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Shakerag Workshops

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Shakerag Workshops

Shakerag Workshops is a studio art workshop program with week long classes offered in various media.

Join me for a handbuilding and glazing workshop on the campus of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in Beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee.

Session One: June 8 – 14, 2014

All Levels of Experience Are Welcome.

Enrollment now Open.

Course Description

http://www.shakerag.org/workshops/2014/norman/

Fee Information and Registration

http://www.shakerag.org/registration/

About Shakerag

http://www.shakerag.org/about/

Giving Thanks

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

I have been off the radar for a few months now.  I haven’t been blogging, Facebooking or Instagraming.  A number of things have happened over the last few months that have caused me to drop off the face of the Electronic world.  And I’ve only been checking my email just enough to keep afloat, which really means I’ve been sinking then scrambling to get back on the life boat. My family and I have been going through a really rough patch lately.  I’m not really ready to talk about what is going on, (on the internet anyway) but my family has been going through enormous amount of stress.  Things have been a little bit better and I think we actually have the map back to normalcy, but we now have to follow it.  I wish I could say that it is all in the past unfortunately we are still in the middle of it.  I just came up for a quick breath! For right now I am THANKFUL of many things. Today I am THANKFUL for my family.  My son and my husband have been keeping me sane, during a very stressful time.  My husband is so supportive of me and everything I do.  My son is just the light of my life and keeps us smiling with the way he interprets the world.  I am THANKFUL for our new house, which is one of the MANY reasons we have been yo-yoing towards the breaking point.  We had a beautiful house built over the summer and moved in around a month ago.  Our new house is gorgeous, it is not our “DREAM” home, but it is as close as we will ever get.   We have a lovely view, plenty of room, space for an amazing studio.  But it’s not built yet.  I am really looking forward to a brand new studio. I am THANKFUL for Claire Reishman who has been saving me.  Claire  from Shakerag Workshops in Tennessee has been so patient with me.  It has been Beyond Reason.   She asked me to teach a workshop at Shakerag this coming summer and I have been so delinquent in getting everything she needs.  She stuck with me and helped me so much.  Thank you Claire for believing in me! I am teaching a week long workshop at Shakerag Workshops @ St. Andrew’s Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee, June 8 -16.  Follow the link to get more information.

 I am Thankful for Jennifer Lawrence who is a paraprofessional in my classroom; she tirelessly helps with the students.  I don’t know if I could do my job this year without her.  Also, she has been covering my classes once a month so I can watch my son’s performances.  Thus I THANK her as a Mom and a teacher.

I am THANKFUL to Clay Arts Vegas inviting me to be in the show Creativity Creates Community.  If you are in the area go see it.  I wish I could.  Thom and Peter work so hard bringing quality clay to Las Vegas!  I’m proud to have been a part of their of their program.    I am THANKFUL to Kevin HLuch for including me in his new ibook, American iPottery, and that one of my salt and pepper shakers will be one of the two images that begin the “N” chapter!  I think the book will be out in the next few months.  The Art of Contemporary American Pottery was Kevin’s last book, check it out it is awesome. I am THANKFUL for Maggie Weydeveld who started the Duck Barn Artisans 30 plus years ago, and has never had another potter in the Holiday Sale.  She invited me to show with her, last year, and I hope it will be many years to come.  It is quite an honor!  Maggie is a local legend.  She makes beautiful high fired tenmoku glazed pots.  And I met her I was in high school and she has been such an inspiration to me ever since.  If you live in Cheyenne or happen to be in the area, stop by the Duck Barn Holiday Sale, 215 West 17th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  They will be open from 10 – 5PM, November 22 – December 14. I am THANKFUL for the Artful Home; promoting my work.  In July I was in their Flash Gallery Secret Languages.  I was in great company.  July was when the proverbial poo hit fan, so I wasn’t able to blog about it.

I am THANKFUL for DR. Troy Thompson our Veterinarian.  Our cat has been super sick, and Dr. Thompson is only working half days because he is also a County Commissioner.  But when I called his office, his staff told me if I dropped Vinnie off they would fit him in between all his appointments.  But this didn’t give me the chance to tell him what has been going on.  But I was THANKFUL regardless because Vinnie was going to be seen.  I take my son to hockey and see Dr. Thompson’s wife and she goes home tells him needs to be at hockey to talk to me about my cat.  Dr. Thompson gets to hockey practice and takes the entire practice to hear about Vinnie.  Thank you Troy!

 Here is a picture of Vinnie as I was packing up my studio, during the big move.

