"the artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life."
- w. edward brown

Saturday, December 13, 2008


My grad applications are almost complete.  My portfolio is ready to go and I think I'm good with it.  No all I have to do is send it out and hope and pray!  

This is one of my final works that came out of the kiln... it need to get bigger (more parts to it) but you get the idea... ideally I want it to be around 9 'rocks'.  We'll see.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fall Sale

So, my first pottery sale is almost over. Let me say it is an experience. Different expectations, different pricing and different work than anything I've done before. The last couple of weeks have been a little frantic, attempting to get work finished, glazed, sanded and (the worst) priced has left me with little time for anything else. I don't know how people who do numerous sales over a year do it.... I mean I also have 2 jobs, so that may add to the craziness, but still.

I'll let you know later how I do, hopefully I will at least recoup my entry fee!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

time to reflect

The funny thing about this time of year is how reflective one can become. Maybe it's because of my recent trip and how I'm looking at where I want to go in the next year. Maybe it's because of the fact that it's fall and things are winding down outside. Maybe it's because of the fact that I'm getting ready to apply to grad schools and I'm looking back at my work, but this past few days have been very reflective for me and I've had lots to think about.

Needless to say, I'm fairly sure that there are some big decisions I have to make in the near future. And at the same time, it's kind of fun to see how my reflection will influence my artwork and what direction I will be going in.

I do have a few pictures from my trip, but they will have to wait for another day, as my camera batteries need to recharge!

Ok, enough sappy self reflection. I'm going to have a cup of tea and do some research for a new art piece I'm working on...

Monday, October 06, 2008

more work...

Since the 'baby poo plate' or 'snot plate' or whatever went over SOOOO well, I thought I'd show some more better work... or not, you decide opinionated people that you are!!

Barnacles and Sea Snail

Barnacle Bowl with Choy Rim

Tea Set for Beth: Teapot, 4 cups, creamer, sugar bowl, 2 squared plates

Black and Rutile Round Mug

Hope this is better received than the last post!

Friday, October 03, 2008

just a bit...

New work... not much else to say, but enjoy!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Frustration overwhelming

I'm sorry, I had to.
Just a little bit overwhelmed with disgust right now.
And I know politics should stay out of most discussions since we don't all agree, but this is so tragically accurate.

Lord help us all...
Don't even get me started on the debate.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


* My latest attempt at the barnacles theme... I'm thinking of calling it 'Barnacles and Sea Snail'. I like that the snail is just a little surprise and not too overstated, but still gives it some sense of reality that is different than the previous ones. I'm actually kinda geeked about it.

Can you see it??


And close up...

* I was watching 'Stranger than Fiction' while I worked on the new piece Saturday night, and again I was struck by the genius and humanity of that movie. Seriously, how great.

And my favorite line of all: "Harold Crick lived his life."

* Spent time with Jess, Justin, Benjamin, and Philip Saturday afternoon... Philip slept on my shoulder for a while and he was too cute. All warm and snuggly... and after his bath smelled like wonderful baby.

* Sunday went to a friends in the afternoon to watch the Bronco's pull one out (somehow!) over the Chargers. Seriously, super game.

*For some reason, I've been having some bad headaches over the last few days. Methinks the weather has been a changing quite a bit.

* I'm debating setting up a website (or having someone do it for me) so that I can have a place where people can look to buy my work... I've had about 10 questions about that in the last week. My only issue is business issues about which I have no idea. Hmmm, things to consider.

* Favorite CD of the moment: Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida' some people can't stand it (overplayed) but I think the title song is amazing. And as a whole it's a great collection of new songs...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday 'relaxing'

So part of my Sunday afternoon consisted of working in my makeshift studio at the kitchen table. Why the kitchen you ask? Well there's no tv in the basement, and while there is radio, when I'm planning on working for many hours at home, it's nice to pop in a movie and have some background noise going on. Yes, that's an upside down crate being used to elevate the pot so I can work on it at almost eye level. I find that if I work above the pot, it always ends up being top heavy (in other words, lots of additions at the top, and none near the bottom!)

This is it about halfway finished... the largest and middle size barnacles have been added, the smaller and tiny ones need to be attached.

These are my water cup, my pretzel bowl, and my tea mug... essentials in studio work. Though the pretzels may be interchanged for other snacky treats... but cheese puffs or doritoes tend to leave cheesy residue on the clay... yes, it has happened.

