Thanks to a wonderful person in California for purchasing seven of the new bowls! And thanks to the Penland School of Crafts for featuring one of my containers in the auction this August. Save August 11-12 for the Penland auction - a wonderful weekend and an opportunity to help the students!
I added new works to the site this week, including bowls, serving bowls, and some new lidded containers. My work with Morse Code continues on the surfaces and with the forms, now focusing on a series called "palindromes of enlightenment" Words that refer to new knowledge or aspirations, that when reversed amplify the phrase. The pieces, then read top to bottom bottom to top, or inside-outside/outisde-inside as tautologies.
I am very happy to say I have been invited to participate in the Potters' Market at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC next fall. The Potters' Market invites 40 ceramic artists from throughout North Carolina each year to the sale. I am honored to be included! Save September 9 on your calendar and come out to the Market!
I donated this piece, a 10.5" white stoneware serving bowl fired to cone 6, to the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts auction. The auction will be held November 5. I hope everyone goes! Odyssey is a great part of the Asheville community. They provide cooperative ceramic studios, artist residencies, classes, and sponsor events like Empty Bowls. They are an important part of what makes Asheville such a center for the ceramic arts.
Thanks to friends from Texas, New Mexico, and Florida for purchasing pieces recently! Very happy to know they have good homes!
I was fortunate to be able to donate four bowls to the Collectors Corner at the Empty Bowls fundraising dinner for the Manna Food Bank in Asheville. Manna is such an amazing organization and helps more people than certainly I can imagine throughout western North Carolina. Kudos to Manna and to Brian McCarthy and Highwater Clays, all the folks at the Odyssey Ceramic Arts and the other artists who contributed work for the event.
We have been traveling this winter, visiting in Cuba last month and in Las Vegas and Phoenix this month. Maybe more on Cuba later! While in Phoenix, though, I was able to attend the 58th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market (wonderful works, especially jewelry and ceramics) and to visit the Arizona State University Art Museum's Ceramic Research Center in Tempe, AZ. The Center has such a fabulous collection of 4300 pieces of contemporary ceramics! I was pleased to confirm that an earlier piece of mine, the "Value of a Variable (c) from 1979 is in their collection. The piece was donated to the museum by a collector in Phoenix in 1983. Other pieces from the series including "Clip" and "Helter Skelter" are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Erie Art Museum. I am very happy they have such good homes and are in such good company!
It's snowy outside, about 8-10 inches so far, but it's warm inside and now much neater - I designed and built a coat rack for the bedroom using copper pipe and wire.