Monday, September 14, 2009

Lazy Susan..

Lazy days of summer are coming to an end, but lazy susans are just beginning in the studio! And just like the refurbished windmills down in ocean beach--things are turning on our table these days. Encouraged by our soon to be delivered 60" round table, I have been busy creating ceramic lazy susans to sit right there in the middle and facilitate sharing-

Did you know that the Lazy Susan has been around since the 1870's? Supposedly an invention of Thomas Jefferson in an effort to replicate some of helpers. It had a resurgence in the 1950's when everything was required to be automated, and again in the 70's when everything was required to be easy. They are still quite popular in Chinese restaurants where dim sum is the star. I love the idea, but the plasticated wonders really didn't do that much for me. A vision then, was born. Why not make a beautiful large round platter and attach a turntable mechanism?

And here you go--my best bird Kiki, having a little ride on it..and now for the hor'deveurs.

These are available now--just shoot me a e-mail if you would like to see some more. Or visit the website: They will also be showcased this saturday at a trunk show I am doing at the Gardener down at the Ferry Building in San Francisco from 10-2pm.

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Studio Blog....

A blog.
A forum for sharing with whoever is interested, some of the random curiosities that float around my head and provide inspiration for my ceramic work, my children, travel and whatever else comes my way..wherever I am...
I will share any pertinent news--new work, cool images, weird things I have scavanged and misc. announcements, deals and sales too.
I am a bit wary of this whole thing as I believe we are encouraging a generation of over sharers, but not necessarily in a productive way. I will not over share-except where necessary!

But then, as I pour though the fascinating book chronicling the correspondence between Maria Chabot and Georgia O'Keeffe from 1941-1949 by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Ann Paden, I realize that this piece of unique history is really their blog. No, they did not write with the intention of the world reading these letters, but they did save every letter, knowing that what they were saying was important and worth preserving, in case it became signinficant later on. It was a chronicle of their daily inspirations. Since we are not a nation of letter writers anymore--the modern day blog is really a letter to all-

So stay tuned and visit often for some hopeful inspiration of clay and muses.