Sunday, November 11, 2018

Craft and Design 2018

The big week has arrived! In just a few days I leave for Richmond, VA and the Visual Arts Center's Craft + Design show. It is all systems go around here and I'm very thankful for the help and encouragement of my friends and family.

I have so much new work to show and it will be great to get feedback in real time. Many pieces are variations on a theme or one of a kind because that's my favorite way to work.

You can buy tickets online including for the Patron's Preview party 6pm - 9pm Friday night which I believe includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres and the and Rise + Shine breakfast Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am which includes, as you'd imagine, a lovely catered breakfast. General admission runs 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Upcoming shows

I've had my nose to the grindstone preparing for two fast approaching holiday craft shows.

First up is Craft + Design in downtown Richmond Nov. 16-19. This museum quality fine craft show is sponsored by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and takes place on the second floor of the newly refurbished train station. There are demonstrations throughout the three day event and delicious food and drinks on site. You'll find me in booth #305. Tickets are now on sale.

Next up is Holiday Heap on December 15 in the city of my birth, Charm City a.k.a. Baltimore, MD. This is a bustling show in another great setting -  St. John's church on St. Paul Street.  With 51 vendors, light refreshments inside and food trucks outside this is a fun place to Christmas shop.

For those of you not in the Mid-Atlantic area, my online shops will stay open throughout the holidays.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The cat

So thankful that this little lady recently came into our lives.

She showed up, terribly under weight, covered in fleas and with tapeworms at my daughter and son-in-law's backdoor a little over a month ago. She was begging for attention as much as food. They cared for her and had her to the vet and a week later brought her here for a "test drive" because...allergies.

We've followed a non-allergen protocol (brushing, cleaning, grain free diet) and - surprise - one month later and no one is reacting. Millie is here to stay!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


I was so thrilled to visit Spindleworks Studio for a second time while we were in Brunswick, Maine in July - it was the first visit for my husband.

Spindleworks shop

If you're not familiar, Spindleworks is a progressive arts studio, that is, a "fine art studio environment where adults with developmental disabilities can pursue and maintain lives/careers as artists" according to the website Disparate Minds.

Weaving and fiber arts room

We got there early enough in the day to get an artist guided, very thorough, tour and a chance to visit the ceramic studio which is only open during the warmer months. I even got to meet Caroline who's work I collect.

A few days later we headed inland to Gardiner, ME to stop in at Spindlework's sibling studio, Spin Off. This studio space is smaller and not as well supplied yet but its a beginning and the artist working there were prolific and confident in their work which was wonderful to see.

Stacks of artist trading cards.
If progressive art interests you please be sure to check out the website Disparate Minds. In addition to topic related articles and gallery opening announcements they have a listing of progressive studios organized by state so maybe you can find a studio near you to visit. If you do, please be sure to let me know - I'd love to hear about it! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New recycled earrings

I'm heavy into a new batch of recycled earrings right now. How I love this creative challenge, laying out pieces of cured, leftover clay and looking for earring designs "hidden" there within the scrap. I cut larger pieces down, pair up shapes and then set about altering surface with carving or color.

Many of the finished pairs will be headed to my November show, Craft + Design in Richmond, but I will post a selection in my online shop Oct. 6 as well...and I'm offering free shipping for folks on my email list ($7 off international shipping) that weekend too so sign up here if you're interested.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Coming to life

At the request of a very good, long time customer, one of my "found" necklaces is coming to life. The original piece was formed on a blustery day at Dolphin Beach last June.

Construction is coming along slowly so I'm thankful for her patience. I'm finding the look not terribly difficult to mimic (components were formed in the bowls of three sizes of spoons to achieve the shape) but the engineering in getting the pieces together in a way I'm pleased with is rather tricky. 

June is winter in South Africa and its typically cool and rainy although last year Cape Town was experiencing a terrible drought. In this photo, you can just make out the base of Table Mountain there at the horizon line. On a clear day, this beach has an amazing view, which has no doubt gained for the neighborhood its name as Table View.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Art Date

One of my favorite "dates" is a day at a museum. We took refuge from the heat and humidity last week at the Baltimore Museum of Art. We slowed down, we pondered, we debated compositional choices in hushed tones.

A favorite from the time I was a child...the mosaics from Antioch that ring the museum's central courtyard. 

We chose a rainy day last fall to go to the Susquehanna Art Museum  for one of the most unique shows I've been to. Vintage motorcycles were featured and paired with works from well known artists. Although I find motorcycles only mildly interesting, the concept took on a whole new meaning when a couple who walked into the show just behind us started talking.

The "Mrs." is interested in art. The "Mr." isn't but...the motorcycles lured him in. And guess what, he became interested in the paintings and she spent some time looking at the motorcycle.

What an innovative way to find common ground!