Friday, December 31, 2010

Harlan Butt and Sarah Perkins Enamel Vessels

Mobilia Gallery is having an ongoing exhibition of two of the country's leading enamelists - Harlan Butt and Sarah Perkins.  They have both created some new fabricated enamelled vessels. I think my heart skipped a beat a few times while viewing these!


To see some of Sarah's previous work, you can view her artist page on the Mobilia site here.  And to see more of Harlan's work, you can read about each of his pieces on his website.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Work of Kevin O'Grady

I've had a bit of a hard time getting into the studio with this being school vacation and all, so I thought I'd link you to another artist whose work I admire.  His name is Kevin O'Grady and his glass bangles and bracelets really caught my eye. His bangle design is a really nice combination of lampworked Pyrex glass set into a precious metal hinge and clasp.  They are available in silver or gold.  Aren't they luscious?  He has a few YouTube videos on his site that you may be interested in viewing.  Oh, one other little detail - he's a Niche Award finalist this year as well!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Mark Lawrence is a born-again Christian who underwent some tough financial times in the early 90's.  To help him through this time, he picked up his paintbrush and re-discovered his love of painting.  Whatever your religious views are, put them aside for a moment and open yourself up to his awe-inspiring works of art.  I originally came across his work on Flickr, where he gets thousands of visits a day.  His sense of color inspires and captivates me.  His Flickr pages have been flagged as a great "go to" place when in need of some color inspiration.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Feeling the Chill

It's a bit chilly here in the northeast  but certainly not as chilly as where these photos are from.  These are some Artic aerial photos taken from the National Geographic website. 

1.  Red Glacier, Alaska - Bergs and boulders form islands of ice and rock in the basin of the glacier.

2.  Neacola River, Alaska - Sunlight sparkles along the river’s banks and its tidal flats.

3.  Lang√łya Island, Norway - Industrial by-products form a swirling palette at a waste-treatment facility on this island south of Oslo. 
4.  Clam Gulch, Alaska - A clam digger pokes away in search of supper along Cook Inlet.
5.  Bay of Bothnia, Sweden - Recycling pools beside a lumber facility near the port city of Karlsborg pock the landscape like shots through tempered glass.
6.  Enonteki√∂, Finland - Snowmobile tracks quarter the surface of a frozen pond in the province of Lapland.

Wishing you all a warm, safe, happy holiday!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Was Just Noticing . . .

The other day, I had kind of an out of body experience, so to speak.  I witnessed a friend who had taken on one too many things.  But while I was noticing this, I felt like I was totally looking at myself.  It was clearly like looking in a mirror.  She was rushing from one thing to the next and not taking a breath in between.  And when it was time for her to go, pushing it to the last second, I looked out the door and noticed that the flurries I had seen earlier were now our first official snow accumulation of the season.  I had one of those really bad feelings.  Anyway, my friend was running off to do an interview for NPR (in Boston), and one block away from the studio, BAM - the universe put a stop to all the nonsense.  She's fine, but her car is a bit banged up.  So, why is it so easy for us to see this in others, but not ourselves?  Why is it that we as women frequently take on too much?  Is it the challenge?  Is is the pleaser in us?  Is it that we're always playing "catch up"?  Or is it just not the ability to cut yourself some slack and just say no? Sometimes that one miniscule little thing will finally tip the scale - and not in a good way.  So . . . I've been thinking about this a lot.  Have I got it all figured out?  No.  But, I figure I definitely witnessed this for a reason. 

Which brings me to Christine Kane.  If any of you follow Christine Kane's blog, you know that it's that time of year again.  It's time to choose a word and set the intention for 2011.  For me personally, I'm not quite sure what that word is, but I do believe it will somehow reflect what I've written here today.  Actually, reflect and introspect are two of the top contenders at the moment.  In the meantime, I'm enjoying the daily guest author's posts on their word and where it's led them.  They're very insightful and inspirational.  So, how about you, have you selected a word for 2011?

Oh - and one last thing.   I just noticed today that I'm really, really, close to hitting another Etsy milestone!  Head over to the shop and see which 10 items I've selected for my 20% off sale! 

Friday, December 17, 2010

BAO Specials and a Sneak Peek

Today, I thought I'd share with you some of the BAO Items of the Week.  Click on the image below to see all the wonderful specials that eleven of our members are offering this week.

And here's a sneak peek from my studio regarding the project I've been working on.   Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Out of the Studio Wednesday

Last week I posted a photo of a pair of earrings I was going to electroform.  I got a little carried away with the design as I began following the crackles.  Here's what evolved!

A photography tip I like to use is to stick some prop wax to the base of the earring wires while forcing the earrings to stand up . . . breathe, and let go (that's usually when they fall over a couple times).  Eventually I do catch a quick photo.  I love the look, but if you saw what my photo paper looks like after all the prop wax I've been using - ugh!  One of these days, I will make a photoshop 8 x 10 or 10 x 14 sheet of a black to white gradient and send it to my local office supply store.  They can print it out on photo paper - and instantly I'll have a nice new background paper. 

Lately I've been working diligently on a rather time consuming project.  One that has me photographing like crazy. It's way overdue. So stay tuned.

