spring rust pickings 3.9.2017

Wisconsin is beginning to experience spring-like weather, which means the street cleaners are out, brushing and sucking and cleaning up garbage, debris, and treasures from the streets. For the past few months, snow covered the streets and curbs, and the street melange added up over that time, hidden from view. Now that the warmer temps have…

abstraction 2.9.2017

In my post from last week, I wrote that I’m attracted to off-kilter ceramics, and abstract or non-representational art in general.  Some might call it wabi-sabi (imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete) or other descriptors might be unrefined, confusing or childlike. Maybe I’m using all these labels to better describe how some might view abstract art. Or…

bowl and thoughts 1.19.2017

Last night, I attended a discussion here in Madison, Wisconsin about fear and safety and vulnerability. This discussion arose out of Donald Trump winning the election for United States President. I know, I know, I’m a middle class white woman living in Madison, Wisconsin – “77 square miles surrounded by reality” – so I don’t…

pattern in Sanibel 1.12.17

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about beach art at Sanibel Island, Florida, where I spent the first two weeks of December 2016 with my sweetheart. One of the things I love about visiting a place that’s got a different climate from where I live (Madison, Wisconsin) is seeing new and different patterns. Here are pics…

thanksgiving poems 11.23.2016

Thanksgiving by Billy Collins The thing about the huge platter of sliced celery, broccoli florets, and baby tomatoes you had arranged to look like a turkey with its tail fanned out was that all our guests were so intimidated by the perfection of its design no one dared disturb the symmetry by removing so much…

clay&rust series 11.10.2016

I’ve got my clay&rust series just about completed. The glue is drying on my second-to-the-last vase, so I expect to be finished tomorrow. The series consists of 12 pieces, all vases. I waited until I had all the vases glazed and fired, then laid them out on a table to “try on” the pieces of…

slab vases 10.27.2016

Earlier this year, I posted about a found piece of rust for which I built a vase from slabs of clay. Delighted with the result, I planned a series, creating slab-built vases to match the differently-sized rust pieces. The last vase came out of the kiln earlier this week. Today, I’m documenting the vases pre-rust. Here…

colorado art redux, round III 10.13.2016

Here’s my final installment of the art I saw in Denver last month. Here I am standing outside the Clyfford Still Museum. I didn’t know much about Still, and the museum displays not only his artwork, but Still’s archives of his letters, sketchbooks, personal items, and more. Apparently Still, an abstract expressionist, “has been credited…

colorado art redux, round II 9.29.2016

My eldest daughter Elly took me to a super cool art gallery in downtown Denver called The Dikeou Collection. There’s no signage for the space, which is on the 5th floor of an old, nondescript office building. According to Wikipedia, “Much of the work in the Dikeou Collection, no matter what medium, aims to reflect…

colorado art redux, round I 9.22.2016

I’d planned to write one blog post about the art I saw in Colorado earlier this month, but it’s just too much for one post. For me, anyway. I like posts that are short and to the point. So I’ll write a few separate posts about the art, which is a teeny fraction of all…