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Uncommon Ground:Imapct and Influence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Mia Mulvey

Mia Mulvey

Lindsay Pichaske

Casey Whittier

Jennifer Jeanelle

Jeffery Kochert

My Piece

I’m finally getting around to reporting on the reception of Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence.   The show is amazing!  I was very grateful to be accepted to be in the show, but after seeing it in the flesh, I am very humbled and honored that I am included!!!

I always thought my vessels were kind of big, but after seeing the show, my piece was one of the smaller pieces in the show.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show, and the last image is mine!

My piece from the Uncommon Ground Catalog.

If you click on the image you can acutally read it!!!

The September/October Issue of Pottery Making Illustrated is all about Surface Decoration!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Where has the time gone??? I have so many things to blog about, but yet I’ve written NOTHING in a very long time! 

So I will start with my most recent topic….. I’ve had the pleasure of being published in Pottery Making Illustrated this month along with Jason Bige Burnett, Kristin Pavelka and Kate and Will Jacobson.   And a Big Congratulations to Jason for the cover art!!!

I was very pleased PMI contacted me and asked me to write about making one of my architectural vessels.  I went through the whole gamut of emotions, I was thrilled, I was ecstatic, and then I started thinking about actually writing the article, then the emotions were a little different, I was petrified, I was dizziness, I had wild heart palpitations, and then I finally started to write.

Writing my blog is a lot different, I just tell myself no really reads my blog and sometimes I don’t even proof read what I toss on my blog.  Well, I’m delighted that it is now in this September/October issue.  I hope all of you get something from the article.  (And when I say all you….I mean my imaginary readers…, especially now since I have not blogged in months.)

Coming Soon hopefully to my blog!  More on my trip to Ethiopia! Pictures from the workshop I taught at Plinth Gallery months ago.  Upcoming updates on NCECA’s Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence at the Arvada Arts Center.  And also I am trying to take a group of artists to Ethiopia in a partnership with One Child Campaign and Project 117.

A nice surprise this morning.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011


Today I went blog browsing and I ran across my salt and pepper shakers on the (Mud) Bucket.   What a nice surprise.  Jesse Lu really did an elegant layout on her blog.  I love all her choices for her Setting the Table: Crisp Black and White post.  My favorites are Kathy King and Melissa Mencini.  Thanks Jesse Lu!

Good News!! 500 Vases and Ayumi Horie Pots in Action Contest!!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

"500 Vases" One of the title pages.

This has been a good week.  It started out, when I got home and found 500 Vases waiting for me in the mailbox; I was lucky enough to have all three of my submissions accepted in the book.  And I was thrilled to find my work on one of the title pages!!!

500 Vases page 22

500 Vases page 22

Here is what Lark Books says about the 500 Series book:

500 Vases was juried by the Julia Galloway.  The 500 Series is one of Lark’s most distinctive and popular lines, this is the series lovers of fine craftsmanship rave about. It provides an overview of the best contemporary work in fields such as ceramics, jewelry making, woodworking, and more. Each book is juried by an expert, features informative introductory text, and showcases spectacular images of state-of-the-art work. The first entry in the series, 500 Teapots, was published in 2002. Since then, 35 books have followed, and new titles release each season. With an international roster of contributors that includes both established names and up-and-coming craftspeople, each volume spotlights the shared and divergent approaches taken by artists who are producing visionary work. Filled with lavish photographs, these gorgeous books inspire crafters and collectors, artists and aficionados—anyone who enjoys celebrating the creative spirit.

500 Vases

500 Vases p142

500 Vases p195

500 Vases p195

Iam ecstatic to be a part of this inspirational book.  After looking at all the images of the book, I had to go work in my studio.  I had been taking time off from the studio, (excuses, excuse, excuses…) because I almost broke my finger (still swollen after a month), it’s the start of the school year, and I’m tired from my new school schedule.   I had a fantastic night in my studio, and I’m soooo excited to be working again.  Thank you Lark Books for getting me out of my back to school slump!!!

If you want the book here is a couple of links: and Barnes and

Other Good News!!

Ayumi's Pots in Action Contest 2nd Place

I believe Vander’s sweet little face was hard to resist, and the darling Lindsey!!

I found out I got second place in Ayumi Horie’s Pots in Action Contest. Last night when I found, my husband and I went to Ayumi’s website to see what I won.  As we were doing this Vander comes wandering over to see what we are doing and looks at the computer screen and says, “That’s my monkey cup.”  I can’t argue with that.  Vander has his first piece of amazing pottery in his collection.

Thank You Ayumi!!!  I love your work and our new Monkey Mug!!

Pots in Action Prizes

Thank you to everyone who voted for our picture!!

People have asked me if I was nervous that the camel was so close to Vander.   I am friends with the owners of the Terry Bison Ranch where we took the pictures, and called before we went out there, and asked if this idea was possible.  They wouldn’t let us in the field with camels, and one of the owners went with us to feed the camels.  She was right there just out of the picture at all times.  The camels are hand feed, trained for riding, but only one person rides them.

Here are some more pictures of the day.

Even if we didn’t win a prize the day was well worth it.  The kids had a blast.  We petted and played with so many animals that day.  It was great to have a guided tour of such a fun place.

