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).
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Public Art, Shows, Uncategorized

Coming Soon: Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

Praça Cantão, Favela Painting Project
Artists: Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, Haas&Hahn, with Santa Marta favela community youth. Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009–10. Photo: © Haas&Hahn for favelapainting.com

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES opens this weekend in Portland.  The exhibit is actually divided between two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Mercy Corps Action Center.  Here’s a snippet from MoCC’s site about what we can expect from this exhibit:

…explores innovative approaches in urban planning, sustainable design, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, nonformal education, and public health happening in these communities to ensure their residents a brighter future. CITIES features sixty projects, products, and proposals, organized into six themes, that shine the spotlight on communities, designers, and architects, as well as private, civic, and public organizations that are working together to address the complex issues arising from the unprecedented growth of informal settlements in emerging and developing economies.

I am very much looking forward to this show, as it ties directly in with themes I’ll be exploring as a graduate student, beginning in just a couple of weeks.

Photography, Shows, Uncategorized

Twist, a Photo Archive

Well, I took my show down yesterday.  Overall, I’d say it was a grand success, but I’ll never again agree to do a show like this with only two months notice!  The reception was lovely, and I was so moved that so many of my friends and family made the trek to Gresham to show their support.

I’d like to share with you all a photographic version of my show.  I’ve focused on my work, of course, but you’ll catch glimpses of some wonderful sculptures by Dan Alley, for his show entitled Writhe.  Enjoy!

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Art as a Career, Shows, Uncategorized

Twist

At this very moment two kilns are cooling, each full of potential show pieces perhaps destined to be on display in my first show in five years, Twist.  While I’ve been included in several group shows, in addition to art & craft festivals and fairs, it’s been a while since I’ve put together a comprehensive group of pieces to show the world who I am as an artist.  This show will include my favorite brushwork pieces in black/white/red (and maybe some new colors, depending on how one of my firings worked out!), in addition to some wood-fired work.  I have high hopes for many of my wood-fired pieces, slowly cooling in the woods of SW Washington.  I used forms and surface decoration techniques related to those I use on my electric-fired work, which will hopefully hint at the lineage which links the two bodies of work.

My work will be shown alongside that of sculptor Dan Alley, also a technician for sculpture in the Visual Arts Department at Mt. Hood Community College.  This show, in fact, is to commemorate our terms as techs at MHCC (we’ve both just begun the second and final year of our term).

If you’re in the area, I invite you to visit Twist at the Mt. Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery, October 31-November 21, with an opening reception Thursday, November 3, 6-9 p.m.

Art as a Career, Sale, Shows

Local 14 and Columbia Gorge Celebration

This year has been one of many firsts for me, including new shows and sales.  Just yesterday I sent off a piece (actually the one you see to the left) to be included in the Strictly Functional Pottery National, an annual show out of Lancaster, PA.  This past weekend I held a studio sale at the site of my first studio, Middle Mt. Pottery, outside Hood River, OR during the county’s annual Gravenstein apple celebration.  While traffic was not as heavy as other special weekends in Hood River County, many loyal friends and customers came out to support me…it warms my heart so!!

Next month (9/29-10/2) I will be participating in the Local 14 Show & Sale at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR.  This is a fine art & craft sale put on by an all-women group of artists.  I was juried in as a guest artist for this year’s show.

A mere week after that (10/8-9) I will be one of eight featured artists in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (in The Dalles, OR) for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.  During the day this free community event will include live music, art, living history, recreation, bike tours, local food & beer and more.  On Saturday evening, the Discovery Center will hold the 4th Annual Vintage Evening of Wine & Art, a fundraiser for the Center.  A piece of mine will be included in the auction.  Check out this page for tickets and other information.

Two weeks after the Discovery Center event I’ll be loading Soulgama!  Yikes, this is going to require a lot of pots…better get back to it!