Visiting Dallas Arboretum

For the month of August,  the Dallas Arboretum offered a special:  $2 admission and $5 parking.  Early August days were cooler than normal and we decided to go over Sunday morning.

The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibit was held over  and, during our visit, we were able to see about half of the sculptures.  We’ll have to go back again in a week or so to see the rest.

Anyway, here (in no particular order) are photos of the gardens and sculptures.

Looking Back and Forward

For a while now, I’ve been storing photographs on an external hard drive.  Thought it has beaucoup memory but it looks like it’s getting full.  So, I decided to go through and delete duplicates and those that aren’t in focus, etc.

Well, that meant that I was looking at photos of pottery that I’ve created over the past eight years.  You know what??  Some of them were pretty good and it might be nice to redo some of them using different clay and glazes.  And some of them gave me ideas for new pieces.

Stay tuned and let’s see what develops.

Making a Cat Sculpture

I’ve been fascinated with hand-built clay sculptures for a long time.  Tried to create a few with some success but more disappointments.  I think it’s because I’ve always built over a form, not trusting myself to build it from scratch.  I’d even tried a sculpture class or two but didn’t really understand the process; so, it was back to my partial success with forms.

When Creative Arts Center of Dallas offered an animal sculpture workshop, I signed up … a couple of times.  But, each time, it was cancelled until last month.  Frankly, I was surprised that the workshop was a GO! because class size was limited and we were required to wear masks.

Well, this was the best workshop ever! Susan Giller helped me understand the process of building a solid figure, refining it, hollowing it out and finishing it.  Here are some “work in progress” photos.

 

Catching Up!

In mid-March, Brookhaven College (where I take a ceramics class) closed for Spring Break! And then, due to COVID-19, it didn’t reopen. Fortunately, I was able to continue working and building pieces in my home studio. Some of the results were great; other, not so much.

Anyway, here’s a sample of what I worked on (some of these are from earlier when I did have access to Brookhaven’s resources).

Snack Plates with Messages

I’d been thinking for a while about COVID-19 and pandemics in general and wondered if the word “pandemic” came from a Greek root that also gave the name to Pandora. According to the myth, Pandora was given a wonderful box. But she wasn’t supposed to open it. Curiosity got the better of her and she opened it, releasing all the plagues/ills of the world. At the bottom of the box was a small piece that said “HOPE.”

Pandora = pandemic but at the bottom of it all is HOPE … which is why I created this small set. Of course, one of the words had to be HOPE and it was created first. The others are qualities that we need in this time of pandemic … PEACE, JOY, MERCY.

The Saga of the Bunnies

About a month ago, Ginger (my large puppy) was scrambling around in the ferns up close to the house.  Well, it turns out there were a couple of baby bunnies nesting in them and she flushed them out.  Since it was dusk, I brought her in and figured the situation would resolve itself overnight.

Nope.  The next morning one bunny was “hiding out” in plain sight on the driveway.  It didn’t move as I approached it; so, I thought it was dead, scooped it up and put it in the trash can.

The other bunny was hiding in a clump of mondo grass and didn’t even move when I went to pick it up.  I brought it in and put it in shoebox until I could figure out what to do with it.   I started thinking about the first bunny … the one in the trash … and thought that maybe it was alive and just very scared.   Yup!  I pulled that bunny from the trash, wiped it off a bit and put it in the shoebox too.

After I posted a picture of the bunnies on Facebook, a friend recommended a wildlife rescue group and I called the phone number listed.  The volunteer who returned my call recommended a couple of people who could foster the bunnies; one was more than happy to take them it.  Hooray!!

So the bunnies in the shoebox got loaded into the car for the trip across town.  I left the shoebox on her front porch and, a while later, she sent me this picture of them settling in.  They were chowing down on alfalfa and drinking goat’s milk.   She lives near White Rock Lake and said that eventually she would probably release them near the lake.

Sure enough, when I contacted her a couple weeks later, she said that they had been released and sent me pictures of them, thus ending the saga.

 

Honored to be part of ART214 in Dallas

My piece “Chemo Brain” has been juried into ART214 in Dallas.

It will be on display at the South Dallas Cultural Center (3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210) from April 4 through May 30th.

This year, the ART214 committee received more than 1000 submissions from artists across North Texas. The chosen artists’ work will be displayed at various venues across Dallas. Check out specific information for each venue and the artists chosen.

UPDATE, March 22:  Due to the coronavirus quarantine in Dallas, all ART214 events have been cancelled.  This piece will stay in my closet gallery for now and, perhaps, be displayed later this year or in another juried show.

Fe Fi Fo Fum

This is the latest BIG pot. Fun to create, it turned out pretty much as I wanted. It’s not a pretty pot but, hopefully, gives some people memories of childhood.

Remember all those so-called fairy tales? Yes, they had a princess and a knight. But they also had darker characters: ogres, giants and more that would scare the bejeezus out of young children. You can look at this pot in the daylight and realize that those monsters can’t hurt you.

Little Air Plants

When Significant Other and I went to Hawaii in December, we stopped by an orchid nursery. While lovely, I’m not all that crazy about orchids but I’m fascinated with air plants. So, I took out a $20 bill and bought some to bring home.

The first week, I anchored them to pieces of driftwood with copper wire. They looked fine and were even getting bigger when I discovered that copper wire is a no-no. But, little pots are fine.

I made these little pinch pots a few years ago as an experiment with crater glazes. They’re cute but not really practical … until now. They’re the perfect “home” for the air plants.

Better Late than Never

This year (2019) my hands were busy in clay rather than on my computer keyboard. But, finally, I’ve taken photos and attempted to document my pottery journey.

The pieces vary from raku and alternative firings to works in terra cotta and some random experiments.

Take a look and feel free to leave comments.  Just click on the little “conversation bubble” at the top right of this post.