Sun

30

May

2010

busy beaver... I mean potter!

 

I recently applied and was accepted to show and sell some of my work at the Fire House Gallery in Berryville. They are having an open house next Friday, so it's been quite the push to fill the kiln and fire before then! 

 

Here are some stamped plates in the greenware stage that along with coil cups and doily tripod cups, I hope to sell--or at least show--at this local gallery.

 

More pictures soon as I make work, fill the kiln, FIRE, mix glazes, and FIRE again! All hopefully BEFORE next Friday!!

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Sat

15

May

2010

rediscovered drawings from the past

I was flipping through my old sketch book today and found these pretty ladies. If I remember correctly, each were made for one thing or another for the Center for Women at the College of Saint Benedict. Who knows, maybe they will reappear on some cards in the future....

 

...and maybe I'll even make more to join them.

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Wed

12

May

2010

remember that nest?

that bird is perched on the INSIDE
that bird is perched on the INSIDE

Upon my return to the farm about a month ago, I had noticed that some creature had started to make a nest on one of the shelves in the studio. Slowly but surely, it has been revealed what kind of creature(s) live there. You guessed it: birds! I'm not exactly sure what kind, but La Capretta is home to a mama, a papa, and 3 baby birds. While mama and papa go in and out through a system of holes in the stone wall structure and the rain gutter, the babies are left to the comfort of the indoors, free from predators and protected from the elements. It has been interesting watching them get used to their wings as well as observing the process of mama and papa finding where in the studio to deliver dinner. 

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Mon

10

May

2010

having fun/testing glazes for a commission

my unfired bowl, freshly painted with underglaze
my unfired bowl, freshly painted with underglaze

I was blessed with another visitor this weekend: Jessie (yes the inspirer of my most recent set of greeting cards)! We kept each other occupied with conversation as well as a few crafty projects. Tie-dying proved to be very successful and time will tell how our painted pots will fire. 

 

Three reasons for the paint-your-own-pot activity:

1. Nancy has LOADS of blanks in the studio from her past life of majolica.

2. I need to test the underglazes for an upcoming project: a commission to make free drink chips for my mom's bar in Des Moines.

3. It's fun!!

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Tue

04

May

2010

presenting: La Capretta Gallery

Nancy and I realized that there was something holding us back in the newly renovated meditation space/gallery... a hanging system. Instead of nailing artwork into the wall which would be more work in the long run in terms of maintenance, we decided we might as well invest in a permanent system from the git go.  A plane ticket and two trips to Home Depot later, we had something to work with!

Thanks for coming out, Tom! We made it happen just in time for Farm Day!

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Wed

21

Apr

2010

done! well, almost...

I spent the afternoon out at Joy Bridy's. I meant to make it out in the morning to help with the front arch, but alas I was feeling under the weather and missed all the excitement. I did stick around to help with the LAST two rows of bricks though. THAT was pretty exciting!

So, the fire box is done and the chamber walls are done. Next is the chamber arch and the chimney! Pretty cool....

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Mon

19

Apr

2010

sending some love to pittsburgh

 

I started this back in the fall... can you tell? When it was cut up in 5X5 squares and ready to be mailed, it definitely had a fall feel to it because of the browns. I think it's going to make some nice greeting cards, just a bit out of season for right now though. 

 

Jessie sure liked it, and I'm so glad! It shall take up a bit of space on her wall... at least 20X30 inches...

 

See how this is the bottom left corner?....

 

This is my favorite 5X10 inch rectangle from the original which was scanned, shrunk, and then printed to make greeting cards. I will make a set of large greeting cards from these rectangles and 4 sets of 6 smaller greeting cards from the 5X5 inch squares. I'll be sure to post images of the final products when I'm done.

 

Check out my other greeting cards to get an idea of what these will look like.

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Tue

06

Apr

2010

it's gettin big!

I had the day off while Nancy and Linus visit a friend in New York, so I thought I'd lend a hand out at Joy Bridy's. She had a course of bricks dry stacked when I got there, so I spent the afternoon mortaring while she taught her class in her studio. We capped off the work day by adding another dry stacked course and moving a pallet of bricks. It's slow going when you're building a kiln, but after awhile you can really see it coming together! 

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Sat

03

Apr

2010

fieldtrip! NCECA in Philadelphia

This year's NCECA conference was in Philadelphia: only a four hour drive from Berryville. It wasn't in my cards this year to attend the full conference, but I was able to make it up to the city to check out a few galleries and surprise a friend for her birthday.

Myung Jin Choi's "Ground" 2007
Myung Jin Choi's "Ground" 2007

I was told by a couple of friends from CSB|SJU that I missed some great speakers at the conference, but I would consider the trip a success anyway based on a) the response of my surprise appearance, and b) a few art pieces that got me jazzed up to make work.

 

I have been searching for new forms to broaden my range of work with coils and was very pleased to find several sources of inspiration throughout the day.

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Mon

29

Mar

2010

babies!

 

 

 

It's lambing season here at Smith Meadows Farm which means little lambs are poppin out all over the place. They usually come in pairs, and occasionally are speckled. Can we say "black sheep of the family"?

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Fri

26

Mar

2010

things are NOT how i left them...

hibernation destination
hibernation destination

 

I left Virginia four months ago, thinking I'd only be gone for two. My plans changed and I ended up being gone for all of winter. By the time I finally made it back, there were a few surprises waiting for me. While Nancy hid from the cold and stayed away from the studio, a few critters made themselves at home. First thing is certainly first before busting out the clay: cleaning!!

On the flip side, the meditation room renovation looks fantastic! It's amazing how a fresh floor, new doors, and trim along the stonewall  truly revived the space... 

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Thu

25

Mar

2010

hit the ground running...

:) a couple of Pasuttis in the kitchen
:) a couple of Pasuttis in the kitchen

Well, I've made it back to Smith Meadows. My mom drove out with me, making a bit of a vacation out of the trip. We stopped in Grand Blanc, MI (completely on the way) to visit some family for a few days and then headed to Pittsburgh, PA to visit a friend. We had a bit of car trouble, but luckily it was in a friendly town with good company.  Once we finally got Lady back on the road (after waiting 8 hours!), we made it to Berryville, VA. Before my mom flew back to Des Moines, IA, we put her to work in the commercial kitchen making empenadas for the weekend's farmer's market [I'm told we look like sisters in this picture].

 

{In addition to a part time nanny, a studio intern, and resident artist here at Smith Meadows, I put a few hours in at the commercial kitchen each week, hence the random kitchen picture instead of the studio update--coming soon. Tasks range from making ravioli, cutting noodles, peeling garlic, processing herbs, packing pasta coolers for market, and now making empenadas!}

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