Sunday, April 20, 2014

Call For Artists - Atlantic Health System


The Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System is looking for 3-D sculptural work for their Institute of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Disease in Summit, NJ. The piece should express the themes of the Institute, as well as "high-tech, high-touch" advanced technologies in healthcare paired with direct and caring human interaction. Those interested in receiving a prospectus, please e-mail,

or send a SASE to: Healing Arts, Atlantic Health System, 475 South Street, Morristown NJ 07962.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Tortoise and The Hare

Do you remember that old story about a tortoise and hare racing.  Since the hare is faster he thinks he can screw around and take a nap while the tortoise just carries on at his own pace and ends up winning.  The moral of the story is that if we just stay on course and do what we have to do we will win the race, and maybe we won't even break a sweat.  That's my normal philosophy, slow and steady, just keep making pots and I'll be ready for any show.  Yes, their is often a push to get somethings done near the end but normally I don't have too much panic.

Today I'm panicking.

Two of my biggest spring shows are happening simultaneously.  That means twice the pots to make, fire, glaze/decorate and fire again.  They have to be priced, entered into inventory, and packed into boxes and bins and then packed into the vehicle.

In the tradition of slow and steady, I tend to have an inventory of pots.  I can, and have, done a show at the last minute with no problems.  But this is two shows, two big shows.  Do we ever have enough pots?
Fired Works 2013

Right now the last bisque kiln is firing.  It has a few pieces that I made special for a Mother's Day show and pieces for Fired Works and The Inman Park Festival (the simultaneous shows).  I'll have to fire two glaze kilns and do a naked raku firing before the week is up.  I'll also have to go through all these pots and figure out which ones go to which show.

Time for another mug of coffee.

Other Stuff:

Fired Works
Central City Park
Macon, GA
April 25th - May 4, 2014

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes
Atlanta, GA
April 26th - 27th 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Full of Ourselves

Painter Helen Ferguson Crawford posted this little cartoon on Facebook the other day.  I can really see why it would appeal to any artist and many women.

It seems like their is always a bit of a thin line between self promotion and being full of ourselves.  I suspect the line moves for each person so it's really hard to know where it is and how not to cross it.

Artists do things like go to school for many years plus do residencies and workshops and whatever else it takes to get really good at what we do.  Some people spend as much time learning to be an artist as someone else spends to be doctor or lawyer without the possibility of as great an income.  And then when they finally feel really good about what they've done they shout to the world about it only to hear the reply "that woman is full of herself."

Sometimes I'll start talking with a customer in my booth and say "I really love that pot."  Some people take it as a complement to their taste but some people give me a look that says "how dare you love something that you created yourself."  My grandmother would have been one of those people.  She believed we are supposed to be humble, not proud, don't toot your own horn or people will think you're an ass hole.  Actually, I just love the piece without any hidden agenda.

How do we tell other people that we made something and it brings us joy and we want to share that joy with them without sounding like we are full of ourselves?  How do we show our strength and our beauty without pissing someone off?  Or is the answer really that nobody would actually think a big, strong, beautiful tree is really an ass hole and a person that has similar characteristics to that tree is not an ass hole either.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teapot Tuesday

Blogger, potter and friend Gary Rith has started a new theme of Teapot Tuesday.  This sounds like fun because people make so many different styles of teapots.  Have you ever going to a teapot show or looked through Lark's 500 Teapot's book?  You'll find so many creative and fun ideas there.

I tend to make very traditional teapots.  I like for my functional pottery to be used.  I also like to make them beautiful because their is something about the act of serving tea that feels special to me, even when I'm just serving it to myself.  It always feels a bit garish to boil the water in the microwave, drop the teabag in the mug and let it steep for a few minutes then toss it away.  Yes, I do this, probably much more often then I make a pot of tea and treat myself well.  Either way, the tea is enjoyed in a hand crafted vessel.

Woodfired Tea Pot
This tea pot was fired in the wood kiln at Penland School of Crafts. You can see more pictures and read more about it at my Etsy Store.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Meatless Monday - Peanut Noodles

This is another one of those recipes that you can very easily adapt to suit your needs.  The vegetables that I'm listing here are only a guide, use whatever you have on hand or is in season.  It's great if you shop for veggies at your local farmer's market because you won't have to worry if they don't have something, just make a substitute with whatever you and your family like.  If you'd like this dish really hot just add chili's to the dressing.

This recipe makes about 4 servings and takes around 30 minutes from prep to plate.

Peanut Noodles

7 ounces medium egg noodles
2 TBS olive oil
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
1 zucchini, roughly chopped
1 1/4 cups roasted unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped


1/4 cup olive oil
1 lime, grated and juiced
1 tsp hot sauce (adjust per your taste)
4 TBS chopped cilantro
1-2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 - 2 tsp soy sauce


Make the dressing (can be made a day ahead of time) whisk together all the ingredients then adjust the hot sauce and soy sauce to your taste.

Cook the noodles per the package directions, drain well.

While the noodles are cooking heat the oil in a preheated wok or large frying pan.  Cook the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes or until they begin to soften.  Add the vegetables and cook for another 15 minutes over medium heat.  They should begin to soften and brown.  Add the peanuts and cook 1 minute more.

Toss the noodles into the wok with the vegetables and heat through.  Add the dressing and stir to coat.  Serve immediately with cilantro or chives as a garnish and soy sauce on the side.

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