As I write this I realize how lucky and THANKFUL I am for having the people I do in my life.

Clay Arts Vegas – Words and Patterns

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Last month my family and I went to Las Vegas Nevada, for a short family vacation and so I could teach a workshop at Clay Arts Vegas right before my show went up.  Since my son is five we had to stay at Excalibur, it wasn’t my first choice, but when you have a son that dresses up as a knight several times a week you have to stay in a castle if you have the opportunity.  Well, it was a bigger hit than we ever thought my Van never wanted to leave, and when we did he was always begging to go back to the castle.  We also took him to see the Tournament of Kings, Van had a great time, not even eating one bite of his Cornish hen, and he was so engrossed watching the knights battle each other.

I really enjoyed my workshop at Clay Arts Vegas!  Thom Bumblauskas one of the founders of CAV was a spectacular host.  I see great things in the future for Clay Arts Vegas!

One of the things CAV did that was different than any show I’ve ever been in.  They had Checko Salgado come and take black and white images of my work blow them up to 24” x 36” photographs to hang during the show.   Because of the cost of shipping, I only sent smaller pieces to Clay Art Vegas, so it was especially fun to see these giant images of my small vases and salt and pepper shakers blown up to such big proportions.

 

 

 

 

Checko also took great pictures during the workshop.  Usually my workshop pics are just quick shots from my phone and are nothing special.  These photographs are amazing.  I love how he captured everyone working so hard.

Thank you Clay Arts Vegas especially Thom Bumblauskas  and Peter Jakubowski and Thank you Checko Salgado!  I had an amazing time.  If you are ever in Vegas make sure you stop at Clay Arts Vegas.

As usual I am about a month late in my blog posting.  The show is down and CAV has moved on to their next show.  It was a grand time!  I hope everyone in the workshop enjoyed it as much as I did.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, comments are continually appreciated, and it is always great to hear from everyone.

Colorado Art Educators Conference – Master Teacher’s Workshop

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

In October I taught a Master Teacher’s workshop at the Colorado Art Educator’s Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado.   The one thing that made this workshop different from all the workshops I’ve taught is I tried to cut off the top of my thumb right before the workshop started.  As usual, I was a little nervous before the workshop started, running around the last 30 minutes before the workshop trying to get all the odds and ends done before the class started, as I was cutting contact paper for everyone to use to ran the Xacto knife over my thumb and it cut right through my nail and down the corner of my thumb, not a pretty site.  Blood was gushing from my thumb and I was terrified to look at it.  I had a trail of blood from the classroom to the bathroom.  Luckily my teacher friends from Denver and Loveland were there to help me out and clean up the room and finish cutting the contact paper.  The security guard was called, I don’t know why!  And he was very freaked out about the whole ordeal, and saying I needed to go to the hospital, but he would not take me, which was fine, I had friends there, but I kept repeating how he would not take me.  I think he was more freaked out about it than I was.

My friends got some gauze bandages, and wrapped my thumb, by this time everyone taking the workshop was there.  I felt like I shouldn’t leave so I taught the workshop.  Let me tell you, my thumb was killing me.  I got through the three hour workshop and my friends insisted I go to the emergency room.  I agreed, but that was a challeng, Breckenridge in October is the off season, nothing was open, and not even the hospital.  Everyone told us everything shuts down until ski season.  Finally we found an emergency room in Frisco, about 15 miles away.  And the doctor was kind enough to give me five stitches, and tell me that my injury was considered an amputation!!!  

That night was the big Saturday Night Bash and the theme was The Rocky Horror Show, but I didn’t bring anything to dress up, so my friends wouldn’t let me go without a costume, so my thumb became Senor Amputee!

Well, this was my last workshop that I taught; I’m starting to get ready for the next workshop that I’m teaching in Las Vegas at Clay Arts Vegas.  And this nightmare has been on my mind, because in two weeks I will be teaching another workshop.  Hopefully I will not repeat the same show as in Breckenridge!

Clay Arts Vegas Workshop – Ceramic Arts Daily & Click!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

 

I’m frantically getting ready for my solo show at Clay Arts Vegas.  My production of pots has really slowed down now that Vander is getting older, and that he is more involved with activities.  And I’m getting older it’s getting harder to burn the midnight oil and get up early to go to work.  I hope with this kiln load everything turns out.  Keep your fingers crossed!

My show opens with a 2 day workshop.  I’ll be showing my approach to surface design.  It’s March 29 and 30 at Clay Arts Vegas.  Make the jump their website for more information.

