Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY SHOW!!!

Come one, come all to Boston!  I'm leaving tomorrow for Boston and will be setting up for the weekend show hosted by The Society of Arts and Crafts.  I will be among 90 or so exhibitors setting up a booth at the Cyclorama, part of the Center for the Arts in downtown Boston.  SO,  make your way there for some wonderfully creative holiday shopping!  http://www.craftboston.org/ Check out the website for more information and directions to the show....SEE you there!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Firing and Booth Photos






I just came across some of the photos I took of the last firing and realized I've been neglectful in sharing them with everyone.  I'm gearing up for another firing scheduled for the begining of November...summer was very busy in our gallery and around our house and studio.  It was one of the nicest summers we've had since we moved here almost 12 years ago.  The days were very warm and sunny, and we were outside as much as possible.  At night the temps dropped , making it perfect sleeping weather...it really could not have been any better!  It is now fall, and we are surrounded with amazing hues of gold, red and orange...I'm hoping for an indian summer, but I can already feel old man winter traveling our way.  Here are some photos of the kiln firing and some booth shots from the spring and summer shows...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Auction Has Begun...

O.K.  Let's go!  The auction to support Drew Johnson and alleviate the monstrous hospital bills that ensued after a traumatic accident in which his foot was amputated has begun!  It is now the time, only one week, to scroll through the many wonderful ceramic pieces that were donated by artists all over the country.  Please take your time and look over all of the wonderful work and bid, bid, bid!  Have some fun and buy some wonderful clay...till next time-Diana
P.s. The link for the auction is on the previous post...scroll down and you will see it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Benefit Auction

Today marks the start of the preview for the Drew Johnson Benefit Auction.  Hundreds of ceramic artists and clay related businesses have donated work to the auction to help raise money to pay for Drew Johnson's medical bills after his terrible accident.  Go to http://claylink.com/zen/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=142&sort=20a&page=1  to view all the wonderful work that has been donated.   Come join the fun and buy something wonderful for yourself or an early holiday gift!  Scout it out now so that you will be prepared on September 21 when the bidding begins!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Here I am....

Hi- Here I am.  I have not forgotten about anybody, but life has been busy in a way that does not involve a computer...so, stick with me-keep checking, because I WILL BE BACK... (I hope that did not remind you of the Now Governer of CA)...regardless...Thanks for sticking with me-Diana

Friday, March 19, 2010

More On The Way...

Hello Everyone..It has been awhile (once again) but I have been very busy.  I have good news- I just finished loading the wood kiln and I will be firing tomorrow!  My hands are raw and by body is tired, but I am very excited about the firing.  It is one of my very favorite days- I get up before dawn, sometimes in the middle of the night.  Out where we live we can hear the quiet, and it is wonderful.  We are having an early spring this year in Maine and the ground is thawing.  Things are quite a mess out there and I will have to put planks down in order to traverse the terrain without looking as if I was mud wrestling.  I don't mind- it was wonderful loading the kiln with my shirtsleeves pushed up- mudding the door was great since my fingers weren't frozen...aaahhhh the pleasure of it all!  Seriously, the owls have started hooting once again (I heard them for the first time after the winter just last night), and I will watch the sun come up as I stoke the fire.  I will post photos of everything, including the firing, in a few days.....and then of course comes the unloading, which I will also share.  'til then, Ciao....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Reconnecting with a friend

I had a very good thing happen to me a few weeks ago.  After 15 years or so I reconnected with a very good friend- I don't know why or how we ever lost touch, but somehow we both moved enough times to lose track of what the other was doing.  My friend, Madhvi Subrahmanian, and I met while we were both graduate students in very small programs at schools in Dallas, Texas.  Madhvi was studying with Peter Beasecker at Southern Methodist University, while I was completing my degree at the University of Dallas.  Between the 2 schools we had 3 grad students in clay/ceramics.  This was both to our advantage as well as disadvantage...as you might imagine.  We sometimes got together and fired the wood kiln, or gave each other critiques of new work...most of the time we were supportive friends giving advice or encouragement.  When we graduated we also had the good fortune of sharing a rental house while we attended the summer program at Alfred University.  Our main instructors were Val Cushing and Marilyn Lysohir (who has an amazing article in the newest Ceramics Monthly about her most recent exhibition, "Good Girls 1968").  For 6 weeks we lived in the lovely, small town of Alfred, NY.  We rented the "house with the hand"- a nice house on the edge of town that had once had a big, beautiful elm tree shading it's front lawn.  When the Elm blight killed off many/most of the large trees, the owner of the house had the enormous trunk carved into a giant arm and hand, complete with wrist watch!  It was quite the mile marker-easy to give directions.  The 6 weeks were magical- we were able to completely immerse ourselves in glaze classes and in developing our work....
After that time, I lost track of Madhvi until just a few weeks ago when I googled her to see if I could locate her.  To my happy surprise I found a gallery in Singapore where she was getting ready to mount a solo exhibition- I wrote to the gallery and received an excited reply from my dear friend.  A few days later I received a file showcasing the amazing show.  It is called "Organic/Abstract" at Gallery Chemould-
http://www.gallerychemould.com/exhibitions.html
I encourage everyone to view this wonderful show....

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Fresh Start

Happy 2010 to all....I've been out of touch lately.  I've cleaned the studio though and it is time to get down to the business of making pots.  I usually like to start with something simple.  Pieces that get my hands and my brain warmed up...so this morning I sat down and made some simple porcelain bowls.  It was fun, and my mind was already speeding along imagining how beautiful they will look when I take them out of the kiln.
In my last kiln load I began to experiment once again with "crater glazes", and had a few quite successful pieces.  I was restrained in my experimentation as I really needed the work to come out looking great for the November/Holiday Shows I had on the schedule.  Now that I know what's happening(uh-oh...did I really say that?)  I am feeling bolder for this next firing.  I hope to have several hundred  large tea-bowl style pieces that I can go crazy with the glazing on.  I've taken a picture of my work table-