Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creat8 .. Saskatchewan Craft Council's members exhibiton

There will be lots of interesting, well made fine craft at this exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council's  Infinity Gallery -- and it's all for sale.

The piece featured on the invitation of one of Paula Cooley's creations. I've known Paula since the mid 90's when we were students together. She has really grown as an artist...always exploring new techniques and very dedicated to her craft.

I'll have a drum and this plate in the show.  Hope you can come to the reception on Oct. 20, 5 - 7 p.m. and meet the artists.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mr. Gould to the piano please

My father was a fan of big band music so I listened to a lot of Glenn Miller, songs like In the Mood. While I'm glad I was introduced to that music at an early age I missed out on classical music. Thanks to CBC I've been able to listen, learn about and appreciate classical music.

It will be a real treat to listen the "other Glenn", on CBC's upcoming series on Glenn Gould. Thank you CBC. Here is a video of Gould playing the Goldberg Variations.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Imagine -- Emmanuel Kelly, The X Factor Auditions

Imagine is a song that has deep personal meaning to me. This version is sung by teenaged Emmanual, orphaned and born in a war zone in Iraq. I do believe that we are one and that we can live that way.  

Emmanual has been axed from the Australian X Factor competition but Yoko Ono  put up his Imagine performance on her web site and told the young singer her late husband would have been proud of him. 

The lyrics were printed on a friend's memorial card and we sang the song over and over at his wake.
Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wise Words from Jim Malone

June Perry posted this video of Jim Malone. June has a great will be inspired in the studio, the garden and the kitchen.

 I totally agree with her comments about the video. Great quotes, images and philosophy. The best pots are born not made.


Monday, September 19, 2011

We are what we eat off of

These last few months of abundance from the garden were enhanced by the "collection" in my kitchen. This July I visited Mary Fox and purchased one of her peasantware bowls. Yes, food does look and taste better when served in a hand crafted vessel. The colour of the glaze isn't quite right so do take a look at the peasantware link on her portfolio.  I really like how the bare clay feels and I enjoy the sparkling mica on the exterior. Mary said it develops a patina and becomes more lovely over time.

There will be a lot of gatherings coming up where we celebrate with friends, family and food.  Why not make it a tradition to use unique, handmade ceramics? It's like having the artisan join you.

This thought provoking article by Shax Riegler, author of Dish, (I want this book) is well worth reading. There are links to other websites so enjoy the eye candy.

Ellen Mulligan commented: "Handmade ceramics truly can change the temper of a day, and the potter joins us at the table and sets the tone."
Here's a platter I made and soda fired at Medalta.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cats Walk Alone

I found this article useful and hope you do as well.

Cats Walk Alone

by Carolyn Henderson

We can, however, choose to be superb artists, whether or not we are invited into the middle of the circle -- and indeed, the likelihood that we reach our potential as artists increases when we decrease our dependence upon the group, the group's policies, the group's likes and dislikes, the group's approbation or censure. [...]

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