"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Throwing off the Hump

This term is used to describe the technique of centering a large amount of clay on the wheel before partitioning it into smaller sections one at a time to make numerous small pieces. Steve learned this technique at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts under Mutsuo Yanaginara in 1973. It saves some time and space in being able to continue throwing piece after piece without stopping, placing another ball of wedged clay on the wheel and centering that piece. Still each section has to be individually centered, thrown and removed from the larger mass. The trickiest part is compressing the bottom of the pot when it is not against the wheel head and cutting the piece off of the main 'hump' of clay. Steve uses this technique for throwing all the minis.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

All in a day's work

plain & fancy

Working on Snow Drops

drying the glaze in the sun!

last night's kiln

more of the same

the first 13 of 400 minis for the MET        :-(

Stone Crop Garden Break

We have been terribly busy in the studio and had to have a break to keep our sanity. We chose to go to one of the Garden Conservancy's 'Open Days' last weekend in Cold Spring, NY.  Twelve acres at 1,100 ft. elevation with Tudor buildings from the original estate, Stone Crop Gardens is in the Hudson Highlands about  an hour south of us. It is an educational facility where botanists train so there were lots of names and numbers but also a lot of beauty. See?
beautiful color!

beautiful patterns

water lilies

Magnolia. Umbrella type.

Me and my shadow

Monday, September 13, 2010

M&T Bank's Clothesline Festival in Rochester, NY

Steve and I have never been to Rochester, NY before and were delightfully surprised at the strong presence of cultural interest this small city has to offer. I wish we had taken more photos of the city
but time did not allow for it. The show we went to was the Clothesline Festival sponsored by the M&T Bank. It was a benefit for the Memorial Art Gallery. Originally part of the University of Rochester, the Memorial Art Gallery is a vibrant part of the community with over 300 volunteers, outreach creativity programs, a beautiful gallery store and two art shows. 16,000 people showed up on Saturday to see over 400 exhibitors.

We received one of the eleven Awards of Merit. Yea!
Our corner space
Who is talking to whom?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

WOW.. a 6 box show!

Steve and I have returned from the Long's Park Art Craft Festival in Lancaster, PA over Labor Day Weekend exhausted but thrilled. We had not even expected to be juried into the show after not making it in '08 and '09 but as they say 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder.' Our reception was nothing short of fantastic! Here are some photos:

we're leaving home... bye bye

setting up

putting the pots out

finally ready!

the lake behind us

our aisle

you can see the tents across the lake
There were 200 wonderful exhibitors
going home

It was a very successful show for us and for the Long's Park Foundation which uses the gate proceeds to fund free entertainment all summer at the Amphitheatre in the park. 
We were grateful to be a part of it.