One last bit of shameless self promotion.  It's Wednesday, and I've got 10 new sale items at 20% off in my shop. You can find them here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Marvelous Monday

My daughter's game Friday night must have really tired me out (sitting on the bleachers is not as easy as it looks!) as I just couldn't muster up the energy to go to the Foundry show on Saturday.  SHS has their first big win of the season and I have to say it was pretty cool to watch.  Many kids from the school were out for a good time and there was a lot of cheering going on. It was within the first minute that Lily hit a 3 pointer and I knew I could finally relax.  She was going to do fine!

I was researching raku the other day and I came upon the work of Christopher Mathie.  I thought I would share some of his work as he is a multi-talented artist.  Christopher was originally enrolled in business school, until an extra-curricular pottery class convinced him to switch to an arts major. There, he took advantage of scholarships for art school.  In doing so, he was able to explore many mediums to find his artistic voice.  His first years as a working artist was spent creating raku pottery.

After a few years, he began to paint large acrylic abstracts trying to capture the organic characteristics of raku in 2-D form. 

"I see my paintings as kind of dream like states, somewhere between reality and the more interesting abstract reality of my imagination."

His website is quite extensive. It's Monday - give yourself a break and take a moment to view this young artist's work.  And have yourself a marvelous Monday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Out of the Studio Friday

This past Wednesday, I was surprised when I found that I was a "polymerista" for December on the European clay site Voila!  I'm also one of the featured artists on the topic of "polymer and metal clays". It's such a nice surprise when you see your work, think you're on one of your own pages, and then realize you're on someone else's site. It's that moment of recognition that's really sweet!  There's so much growth going on in the European community with an amazing variety of workshops being offered.  And did you know there is a 3-day workshop scheduled in April 2011 to be held in Prague? 

So what's new in the studio these days?  I've been spending most of my time catching up with things I've gotten a little behind on and planning what's ahead for Naftali.  But, I do have the beginning of another pair of round electroformed earrings in the works and thought I'd give you a sneak peek before the copper appears. 

And a little Etsy news:  For about a month now, every Wednesday I've been sharing through the BAO blog that I have 10 new items in my Etsy shop that are priced at 20% off.  I totally forgot to blog about it here so there you have it!  This week I have one of my tutorials on sale as well. Check back weekly for new items until the end of the year.

The weekend's here again and there's a bit of excitement in our house. Tonight is Lily's first official high school basketball game. She made varsity as a freshman and hopefully her team will have their 1st win.  And on Saturday, if I get a chance I'll be heading down to the Foundry show.  I'll be sure to report back on Monday if I go - have yourselves a great weekend! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RISD Show 2010

This past Saturday, I went to the yearly RISD alumni show at the Rhode Island Convention Center with another artist/friend.   We arrived at 9:45 for a 10:00 opening.  We had to get in one rather long line to purchase a ticket ($7/ea) and then stand in another line to wait for the doors to open.  So, I thought the attendance looked very promising.  I hadn't been to this particular show for a number of years, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of new vendors I had never seen before.  But, along with that, there were some that weren't at the show.  One vendor that had about 8 people deep was Jason Silverman.  He had quite a sale going on and when I walked by around 12:30 - 1:00, he was sold out (aside from 4 pieces)! 
There was a fabric artist whose name is Jeung-Hwa Park who had some unusual wool felted scarves.  The scarf I bought below had a beautiful Skinner blend going on.  As you can see on her scarves, she has these cascading knitted forms that brought many comments from happy customers.

It still surprises me when I take a card from an artist to find that they have no web presence.  The other thing I noticed and started paying attention to while walking the show, was that a number of vendors did not take credit cards.  Cash or check only.  I can't help but wonder if they lost sales due to that.

By early afternoon, the crowd had certainly waned.  In speaking with some of the artists, the turnout was down from previous years. For a shopper, it was easy going from booth to booth.  But when I used to go to the RISD show on Benefit Street in the spring and fall, you could barely move from table to table.  Maybe the lower turnout was due to the fact that it was held on a different weekend than in years past. Possibly it was also because the Foundry show was going on not too far from Providence.  We finished the day's shopping with a trip to Atwells Ave. in Providence where they have wonderful Italian food.  Ciaio!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Teresa Mowery is an artist I reconnected with at the Duxbury Craft Showcase.  The name of her business is Patina Studio.  I met her originally at the Providence Furniture Show which led me to taking one of her patina classes.  At the time, she was making beautiful tables and jewelry.  Teresa specializes in patinas, custom metalworking, and her line now includes these unusual etched and patinaed ornaments.  At the show, my eye immediately caught her displayed ornaments hanging from metallic branches draped with white lights.

You can find her selection of ornaments here.  Teresa's use of patina on her panelled wall pieces and tiles are quite fabulous.  To get a sense of Teresa's work and see some of her patina creations, she has a wonderful video on her home page.  From there, you can enter her sight.  I hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday! 

Wednesday's post will be about the RISD Alumni show that was at the Providence Convention Center this weekend- so please stop back!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

High School Auction

Every year the Sharon High School runs an auction to raise money for the PTSO.  This year I was asked to donate one of my pieces for the auction and thought I'd pass it on.  Here's the link:  This auction is live until December 12th.