I have work up in Blackfish Gallery’s Back Room this month, titled like a punny. More images here.
12 September 2013
Oh, Careen. Lovely Careen. She paid me a visit, her car chock-full of all her tools, and we spent yesterday making shelves and installing LED lights to brighten the place up again:
And today, I got back to work. Took it a little easy, since it was my first day back. But now I feel warmed up and rarin’ to go!
10 September 2013
Well, that was a crazy summer that flew by like the proverbial wind. At the end of July, Careen et al staged a massive work party to tear down the beloved Tinman. 30+ people turned up through the course of the day, in a massive and amazing show of community and love, and we got it all done.
The kiln is paletized and in storage at Mount Hood Community College until Careen decides what to do with it.
On my own situation, I have now moved into a new (old) house, where I will cave dwell in the basement! Here is my new studio so far. Careen will be gracing me with her lovely presence tomorrow so we can build some more surfaces and shelves.
And finally, my Etsy shop is now open again, now that I have access to all the wares :). New work to be listed soon.
9 July 2013
Blackfish Gallery did a feature on me for the PADA blog for the month of July. Every Tuesday they’re changing it up:
8 July 2013
Just got off shift from day 2 of the current Tinman firing. We had made some adjustments to him in preparation for this firing, including redoing the outside insulation. Here’s a good shot of that: fiber under soft brick on the left, then on the right side, fiber under soft brick on the bottom, then mineral board on top. It looks like a rag-tag job, but it’s proved to be Rather Effective:
As my old mentor Dan Hammett used to say, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing . . .” In this case, we did too good a job! What does that mean? It means we’re just about to temperature and we still have a cord of wood to burn down! It’s a good problem to have.
Onwards and Hotwards, Tinman Crew! Let’s burn this shit!
21 June 2013
Timing. She has an odd sense of humour. And it’s time to talk about some changes coming.
One week after the bloggity below, and after Careen and I and several others from the Tinman’s Hands sent out our email blasts and announcements and exuded our excitement and anticipation for the next several years . . . Careen received a sudden 3-month notice to move out of her home and studio.
Needless to say, this also means I have to move out of the studio, too, and a bit sooner (mid-July to early August). And it means my time assisting Careen at Cathouse Clay will come to an end almost a full year before we planned.
We have and are forming our respective game plans, and we’re still looking ahead to a brighter, better future, but I will miss the Cathouse, and I’m sorry to be foregoing the continuing experience and education the next year had to offer.
We are finding an astounding amount of support and love and offers to help from friends and strangers alike. Careen has had multiple offers to help move the Tinman when the time comes; some of those offers have come from complete strangers, others from non-ceramical neighbours on her street, and still others from fellow believers and friends. I’ve had offers for storing my studio equipment until I can get a new situation figured out, which will mean I don’t have to take out a storage unit I can’t afford. My next hurdle is shifting gears towards that solo show thing I have coming up in a year.
Most importantly, I think, this is not the end of the Tinman’s Hands, nor the vision we have for him. He will move, and things will change, but we just got the ball rolling, and this is hardly a reason to put a halt to it. Just a delay while we get the spoke out of the wheels. We’re still invested, we’re still committed, and we still plan to see this thing move forward. So there.
6 June 2013
Many things are happening, and all at once, it seems. I’m too busy to blink, but most people who know me know that I prefer it that way. To catch up on the last couple of years . . . I finished my MFA at Utah State in 2011 and then promptly ran away to Portland. I am working as a lab technician in the ceramics department at one of the Portland Community College campuses here in town. In addition, I am working as an artist’s assistant to the lovely Careen Stoll at Cathouse Clay. Her website is well worth checking out if you have a minute. On top of that, I am also a member at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, the oldest cooperative gallery west of the Mississippi, comprised of about 30 local artists. For those of you in the Portland area, I have two pieces in the current show, Ritual, which includes several current members and features Merridawn Duckler.
Last and most exciting are some wonderful developments that seem to be bursting everywhere. I recently opened my own Etsy shop in an effort to make my pots available for sale on a large-and-over-distance scale. If you’ve got a hankering for more handmade pots in your life, please don’t hesitate to check it out.
And finally, I’m very excited – and privileged – to be a part of the Tinman’s Hands. The Tinman is the kiln that Careen Stoll built several years ago, and the current crew has pulled together in a mighty effort to push the kiln and his firings towards an educational and promotional entity. We’re officially launching the website today, June 6th, and so I wanted to share the news. If you have the time, please take a minute to check out the new site, and maybe to subscribe to our blog for news and events as they arise:
Like I said, there is so much going on, and I’m feeling Rather Peachy about my life at the moment (knock on wood!).
5 June 2013
Well, this is it. I’m gonna try to blog.