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…

annual donating 1.5.2017

Happy New Year!  When I decided to start selling my art on my website earlier this year, I decided I’d donate a portion of sales to good causes (imho). 5% of my painting and drawing sales are donated to the Sierra Club. 10% of my ceramics sales are donated to Potters for Peace. I didn’t…

beach art 12.29.2016

My sweetheart and I spent the first two weeks of December on the beach at beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. Long walks on the ocean shore provided new beach art to view every day. I met the young artists of only a couple of works, both pre-teens. Here are some of my favorites! I took along…

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…

the wonders of glaze 11.17.2016

Often I feel like I’m in a “test mode” when it comes to glazing ceramics. I used cobalt oxide wash on two different bowls with quite different results, likely due to the the glaze underneath the oxide wash. On one bowl, I added dots of the blue oxide wash atop a transparent white glaze with…

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…

new volunteer gig 11.3.2016

Volunteering has been an important part of my life for the last 20 years. I’ve volunteered through my old workplace, on a neighborhood association board, and at a local sustainability organization. For about the last 15 years, my main volunteer gig was at WORT, Madison’s community radio station, where I helped engineer, produce, and write…

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…