The Long Slow Transition

I’ve been spending the past week and a half trying to dodge the glory. In this case I was trying to avoid killing myself laying flagstone out in the 109 degree heat. (I’m really getting to old for this kind of shit… it looks great but… ouch!) Unfortunately I’ve been using a bit of my down time during the midday heat to pick up a few books. This has meant time spent cruising the teen fiction isle of the library (they have air-conditioning) and swapping books with my 10 year old. Darn things are literary crack, boobtube for the literate mind. Now I’ll have to add summer reading to my list of personal vices.



Well in between the summer novels, flagstone, throwing, and firing of another load of bisque… I’ve been enjoying a slow slide into setting up the jewelry studio to create this year’s new silver works for FetishGhost Studio. I’ve been fairly timid about getting everything reestablished… last time the studio was fully up, I kind of went a bit nuts and tuned out the world for a good long time while I did my thing… After almost a decade of having the studio essentially folded up, I’m nearly bursting… there are just so many thoughts that have languished on the pages of my sketchbooks …. way too many new paths to be explored.

This could be very, very bad…

Hey Are Those My Pants!

Well for many many many years, I’ve been noted for swiping kitchenware and appliances from the general safety of our kitchen and moving them to “the Pit of No Return” known as my studio. This is a point of friendly contention between me and my wife. (Ok, I fooling myself… she wants to rip my ears off whenever she suspects that I’ve used the mixer for plaster… again)


So maybe using her pants for this experiment wasn’t a great idea. I’ve been busting up and slaking down failed green ware (I used my pants for that chore). Now I’ve got 6 five gallon buckets of slurry and one plaster bat for drying.

I had heard that you could tie off the legs, pour the slip in, and hang the pants from a clothesline.
Sounds like a great idea!
It worked… kinda. The pants were WAY to heavy for a cloths line, the stiffen clay was a pain to get out without adding lots of dried crunchy bits from the crotch, and now my wife wont stop glaring at me… but in my defense, all of my pants have holes in them and would leak clay out all over the place!
I’ll just throw them in the washing machine and they’ll be good as new!

 

Hey! Just kidding!

Fit for Adventure

Getting a good fit for a bracelet via the web is actually fairly easy when compared to other body ornament with a more specific fit, (like a ring or a choker).
Measuring yourself for a one of my bracelets is easy though…

I prefer using a cloth measuring tape for this, but a piece of string and a ruler works just as well.

FetishGhost’s bracelets are measured a half inch short to accommodate the play needed for proper function of the clasp. This helps provide a nice loose fit that pleasantly drapes over the heel of the hand.
The fit is Sweet…

I take my baseline measurements over the wrist bone. This establishes the play needed for a fantastic fit.

It’s simple…
I do highly recommend stacking elements. I really enjoy wearing nearly a pound of wrist weight on each arm for a very physical night of dancing. (I go for the endorphin high; it usually leads to very interesting sources for late stories later on).

Spinning Wheels

A long lazy summer day of cleaning the studio and mixing glazes while Nico works on her throwing technique.

 

This is the youngest of my 2 studio monkeys. At 6, she’s already working on her product line for our local farmer’s markets and is angling in on her older brothers studio chores.
I had to stop, sit down and enjoy this moment. I take it for granted that I’ll have my constant companion at my side longer than she’ll most likely be there. I can see that could be changing soon. It wasn’t all that long ago she was tucked into a papoose on to my back as we did our rounds in the gardens and studio together.
I love being a Dad…

Getting It Done

I am so jazzed!

It’s been a very busy 2 weeks since the last post and lots of stuff has come and gone since the last post… I had work accepted into PBS’s local on air Art auction (it’s the big faceted canister that took out 2 kiln shelves in the process 4 weeks ago). This show was a big tado this year… the event organizers turned away lots of great artists this year so I’m feeling pretty good.

I made a huge mess in the studio over the past 2 weeks cutting a dozen billetts of stencils for 25 plus large and medium canisters for my local markets and a good number went towards creating yunomi for FetishGhost’s BoneOrchard collection this fall too. This is going to be the best load yet! (my wife just reminded me that I say that every single kiln load… yeah well.. but it is true!) Over 40 peices are being set aside the soda kiln (BIG, big mojo!) and another 30 are going to be glazed with this springs experimental cone 6 slips and glazes.
NEXT was the juring of art work for the local “Hands in Clay” exhibit. That was this Sunday and I am SO happy to have this behind me! Nearly everyone involved in this project has been really great to work with, but there have been a very small handful of people who seem to feel that this needed to be more difficult than it was. (I think it’s a chemical thing…) Needless to say, it has been a learning experience and I can’t wait to do it again, (with out all of the speedbumps).

The show’s jurors, Tom Collins and Bruno Kark, seemed to have alot of fun selecting the awards for the show. ( They were great sports and inspirational optimists! THANKS GUYS!!! I can’t wait for the workshop August 1st!)

My submission for the show, an urn titled “Winds of Icarus”, took 3rd in the functional catagory. (that scores another Happy Dance). We even got the entire show installed before the end of the day. Still have to take down and move the art work on the walls, but hey. DONE IS DONE!

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For a quick hoot, check out the time laps video of us setting up the show.

A Self-Indulgent 41st B-Day Weekend

Well, my initial plan this weekend was going to be really self-indulgent and meet up with Matt of MossBeach Ceramics for a soda fire for my birthday, but the dreaded cliché, that I hate, finally caught up with my household… “It’s the economy”… I couldn’t afford to go out to San Jose for our scheduled soda firing… whaaaaaaa!!! (Aw hell, we can barely afford a week’s worth of rice and beans right now.) Fortunately the optimist in me loves rice and beans and I’m looking forward to watching my kids finally get hungry enough to quit complaining and dig in. I’m figuring that should be tonight. Hehehehhheh… this should be better than TV.
Well, the poor man in me tapped me on the shoulder and suggested that I dig though my reclaim bins and get really self indulgent at home.
I got to enjoy spending the weekend in the studio throwing large canisters and trying out new strategies for surface designs. Now I know no idea is as good as done until it’s actually done… but I really like where this weekend’s series is heading. With this series, I’ve gone back to incising my stenciled designs and I’ve combined the incising with multiple pockets of cobalt slipped areas as well. Maybe I didn’t word that as clearly as I could… but you can just check out the photos to see what’s happening. Me and the kids really like how they turned out, now I just have to foot the buggers. Woof!!!