Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Mugs, What a Relief

Sometimes you have to take your work to new dimensions.  I've been playing around with the mugs that I do with imagery on them.  The idea was that they would be reminiscent of tattoos.  I even leave some unglazed surface around the pictures, which makes me think about the variance between the body with and without adornment.

Pottery mug with dragon by Future Relics Gallery
Dragon Mug in Relief

Now I'm taking those pieces to a new level; a raised and carved surface.  I still created the lines using mishima and I'll paint the dragons and luna moths with underglazes.  I'll do a clear coat of glaze over that then add colored glazes on the reset of the body of the mug.  I think that's what I'll do anyway.  Sometimes these things change plans on me and I just have to go with it.

Ceramic Luna Moth Mug by Future Relics Gallery
Luna Moth Mug with Relief

What do you think?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For The Young Who Want To

I came across this poem by Marge Piercy a while ago.  I may no longer be young but it still holds some good thoughts and feelings. I think the flavor of it may be true for all artists. What do you think.  Enjoy.

Talent is what they say
you have after the novel
is published and favorably
reviewed. Beforehand what
you have is a tedious
delusion, a hobby like knitting.

Work is what you have done
after the play is produced
and the audience claps.
Before that friends keep asking
when you are planning to go
out and get a job.

Genius is what they know you
had after the third volume
of remarkable poems. Earlier
they accuse you of withdrawing,
ask why you don't have a baby,
call you a bum.

The reason people want M.F.A.'s,
take workshops with fancy names
when all you can really
learn is a few techniques,
typing instructions and some-
body else's mannerisms

is that every artist lacks
a license to hang on the wall
like your optician, your vet
proving you may be a clumsy sadist
whose fillings fall into the stew
but you're certified a dentist.

The real writer is one
who really writes. Talent
is an invention like phlogiston
after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure. You have to
like it better than being loved.

Horse hair raku covered jar by Future Relics Gallery
Horse Hair Raku Lidded Jar

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Meatless Monday - Rice Noodle Salad

So often we think of Asian food being something that is stir fried in a wok or maybe some spicy curry.  The foods that have deep, rich, complex flavors that warm the heart and the belly.  Asian salads are not the first thing that come to mind for me.  This nice, light salad may change that thought.  It's full of flavor but it's a light and delicious flavor.  Plus it's quick and easy to make.  You may wish to experiment with different vegetables or proteins.  I made this with shrimp but tofu would work well too.

Salad with Rice Noodles by Future Relics Pottery
Rice Noodle Salad


For The Dressing 

Juice from 1 large lime
2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
2 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
½ cup water
1 small red chile, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

For The salad 

 8 ounces thin rice noodles
1 large carrot or zucchini, peeled and cut into matchsticks
Half a cucumber, thinly sliced
8 to 12 ounces cooked shrimp or tofu (optional)
A handful of fresh mint, cilantro, or Thai basil, or a combination, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped


Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a small lipped bowl. Set aside.

To make the salad, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes or per package directions. Drain in a colander and immediately rinse the noodles very well with cold water. Shake the colander to remove excess water, then spread the noodles out on a clean towel to cool.
Divide the noodles into bowls. Top each with carrots, cucumbers, tofu and nuts. Strew the herbs over the tops of the salads. Drizzle the dressing onto the salad.  Enjoy.

Makes about 4 servings.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Call for Entry - Barrett Art Center


