3-year review 10.5.2017

This blog is 3 years old! Looking back over my posts, I find that I’ve never written an “annual review.” I did write an 18-month review. When I started blogging 3 years ago, I wrote monthly reviews. I wanted those monthly check-ins to help keep me accountable and on track for following up on my…

ephemeral art 9.28.2017

I visited an outdoor art exhibit last week at the Farley Center for Peace and Justice. On view daily, sunup through sundown, through October 15th, it’s titled “Sanctuary 2017: Environmental Art at the Farley Center.” I’m not sure why it’s advertised as “on view” until a certain date, because its art that’s “made with materials…

bone-dry clay repair 9.21.2017

I made another coil-built vessel out of porcelain clay (you can view a similar pot I made earlier this year here.) After the latest piece was bone-dry, which means all moisture has evaporated from the clay and it’s ready to be bisque fired, I picked it up to dust off any teeny bits of clay…

“Live Form” book 9.14.2017

I was hoping this week to write about my trip to the north shore of Minnesota, but that got cancelled due to a long bout of what I think was the flu. So, instead of hiking the trails along Lake Superior and holding hands with my sweetheart by firelight at a cabin on the shore,…

unicorn cup – fin 9.7.2017

I wrote about the work-in-progress (wip) unicorn cups in this post. And at long last, they’re fin (the French and Spanish word for “end”, which I’ve seen used so often in foreign films, and I always like to use that term if I have the opportunity;) Here are pics of the finished pieces. These were…

late-summer garden 8.24.2017

The late-summer light brings on a change in feeling/emotion for me. Rather nostalgic, and in a good way. I always considered autumn my favorite time of year here in what we call the “midwest” of the United States. Perhaps it’s because this year’s weather has been unusually cool– or perhaps it’s the angle of the…

plant marker organization 8.10.2017

Last month I went on the annual local garden walk put on by one of Madison, Wisconsin’s gems,¬†Olbrich Botanical Gardens. At one of the gardens, the gardener had all of his plant markers piled on his backyard table in about 8 different piles. As I looked closer, I saw that each pile was held together…

unicorn cup – wip 8.3.2017

My latest work in progress, or WIP, is a two-handled unicorn cup. I threw the cup on the potters wheel, and attached rolled-out coils of clay for the handles. Once the clay was hardened up enough to carve – but not too dry – I started the unicorn decoration. I’ll post photos of the final…