Shoko Teruyama

August 30, 2009

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Lynda Draper

August 27, 2009

9.-Dream-Pony.-2007Australia will no longer only be known for its skanky beer and kangaroos! It also has its own thriving ceramic community! With its very own Triennale! NCECA for Aussies? Maybe every year is too much. Anyway, I couldn’t find too much info on this lady, but she was a guest speaker/artist at this past (held in July in Sydney) Triennale. 655

Cilley cupcakes!

May 4, 2009

p10100361Check out my pal Sarah Cilley’s (pronounced like “silly”) awesome cupcakes! I bought the single one shown below at one of the last Portland First Fridays. She is a going to be starting her Senior year at Maine College of Art in the fall and I am super excited to see what’s next for this gal. You can buy her goods on her etsy page too!
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I can promise that you will be making the biggest effing mistake ever if you don’t go to this

April 29, 2009

3262_504248117278_170700028_30084116_4533663_nWhitney Art Works is sort of holding off on their usual first friday openings for the BLUE HAMMER performace starting thursday april 30th (I am going and I am SUPER excited!). But on MAY 7th (drumroll please) my favorite little Greek, Elianna Mesaikos, is going to be in the back room of the Whitney Art Works displaying a whole years worth of hardwork and out-of-control talent. Displayed are a couple of pieces, and below is an excerpt from the Whitney Artworks site about her work. My Pal Molly Levine (another crazy talented person) will have some paintings in the front room as well as works from Diana Cherbuliez, Jaime Gili, and Michael McFalls.

If urban planning is the arranging and organizing of environments to reflect the values of a society, then Maine College of Art alum and New York City native, Elianna Mesaikos is a crack-pot architect, arranging and organizing animals, symbols and flowers to express a subjective sense of beauty and order. These collections and fragments of things may be drawn with clarity but they remain enigmatic. It is hard to place the time period of a scrap of garment. Animals and plants that shouldn’t exist together frolic while modern design elements are combined with Rococo flourishes. The line work in her drawings is delicate and humorous reflecting the artist’s attitude. She calls this work “a romantic tragedy… a flirtation between fact and fiction” and a “maudlin tale of passionate wildlife” with equal parts sincerity and hilarity. An artist who once set out to make a drawing of everything, Mesaikos allows layers and layers of influences and symbols into her work. The drawings are gorgeous in an austere palette but lush with detail and information. Equally as refreshing is the extreme use of scale, drawings barely larger than an inch hold their own with enormous pieces. Despite the quirky themes and the artist’s playful descriptions one gets a sense that there is something deeper at play, perhaps who or what is actually embodied in the “portraits” of the “valiant” and the “feeble” that Mesaikos mentions in the titles of a series of drawings. The artist is an inventor of a deeply personal hierarchy, a classification of life that we are fortunate to peek at.

–Celeste Parke

yay!

March 3, 2009

n170700034_30080086_1664571The new owner, Pat Plourde, of my snack station sent this to me!

Still working

January 12, 2009

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I know its been a while since I’ve posted ANYTHING. And its 9 times out of 10 something about someone else’s work, but I AM STILL making work (slowly but surely). Lately I’ve been taking a serious break from the redneck stuff and focusing more on researching different types of ornamentation and appropriating to my style and putting them on paper or on plates.

I also just finished this book that I’ve been picking through, called “Charlemagne’s Tablecloth: The History of Feasting”  by  Nichola Fletcher which was really good. It talked about all kinds of crazy dinner parties on horseback, towering confections, and 36 course meals in the last several hundred years. I had made this soup tureen in my new studio, and after reading the book I decided to draw a dutch still life inspired dinner scene with snack stations stuffed with goodies and 30 racks. No picture yet, I am in the slow process of glazing it.

I also recieved 5 grams of liquid bright gold luster for xmas this year (thank you Tommy, hil, and peach) so I am SUPER EXCITED to put it on – everything. More stuff to hopefully come up soon. Be well!

Cynthia Giachetti

December 2, 2008

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Part of statement on artaxis

“My work deals with a profound sense of loss and the potential for metamorphosis.  It is reminiscent of geology and archeology’s concerns with the layering of time, place, absence, presence and process.  I have an obsession with history and how related natural phenomena from the past can be revisited in the present.  The artifacts and materials in my work appear to be held motionless and represent the evidence of recurring cycles that enter into our contemporary midst.”

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on blogging

October 14, 2008

The internet has become a vital lifeline for artists and everyone alike, EVERYone has a website that showcases work, resume, and bio. It allows us to keep uptodate as to what potters, artists, organizations all around the country and world are doing. In the last Studio Potter magazine (tools and technology), NC Potter Michael Kline discusses this and more in his article “clay_wheel_rib_sponge_blog?”. His blog, “Sawdust and dirt”, is one of my favs and I read it every week. For Kline, the blog has been a great promoter (I just read on his blog the other day that he got 8,000 hits that month –  woah!), a way to share his fascination with pots made in the Carolina’s a hundred years ago, allowed him to “meet” other potters throughout the world, and brush up on his writing skills.

As a young person, straight out of undergrad, I enjoy reading these blogs since it gives me a sense of what its like to live the life as a potter. And blogging has been great as well, and I have gotten better at updating it. What would once take me forever to write, now comes along much easier. AND ITS FREE!!! Hello!!! I have a “website” with my images, statement, bio, and resume for free. And since Michael Kline listed his own favorite blogs in his article, I think that it is only appropriate that I do the same.

ALLY’S BLOG LIST

Ginger Lukas

Extreme Craft

Obsessive Consumption

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Whipped

Stripes and Dots

Ron Philbeck

Perez Hilton (I’m a total sucker for it!)

Katie Parker

Naomi Cleary

Kari Radasch

Meredith Host

OBAMAWARE!!!

October 7, 2008

GAWD do I hate being poor, I am seriously thinking of going hungry so that I can have my own Obama mug. Ayumi Horie put together her own team of mavericks to make their own lines of Obama wares to sell, and half of the proceeds are going to Obama/Biden campaign. These slick pots will undoubtly make your friends Obama pins look super lame. Here is an excerpt from Sarah Archer’s article on Political pottery.

In October of 2008, 28 top American ceramic artists will present a diverse group of cups, plates and other pots called “Obamaware” as a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The pots are by turns funny, hopeful, imaginative, witty, inspiring – and practical. What a great idea! A convergence of the handmade aesthetic beloved by progressive Americans, a ‘green’ object you can use over and over, and a way to support the arts during difficult economic times. What better way to support the candidate for change? It turns out that the Obamaware artists are in good company – some of the most fascinating episodes in ceramic history testify to the subtle but enduring power of pots to convey both food and ideas. Ancient Greek potters used scenes from well-known myths to comment on Athenian politics. One 16th century German potter decorated household objects with imagery that promoted controversial new Protestant beliefs – and went to jail for it. Pots have long played an important supporting role in conversations about politics and ideas in the domestic realm, or as politicians like to say, “around the kitchen table”.

The preview of the sale will go live october 13th, and the actual sale will go on October 15th at noon.

Beth Lipman

October 6, 2008

Holy crap my new fav artist!! Beth’s amazing glass-scapes are reminicent of old Dutch Master’s still life paintings, which I have always loved and have become an inspiration for my own work. If you are stunned as I am and you are in the New England area, you can see her work at RISD Museum of Art until January 18th, 2009.