The Riverside Artists Gallery is putting on a show! The opening is August 25 from 6-9pm. Poets will read their poems and then a visual artist will talk about the artwork created to bring that poem alive.
The poem that inspired me is “Myself” by Debby Mullins
“I hear a noise in the distant night of a hound that seems to cry. ‘What’s wrong ole dog?’ I asked myself, but myself didn’t say why.
Myself is far in the future and always has somewhere to go. But as for me, I know nothing, my mind is just ‘to and fro’.
So like the ole dog I hear howling in the dark and distant night. My mind is not at ease and myself just isn’t right.”
Here are pictures of the sculpture I made, the scary trees represent the dark and distant night or the past. The white piece in front with tiny barefoot footprints the future and new hope/ideas. As myself and ole dog make their way down the path.
What to do when the snow flies? Fire a kiln! I’ve been playing with glass again and I found a new rabbit hole to explore. I’ve entered a few of these pieces into juried shows. I’ll let you know if I get in anywhere. Some of them are so new I’m not sure if they’re done so they still reside on my work table.
You can find my work year round at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio and Nelsonville Emporium, Nelsonville, Ohio. I’m always online just click on store in the upper left corner to go to my etsy shop. There’s no need to register with etsy to shop, they have introduced guest checkout.
This year I’ll be doing two craft fairs, kicking things off on black Friday in Covington Kentucky at the Ohio Designer Craftsman Winterfair!
I’ll be doing the Dairy Barn Holiday Bazaar the following weekend. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
I am so very lucky to live in a most bountiful place, surrounded by trees, flowers, streams, and stars. All of this natural beauty impresses itself into my artwork much like I impress leaves into clay. My husband and I have planted hundreds of trees on our farm since we moved here so many years ago.
I have collected leaves, bugs and other natural ephemera for as long as I can remember, I’m still partial to the red leaves of fall. When I started making “leafy” pottery I tried to turn clay leaves into bowls and such but the age old question asked by many through the years is “but can you eat spaghetti out of it?” No.
I did find ways to use leaves to print onto thrown ware and tiles, from super simple to extra detailed.
dogwood leaf bowl
leaf print on tile
My latest leaf product has come full circle, individual ceramic leaves that can hang on the wall or sit on a table, or both. Click on store in the upper left corner to see all of my products. I’m currently running a coupon code in my online shop for $10 off any order over $50, good until January 30,2018. Just put HOLIDAY17 in the coupon space at checkout.
The Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville, Ohio will be exhibiting two of my sculptures as part of their Majestic National juried show. The show opens on October 27 as part of the Final Friday events. Final Fridays in Nelsonville are a wonderful example of community fun, the square is pedestrian friendly, it’s laid back and has a wonderful range of art experiences.
The featured photo shows a slumped glass and ceramic sculpture “Carried Away”. Also in the show is “Medusa” a stoneware wall sculpture shown below.
Three more sculptures will be in the Ohio University Multicultural Center Gallery in Baker Center as part of the Women of Appalachia Project. I’ll be helping to hang the show with several other artists, this is one of the perks, getting to know other artists in a relaxed space where we all work together to put on a show. And quite a show it is, funny, thoughtful, personal, evocative, and poetic! The opening reception is on Feb 3 from 5-8pm. click on the link below for more info
On Black Friday I will be starting a three day craft fair in downtown Cincinnati (Covington KY) sponsored by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Nov 25-27. Stop by booth #328 for a 10% discount!
On December 2 and 3 I’ll be doing one last craft fair at the Dairy Barn in Athens, OHhttp://dairybarn.org/event-view/2016-holiday-bazaar/
As always my work is available year round at the Nelsonville Emporium in Nelsonville, OH and the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH
EZ clean bird feeders just before the glaze firing
The featured image above is the green man that inspired a custom order. The customer requested a happier visage, most of my guys look somewhat stony. I did do a winking green man many years ago I’ll try to dig up a pic before I finish this post (it was taken in my pre digital days). Most of the green man facial features are limited to eyes, nose and mouth. I often spend time working a dimple or crease only to have it disappear under the leaves. I still do all the foundation work because it defines the lines that I will follow later.
When I do a custom order I usually make at least two, the fire goddess can be cruel. This is contestant number one for my customer to choose from. He is larger, has darker green glaze because of the thickness of the glaze. I think he looks like he has just gotten a joke or he is about to tell one. The next three photos show close ups of him showing the definition in the leaves.
Contestant number two is a little smaller, and a little more triangular in shape. The glaze gets thinner in some spots and lets the leafy details shine through. I poured this glaze onto the piece while I was holding it over a bucket to catch the overflow. I used the same procedure for both, but the results vary because it is very difficult to see the different thicknesses until the piece is fired.
As you compare the two green men consider that I hand form each face. I think there is a strong family resemblance mostly in my magnificent noses but they come by it honestly. I will end this post with a gallery of green men and women that I have made. enjoy
Greenwoman with matte copper glaze and all Maple leaves
one of my early Greenmen with a matte green glaze
the first Greenman with multiple green stains fired on
Bacchus with stains, no glaze
Another custom order from Decadent Greenman
Bacchus with light green glaze and red grapes
Sacred Oak Greenman with all oak leaves showing the four directions in a light green glaze