A couple weeks ago this site asked me to renew; and I realized I haven’t even thought about my blog in a year. A lot has happened in the past year; I got a smart phone in my life, I became engaged, and I’ve become more involved in ceramics then I have been ever previously in my life.

Having learned to throw on a wheel in middle school, and even using my babysitting money to purchase an electric pottery wheel in high school, I have been drawn to the quiet meditation of making pots for 15 years now. In the past this endeavor was always a refuge of non judgement, spinning clay on the wheel was a ‘fun thing’. It was separate from my painting practice, and it was private.


This year has proved to be a break-through year for me in clay, in that I have crossed a mental bridge, from simple glazed pots to creating paintings and images on clay. This has ignited a drive of dual passions – painting and pottery.

In this journey, I have become more invested in creating a more perfect form, a lighter wieght vessel. I am exploring small accents that make a handmade piece special, such as a carved foot on a bowl or vase, or an altered rim to a pet’s food dish. This feeds into the paintings and carved images on the work itself, and makes the process meaningful to me.

My paintings on paper and canvas have often explored my personal relationships, often through surreal portraiture. I have noticed that in ceramics this year, my work diverges in subject matter, depicting animals and nature, initially focusing on the oceans  and state of the seas, but also the scenery I grew up with in upstate NY and Quebec.

My brother’s such a sport to pose for me!

Inspired after reading about these amazing animals on the brink of extinction

American Catch is a fantastic book about the state on American Fisheries today, highly readable!

As I have grown in confidence in my pottery, I have become more open in sharing my work.   I take pleasure from making pieces that others can connect with, and the special place that handmade functional art has in our lives. I am attaching photos of some of my favorites from the past year, for more work, check out my shop . I am excited to see how my work progresses in the coming year. Thanks for reading!

Experimenting with glaze and gold luster!

This year I have decided to work on perfecting my vase and large vessel forms.

This vase features gold, glaze and stain decoration.

Proto-mugs

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Cute little mugs I’ve been working on in pottery. Trying out different themes and motifs! Read More

Summer Retrospective, Part 4

Book Review: Life With Picasso, by Françoise Gilot & Carlton Lake

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Femme Fleur, 1946

Life with Picasso is a memoir of Françoise Gilot’s decade as Picasso’s partner. She is perhaps most well known from Picasso’s portrait “la femme fleur,” but the woman is much more then a of couple leaves attached to a head with boobs.
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Summer Retrospective, Part 3

A Brush with the Law

I had a run in with the law this summer!  My volcano series was on display at WHISK, a popular Ukrainian village brunch spot, when the restaurant was hit by vandals.  One of my pieces was caught in the attack and tagged by the vandal art critics. Read More

Summer Retrospective, Part 2

Love dat Dali

Over the last few days I’ve been watching Dirty Dali by the recently departed art critic, Brian Sewell (1931- September 19, 2015).  This 45 min documentary (in convenient 8 minutes chunks) tells the story of Dali from a unique personal experience. Read More

Having been largely absent this summer, I finally took the time to update you all on my goings-on from the past couple months!

First up is ceramics work! Read More

In the world of spirits, Luxardo Maraschino has celebrity status. The old dog comes with a good pedigree and a powerful punch. Luxardo boasts a quaint story of 5 generations of liquor making in the Italian country, having rebuilt after the ravages of WWII. Now operating the largest orchard of sour marasca cherries in the world, the Luxardo name has become ubiquitous within its category. The liquor itself incorporates both the cherries and crushed pits, resulting in a syrupy floral fun on your tongue, which does not immediately scream “cherry!” as one might expect.  However popular, this extremely concentrated liquor can be a bit of a bully if misused, and, when slightly out of proportion, it becomes all that one can taste in a cocktail. Read More

Contemporarily Innocent

 As a contemporary artist, I love the freedom today of linking artistic movements, techniques and styles into one piece. Previous generations were bound to the styles of their time and place. Renaissance artists were funneled through apprenticeships, learning the ‘right way’ to paint and sculpt. In the Middle Ages artists were craft persons, designated to reproducing the ideology and interests of ruling classes, that being religion.

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Sea Scape Collaboration

As a visual artist, I have said more than once that I harbor some jealousy towards musicians and bands. A huge part of music is based in collaboration. It tends to be extremely social; playing for an audience is charismatic and lively. On the face of it music seems fun, interactive, and spontaneous.

What we don’t see in a great band on stage is the previous debate about… everything! Read More

If Chartreuse was a dude, he would be youthful and innocent. And yummy. His hair would smell of the wild vibrance of a day in the mountains, close to the Alps. Despite his naivety, he would have a sense of tradition, and seem older than his years. His biggest flaw is that he knows he’s so damn good looking. Read More