Well, here it is 'finished'. And by that I mean I'm done with more green additions... I think. And while it may not look all that different from the halfway, it is... trust me, there are dozens more barnacles on here than there were.

And all wrapped up, ready to dry slowly and head back to the studio for firing.

Most likely, this will be another red iron oxide exterior, with some dark glaze on the interior. But I'm debating doing something different. Oh, and the rim is something new I've been doing. It's a rolled rim, though I alter it once I do the roll...

And that's my Sunday accomplishment... which took a nice 7 hours of additions to the already thrown and turned/trimmed vessel . Oh the difference between a 5 minute bowl, and an 8 hour barnacle pot.

Quartz inversion and other technicalities

I had the day off and after making breakfast for Beth, I spent most of my day reading, and really trying to retain a lot if fascinating information on glazing. I've had the book I'm re-reading for a while, but the fun thing is to really absorb the information that is presented. A lot of it can be fairly technical in that the chemistry and physics of glazes is pretty intense, and yet it is so fun to learn.

In the studio, I've been trying to find a difficult balance between the creation of functional ware, for sale and for demonstration purposes, and my own more sculptural work. Right now I have to really plan my time for adding the hand built additions that I really like onto my pots. As of today, I have two large pots in the works that I'm planning on adding barnacles to. I've gone back to the barnacles for two reasons: one, I really like them! and two, I don't think I've really explored the potential of the barnacle form.

So much to do, and time flies! Speaking of which, I'm hoping to make a trip later in October to visit a couple grad schools. Hopefully it will end with acceptance later in the year (or early next!) but for now I need to focus and apply myself to my work... and it helps that it is such a nice distraction from retail!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More new work, finally

New work from June, July and August... I finally had time to photograph!

Monday, August 25, 2008

President Jimmy Carter!

So, you are all aware that the DNC is happening in Denver this week. And if you aren't, open a newspaper, please.

Anyway, so one of the dignitaries that is making an appearance is President Jimmy Carter. I'm bringing this up, not just because I like peanuts, but because on Wednesday, Carter, his wife and a few other delegates are taking time out of their busy schedules to plant some trees in Aurora. Specifically at Bicentennial Park, home of the Bicentennial Art Center where I teach!
No, I won't be able to go as the Secret Service is closing the center for safety, but if you watch your local or national news, I'm sure you will see some footage of Carter et al. planting trees and if you look carefully you may see the BAC, a small brown building with perhaps a mural on the side, which is where I work!

So stay tuned and keep your ears open! Its day one of the DNC and things are already crazy!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Abject loathing: a story of my feelings

So again, no posts for a month and then this.

Today was the worst day of retail I've worked. It was our 'Denim Event' with low low prices and even lower customer IQ's.

My question is this: What is so hard to understand about '3 pairs of jeans per customer'?

No, you may not get in each line and buy 18 pairs of jeans. No, you may not have 3 boys, 3 girls, 3 mens, and 3 womens jeans. No you may not give the lady behind you 20 bucks to buy your 4th, 5th and 6th pairs of jeans.

And finally, when I call you on cheating (ie breaking the rules and in essence stealing) don't call me stupid, interrupt me and talk down to me; don't glare at me and keep insulting me because I didn't let you get your way; and you better not lie to me and tell me 'I'm just holding these for a friend' when I saw you buy them 20 minutes ago in another line.

I'm not stupid, and telling you the rules is not a sign of stupidity. Your refusing to listen to them and interrupting me and shushing me and treating me like crap is unacceptable.

Hi there! I work retail, but I'm still human and have feelings. Calling me names and treating me poorly is not right. Part of me wants you to come back to the store, just so I can so everything in my power to give you as hard a time as you gave me today... oh yes, karma's a killer, and you will get yours!

Can you tell 9 hours at The Shirt Folding Store took it's toll today?
Maybe I'll get some photos taken of my recent-ish work and get those posted later this week. That will at least be happy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Month off

ok, so I've been slacking, but at least I've come back with some fun stuff!
More to come, as soon as I search the internet in all my free time...

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

I liked Feist before, but this...
Genius, simply genius.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


finally a week off
i'm very glad, and ready for a change of pace
can't wait to see the kiddos in Chicago

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

one year!

