Tuesday, November 30, 2010
* Our show was a great success! Lots of shoppers, wonderful food, each artist really shined. And it was fun!!!! Thanks to all who attended!
* My house is still in recovery - I anticipate being back to our normal state of disarray by 10 p.m. tonight.
* I did not take one picture at the show. I felt like I was being in the moment, in the moment, but I'm regretting it a bit today.
* My youngest is as toothless as he will ever be. MUST take his picture today.
* I finally read, A Reliable Wife and loved it.
* Any chance you noticed in Kyle's note up there, that he was thankful first for his dogs? And the item before that was his sharpened stick that he made himself...hmmmm....
* I will not have a studio tour this week while I get some custom orders finished (custom orders - yay!), but please check out Amanda's studio....wow....
* Tomorrow is the first day of December - the first day of Hanukkah too. I'm thinking about what work I need to do (literally and mentally) to set our family up to have a peace-filled, love-filled, fun-filled-but-balanced December. You?
* Happy Tuesday! xo
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Since we're in overtime-production-mode over here, I thought I would explain about the kinds of ephemera found in my journals. Here are three journals waiting to be bound. Each is filled first with a "base" of art paper pages (this batch has Canson 98-pound mixed media paper). The art paper is important to me because I want journalers who write and/or draw/paint to be able to use my books.
Monday, November 22, 2010
A little sneak peek of things I'll be selling at our show on Friday. Here are some ornaments in the works...love cocoons waiting to be packaged in all their darling goodness...
Amanda's post today about staying calm and grounded in thankfulness during this season that can get so phrenetic. Happy Monday! xo
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today we are visiting the studio of Rachel Miller, precious metal clay designer.
She began making wire-wrap jewelry and then took the plunge and purchased a kiln. "I just wanted to be able to make more [of my pieces] on my own," she says. (Can you see the delicate heart in the middle of these Star of David necklaces?)
Her inspiration board holds ideas for future projects, works in progress, fan mail and tidbits from her daughters.
Rachel's work begins with a sketch. Her mezuzahs have an international following.
Today she is designing a mezuzah in the likeness of a Brownstone.
She uses molds and stamps that she collects and makes herself.
Her pieces are fired in her kiln at 1600 degrees for two hours. Then they head to her finishing table where they are polished.
When the clay work is complete, Rachel begins constructing her jewelry. She only uses real gemstones and fine silver.
Two of Rachel's pieces were selected for this year's PMC Annual, published by the PMC Guild. This is a huge honor.
You can see Rachel's work in person this weekend:
Sunday, November 21
Monday, November 15, 2010
Key word is almost. I ate plenty, and had such a great weekend. I shoved David and the kids off to his parents' house so I could paint and sort and assemble and plan for our upcoming show.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it! [Elf]
Does anybody out there have any idea what this thing is? A letter sorter? A collator? I said I was going to Goodwill, but something told me to stop at the Salvation Army store instead. [Serendipity]
I wish I knew what it was, but it doesn't matter. [Shrek?] It's so so perfect. I couldn't have designed it better. This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship! [Casablanca]
[Cue mushy music]
[Close scene] xo
p.s. I'm sorry there's no studio visit today. Please come back next Thursday!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
My goal for this week is to have 10 journals finished to completion. Finished. And so for the first time, I worked on 10 cover sets rather than one at a time.
Granted, this is the easy part, but so far so good! Gotta get back to it... xo
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Today we are visiting Rachel Akin. Rachel is one of three Artists in Residence at Craft Alliance in Grand Center.
Rachel knew in high school that she wanted to be a potter. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute, and then earned her MFA at Ohio University.
She creates here about 20 hours a week. She also has a home studio.
Rachel's work is constantly evolving, but the one constant? "I want my work to be soothing," she shares. "With the fast nature of life, it's nice to have objects around you that bring you down a little bit and calm you."
Rachel tells me she is so thankful to be a working artist. "I did my share of waiting tables, but since I've finished my MFA, I have been able to focus on producing my own work and teaching."
This is Rachel's view, when she's sitting at her wheel.
Forest Park Community College and at the Craft Alliance. Her 1-year residency began in June, and in addition to loving the space, she loves working side-by-side with fellow artists.
Rachel is also very committed to creating collections with a wide range in pricing. She wants people to be able to afford her work.
Access to a kiln this size is a dream come true for many ceramic artists.
Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair.
You can also find Rachel's work at:
Craft Alliance, The Loop
Necessary Extravagance, Chicago
Thank you Rachel!
And special thanks to the Craft Alliance!