Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Avondale AutumnFest results

I had a booth in the Avondale AutumnFest 2009 in Decatur, GA this past weekend. Saturday it was cold and windy. I was lucky, I only froze, the glass people down the way had issues with the tent moving & suffered some loss. Thankfully, it's easier to reuse glass than pottery but that still must be discouraging. I feel badly for tehm but they seemed to take it OK.
Sunday was a beautiful day, with perfect Fall weather. People were even coming into my booth to get a break from the sun! But I noticed something interesting between the 2 days. More people contributed to the "Charity Cases" on Saturday than on Sunday. It could be that the stuff left in the box on Sunday was less desirable than the stuff on Saturday but I also wonder if people feel more like being helpful when they are not enjoying life completely. I know I've thought more about how hard it must be to be homeless when it's cold or rainy or even really hot. But I know it's no picnic to be homeless when it's a nice day, I just don't think about it as much. I heard a song on the radio recently (sorry, I don't know the name or I'd link to it or the band) where they talk about it being a beautiful day yet hear fire trucks and think about how someone can be losing everything while others are enjoying the day. It's a great reminder of how life really is and how we should help each other no matter what is going on in our lives.
If anyone knows the name of the song I'd love to know it.
I'd also like to put out a big thanks to the people who donated to the "Charity Cases," you rock.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Memorial Service for Ruth Duckworth

I have been told by a reader that there will be a memorial service for Ruth Duckworth (open to the public) on Friday, December 4, 2009 at
11 AM at the Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ruth Duckworth

The artist community has lost another beautiful, talented soul as Ruth Duckworth has passed away at the age of 90.  Much can be said about the artists life and her work but nothing says it better than the images of her work.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Charity Cases

Atlanta has been having issues with way too much rain, almost 5 inches so far in October. We’ve gone from a 5 year drought to floods in the change of a season. I’ve been very fortunate thus far, no major issues at the house or the studio. Others aren’t so lucky. I know of one potter who’s lost her studio, other people have lost their homes and some their lives. The rains haven’t stopped so we can anticipate more loss too. It makes me feel helpless to know that these people are suffering and needing assistance yet the insurance companies are denying claims. The state has declared a disaster which helps in getting loans for repairs but really, how much does that help?
What I’ve decided to do is to create a “Charity Cases” box at my shows. The box will contain pieces that will not be priced; the buyer will make a donation which will go to a local charity or needy recipient and the donor will get a piece of pottery as a reminder of the good that they have done and to (hopefully) continue to give.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sudden Inspiration

It's a beautiful, clear, sunny, warm, autumn day in Atlanta. Thankfully the rains have stopped. I just got an idea of pulling the wheel out onto the deck and throwing in the sun. The dogs would love it. Life is good.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Sometimes good opportunities happen at bad times. Tonight is a meeting about a show that I wish to enter. I really should be at the meeting but it's also our four year anniversary and I should be celebrating with my Honey. We didn't have anything special planned for tonight as this is also the night when we go to a Stained Glass class at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Decatur, GA. So where I'm very excited about learning more about the show it's a little bit bittersweet only because of the timing. Thankfully, we discussed it, and reasonable understanding is prevailing.
I'm very fortunate and plan to spend many more anniversaries with Janet.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Roxie Remley, Brinson's Race and Pit Processing

I did not work on the studio this weekend.  I went to Georgia Southern University to celebrate Roxie Ramley's 90th bithday and enjoy her exhibit "Edge of 90."  It was a beautiful exhibit and celebration, Roxie is very sharp at 90 years old; proof that doing what you love is good for you.
While I was in the area I spent the weekend at Brinson's Race enjoying the peace of the farm, reading, hiking, taking pictures and cleaning out the pit for a pit firing that I'm planing to host there in the winter. Check back later for updates on the date and other details.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Studio Seeds

I came up with the idea of converting my house in Decatur, GA into a studio space for multiple artist one day and the very next day I received an email about a wheel and kiln for sale. Talk about serendipity! So I bought the equipment, plopped it in my kitchen and headed off for a long weekend in Asheville, NC.
The beauty of visiting artist galleries in Asheville is that many of them allow access to the studio of the artist also. I started looking around and formulating ideas. My intent is to make a great studio space for ceramists and other artists. This blog will talk about the progress I'm making towards this goal. It may not be great writing, it'll be more like me just talking about what I'm doing, successes and challenges and a place for other artists to give ideas about what has worked for them and what didn't.
Enjoy reading this blog and please contribute. Art conversation is always wonderful.
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