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).

7th Annual Blossom Fest Sale

Blossom Fest 13 Flier

In a couple of weeks I shall crawl out of the cave of graduate school for a couple of days and drink in the fresh woodsy air of the Hood River Valley.  Oh, and I’ll bring some pots along with me.  But really, it is time for my annual studio sale, where I clean out the closet and debut the results of winter’s work.  This winter has been one like none other, too, since I’ve become a student once again.

I’ll write a bit more later about the sculptures I’ve been working on the past few months, but let me give you an idea of what inspired the cups you see in my flier.  Here are some images of vessels and paintings I made last semester.  Let’s just say I loosened up a little.

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


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.

Making Pots, NCECA, The Netherlands, Travel, Uncategorized

On the Edge

One of the biggest ceramic events of the year is the annual conference for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, or NCECA.  The conference brings ceramic artists, teachers, and students from all over the world for four days of exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and panel discussions.  In addition, galleries, schools and other institutions of the host city put on shows of ceramic art, often pertaining to the theme of the conference.  While it’s still six months away, I’m already preparing for NCECA 2012 in Seattle.  As of January 2012 I will be President of the Oregon Potters Association, and so I’ll be traveling to Seattle to represent our organization (and promote our 30th anniversary Ceramic Showcase, happening May 4-6, 2012…that’s the largest all-clay show in the country, folks! Don’t miss it!).

Today I’m reminded of NCECA 2012, not because I saw my note-to-self to reserve my hotel room ASAP, but because the theme, “On the Edge,” has, in a way, been very much on my mind this week.  Here’s what the NCECA conference website says about this year’s theme:

Seattle, as well as the entire Puget Sound region, is located in a unique geographical position; on the EDGE of the country and on the EDGE of the Pacific Rim.  From this location ON THE EDGE, quite naturally, we have a broad perspective on objects, places and issues, and see great distances.  We thrive on the intersection of old and new worlds.  And we respect distant and historic cultures…Asian, Pacific, Native American, and all of our neighbors in North America.  Most of all we appreciate how they have influenced our contemporary ceramic practices.

Through creative stretching, we also visit the EDGE of our imagination and appreciate the artistic use of clay in dynamic new ways.  Even EDGY ways…often on the EDGE…sometimes with rough EDGES.

I’ve spent quality time on the edge of two continents this summer, lucky me.  They looked quite different.  The coast of the Netherlands, on the North Sea near the port of Rotterdam, is dotted with giant sea-faring cargo ships, windmills, towering loading cranes, and kite surfers.

While the Pacific Northwest sits upon the infamous Ring of Fire, along which frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions can and do alter the shape of our countries, the Netherlands takes a pro-active approach to geography by building their own land, as we saw at Futureland.  Wait, they’re just dumping sand into the ocean until it piles up enough to build on it?!  And it’s not going to wash away?!

Last month, I looked over the precipice while hiking Cape Lookout, west of Tillamook, Oregon.  Our hike first took us down to the beach, where waves crashed against the rocky Oregon shore.  We searched for sanddollars, but the gulls got them all much earlier that morning, and all we found were bits and pieces.  Then, back up the slope, and out to the tip of the peninsula.  Lush and green, this temperate rainforest got quieter and quieter, the farther out we hiked.  While we neglected to take our camera on this hike, this is representative of the scenery and energy of that day, and the edge of Oregon.

And now, back in my day-to-day routine of making pots, I ponder the metaphorical and literal edges of my work.  While I want my pottery to be functional, I also like to push the notion of what a functional form is supposed to look like.  My coffee cups have three feet and my boxes have no handles, but they do not suffer for it, in my humble opinion.  Sometimes, in fact, function takes a back seat to design or grace or movement.

And then there’s the literal edges of my work.  I spent this week decorating pots, painting on underglazes and then carving delicate lines and designs into the brushwork.  When I throw the pieces that will become bowls and cups and mugs, I form the lip to create a surface for decoration.  It has a slight incline that is comfortable for your lip, and/or to lead your eye inward, to the space I’ve created.  It’s also a great opportunity to add ornamentation, and I have such fun coming up with different patterns of dots, circles and lines to jazz up each piece in a unique way.

Here’s to hoping I always have the confidence and the curious spirit to play on the edge.

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!


Pottery & Apples in the Valley

I love having sales out at the site of my first studio, Middle Mt. Pottery, off the Fruit Loop in the gorgeous Hood River Valley.  I always meet lovely people who stumble upon my sale, in addition to old friends who stop by to catch up.  It’s a beautiful setting, in the woods of the foothills of Mt. Hood, and I will have a large selection of fresh pots as well as many earlier pieces and seconds at discounted prices.  In addition to my sale, many orchards, wineries and other businesses along the Fruit Loop will host special events and sales this weekend to celebrate the first of the apple harvest.

I hope to see you there!