warmth and ease of a neighborhood party? Then join us for the 9th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes. Browse the open air artist market in the shade of giant trees. Enjoy the sounds of bands and singers on the big stage. Bring the kids for the children’s area. Grab lunch, a snack, or a beverage from one of the food vendors.

Interested in architecture? Kirkwood has a diverse collection of building styles from classic Victorian cottages to Craftsman bungalows to Modern lofts and everything in between! Some of our best homes will be showcased on the Tour of Homes.

Admission to the festival is free. It is held in Bessie Branham Park and the surrounding areas. Tickets for the Tour can be purchased in the park at the festival or in advance at several local businesses. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit group dedicated community improvement.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Pairing Art with Sangria!

Pairing Art with Sangria!

Friday, May 13, 7-10

Liana Delgado: 
Still life oil paintings of the artist's surroundings, interwoven with meaningful symbolic images.

Kathleen Tondo Kite-Powell:
Contemporary pottery that pleases the primitive soul.

"Click" logo above, to download
a map of participating Castleberry Hill  venues.

For more information on Castleberry Hill Art Stroll and Neighborhood:


Driving South to downtown Atlanta: 
On I-85S take Williams Street exit, 249C.
1st right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW: (directions continued below)

Driving North to downtown Atlanta: 
On the I-85/75N connector take,
Andrew Young International exit into downtown.
Cross over Peachtree Street:

Directions Continued:
Take left on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.
Go past CNN Center, Phillips Arena and World Congress Center.
Cross over Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Go 2 traffic lights.
Turn left on Nelson Street. at the Castleberry Hill District sign.
Immediately turn right on Mangum St.
Before street dead ends, turn right into parking lot at the
Castleberry Square (Red Brick Building), 161 Mangum Street.

Liana Delgado Studio is on the 2nd floor (left corner unit). 
Walk up two flights of stairs and the loft is on left, #200. 
Our mailing address is:
Liana Delgado Studio
161 Mangum Street, SW
Unit 200, Atlanta, GA  30313

phone/voicemail: 770.366.5893
e-mail: liana@delgadofineart.com
website: www.lianadelgado.com

Copyright © 2011, Liana Delgado Studio,
All rights reserved.
We accept the following
credit/debit cards:
American Express®, MasterCard®, VISA® and DISCOVER®

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Pricing Your Art

Pricing art seems to be a very difficult task.  In manufacturing we would keep careful watch of the time it takes to create a piece, add in the cost of materials and overhead, maybe add a bit for profit and use that calculation for the price.  This is a good, logical way of pricing but in art we are sometimes more subjective.  We put heart and soul into our creations and sometimes the equation above doesn't fit.  Sometimes we bring our work to shows and watch the reaction of people who typically shop at big box stores and don't understand the difference between Chinese sweatshop crap and local hand made art, even when it is functional.  This will make us think we've over priced our work when really we just want to be able to earn a living.
The other problem that we have as artists are hobbyists that sell their work.  These people have full time jobs but have been creating art in their spare time for fun and relaxation.  After several years they have gotten very good and they have gotten a house full of pots.  What now?  Why not sell it?  They take their work to shows and put a price tag on it like it's a garage sale item.  These people don't need the money, they need the room in their homes.  They simply need to earn back the booth fee and maybe a few extra dollars for art supplies.  They don't consider the artist next to them at the show who is trying to put a kid through college or food on the table.  They don't even consider their work valuable.  It makes me wonder what they think about themselves.
At a recent show a young potter was selling pots very, very cheaply.  I don't know if she had a full time job, a supportive partner or a "I want to be a starving artist" mentality.  It was hard to compete with her prices unless someone realized (as many people did) that a lot more work went into my pieces than her's.  I happened to walk by her table as she was packing up (early).  I heard a clinking noise.  She was placing her pots into boxes with nothing in between them for protection and no newsprint or bubble wrap. My heart stopped, I painstakingly wrap each piece to prevent damage in transport.  Well, every piece but my seconds.  Maybe that's it.  She doesn't respect her work, she treats it and prices it as seconds.  I wonder if she was telling customers that they were seconds?
Here's a good article with information to consider when pricing your work:

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Art-B-Que 2011 This Weekend

Looking for something amazing and unique for the family to do this mother’s day weekend?Head over to the rail arts district in avondale estates for the fourth annual art-b-que!
Explore for treasures in the artist market, listen to amazing live music and sample the tasty eats! Arrive early and pry secrets from pit masters throughout the amateur bar-b-que competition… or let your nose lead you to your favorite entry!
The younger set will love the kid zone! saturday afternoon artists young and old will want to see Kate Demint’s paper making demonstration. Looking for more action-oriented entertainment? wander over to academy theatre’s wrestling ring. Live music all weekend includes nine inch neils, worthless son in laws and headlining saturday night:noot d’Noot.