I am the feautred artist on Art Palaver!!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Two posts in one night.  I’m trying to catch up with everything that has been going on.

I am very excited to be the featured artist on Art Palaver this week.   If you don’t know the Art Palaver blog it is about helping artists sell art by offering resources to help you better market and promote yourself and your art.  The blog has some great advice and artist features.

500 Vases – Yipee!!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I just found out that my work was accepted to 500 Vases by Lark books.  I’m very excited about the whole deal.  I’ve been lucky enough to be published in a couple of magazines, but this is will be my first time to be published in a book.  It has been such a long time since I applied, I had thought of it once or twice and assumed I had been rejected and never received the rejection letter.  The juror is Julia Galloway.  The book will be out in bookstores this coming fall.  Here are the pieces that got accepted.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

This news article just got emailed to me by Ted Vogel about  I am really happy to be a part of this amazing website.  It is a remarkable teaching tool.   Thanks, Ted for inviting me!!

Innovative project fuses technology, education, and the arts

An innovative project developed by a team of Lewis & Clark faculty and staff members has quickly become a vital resource for the arts and education communities.

AccessCeramics is a robust online collection of contemporary ceramics images that has become a highly effective educational tool and an influential model for increasing access to both art and education.

Launched in March 2008, accessCeramics is the only major, free ceramics database online. Watzek Library staff members collaborate with Assistant Professor of Art Ted Vogel to support the project’s technological, artistic, and educational dimensions.

“It’s really the first and only well-organized image database focused on ceramics,” said Richard Burkett, associate professor of art at San Diego State University. “AccessCeramics has the potential to be a rich resource for both aesthetic and historical research in the ceramics field worldwide.”

In the short time since its inception, accessCeramics has grown tremendously and has caught the attention of artists, scholars, and experts in instructional media services. The originality of the project and its educational mission have earned it grant support from prominent foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“The NEA grant we received is focused on increasing access to the arts in communities throughout the country,” said Mark Dahl, associate director for digital initiatives and collection management. “That mission is a great fit for accessCeramics and specifically our goal of making images of high-quality contemporary ceramic art widely available to the arts education community.”

Understanding the collection, inside and out

With nearly 3,000 images and artist-contributors from around the world, accessCeramics merges the arts and digital technology in a unique and intuitive way. Though other licensed databases exist for art historians, no other service or website offers open access to a comparable range of images of contemporary arts, particularly ceramics.

“We’re really the only ones doing this right now,” Vogel said. “And things behind pay-walls aren’t used as frequently as openly accessible databases.”

Housed in Flickr, the foremost online photo-sharing application, accessCeramics is free and user-friendly for contributors and viewers.

One key to the project’s success has been its streamlined, web-based submission process. The accessCeramics curatorial board recruits artists for inclusion in the collection, but much of the submission process is completed independently: artists use a customized website to upload and catalog their own images using prescribed metadata fields. The images are stored on Flickr and displayed through the accessCeramics website, where the collection is fully searchable by any of the descriptions artists provide when uploading the images.

“You could look at it and not know it’s a Flickr site,” said Vogel, program head in ceramics. “It’s simple, clean, and easy to navigate. AccessCeramics makes my life easier, and I’m sure that’s true for other teachers and students. If you want to look for cups or only figurative work, you can do that.”

The efficiency of the accessCeramics model has allowed the project team to focus its time and resources on expanding the collection, managing the website, and providing technical support to contributing artists.

“We’ve been really surprised at the attention the project has generated,” said Margo Ballantyne, recently retired visual resources curator. “People get a whiff of the idea and the logistics of accessCeramics and they are all over us with questions and inquiries.”

Gauging the accessCeramics global impact

When the accessCeramics group members think about how to gauge the site’s impact, they can point to a few concrete numbers, like the 100 unique visitors a day to, or its top-ten placement in a Google search for contemporary ceramics. Members of the team have been invited to present at multiple professional conferences around the country. The group has twice published articles about their work, and the project has received two major grants.

Harder to calculate—but much more significant—is the project’s profound impact on academic and artistic communities.

The accessCeramics team has heard from ceramics educators at many colleges and universities, who have called the collection an invaluable resource in their field.

“This project has had a broad-based impact,” Dahl said. “We’ve seen that this resource really advances art education at liberal arts colleges around the country. Educators and art communities can tap into it, as well as curators and other artists.”

AccessCeramics fans have written in from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. Vogel recently received an email from an art student at Alfred University, home to one of the largest ceramics programs in the country, saying that accessCeramics is frequently used in classes there.

To read the rest of the article click here.

The 37th Art Beth-El Festival Invitation

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Plains and Peaks Great Lakes In-flight Magazine December 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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plains and peaks last

It was an honor to be asked to be featured in Peaks and Plains Great Lakes In-Flight Magazine, but then I found out I was chosen to be on the cover, I was thrilled.  Thank You Peaks and Plains!!!!

Digital Cover Girl

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Great Lakes Airlines Website

On Monday I found out I was going to be on the cover of Peaks and Plains Great Lakes In-Flight Magazine. But I still haven’t seen the magazine in person. I have seen it in digital form several ways. Here it is on the Peaks and Plains website.

I’m so excited to see the magazine. Maybe this is a big hoax and I’ve fallen for it hook, line and sinker. But for now I’m thrilled to see on their website.