SPRINGING FORTH

Two-Faced Tea Bowl

Two-Faced Tea Bowl

Springing Forth

Springing Forth


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Spring 2010

Spring is finally here! Life is good. I am getting back into my studio a little bit which feels great. Sent some work off for NCECA shows:  A place setting for La Mesa show, always a great show at NCECA.  I also sent a small, covered, terra cotta jar pictured below in my February post, for the Strictly Functional 25 year Invitational Exhibit. I was honored to be invited because the invite only went to those who had won multiple awards in previous years in the Strictly Functional Annual . Here’s one of my favorite “prize-winning”  pieces from that era!

Early Wood Fire Porcelain Jar

Early Wood Fire Porcelain Jar

Magpie Wall Tile

Magpie Wall Tile

To see more 3-D,  “pillowy” wall tiles click here : Wall Tiles!

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Late Winter Almost Spring 2010

Face Pot

Better Watch What You Eat!

Today is February 15th and I am still alive and therefore happy! I am slowly organizing, cleaning and re-claiming my studio after 10 months of not working there. I am finding peace when I am in that beautiful space and I feel ready to explore next steps.  Having a houseful of local potters/ceramic artists here last Saturday night for a potluck got my inspirational juices flowing!  Conversations were both soulful and fun, and the  food was great, too!  If any potters/sculptors “out there” want to live & work in this amazing Carbondale/Aspen/Glenwood Springs area and share/rent part of my studio, please contact me. My current focus in clay is  terra cotta, so my wood & soda kilns  are under-used! My studio could use more activity! The local clay community is awesome because of the Carbondale Clay Center, Anderson Ranch, S.A.W. studios, the home of the ArtStream, Harvey/Meadows Gallery and our local arts Council.

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It’s a New Year

This promises to be a year of unknowns for me. A year of healing and exploring new ways of working in my studio…I can’t wait.

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Holiday Season Upon Us

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all!

Thanksgiving Hike up the ridge

Thanksgiving Hike up the ridge

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September 2009

I know it is not entirely professional to use this site for health reports and talk of chemotherapy but these are the life gifts I am dealing with this entire year pretty much…so studio work is on hold, but will flow again like a river at spring runoff! At least this is how I am visualizing future studio days. In the meantime, life is sweeter and a little harder daily as chemo effects accumulate. Only two more treatments to go followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation in Edwards, CO.  Some distance from here.

Potatoes

Hints of fall becoming less subtle…a stillness in the air, leaves hanging dusty and heavy, atmosphere seems to be in a bit of a desultory mood as summer ebbs.  Today, Saturday, we harvested about 100 lbs of potatoes shared between our household and Dana & Breccia Wilsons’ -the geniuses behind it all. Daughter Laura helped with the harvest and entertainment, and took home some mighty potatoes. I lent moral support. Corny as it sounds it is quite amazing to dig for food in your own front yard. Nostalgic full days.

Sunflowers

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August

Friends and family have been sending me such good energy and kind notes and thoughts infusing me with hope and healing. Thanks to all. Believe it or not, I am working on a few ideas for studio work when I am able to get my hands in clay again!

Mid-Chemo

Truly Bald

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July Update Cont’d

Art happening in  journaling only.  John and I and daughters, Anne &  Laura participated in  the Aspen Komen Race for the Cure yesterday. John and I walked the one-mile, Paws for the Cure walk with Archie, our dog!

Race for the Cure2

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July Update

Candle for Diane, Maastricht

Candle for Diane, Maastricht

My friends, Annette & Andrew Roberts-Gray lit a candle for me on their trip to Amsterdam. I like that it is – appropriately -the candle on the far left!

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June 20,2009

I am happy to be alive that’s all. I finally managed to update my Terra Cotta Gallery page – see what you think. I am definitely entering  a new zone since my first chemo treatment…I am curious and excited to see how my work will change from this life-changing adventure. Don’t worry, I promise not to start making busts of women with mangled bosoms! I do, however,  anticipate greater joy, color, and imagery creeping into my art work..in fact, it already has, in the Wall Tiles & pots.

My Studio

On another note, I have decided to offer studio space at a reasonable price since I am not able to keep up with myself anymore in the studio, and I have such a wonderful, state-of-the art studio with a great wood kiln and soda kiln. Carbondale – in my humble opinion – has become the ceramic capital of the Western Slope of the Rockies. So many great young artists working in this area.  Send me an email: potter@sopris.net  if you want more info about this opportunity.

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