Kevin Snipes workshop at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe NM

kevin doing a demo of a face

We had an amazing weekend at Santa Fe Clay. Kevin Snipes is a terrific instructor. He has a great sense of humor and a extensive knowledge base.  Kevin not only demonstrated his working methods, but he also provided side presentations of his influences and his own work too.  Santa Fe Clay had everything ready and in place for this rapid paced, weekend workshop to run smoothly. Five woman participated in this fun event.  We learned sgraffito, mishima and wax resist methods along with other ways to layer underglazes and glaze. I would recommend a workshop with Kevin and as always, Santa Fe Clay workshops are well ran.

Kevin Snipes working on a cat tile

Kevin Snipes face demo tile

Kevin Snipes Face demo tile

One of my tiles from the Snipes workshop

Another one of my tiles from the snipes workshop

A tile from Carolyn Laliberte: a student at the workshop

A tile from Carol Lujan: a student in the workshop

The gang from the workshop

the gang: back row: Pat Richard and Me

Next row: Christa, Sarah, Kate and Jodon

Next :John


Richard and Kate mixing slip

John at work attaching and mixing molded pieces

Our valued assistant Christa showing her tiny hand molds

Jordan Captured taking a picture of his wonderful tile molds

Sarah with her mini six heads

Kate posing with her bottles and phone molds

Diana and Margaret

I don’t know how I missed taking a picture of Pat working on the Tip Toland hand and diana working on her plate.  I also missed getting a shot of out gracious hostess, Phebe and the Notkin dog, snook,

Molds from the Notkin workshop

Here are a couple of my molds from the Notkin workshop.  I even have a piece that my friend Margaret made the fish and I attached it to the bust that I

three pierce bust mold

1st bust from the mold

small head form a three pice mold with slip trailing and ponytail addition.

masks pulled from a one piece mold

three piece pointing finger mold

Margaret Haydon's Sturgeon on the head of my bust.


A day at the Bray

We went to the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena Montana. We saw some of the studios of the artist in residence there. I have applied to the residency and was not accepted. I can see why. The work of the residence are amazing. Maybe someday I can achieve that level of work. Nevertheless I will continue making working work, growing and loving my art form.

Here are some pics from my day at the Bray.

just posing with the masters

an Akio piece in the bone pile

nice composition of the Brey

Notkin workshop update

We have had a very intensive workshop. Were spending lots of hours in the studio and learning so much. Richard Notkin is the master of mold making and I will attempt to show you some of us working on the process of making these elaborate molds.

Richard Notkin demonstrating releasing tile from a mold.

My bust for a four piece mold

Upcoming Richard Notkin Workshop

I am so very excited to be traveling to  Helena, Montana to a participant in Richard Notkins mold-making workshop.

I will also have the privilege of working with a past professor of mine from Adams State College, Margaret Haydon.

Margaret was influential in moving me from a functional potter into a ceramic sculptor.  She was my favorite professor there, and has also became a wonderful friend.  Margaret is the ceramics professor at the University of Wyoming. This is going to be a great experience and I will keep you posted on results.

From the Ground Up XXV

From the Ground Up XXV is a regional juried exhibition held in Las Cruses, New Mexico. It is a biannual show.  The juror for this year was Kurt Weiser. The show was open to artist residing in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona,Utah,Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana (the Rocky Mountain region) The show runs from August 19th to October 15th, 2011.

I was pleased to have a piece selected for this show, especially since one of my favorite artist was curating this show. Kurt Weiser is an amazing artist who china paints trompe l’ oeil images on his sculptures.  Rumor has it, that we might be able to meet Mr. Weiser at the Richard Notkin workshop in Montana.

The piece that was accepted to the show was Transformation; Hear no, See No, Speak No evil. It is a tryptic that I made while I was in Japan last year.  The butterflies have human like faces on one side and on the other side they are animal-like masks that cannot hear or see or speak.

Transformation Mask Side

Transformation face side

“Anderson Ranch and Plinth Gallery A Ceramic Collaboration”

“Anderson Ranch and Plinth Gallery A Ceramic Collaboration” This show feature Colorado Ceramic artist and their works were displayed in Denver at the Plinth Gallery.  The show was curated and juried by Jonathan Kaplan and Doug Casebeer as a collaboration with Anderson Ranch Art Center.  In this show they had works from Paul Soldner, the founder of Anderson Ranch.  Artists from Colorado were asked to  submit one  12 X 12 piece.  This was a hard for me because my work has grown and almost every thing is longer than those dimensions.  However, I did find a piece to submit, and I was honored to have it selected.

The Journey was the last piece I made while I was in Shigaraki, Japan.  I had it shipped back while it was still bisque.   This piece symbolizes my journey across the Pacific Ocean.  It also symbolizes the feeling of being a monkey on display back to being just one of many.

My piece The Journey  was selected to show in this prestigious show along with so many amazing pieces from other colorado artist. My daughter Cortney and I were able to attend one of the openings. We were so glad we did.  Jonathan and Dorothy do an terrific job at the Plinth Gallery.

The Journey went to Plinth Gallery in Denver

Clay Continuum VI La Veta, Colorado

The Clay Continuum VI is at the Space Gallery in La Veta, Colorado. The Juror was Nancy Utterback. It ran form July 19th thru August 20th. In this show, I received 1st Place in sculpture and Peoples Choice Awards. Last year I received best of show.  The monitory award was more lucrative for me this year though.  Of course, the peoples choice award means so much to me because different personalities are enjoying my work. I am very thankful for the juror Nancy Utterback for choosing my piece for the sculpture award. Nancy said said that it was a hard job to choose the award  this year. She said that there was stiff competition.

The city of La Veta has been very kind to me.  I was the featured art at Pinion Hill Gallery for the summer and I also got to teach a workshop there.  It is a wonderful little town that supports the arts.

First Place Sculpture Thinking About the City

Peoples choice award: Not a Monster