When you run a gallery you soon learn how quickly a month goes by. Paul Cymrot’s colorful movie poster show is gone and we’ve hung our third annual “FOOD” show, a juried exhibition of art depicting food. We are grateful to Bob Whittingham for being our judge this year. About 75 entries were submitted and we love to see all the different interpretations. Carter Corbin won ‘Best in Show’. I’ll soon do a post about the show itself.
Last night’s opening was one of our biggest. We had an incredible turnout from the very start of the evening and it was a terrific night for all the galleries in town. Perfect spring weather, lots of good press and some new and exciting moves for Art First
brought hordes of people out. This has become a particularly popular night because we have a 3 hour exhibition of ‘Edible Art’. We continue to get wonderful entries and our visitor’s get to cast a ballot for their favorites. At 8pm-ish we announce the winners and then….. we eat it all!
We also invite the Food Bank folks to set up a table to raise some money and awareness and people were very generous last night. We will have a barrel in the gallery all month so think about dropping off some non-perishables if your coming our way!
I think I got all of the entries below, thanks to John. It’s never too late to be thinking about next years contest…
I also sold some nice pots last night; that’s always a good thing.
The Dr. Suess cake was a big hit with the youngsters. It was so red it was scary.
Now that I have some pots that I like I’ve turned my focus to photography. I have never felt that I got the results I wanted from the multitude of photographers I’ve hired over the years. So, with a bit of support from John Tilton
and John Glick
I’ve begun to undertake it myself.
The lights are 500w and are bounced off of a low ceiling. I have ordered a big piece of Formica to use as the backdrop. Until that comes everything is just cobbled together, but mostly achieves what I think I need. I want to make the little ‘roof’ that sits behind the pot adjustable.
Here are a few from last night’s session. I’d be happy to here if anyone out there can give me some pointers.
The camera settings are:
size: 2.0 mb
aperture: f 4.5
focal length: 40.00mm
iso speed 800
Several years ago (5!) I taught a workshop for the Cape Cod Potters group that was very well received and I’m happy to be going back for a second command performance this weekend. The CCP asked me to judge an exhibition that opened a couple of weeks ago at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the weekend will begin with a talk there by yours truly followed by two days of demonstrations at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. I understand that the CCP is offering bargain basement prices for the workshop, including lunch, so if you’re in the neighborhood, there’s no reason not to join us! I usually tell lots of tales of my days in England while making a variety of pots. The photos below are from my last appearance there.
I won’t load the kiln until I get back from Cape Cod in the middle of next week, but I’m doing all I can to be ready before I leave. Painting shelves always makes takes my mind back to Winchcombe. The wood kiln has about 140cu.ft of packing space and was fired every 3 weeks or so! That’s a lot of pots made by a team of 6. Anyway, one of my jobs was painting about 120 shelves, often in a cold, unheated kiln shed listening to BBC Radio 1 (Rod Stewart’s ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’…early Police…the Talking Heads). The kiln wash mix we used was alumina hydrate and wallpaper paste. After the firing we just brushed the alumina off and used it again because the paste, being organic, just burnt away. I’ve never tried this with the salt kiln. I ought to at least try? Today was a perfect day for this chore. I’m not feeling all that well and a nice mindless job in the sun was all I was up to.
I just got the Annual Report from Penland and it includes a ‘Donor Profile’ of myself…pretty cool. I’ve taught 4 different workshops at Penland and I happily donate a nice pot each year to the annual auction. It’s a wonderful event and makes that amazing place a pile of money. One year I volunteered to help which was a lot of fun.
I threw a few dozen beakers/cups the other day to use for tests. I’m looking for a copper green that might work in both chambers and to improve on a a couple of shinos. Our brief but refreshing warm weather is being chased out by some strong cold and wind. Scary thunderstorms expected. That’s just not right in February.
I finished slipping and glazing all of the wee bottles and then threw a dozen 4 pounders ’cause this is my newest obsession. I have to force myself to make other things, but this is what I’m most excited about lately. We would call these ‘Cider Jars’ at Winchcombe, especially if they had a spigot at the base. Turning fruit(pears, apples, grapes, rhubarb(rhubarbs?), parsnips et al) into alcohol is a noble and ancient craft and there was a time when we potters were essential to the preservation, distribution and serving of that elixer. I wish it were still true. Hopefully these will all find homes in spite of their archaic roots. I’m going to make one more batch of large ones soon. I’ve been carving more face sprigs at night. Good fun.
And, of course, miss Ellie Bird Cymrot, looking too cute.
I should have been cutting wood yesterday for the firing because it turned warm and sunny, but getting to finish pots when they are ready trumps almost everything. I spend w-a-a-y too much time on the littlest details, but I also truely enjoy this part of the process. I said it before here, but I could put a handle on anything.
The game was a classic last night, so was the food and company. Thanks Michael and Shanti!