Its just a few more weeks until Summer Sculpting Workshops start at the studio! The workshops are filling up, but there’s still a chance to snag a spot for your cr8iv artists! Click the link for the schedule and details. B CR8IV!
Up until now, we couldn’t really talk, I would write, you would read, but that’s where it ended. I will admit it, I was afraid of the Spam but with my Spamblocker in place (fingers crossed!) you can now talk to me, right here, on The Dirt! Just sign in and add a comment to any post I’ve created here, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and ideas- so talk to me baby!
Thanks for following along with my musings on life in the studio.
I just caught this quick and clever TED Talk by Bell Pesce about 5 easy ways to kill your dreams. For all my artist friends and entrpreneurs out there, enjoy….
This past Friday morning the fog was thick, the air was cool, everything was still dripping from the short but sweet rain the night before and the trail was calling. I walk nearly everyday in Nisene Marks State Park; it’s close to my studio and a beautiful place to explore old growth redwood groves. I usually only have time for a one or two mile hike on trails I’ve walked a thousand times before, but this day I needed to indulge in alone time in the woods. I always say that my time out of the studio, exploring nature is just as vital to my work as being in the studio with my hands in the clay and at times like this that I am reminded of how true that statement is. I headed out on a 6+ mile loop with Indy by my side and didn’t see another human for over 2 hours when I was nearly back to my car. Burning muscles, tired dog, muddy boots and one happy girl.
The simple hollow cone shapes of the Hive Series, which have one end hand-carved with an abstract hole pattern, have taken many compositions over the years that I’ve worked with them. I have always loved the way that the pieces seem to interact and talk to each other which creates a dynamic energy in the finished work. The same pieces were used in the hanging installations as in the In the Field clusters but each of those compositions has a very different feel to it. I enjoy being able to play with placement of wall, pedestal, suspended, interior or exterior options as way of physically experimenting with the same body of work.
Conceptually, the Hive Series installations are an expression of the energy between opposing forces. In nature, a hive illustrates the natural balance between strength and fragility, curiosity and avoidance, security and vulnerability. In these arrangements, these concepts are explored using a geometric configuration of multiple ceramic forms. The combination of these elements create an abstract interpretation of a hive structure both physically and conceptually.
These pieces have been beautifully installed in large museum spaces, small galleries, private homes, gardens and a redwood forest. While many arrangments of the Hive Series pieces have already been sold, there are still over 200 parts waiting to find the right home. If you are interested in working with me to create an installation in your home, garden or commercial space, please contact me to discuss the options- I’d love to work with you!
I’m not sure if my amazing husband Nate realized exactly how many times he’d help pack art, put up/take down signs and how many weekends and nights he’d be giving up for art shows and openings when we first got married. Afterall, I don’t help him with his job, nor does his job infringe on our weekend plans, but I guess this is what happens when you marry an artist. For better or worse, Nate has helped me put on a show at our home studio space every 6 months for the past 11 years, not to mention the countless off site exhibits we’ve installed and de-installed. In the studio, he’s used his carpentry skills to build nearly every shelf, table and fixture as well as the pedestals for shows. And he’s my biggest cheerleader when it comes to supporting my art career.
While Nate is a proficient potter, he would not concider himself an artist. Yet, he often jokes that he is the Jeanne-Claude to my Christo referring to the husband and wife art team Christo & Jeanne-Claude. Jeanne-Claude once told art critic Calvin Tomkins, “I was not an artist when I married Christo, but I became one. If Christo had been a dentist, I would have become a dentist.”
Perhaps Nate is an artist-in-training??
Last weekend at our annual Spring Studio Sale, I watched him engage kids in an art activity, direct patrons to make sure they saw all the art, pack up sold work, replenish snacks and help solve technical glitches amongst a million other things. Artists spend so much time working alone that I often feel like my art business is a one-woman-show but after nearly 16 years of being together, I couldn’t imagine putting together an event or exhibit without him.
A very grateful thank you to all the spouses, partners and friends that make it possible for all of us artists to thrive!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support independent artists and student artists at our 10th annual Spring Studio Sale this past Saturday!!! Earth Art Studio student artists sold $475.00 worth of art alone, which allows for us to make a $47.50 donation to The Homeless Garden Project! In addition, many of my pieces from my Nest Series, Seed Pod Series & Bone Series found their way to new happy homes! And I was able to showcase a new installation formation from my Bone Series and Hive Series. AND… a big congratulations to Kim Bierman who was the winner of the raffle this year!!!
I was really busy and didn’t get to take too many photos, but if you missed the sale, here are a few images to give you the vibe of the event and remember that you can always make an appointment to visit the studio anytime. Thank you!!!
I’m reposting this because I’ve loved seeing images of my art in your space come in! Keep um coming!
When you come to the studio to buy art or order art online at the shop, I pack it up and happily send it on its way to you but rarely do I get to see where my art ends up and lives out the rest of its life. Will you show me?
If you’ve collected my art, this is a call for you to send me photos of where you’ve put my art in your home or garden space. I would love to share your photos here on a future blog post. I’m hoping to inspire others to see how art can enhance their space and make everything just feel good. I know that we don’t need art in the same way that we need food and clothing but I really believe that we need art to help us feel connected to others and the world at large. My home isn’t filled with stuff (I’m a minimalist at heart!) but it does have its fair share of art and those pieces are thoughtfully collected and some of the most important things that I own. Surrounding myself with art instead of stuff, means that everything has a story, a place or a person attached to it and I love that. I hope that my work gives you the same feeling and becomes a connected part of your home and life. I’m looking forward to seeing our photos of my work in their new homes!
A few photo specs:
Take a minute to look at your lighting and shadows and try to capture your shot at the best timing for lighting. Please make sure your photos are in focus. Move extraneous stuff (water bottle, tv remote etc…) out of the shot. I will resize and edit the photos for you, so just send me what you’ve got (original size) and also let me know if its ok to use your name along with your photos in my future posts and any other info you want to share about the pieces you’ve collected. Please email your photos to email@example.com