Art as a Career, Community, Making Pots, Pottery, Sale, Uncategorized

New Studio!! Come visit this Saturday!

IMG_2413I’ve got a new studio!!!

Phew! I went for more than two months without a place to stretch out and get dirty, and I think that’s about my limit. Toward the end there I did pick up some watercolors, sumi ink, and pens for some 2D explorations from my desk at home. That was actually an incredibly good idea, for it has spawned a line of cards and revealed the potential for a whole new body of work (more on that soon).

But now I’m settling in to my new space at The Swimming Hole, a collective in NE Portland, on NE 42nd near Alberta Ct (5120 NE 42nd, to be precise). It’s a modest space, but with a lot of great mojo…we are currently eight women working in clay, glass, and metal. We each have different backgrounds and goals, but all have a  love for making gorgeous things with our hands. I think it could be the perfect first stop, out of the gates from grad school, in establishing my professional practice.IMG_2414

And this weekend we’re having an open studio, as part of the 42nd Avenue Makers’ Faire. Portland is a mecca for makers, that’s for sure, and many of these creative entrepreneurs have been settling in along NE 42nd Avenue, contributing to the blossoming of neighborhoods adjoining this street, like the Cully neighborhood (which also has a pretty awesome cycle track up and down Cully Blvd). The faire and our open studio runs from noon-6 p.m. this coming Saturday, August 23rd. Most of us will have wares for sale out front, and tours of our studios will be available upon request. The weather will be hot and sunny, and the organizers of the Faire have lots of other fun activities and music on tap (bouncy castle!!). I’ve included more information from the business association below, including links to musicians set to perform that day.IMG_2411

 

 

 

 

 

 

bucket 6aThis year’s 42nd Avenue signature event is a Makers’ Faire. Although we will continue the spirit of the Street Fair with entertainment, a beer garden, foots ball, and a bouncy house, this year will emphasize the identity of our district: making goods and providing services.

Like the guilds of old, the makers on 42nd Avenue serve their community by honoring their craft. Whether its furniture, signs, charcuterie, bread, pastries, metal objects, printed material, fancy cars, healthy teeth, bikes, ice cream, employment, beverages, a place to gather, or obedient dogs, making good and services is our commonality.

From noon to 6 p.m., Faire participants can go behind the scenes, into businesses to meet the owners and staff. Get an insider’s view of businesses through tours, classes, contests, giveaways, and tastings. Our scavenger hunt can qualify you for prize drawings. As a business district, we are excited to share with our neighbors the view from the other side of the counter.

Between activities, enjoy amazing live music and booths.

12-2 PM: James Clem: Oldtimy country and blues 

2-4 PM: BrassRoots Movement: New Orleans Stand Up Brass Band

4-6 PM: Jalani and the Secret Five Gospel and Soul

If you are a Maker and would like to be a vendor at the Makers’ Faire please email Myo at
cullyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and she will send you an application.

 

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Pottery, Sale

Sarah’s Summer Ceramics Sale

I’m headed out to Hood River this weekend, one of the most dramatically beautiful parts of this country, to set up shop for my 8th annual (although belated) studio sale. Usually held in April, I’m a little behind this year due to that pesky Master’s degree which took up so much of my time until a couple months ago. 😉

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I’m really looking forward to a few days in the woods, visiting with my Columbia River Gorge friends, family, and collectors. When I first held this sale in 2007 I had no idea it would develop so much momentum, and it’s become a treasured annual tradition. As I look to the future, I can’t believe a decade has almost past…this calls for a celebration, me thinks! For 2016 I envision a handful of artists joining the sale, along with a little live music, and a good old fashioned cook-out…a party!!

It’s not just me worth visiting in the Hood River area this weekend, as many orchards, wineries, and other businesses will be participating in the Hood River County Fruit Loop Summer Fruit Celebration. Believe it or not, the earliest varieties of apples and pears are coming in. My sale is located right along the Fruit Loop route, so come out and enjoy what looks to be a perfect summer weekend in the foothills of Mt. Hood.

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3351 Dee Hwy, Hood River

Directions:

Going south out of Hood River (via Tucker Rd), you’ll cross a lovely bridge over the Hood River, passing the Apple Valley store. Make the next right, toward Dee, on Hwy 281. After 3+ miles you’ll cross RR tracks. Begin to slow, as you’ll turn into the 3rd driveway on the left. Go up the hill to the 2nd house on the right. This is a somewhat steep, gravely, dirt driveway, fyi.

New Work, Pottery, Shows

Creating Community Continues

Imbibe!  In my new line of drinking vessels I've incorporated expressively decorated wine cups.  For those who favor even stronger elixirs, this pattern also comes in a shot/sake glass.
Imbibe! In my new line of drinking vessels I’ve incorporated expressively decorated wine cups. For those who favor even stronger elixirs, this pattern also comes in a shot/sake glass.

I am so excited, once again, to pair up with The Cellar Door for Creating Community, this coming Friday, June 21 from 3:30-6:30 (here’s a map).  Bryan and Karen of The Cellar Door have become fast friends, as my husband and I have discovered the fascinating and wide, wide world of wine.  For all of us, wine creates the opportunity to form friendships and create memories over a shared glass and usually a meal.  Bryan and Karen have been inviting their friends to share with all of us their other passions, in an effort to create an even stronger, more diverse community.  And so, with Creating Community, I bring my wares to their weekly tasting, Friday Sips.

Since I’ve been on break from grad school I’ve gotten back behind the wheel and this summer’s theme is IMBIBE.  I’ve got all sorts of vessels to make your favorite beverage that much more enjoyable.

If you love wine or if you are simply curious about wine, The Cellar Door Friday Sips is a fantastic way to wrap up the work week.  Bryan has an uncanny ability to find wines to satisfy any palette, from the $12 Wednesday night bottle, to the spare-no-expense bottle for a special occasion (but honestly, he’ll probably have a superb recommendation that will save you $$).  This week Bryan will have open a lovely array of dry, pink wines, one of my favorites during the summer season.  Here’s what you can look forward to:


– 2011 Cameron “Saignee” Pinot Noir Rose

– 2012 Marquiliani Rose Vin de Corse

– 2012 Chateau Turrenne Cotes-de-Provence Rose
…and more!

My husband and I love to share a bottle of wine while preparing dinner.  With these mise en place bowls, cooking becomes an even more festive enterprise.
My husband and I often enjoy a glass of wine while preparing dinner. With these mise en place bowls, cooking becomes an even more festive enterprise.
From a new series, featuring bare clay, polished to river rock smoothness: Shot in the Dark and Lit Up shot/sake cups with coordinating finger bowls (black stoneware and porcelain).
From a new series, featuring bare clay, polished to river rock smoothness: Shot in the Dark and Lit Up shot/sake cups with coordinating finger bowls (black stoneware and porcelain).