Late night entertainment includes the imperial opa circus and the art of such and such interactive scuplture. It’s the fourth annual art-b-que in the rail arts district of avondale estates may seventh and eighth. grab mom and head to Art-B-Que for a weekend she won’t soon forget!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

May First Friday At The Collective

It's ALL About Mom at May's First Friday

(Don't forget: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8!)

Join us this Friday night to kick off the weekend in celebrating Mom! Our artists have filled the shop with many fabulous gifts to spoil and pamper Mom on Mother's Day. From jewelry to skin care to one-of-a-kind fashions, we've got something to wow every mom!


Handmade Cards by Winsome Expressions

Whimsical Embroidered Hand Towels by You Look Hungry

Handmade Straw Hats by SuzSeams

Nature Inspired Jewelry by Misako Kim

Organic Cotton Bathrobes from EcoEmporium

Handmade Pottery by Future Relics, Lori Buff

Awesome Cowboy Rain Boots by Peace of Fe

Terrariums, Potted Plants and Succulents from On Our Patio by Southeast Succulents and Tutta Bella


(Another great idea for your home-decor-savvy Mom!)

Live music by Mama*Luz & Aviva and Ashley Rushing & Stephen Feinberg, delicious nibbles from Those Barrett Twins along with complimentary wine and beer at our bar!

Friday, May 6 6:00pm - 9:00pm

At The Collective
280 Elizabeth Street . Suite B103
Atlanta, GA 30307

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This morning as I was loading up the truck for the Art-B-Que I got yelled at...a lot.  It was the mother bird that made her nest in the kiln room.  Apparently the chicks have hatched.
Can you see the little chicks in the nest?  It looks like tight quarters to me but I'll bet they are keeping warm this way.  Looks like they will be flying the coop soon.  Let's hope I don't suffer empty nest syndrome when they do.  It'll be fun watching them learn to fly.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Club Mud Exhibition and Sale

Club Mud Exhibition & Sale!
Club Mud Exhibition & Sale!May 5 - 7, 2011
Ceramics & Sculpture Building
Georgia Southern University
4000 Forest Drive • (912) GSU.ARTS


Thursday, May 5; 10am - 9pm
Friday, May 6; 10am - 9pm
Saturday, May 7; 10am - 6pm

Cash or Check only!

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is opening it’s doors to the Ceramics Studio to the public for the Club Mud Exhibition & sale where over 100 undergraduate and graduate art students will exhibit and sell their work in porcelain and stoneware ceramics, jewelry, small metals, prints and handmade books.

"Over the years Club Mud has evolved into a three day gallery opportunity for the students," says Jane Pleak, professor of ceramics, "We have such a diverse group of students, the work always varies expanding creative offerings."

Celebrating its 27th year, the Club Mud Exhibition & Sale provides an experience for students to develop as artists. Consistent from year to year is the opportunity for student to exhibit, network with the public and understand the business aspect of being a professional artist. ”Club Mud provides art students a different perspective of creating art – allowing them to exercise their skills in professional practices and customer relations. The university and local community have been our biggest supporters by encouraging our students as they develop their creative talents, evolving and growing into experts of their fields,” says Pleak.

The Club Mud Exhibition & Sale is located in the Ceramics Studio of the Ceramics & Sculpture Building on Georgia Southern University’s campus – 4000 Forest Drive, Statesboro, GA – visitor’s parking is available. Student prices will vary and can only accept cash or check. Club Mud is open Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 from 10am – 9pm and Saturday, May 7 from 10am – 6pm.

Proceeds not only support the Betty Foy Sanders Department of art students, student travel, and the visiting artist program, but local causes such as Food Bank, Humane Society and the American Red Cross.

Thursday, December 8 - Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Anagama After The Storms

As you may know Rome, Georgia was one of the towns that got hit hard in the recent tornado outbreak.  I saw on the news that Shorter University lost some trees but I wasn't able to get much information about what happened at the anagama until I went up there.
This is what I found when I arrived

Giving a scale of how large the tree was

Can you tell how close the tree is to the kiln shed?
This huge oak came down and took at least 3 other trees with it. 
The good news is that Ian & James are ok, as is the kiln and having enough firewood should be no problem for the next firing.

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