Monday, December 7, 2009

Folk Art Pottery At Clay, Art & Fire

Clay, Art and Fire will be held in Big Rapids Michigan and will be bringing together "Folk Art Potters" from all over the country. But one potter in particular hails from Southern California. Karl Kuehn is one of the featured potters at the event that focus's on face jugs. Face jugs can be found throughout history, in this country they became popular when used to scare children away from their contents, most notably moonshine! Face jugs have been used to scare away evil spirits and can be found as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

Karl has set up a page on his website dedicated to Face Jugs, be sure to check it out. And if you are in Michigan next June go check out the show, sounds like it will be fun!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Covert Potters Association And Ricky Maldonado

The infamous Ricky Maldonado will be joining the Covert Potters Association this coming Saturday for thier first annual Handmade Holiday Sale in Burbank California. The Covert Potters is a small group of potter friends who have banded together to promote thier pots. We are covert because we all have day jobs and secretly want to play in the mud full time!
The sale is at 348 West Elm Street in Burbank CA, 91506 from 12;00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Ricky will be showcasing his new jewelry, hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

If You Are Heading Out To Palm Springs...

Be sure to go to Silica Studios for thier Bowl-A-Rama and Chili Cook Off! And do some holiday shopping at thier Open Studio sale! Remember, A handmade gift is better than a store bought gift. It is more personal and shows you care!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More From Muddy's Wood Fire Classic

Here are the rest of the images I took at the Muddy's Wood Fire Classic. Be sure to check out the Muddy's Website for more info!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe?

Then get there in the next week! My friend Carol Aronowsky will be in the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists Contemporary Clay Fair next weekend, November 21 & 22. If you happen to go, be sure to say you read about it on So Cal Potters!

Monday, November 9, 2009

2009 ACS Clay Festival This Weekend!

Come on out this weekend, Friday night November 14th is the opening reception with free admission at the Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday the admission is $8.00 to enter the Arboretum. Shop an incredible selection of ceramics then wander through the gardens at the Arboretum! What a way to spend a day! I will be there selling my stuff, hope to see you too!
The festivities start Friday night at 6 with appetizers by the artists! Then the show continues all day saturday and sunday.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Muddy's Wood Fire Classic

Last night my friends and I ventured deep behind the orange curtain to the Muddy's Wood Fire Classic at Muddy's Studio, Orange County's Premier Ceramic Studio. I hadnt been out there and was excited to see it. Kevin Myers started Muddy's and has done an incredible job. Seems like a great space to foster the ceramic arts. The Wood Fire Classic was juried by T Robert and John Pacini. I have never participated in a wood firing but was very inspired by the work on display and look forward to developing a body of work for a possible firing next year. Enjoy the pictures! Will post more in a couple days.

Monday, November 2, 2009

For Those Into Wood Fire, Get To Muddy's This Weekend!

Muddy's is located in Santa Ana California @ 2610 S. Halladay St. 92705. Check out their site I will be there and will post pictures!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Meditations On The Apocalyptic

"Meditations on the Apocalyptic is an exhibition of recent works by five California artists who deal with the potential catastrophic consequence of human folly. As an artist the theme of ultimate destruction via the nuclear has been a long time personal concern for me. As a curator I selected these five artists because their diverse yet collective voices approach the broader theme of ultimate annihilation from many directions, allowing in the curatorial practice a far greater voice than is possible as a single artist. Each artist has contributed new work to this exhibit. While expecting answers is a romantic, utopian notion, we must ask the questions, both of ourselves and the world we live and die in."
Patrick Merrill, director, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery

Featuring artists: Sierra Pecheur, Christopher Hinton, Mark Bryan, Robynn Smith, Duncan Simcoe
Sierra Pecheur was interviewed here on So Cal Potters last year. I am going to be talking with her about the work for this show and will post more images of it soon!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More From the American Museum of Ceramic Art

I went back out to AMOCA to see the Harrison McIntosh exhibit. This time Mr. McIntosh was there and signing copies of his new book Harrison McIntosh, A Timeless Legacy which is available fom AMOCA. That is Celeste Iida, President of the American Ceramic Society, Southern California Design Chapter getting her copy signed. I decided to tak a bunch more pictures and post. There are so many beautifull pieces on display I wanted to share. Below is one of the large platters on display and a few images of the sculptural work that he did.

Many fine examples of his work are on display, from platters to lidded vessels to chalice shapes and bottles. As I have said before, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California is a great place! If you are in the area be sure to check it out, better yet become a member! Check out the member page of AMOCA's site and support ceramics in America!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Art From The Ashes

Saturday October 10th I took a drive up to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens to see the "Art From The Ashes" show.

Art From The Ashes is a non profit organization formed to create artwork to benefit those devastated by the ravages of fire. "ART from the ashes is a collaborative of independent artists and volunteers, founded by native Californian Joy Feuer, who contribute talent, time and energy to create art for resource. Artwork is crafted from materials collected from fire site locations after personal items have been removed. Debris that would otherwise be cleared and dumped into landfill is gathered and transfigured into one-of-a-kind works of art through the unique vision of each artist. ART from the ashes then hosts a charity exhibition showcasing the art that has been created from the reclaimed fire site materials. A portion of the proceeds from each exhibition is donated to a local or national charity chosen by the business or individuals impacted by the fire."

The show was placed along a pathway surrounding a wildflower filled meadow. Although the gardens were not totally destroyed and are making a comeback you can see the devastation the fire caused. The piece above is by Evan Vieser who used ash from the fire in his work. Below is an assemblage piece by Celeste Iida, she chose a blob of aluminum that had been a garden tool and the plates on the right below are from Peter Gee who also used ash from the fire in his creations.

The piece above on the left is from Joy Feuer, Joy placed a chunk of charred wood on her piece creating a different effect than using ash in glaze.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Harrison Macintosh

I wanted to post the rest of the images i took the other night of the Harrison Macintosh show at AMOCA. Enjoy!