Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Eating Bowls!

I love to eat out of bowls. I like the way my food co-mingles and picks up the poaching essences of all of the contents.. As I have said before, I create new sizes and pieces based on our own household needs.
 So it was time to enlarge the bowl! Enlarge the bowl I say!

So I have expanded the depth and size of my dessert bowls and created a roomy 9" cereal/soup bowl.
A client who also likes to eat out of bowls and likes to serve "healthy" portions requested a larger pasta bowl--- "Our family likes to eat a lot of pasta, really a lot" she told me. These 12" rimmed bowls are also great for entree salads and for those of you who prefer more petite portions--these bowls can also be used as small serving bowls.

But go ahead..load em' up and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

best bird

Well it has been a long time coming for this little love...little light in my day..
yes I adore my children..and then there is little Kiki, my parakeet. Well she is not technically mine..she is actually my granddaughter--- as my daughter Tess got her as a birthday gift--but as any of you moms know--any creature that comes into your house is truly your responsibility. so she is mine. and I love her. I love her to pieces as my dad used to like to tell my kids.
The kids love her too and are very protective of her--she basically has free reign in our house and flies about at her whim. This is her favorite chair in our living room
and this is where we keep her cage--in the middle of the action in the kitchen-she loves that.

She is a complete treat and has pretty much converted anyone who comes over into her little lair-
she is a love- she talks, she likes to hang out on my shoulder, she likes to share my lunch...she LOVES to share my wine--she prefers white wine..and she likes to take a bath in the palm of my hands--now that is sweet. I am utterly surprised about how much I love her--she and I spend a lot of time together and she is a huge inspiration--her coloring, her movement.

Lately she is all about sitting on  heads--perhaps this is a nesting thing--my hair is usually a bit mussed and this may feel like home to her-- here she is on Tess's....
these images have oft appeared in my work--bird on head...bird on plate..bird on table..bird on everything--

I love getting to know a real bird. I mean they seem so fragile and unapproachable out in the wild-but when you connect with one--and I think they mate for life- it is a special thing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

American Craft Council Show in Baltimore--Redux

So returned from "the show"- and am glad that I went--though honestly 4 days of hanging behind a table is a bit extreme--It was fitting that I was watching the olympics in the evenings as I truly felt as if I was engaging in an endurance sport by day! I did really enjoy the comraderie of my fellow artists who surrounded me--mostly from Baltimore (Elisa Shere, Val Lucas, Sherry Insley and Yasha Butler from NYC) though one also trekked east from Northern California (Banansaurus Rex!), which was really boosting when the energy level wained. And I even had the pleasure of visiting the booths of some of my uber fave jewelers--Denise Betesh..and Dahlia Kanner--so that was a real treat too.

As a result of this captivity some interesting things came out of the whole experience. As an artist who sells/exhibits their work-you do not often get to hear people's reactions to your work in such an immediate and intimate context. And it also forces you to be clear about your story and inspirations and significance of your work-since you have to really discuss it all day long. I found that I really enjoyed this aspect and was satisfied with people's reaction and take on my work-plus, I got to talk with many wonderful people.

I found particularly inspiring one woman's comments. She came by my table several times--feeling the bowls, pressing her fingers into the design in almost a meditative way. I could see that she was really contemplating it. She ended up buying one bowl and returning later on to purchase a second one--and then told me of how closely the imagery in the bowls represented what she was currently experiencing in her life and that it was offering her some peace and comfort.
I was so moved by her story.
It all confirms for me the power of an image and how a vision can assist us in different ways--sometimes people come and chuckle at the whimsy of a design-or like this woman feel the depth of it as it relates to something deeply personal. I think it is for me, one of the reasons I have been so drawn to photography and its captured combination of an emotion and an image. It is what I try to translate into clay and into pieces that can really be used-transcending just the pure aesthetic of it all.

Honestly, this woman's story made the whole show worth it for me-and encourages further exploration in my work.

Here's a plate--informed by a distinct image of a dress blowing in the deserted territory of Southwest  Texas on a recent road trip-a lonely feeling but -eerily hopeful too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The New York Times

If any of you are like me than you are lamenting the quick demise of shelter magazines and the chance to see things, tear them out and be inspired by other people's homes, creations and ideas. One of my few remaining go-to's in print is the Thursday Home Section of the New York Times. I love the quirky features they put out there and the colorized spread of all that is new and good, or at least interesting. 

SO it was with great excitement that I "got the call" or rather the e-mail to have some of my work featured in the Currents section on March 4th. I chatted with Elaine Louie-(whose writing on home and food, I do admire) about the Lazy Susans--and a bit about their evolution in my mind and hands.
The New York Times has always loomed large in my home as a child and still is now (the real thing in print delivered daily, thank you)--so getting to be in it is hugely fun...

For those of you who see the feature and are interested in the tableware--please feel free to get in touch- for information on how to order.
And to see images of the Lazy Susans discussed-go to the tableware section of my website and click on the sidebar New! for images. Also-scroll back in this blog to see a post on the lazy susans and to see them in action!

check it out!