8 Oct 2012

Day two and three.

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Day two and three.

Where did I leave off? Friday and Saturday were more Notstock festivities. More students with thoughtful, curious, interesting questions. Really good stuff. The entire event was terrific – beautifully organized, great students, wonderful atmosphere, good music. Here’s a video from the local news. This photo was at the beginning of day two, just as the […]

4 Oct 2012

Day one.

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Day one.

I’m here in Minot for Notstock at Minot State University. Today was an interesting day. Along with a bunch of other artists, we’re set up in the student center. The raku kiln is firing outside the door, plus live music and all sorts of art related activities. High school students have been bused in all […]

27 Sep 2012

Silken Windhound.

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Silken Windhound.

This spring I was asked to participate in the Born To Run Global Sighthound Rescue portrait auction. Normally I don’t do these things. Portraits cause angst. But I like the person who asked so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m glad I did! The winner asked for a likeness of her Silken Windhound, […]

26 Sep 2012

Mask a day

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Mask a day

During that vast dearth of blog posts earlier this summer, I failed to mention the Mask A Day project I worked on in May. Mask A Day in May. Sounds easy! It wasn’t what I expected… Let’s see. May has 31 days. 31 masks. No problem. Except making time every day for a month? What […]

25 Sep 2012

Never gets easier.

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Never gets easier.

Has to be done. Mr. Hammer is a handy tool to have around. Cracked boxes, bad glazes, warped plates. Time to make some shards. Mr. Hammer. Cracked box, box with bad glaze, warped plates. Ready? Done. Another whack. Next up boxes. Take a deep breath. Ugh. Fodder for the garden…

23 Sep 2012

I love packing peanuts.

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I love packing peanuts.

Packing peanuts fall into the category of Necessary Evil. They are a relatively inexpensive ingredient in the recipe to create the safe arrival of sculptures. Therefore I try not to talk bad about them. Or think about the environmental impact. Or how much space they take up in the packing room. Because they do make […]

20 Sep 2012

Shooting rabbits.

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Shooting rabbits.

The clay ones, of course. With a camera. These are the rabbits on the tops of the tall 2×2 inch wide boxes I’ve been making lately. One of the challenges of the internet medium is that size and scale is not always readily apparent. Clever camera angles can making something small look enormous. I used […]

18 Sep 2012

My desk gets cleaned off. Here’s proof.

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My desk gets cleaned off. Here’s proof.

So thats what the surface looks like? Huh. Nothing like a book on hoarding to entice me to pare down the art supplies and truck a load (or two) to goodwill. The book was, Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. If you are looking for some motivation…

17 Sep 2012

We’ll see.

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We’ll see.

In a fit of craziness, I registered for a pottery class at the local University. I’ve been thinking about learning the potter’s wheel for years. This seemed like a good time as any. Big changes this year. Mostly on the “personal life” front, but also a big change on the schedule. No Dewey Beach for […]

29 Jul 2012

Why North Dakota?

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Why North Dakota?

As I try to get into blogging – trying to stick to a schedule here – I thought I’d write a little bit about my love/hate with North Dakota. I’m going to try and keep the whine out of this. Why do I live here again? Family. Stability. Big Skies and Wide Open Spaces. Clean […]

25 Jul 2012