3 Apr 2015

Joining the marching band.

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I read a weekly opinion column in a somewhat local newspaper. Couple of weeks ago the topic centered around the writer’s experience in his high school marching band. Tidy metaphor about joining the band (and participating in life). I’ve been thinking about that column. I was in my high school’s marching band. I played the […]

1 Feb 2015

Exploring new shapes.

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I unloaded the glaze kiln this morning. Things have been fairly busy around the studio. Every surface is being used. I’ve been trying to remedy this, but with only one of the big kilns functioning it been going more slowly that I’d like. It will work out. After unloading the kiln this morning, I loaded […]

21 Jan 2015

Mixing glazes and firing kilns.

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Things are moving right along in the studio with a few bumps here and there. Most of the mugs for the mug sale are photographed and posted in the shop. They’ll go on sale on Sunday, January 25th at Noon eastern time. Depending on how this next firing goes, there may be a few more […]

15 Jan 2015

Photographing and organizing.

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Along with the rabies vaccine, sulfa drugs and hot water heaters, digital cameras are a truly awesome invention. I’m taking photos for the online shop for the sale on January 25th. I remember doing this the “other” way – buying film, setting up the photo stuff, taking photos 24 or 36 at a time, hauling […]

7 Jan 2015

The urge to innovate is constant.

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As you can see from the last posts, the spirit of ceramics is one of innovation and understanding of the materials. The clay material is versatile and the results can be variable. The challenge is never ending. I like this. As of late, I’ve been making memory boxes. I have wanted to play with the […]

5 Jan 2015

About bowls.

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The entire foray into pottery making is a big experiment for me. Challenging. Good to learn new things. Plus I’m interested in the ways it will affect (and has affected) my sculptural work. With every opening of the kiln I learn something new. And get a little disappointed too. Here were results of the last […]

4 Jan 2015

About handling demand.

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Hope all of you are well. And your hounds too. And families and friends and the bunny that lives under your porch too. Hope we all are well. It is a New Year! The year of the sheep (or goat or ram). Maybe I should make cups with Greyhounds and Sheep together? Maybe get the […]

5 Nov 2014

The thing dog owners hate.

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I have been putting off writing this post. Winchester is gone. Damn it. We know how this goes. We¬†love them and love them and love them and, still, we confront the grand defect: lifespan which doesn’t mesh with ours. Winchester was eleven years old. I had delusions that maybe we could get to fourteen. Fourteen […]

15 Sep 2014

Well. Yes. Ok.

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The reception for the Confluence on the Western Edge exhibit with fellow North Dakotan, Cris Fulton, was Thursday the 11th. It went well I think. Cris spoke eloquently on her process of pastel drawing using a powerpoint/keynote to highlight the work. The students asked some thoughtful questions – always a good sign. Then I demo-ed […]

8 Sep 2014

The statement.

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The artist statement is one of those things that is required with an exhibition. I wonder where this requirement started. Can’t think any artist in any of the workshops I’ve attended saying, “Yipee! Statement time! My favorite!” Why do we insist on adhering to this practice? Do people actually read these things? Who am I? […]

6 Sep 2014

Exhibition.

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Or exhibitions! So pleased to have these opportunities to show my work throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Here goes: First my jack-a-lope sculpture, Douglas Loves a Good Fish Story, will be at the Rolland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery at Minnesota State Univeristy- Moorhead. This is an MSUM Alumni exhibit – so nice to […]