Sashay down to the Port Moody Arts Centrethis Sunday to take part in Raku-U, part of Art 4 U Day at thePort Moody Festival of the Arts 2012! Visit theCity of the Artsto take part ina fun event for your whole family…. Artists have been hard at work making things for you! Choose your pieces, pay a small amount, decorate your artwork and watch it be fired in a dramatic outdoor kiln firing. Think creativity and come join others in downtown Port Moody!
Raku-U at Art 4 U Day
Port Moody Arts Centre
Sunday, September 23rd
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2425 St. Johns Street (corner of St. Johns and Kyle Streets) Port Moody, BC
Lily made some fun fish for you!
Otto showed me the zippy VW bugs he made for Raku-U!
There will be giraffes and other animals made by Gary!
Mark and I decided to stroll on over to the arts centre on Canada Day, July 1st. Gary had said some new horses had just come out of the kiln and I wanted to see them. As it turned out, it was a perfect visit with a small working group made up of Gary, Otto, Sylvia and Judy. That must have been nice for them, as Sundays are usually a bit of a madhouse! We got to see their new projects, current and finished. It was great dropping by and visiting with them and made Canada Day special. Take a look at the slide show to see what we were all up to that day. Click through to the Flickr site if you’d like to see cutlines or a larger sized slide show. Not sure why they don’t show up on the blog version (#$%@&!!).
Keyhole tile, modeled after antique door plates called escutcheons. Accented with a vintage skeleton key.
A riot of colors! Today was a splendid spring day and I so enjoyed wandering down the hill to meet my friends for coffee. Seated in a booth at the Burrard Public House, we met for our weekly lunch date on Open Studio Tuesday. This week, I felt like an onlooker, as my wrist problems from overwork mean I’m on hiatus. Thank goodness for voice dictation; I don’t know how I would produce my blog, otherwise. Clay projects are on ice, as I’ll take the time to heal up good and proper… Last week, a lovely surprise arrived in the mail: a shipment of antique skeleton keys. There are so many different kinds; they vary greatly in size, shape, color, condition. Am happy to see them and I bought them to use with a decorative tile that has been through several incarnations. It was almost as if the design treatment it needed just took time to reveal itself.
Soft box with ginkgo leaf handle. White B Mix clay; celadon glaze.
Before I wound down altogether, I took a soft box class taught by Pauline Doyle at the art centre. Moving a little slow, I was only able to build two during the allotted time. One has been fired but I will have to wait until I’m able to finish the last one. It is a lovely type of vessel and they do have a softness about them. The second one is a floral/marine fusion. The lid handle is based on the frilly bits of a nudibranch. Amazingly beautiful creatures… I find that everything from the sea inspires! I remember with great fondness time spent at the University of Oregon’s marine laboratory in Charleston, Oregon. What an amazing place; world-class tidepools. May be entering a new phase here. I live alongside the sea but the last time I really explored a sea theme through clay was when I was landlocked, living in high desert terrain. It might be time to explore the shore and tidal zones once more… The Benthos calls…
Unfinished soft box that is more freeform, using both floral and sea elements
In the meantime, I’ve received a commission for a soft box from a woman in the state of Georgia. What a surprise! And in due course. Until I am back in the studio, I will be working on a few things I have been putting off. Funny how the Universe steps in and gently guides one’s direction. With a freed up schedule, I’ve devoted the last several days to backend work on my Etsy shop, which has yet to go viral. Copywriting and designing my banner. Because the weather is so divine this week, I’ll switch gears and start taking photographs of my pieces outside in natural lighting. Soon, I will buy a postal scale so I can start figuring out postage rates in earnest. Etsy prep seemed daunting but if I just take one section at a time, I will be fine. In the meantime, I’m getting back to my regular blog posting schedule after a prolonged break and look forward to many more posts and the regularity of writing again. I hope you are having a most lovely spring or fall wherever you may be…
My sunrise tile with our new Shino glaze… so buttery and creamy…
Soon I will receive the shipment of keys, skeleton keys won off eBay. They should be here within two weeks. When I was first working with a particular decorative tile, I envisioned how it might look with a skeleton key dangling from it. I speak of the escutcheons that have gone through several incarnations. Recently, my colleague Gary mentioned that they would look good with skeleton keys and it was a nice reality check. So, 30 keys are coming my way. I will figure out how to place them after they arrive, though I have a few ideas. Update: I’ve worked hard and have produced much recently, tiles and necklaces. Along the way, I also developed a touch of something that is this the scourge of potters and ceramists everywhere, carpal tunnel problems caused by overwork. Soon I will have a wrist brace made by an orthotics outfit to wear at night. I am also doing physiotherapy, taking anti-inflammatories, icing, basically doing the RICE or PRICE technique. My doctor told me things will be on the up and up soon if I take care of it now and follow instructions. I had better listen up, too, because I had another reality check, having worked with clay last
Carpal tunnel stretching exercise, By Mfestejo, via Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday and Saturday. My arms felt like they were on fire each time. My current projects are going to have to be shelved temporarily, so I can take a complete break. During this time, I will do a few ceramics-related things that won’t involve my wrists. While I continue to be associated with our local art centre, it is time to branch out, to become part of the larger community. To that end, I am going to join some ceramics organizations. I’ve downloaded forms, read policies, like what I see, and will report more after I’m a member. In other news, I hunted for a tool with which to bevel a clay slab and found one! It has a zippy name: The Bevel-O-Matic! It is nice to come across a tool that meets your needs precisely…the Internet is a wonder! This tool is so specialized, it is unlikely I would have found it any other way. As soon as my wrists have improved, I will be back at the tiles. I cut many of them a while back and they are ready and waiting…for me and my beveler. Also, there is a new artist in residence for the ceramics department at the Port Moody Arts Centre. A sculptor, James Kemp is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He will be overseeing the Tuesday Open Studio group starting tomorrow. Thank you for your years of service, Ms. Doyle, and welcome, James Kemp….