I've been in Denver for one year now.
Kinda hard to imagine, but it's true.
It's been good. I've learned a lot about myself. Got a decent job. Found out that the mountains look pretty in the snow. Found out that I love clay more than I thought. And made some good friends while I was at it.
Now, at one year, I realize that I also have some goals that I need to set, like a timeline for getting back to grad school. But that too, will come.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

more new work...

more new stuff that I've made in the last two months....

Shino Tumbler: 1 of a set of 8

Set of 8 Shino glazed Tumblers... really happy with how the set came out.

Silhouettes: a raku piece, incised design with white crackle glaze on the background
heavy reduction with shredded newspaper (gives the best blacks I've found)

Alexander: another raku piece... not sure though about this one. the text at the bottom reads 'When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept... for there were no more worlds to conquor'

Bracket Fungi II: stoneware with glazes... like this one, but I think the fungi are too glossy... not natural enough.

Bracket Fungi III: porcelain with iron oxide rub exterior and mason stains, and glazed interior
I kind just wanted to see if porcelain would be able to make it... and I do like it.

Bracket Fungi III: stoneware with oxide and stains, glazed interior
like this one a lot... I'm happy with the amount and flow of the lines of the fungi...

Bracket Fungi IV: stoneware with oxide and stain exterior, glazed interior
This is the tallest of them so far, and I did barely oxide on the exterior, but I did add the mason stain to the fungi... I like the look of it, but the only down side is that there is almost no differentiation between the vessel and the fungi... I think that it has the cleanest lines of all so far, and looks closest to what I was going for.

Bracket Fungi IV: detail

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

saddness in my heart

I just heard about this. It makes me sad.
I know his work was kinda out there, but it was very influential and new and interesting.
And I got to install the Rauschenberg show that came to Calvin's gallery. So I guess there's a little extra connection there.

procedural stuff

So today I have an appointment with the city nurse.
This is one of a few steps in being hired by the City to teach ceramics classes.
I'm not worried about it; apparently its a hearing test, a check to see if I can lift 50 pounds, and I get to pee in a cup.... woo.
But at least I'm on my way!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


I have a giant puffy lip.
the upper one to be exact.
it is swollen from some unknown cause.
Bee thinks it may be an allergic reaction from something I ate.
but that's my only symptom, nothing else.
Just a giant, puffy, upper lip.
I took Benadryl in the hope that it would deflate.
I look like a doofus.

Enough said.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Well, I got good news today!
The promotion I knew was kind of in the works, finally went through and was approved by the district manager and her boss (welcome to a month of bureaucratic figuring out!)!

So while I'm not sure what the entire job will entail, I know that next week I'll be opening the store by myself and trying to keep things in order while I'm in charge!

So while things will be a challenge for a while, it should be good and kind of fun.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

back in Denver

Well, aside from a little bit, ok a lot, of turbulence, my flight got back to Denver ok. It is nice to be back in Denver, where I have a bed and bathroom of my own (but thanks Alisha and Chris, and Scott for use of yours!!) and there is a nice comfortable familiarity to ones own bed.

My trip was in a word, wonderful. I got to see friends that I didn't realized I had missed as much as I had. I got to see family, including Kim's new house! and hear Mike's proposal story. And I had WAY too many dinners out. :) Not that they weren't appreciated!!!

The art show was amazing, and I am so proud of all the work that the BFA grads had done. It was amazing to see all the work in the gallery and get a little glimpse into the art I've missed being made.

I also got a shot in the arm and a great pep talk and critique from Anna, and there is no doubt in my mind as to the direction I need to keep going in... back to gradschool. Hopefully it will be sooner than later, but one day at a time is all I can do.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

all my bags are packed

I'm ready to go!

I'll be spending the remainder of this week in Grand Rapids.
I have lots of plans to visit friends, visit family, see some art, trade some art, and a lot more.
This is my first break from working since I started last June and I am ready!!!

I plan on taking lots of pictures, and will post the fun-ness when I return.

I am so excited!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

more work

Just a few more pieces that have come out of the kiln in the last month.

Two mugs... made 5 total, but 2 photograph better


Shino and Black glazed tumbler

Not sure what to call this one... and not sure what I feel about it.
I think I like it, but I'm not sure.

Faceted vase

Small Bowl with very colorful glaze... not sure I care for the glaze...
it's pretty, but not me I think



Bowl with carved circles
looks like a chocolate chip cookie to me in this photo...

Some functional, some sculptural, some in between.... let me know what you think.