Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Above is one of my fellow art students, Lorenzo Diaz Jr, with his for-sale work displayed on his table at our community college Art Sale day. Below are some of the nichos I sold at the show.
This Nicho is very dark but I like the texture pattern I got from the canvas cloth I rolled the clay on.
Moses (below) is an extremely creative and talented artist and I bought one of his cups. He taught me that it's okay to take a piece you don't like and throw it in the trash. I still have a hard time doing that but I'm learning that a bad piece just becomes toxic if you keep it around, somehow thinking it will magically look better.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is a bus in Mexico City that she yarn bombed in 2008. Click here for the slideshow to see all the different cities in the world where she has done yarn bombing.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The question I have been asked more than once is this:
If your Blog Wrangler has set you up with an Etsy shop why are you selling at this Student Art Show instead of through your Etsy shop?
The answers are these:
1) By "purchasing" a table at the ACC Student Art Sale I will be helping out the school's scholarship fund.
2) Some of the pieces I'm selling are too big or too fragile to sell to anyone who has to have them shipped to them.
3) Because I have low traffic to my blog I don't think I'd have much traffic to an Etsy shop and thus the pieces wouldn't sell and that would screw up my self-confidence.
4) Because I'm lazy and techno-phobic and techno-ignorant and would make my Blog Wrangler handle all the details and she does enough for me by just keeping up this blog.
None of this excuses the fact that I do have loyal Readers who voiced interest in some of my work and I've not followed through. If that's you, Blog Reader, mea culpa.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
If you live in the Northeast (New York City and Washington DC) the pictures above probably look familiar -- they represent what blooms for you in the spring. In Texas we have the usual wildflower explosion of bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush along the highways, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson.
Here in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center we tour their gardens to spot the kinds of plants that will be more permanent if we plant them in our yard. Our yard is mostly rocky soil, there is a lot of shade, and we don't water. That means everything has to be a survivor of "tough love".
We waved goodbye to Spring this week as we ran our air-conditioner for the first time this year. In Texas we have 4 seasons - Winter lasts for 3 months, Spring lasts for 2 weeks, Fall lasts for 2 weeks, and Summer goes on FOREVER.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A Nub Cup starts out looking like this, the reddish color is from the clay (Longhorn Red), the nubs have wax on their points to keep any glaze off and are circled with Black Magic glaze.
This is why glazing is always a mystery. Here you can see that I've poured Moss Green glaze over the entire piece. The points of the waxed nubs are resisting the glaze and the Black Magic circles are covered up with the Moss Green glaze. The mystery to me is how does a glaze that looks rust colored wind up looking greenish blue? There is point where you have done everything you can and you surrender the piece to the Kiln Gods and Goddesses, who make the final decision as to what the piece will look like.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
1. Niche, a recess in a wall to place a statue in. (m)
2. Any hole or corner to put something in. (m)
3. Any employment or destination in which a person ought to be placed according to his merits. (m)