Daily Clay App

Last night I got a sweet surprise when I opened my favorite Smartphone App Daily Clay and saw my vessel!  I love The Daily Clay App!  Well, let’s face it I’m a clay Geek!  I check my Clay App almost everyday!  But today it was all worthwhile!  If you have a smartphone and you’re a clay geek here is the link.  I know it’s an Apple App for sure, I don’t know about Droid.  Here’s the link about the App from Ceramic Arts Daily.

Lastly, this weekend I’m going to Laramie for Click: A Weekend For Wyoming Artists.  It’s a conference to help build the Wyoming Artist community and careers.  Our state is so big and everyone is so far apart that it’s great we have these conferences.  I’m sitting a panel called Pathways to Professionalism as Mary Jane Edwards as the moderator.  Mary Jane is the Executive Director of Jentel.  It’s an artist’s residency program in Banner Wyoming.  When I met Mary Jane years ago she was the president of NCECA.  Hopefully I will have some decent information to contribute to the panel discussions, my panel discussion partners are Elaine O. Henry and Marjorie Vecchio.  Elaine is the editor of Ceramics: Art and Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL., and Marjorie is a photographer and independent curator. 

Thank you for stopping by the blog and taking time out or your day to read.  We love comments!

Words at Your Disposal- Casper College

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

 

Here are some pictures from my show “Words at Your Disposal” at Casper College.  I haven’t seen the show yet, but I was sent these pictures.  I’ll travel up to Casper on September 20 to give an artist’s talk @ noon, and a closing
of the show.  Then on September 21 & 22 I will give a two day workshop, that is free and open to the public.  This is my second show at Casper College the last one was in 2006.  I am much honored to be asked back!  Thank you so much Mike
Olson the ceramics instructor and Valerie Innella the gallery director.  I am flattered that you trust me again with the gallery and your students!

This show has work I mostly made over the summer, but I threw in a few older pieces for a varitey of sizes.

September 20 Artist Talk and closing reception @noon.

September 21 & 22 Workshop

Sandi Pierantozzi Workshop

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

 

Last month I took Sandi Pierantozzi’s workshop at Plinth Gallery, while she was out in the Wild West. I loved Sandi’s work for years, and I’m so pleased that I actually got to meet her in person, feature her on my blog and take a workshop from her. Life is pretty good! This images doesn’t do her workshop justice, what you don’t get in these pictures are her warm and funny personality. She is so generous with her time and expertise! I wish the workshop was longer than two days.

She also showed how to use CircleMatic Form Finder Templates, they are an amazing tool. I’ve been having fun making things from the set I picked up!

This little guy gets to come home with me after the show!

 

Jonathan Kaplan Mold Making Workshop @ Plinth Gallery!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

On December 3-4th, Jonathan Kaplan will instruct a two-day workshop on mold-making, in the Plinth Gallery Studio.  Please see the attached flyer.   Cost is $150/person for both days which includes all materials, and lunch.   Please contact the Gallery if you are interested in attending this workshop, and feel free to forward to anyone you  know who may be interested.  This will be our last workshop for 2011, and coincides with our exhibition of Jonathan’s own work in the Gallery.

Kristen Kieffer’s Workshop

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

 

A couple of weekends ago I took a Kristen Kieffer workshop at Plinth Gallery.  It was a two day workshop where she shared many of her amazing techniques.  She’s the queen of elegant stamping, beautiful slip trailing and other surface decorations! I was really glad to be able to sit and listen as she demystified her methods.  Some of the things she covered were making your own stamps, and altering by using stamps, darting, and slip trailing.

I love how Jonathan’s cat Flux decides to partake in the workshop as well!

I’m so glad that Jonathan Kaplan the owner of Plinth has been offering these workshops.  I no longer can take a week or two week workshop, I just don’t’ want to leave my family for that long, but these short bursts of creativity are terrific.

Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama’s workshop

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Recently I went to Casper College for Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama’s workshop.  It was great to see how well they worked together, with just a look and sometimes a nod; they knew when the other one was finished talking and the other could go and do a demo.  It was interesting to learn that they work all day long in the studio next to each other.  And they are starting to collaborate on projects.  I loved Matt’s gentle and philosophical ways, his pots is just like him calm and tender and steeped in history.  I have been a big fan of Shoko’s work for awhile, I really appreciated being able to see her make in the flesh.  Well without further ado here are some pictures of the fabulous workshop!  If you are able to take a workshop from these guys I highly recommend it!!

Of course a couple of pots followed my home!  I’ll have to resume my ABC’s pottery and add them to my collection!