28th Annual National Juried CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibition
Barrett Art Center Galleries, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Juror:  Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Notification of Acceptance:  by Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accepted Work Delivered to Barrett Art Center:   September 10 - 17, 2014
Exhibition Dates: September 27—November 8, 2014 
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 27,   4 pm - 7 pm
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER:   New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres.  The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:  Barrett is pleased to have Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as our juror for New Directions ’14.  Ms. Warren has organized over 25 solo exhibitions of artists at MCA ranging from Robert Heinecken: Photographist of 1999 and 2004’s Dan Peterman: Plastic Economies to Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character of 2011. Major exhibitions includeAlexander Calder: Form, Balance, Joy of 2010, the H.C. Westermann exhibition and catalogue raisonné projects of 2001, both of which traveled nationally, and the Art in Chicago, 1945-1995 exhibition of 1996 which produced the first comprehensive book tracing Chicago’s unique art history including community-based and time arts. More recently she was the curator-in-charge for the MCA presentations of  Paul Sietsema and Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes (2013); Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure (2008) and organized the exhibition Everything’s Here in conjunction with MCA’s Jeff Koons, also 2008, which presented those Chicago-based artists Koons had admired and been influenced by.  She has also realized numerous smaller exhibitions including many in the MCA’s  12 x 12: New Artists/New Works series of emerging Chicago artists between 2001 and 2010, and the  on-going “MCA DNA” series which explores the strengths of the MCA Collection, such as the current “MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol” exhibition. 
Warren’s publications are wide-ranging and numerous, including over 35 exhibition catalogues published by the MCA and such publishers as Harry N. Abrams and Thames and Hudson. Most recently she has focused on Chicago scholarship in writings for the catalogue for the inaugural exhibition Re: Chicago at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010) and for the catalogue for the Chicago Imagists exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin.
AWARDS and PUBLICITY for New Directions ‘14:  A gallery of all selected works will be displayed on the Barrett Art Center website after the opening.  Prizes are announced at the opening reception;  three cash prizes (amounts to be determined based on entries) and two honorary awards are selected by the juror.  Each selected artist who attends the opening reception will be given a brief opportunity to talk about his or her work.  In addition to our website, The NEW DIRECTIONS ’14 exhibit is publicized via the Barrett Art Center eNewsletter and in regional press releases and social networking sites on the Internet.  
Open to all artists residing in the United States and age 18 or older. 
Visual media eligible for entry in New Directions ’14:  Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation art, glass, ceramics, fiber and mixed media. 
Media NOT eligible are video/film, performance art, or wearable art (clothing or jewelry). 
Details regarding 2-Dimensional Work:  2-Dimen-sional work cannot exceed 40 inches along any side, including the frame, if applicable.   Work accepted for exhibition must be ready to hang and include all necessary hardware (no saw tooth hangers, please).  Framed work must use plastic or Plexiglass;  frames with glass will NOT be accepted for hanging.  
Details regarding 3-Dimensional Work:  Installation art, sculpture and other 3-Dimensional works must fit within a parameter of 60 in. high by 30 in. wide x 24 in. deep.  Work cannot be hung or installed from ceiling.  Gallery has limited pedestals for use; accepted artist may need to provide pedestal for mounting accepted work.  
All work submitted must be original in design, concept and media. Submitted work must have been completed within the last three years.  Student projects are ineligible.  Work previously exhibited in a previous New Directions or other past Barrett Art Center exhibits is not eligible. 
SUBMITTING ENTRIES:  Deadline for submission:  Thursday, July 31, 2014 (midnight Mountain Time).
Submission of entries and the jurying process is conducted by CaFÉ, an easy-to-use online system,  Payment of entry fees is conducted via the CaFÉ site linked to PayPal; personal checks are also accepted via CaFÉ.  Information on uploading images, artist information, and submitting an artist statement and biographical information is provided during the submission process at CaFÉ.  There is no additional cost to the artist (other than submission fees to a specific Call for Entry) to register and submit through CaFÉ.  The artist creates a unique login access which allows complete access to numerous open calls from any internet-connected computer.  
Please visit to view more details about the submission process, open a free artist account at CaFE, and complete the submission process to NEW DIRECTIONS '14.
Entrants can apply to the New Directions Call for Entry at:

ENTRY FEE for NEW DIRECTIONS '14:  Fees for submission are as follows: 
For members of Barrett Art Center, entry fee is $40 for up to three works.  [Members please call BAC for a coupon code to execute member entry discount, Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, 845-471-2550.] 
For non-members of BAC, the entry fee is $50 for up to three works.
IMAGES:  Artists may submit two images for each work, one full view showing entire image, plus one detail view of a small portion of the work (detail view is optional for 2-D work).  For sculptural, installation or three-dimensional work, artists MUST submit two views of each work (showing work from two vantage points).  Each entrant can submit no more than six images per entry.  
SALES:  Barrett Art Center will retain a commission fee for sales conducted during the exhibit and while work is housed at Barrett Art Center for New Directions ’14;  sales commission of 25% will apply to Barrett members, sales commission of 40% will apply to non-members.  Non-members are encouraged to sign up for membership to take advantage of commission rates and other membership benefits; please visit to become a member.   
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE:  All applicants will be notified of the juror’s decision via email through the CaFÉ system by Wednesday, August 20, 2014. 
DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS:  Accepted work must be received (via shipment or personal delivery) by Barrett Art Center between Wednesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 17.  (Detailed instructions for shipping/return shipping/insurance/personal delivery/etc. will be emailed to all accepted artists directly from Barrett Art Center after notification of acceptance in the exhibition.)  

QUESTIONS:  For more information, contact Deborah Bein at the Barrett Art Center by email:, or call (845) 471-2550.  Visit our website:

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Make a Faceted Mug - Part 2

Yesterday's blog post was about how to facet a pot.  If you didn't read it yet you can find it by clicking  here.  Go do that now, I'll wait right here.  When you get back we'll learn how to make a double facet.

Making a double facet is similar to making a single facet, you just have more opportunities to cut through your wall.  Wheee!

You'd do everything the same as when making the single faceted pot but before you start cutting with your faceting tool you'll make a light line in the middle of the pot.  Make the line while the wheel is spinning so the line is completely around the pot.  Now when you make your first cut you'll bring the tool just down to that line then stop and cut off your piece.  I like to bring the tool over to the side a little bit so that the textured lines meet at an angle, but that's just personal preference. Do this around the entire top half of the piece.

Faceting the Top Half

Next move the piece so that one of the corners of the upper facet is facing you.  Insert the wire of the tool into the clay just under this point.  Again, cut straight down very carefully.  When you get to the bottom you can either make another angle cut or cut straight down.  It's an aesthetic choice, try both and see which look you like best.  I like cutting at an angle and leaving some clay if I'm going to be glazing the piece with a runny glaze.  The lip will help catch the glaze.

Starting the Second Facet Layer
Do this around the entire mug, or just part of it.  That might be a fun look too.  Play and see what you discover.
Ceramic mug, double facets by Future Relics Pottery
Double Faceted Mug
If you'd like a one on one demonstration and lesson on how to do this or many other pottery techniques you can schedule a Helpout with me.  The first lesson is free so why not give it a try.

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