Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Putting on The Strut

The folks in East Atlanta Village are very proud that our neighborhood was picked as the third hottest neighborhood in the entire country.  One of the reasons it’s so hot is because of the way the community bonds together. Yes, it’s got it’s problems like any urban area but it is also pretty close knit and wonderfully supportive.  This neighborhood holds several events each year that raise awareness and funds for the various community non-profit organizations.

One of those events is The East Atlanta Strut. Which is also one of my favorite fall festivals.  It’s only a mile from my studio, tons of fun and I get to visit with friends and neighbors.  I rarely feels like work and the patrons are extremely supportive. One year it started raining as soon as I got my booth set up and didn’t let up until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon.  Many of the other venders packed up and left as soon as it stopped raining but I stayed, people came out and bought.  Many of them were very grateful that I suffered through the rain and stayed open so they could enjoy the art. They wanted to support the artists that support the neighborhood.

So when I learned that The Strut was starting to struggle I knew I had to help.  I offered to volunteer some of my time and I also attended a meeting of other interested parties and the festival committee.  It was quite a learning experience and seems like it will continue to be so.  I was a big part of the planing committee for another show a few years ago so I don’t think I’m going to be tremendously surprised by how much goes into putting on a show but I do expect that this will have a number of differences since it’s a street festival.  I hope to share some of those insights with you, I hope you’re interested.

One thing that I love about this festival is that they are mostly concerned with being something positive for the neighborhood.  If the show only breaks even but good people from outside of East Atlanta Village think about dinning, shopping or especially moving here than it’s fulfilled a goal.  To me that’s nicer than a for profit event, don’t you think?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art Explosion

A few days ago I was invited to participate in the Facebook Art Explosion.  I’ve been enjoying seeing the work of so many talented artists so I was happy to participate.  It’s been really fun and also a little difficult picking out the pots that I want to show.  Some pictures are a couple years old but they show pots that I fell in love with and still want to share.
Iron Fumed Ceramic Light by Lori Buff
Fumed Lamp
 The way the art explosion works is one artists in any medium, not just clay, gets challenged by a friend.  That artist that has been challenged has to post 3 images of his or her work each day for 5 days and nominate at least one other artist each day.  That’s hard to do also, when you know so many artists choosing is best done with a dart board.  I really hope nobody I know, who’s work I love gets offended for not being invited to participate.
Horse Hair Raku Covered Jar by Future Relics Gallery
Horse Hair Raku Jar

These photos are just a sample.  If you want to see more you can visit my Future Relics Gallery Facebook Page.
Woodfired Ceramic Candle Ring by Lori Buff
Woodfired Candle Ring

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Meatless Monday - Easy Low Sodium Vegetable Curry with Chick Peas

It seems like everyone has some special dietary needs. People with high blood pressure concerns are encouraged to eat a low sodium diet.  I normally don’t add much more than a pinch or two of salt to my meals but when I was cooking for my mother when she was released from the hospital I needed to cut out all salt.  That’s not a problem, mom had a really well stocked spice rack.

Since life was a bit hectic while I was visiting I made this dish with frozen vegetables and it received lots of complements. Still, if I were making it at home or at a less busy time I’d take the effort to use fresh vegetables. I could tell the difference.  Nobody missed the salt.

Vegetable Curry with Chick Peas
 Ingredients:

Mixed winter vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot blend)
1 baking potato, cut into bite sized pieces with the skin on and scrubbed
1 16oz can of chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1-2 TBS olive oil
2 cups cooked rice (optional)

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and then the spices, stir for about 30 seconds then add the vegetables and potato, stir to coat. Cook for about a minute then add the chick peas.  Heat until the liquid from the chick peas starts to bubble then reduce heat to low.  Simmer until the vegetables are heated completely.

Serve over cooked rice if desired.

The bowl was made by Berkshire Pottery.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Just Like Starting Over

Some people rest in the winter because that is what nature does.  As much as I like this idea I’ve not been able to really do it.  Besides, I love making pottery.  However, this winter it’s been tough to get into the studio.  I had a lot of shows booked before Christmas which take a lot of my energy, then I got the flu which had me out for about 2 weeks.  Then my mom got sick so I was out of the state helping her get better (she is getting stronger every day).

Now it’s time to get back to work.  It was great to feel the clay slip through my hands as it was spinning on the wheel.  It felt good to be moving the clay into the form I wanted but it also felt a little strange.  I felt out of practice.  It was okay, it felt very fresh.

Fresh Pottery Mugs in Progress by Lori Buff
Fresh Mugs in Progress
I made several mugs with varied body shapes like I usually do.  Some will have dragons or wolves or something else drawn on them, some will just be glazed with pretty glazes.  Right now they are waiting patiently for handles to be attached.

I love my little studio and I love making pots, it’s good to be back there.  How do you feel after taking a long break?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chipmunk Sculpture

It takes a certain talent to make really great ceramic sculptures.  I’ve had the privilege to assist and audit workshops with great artists like Tip Toland and Debra Fritts but I still have not felt ready to add any to my body of work, or to my pots like my friend Gary Rith does.  However, I have tried my hand a making clay sculptures for sure.

When I was visiting my mom recently I found a few of these scultpures hiding in a box on a shelf in the basement.  Seeing these were quite a trip back in time.  I dusted a few of them off and took some pictures.  I only had my iPhone with me so I apologize for the quality.

Ceramic Chipmunk Sculpture by Lori Buff
Chipmunk Sculpture

This little guy must have been made when I was in elementary school.  Parents save the darnedest things.  I don’t know if that is a nut in his paws or a bowling ball, not that it matters, it’s a cute chipmunk made by the hands of a little kid who never stopped loving playing with clay.

Do you have any pictures of your really old art?  Post them on line, I’d love to see them.

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