Saturday, November 6, 2010

in progress

Here is some stuff in progress.

Needs finishing yet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here I Go Again On My Own!!!

Week 3 . . . or is it 4!
Here I am at the art office workin the front desk.I spend Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday mornings behind the desk near the phone in the art office. I know that the opportunity to have an assistantship is a blessing, and I should be thankful, and I am, but sometimes it's hard to be here. and sometimes when I am here it's hard to keep my thoughts wondering off into lah lah land. I find it harder and harder to stay focused these days. I stopped in at the opening last night at the Bates Gallery, Mel and Hiromi have a show up of their drawings. I was telling Mel how I am envious of her being so organized. If it's a facade like she claimed or not it doesn't matter, I still wish I had organization skills.I'm open to suggestions!
   I have been working in the studio, I just don't have images taken yet of my work in progress. I glazed up and loading a ^10 reduction firing today. It will be nice to get that work out of the way, to clear out the studio a bit.
That's all for now, I'll try to keep this page updated for all  you sucka  readers out there!  I know who am I joking!!

 My Brother. . .The Doctor!!!   What's that thing on his face  .. ..a disguise? LOL!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More of that Action!

Here are some more to check out!

This is the End . . . . .

Some finished teapots..

Sunday, May 2, 2010

 Here are a few of the pots that I finished up this semester. I'll put a few more on when I can.

Motorboat face.

motorboat face

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Best Invention Ever!

The Sandwich
Check It Out !

Some of these are distinguished primarily by the bread or method of preparation, rather than the filling.
  • Bacon sandwich (UK) sandwich made from strips of bacon
  • Banh Mi (Vietnam) pickled carrots and daikon, meats and fillings on a baguette
  • Barros Jarpa (Chile) melted cheese and fried ham
  • Barros Luco (Chile) melted cheese and thin fried beef
  • Bauru (Brazil) melted cheese and roast beef
  • Beef on weck (USA, Buffalo) roast beef and horseradish on a Kaiser roll topped with pretzel salt and caraway seeds
  • BLT (UK/USA) bacon, lettuce, and tomato
  • Bocadillo (ES) sliced bread with a wide variety of ingredients
  • Breakfast Roll (UK/Ireland) meats, butter and sauces on a bread roll
  • Breville (UK, Australia, South Africa) A sealed toasted sandwich made in a specially designed sandwich toaster.
  • Bun Kabab (Pakistan) spicy patty, onions, and chutney on a bun
  • Butterbrot (Germany) buttered bread
  • California Club sandwich (USA, California) turkey, avocado, lettuce, and tomato
  • Caprese (Italy) mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil
  • Cheesesteak (USA, Philadelphia) sandwich made from strips of steak and cheese, sometimes with peppers and onions
  • Chimichurris (Dominican Republic) a sandwich made from pork, beef, and sometimes chicken with mayonnaise/ketchup sauce
  • Chip butty (UK) chips (French fries)
  • Chivito (Uruguay) steak, ham, and cheese
  • Choripán (Argentina/Uruguay/Chile) grilled chorizo
  • Club sandwich (USA) turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato
  • Crisp sandwich (Global) uses crisps/potato chips
  • Croque-monsieur (France) ham and cheese
  • Cuban sandwich (Cuba/South Florida) ham, Swiss cheese, pickled peppers, and roasted pork
  • Cucumber sandwich (England) cucumber between two thin slices of crustless, lightly buttered white bread
  • Dagwood (USA) distinguished by size more than contents
  • Döner kebab (Turkey) doner kebab served in pita bread or half of a loaf of bread
  • Elvis sandwich (USA) fried sandwich containing peanut butter, bananas, and bacon
  • Fat Sandwich (USA) on over-sized submarine sandwich filled with an array of different foods
  • Fluffernutter (USA, New England), combination of peanut butter and marshmallow
  • Francesinha (Portugal) made with wet-cured ham, linguiça, other sausages and meat, covered with melted cheese and beer sauce
  • Grilled cheese (USA/British Commonwealth (as Cheese Toastie)) fried or broiled sandwich consisting of melted cheese between slices of buttered bread.
  • Godfather (USA) capicola, spicy ham, salami, lettuce, hot peppers, onions
  • Hamburger (USA) ground meat patty in a round bun
  • Horseshoe (USA, Springfield, IL) an open sandwich topped with French fries and cheese sauce
  • Hot Brown (USA, Kentucky) open-face sandwich of meat, Mornay sauce or cheese
  • Hot dog (Germany, USA) Frankfurter (beef-based) or Wiener (pork-based) sausage in a bun shaped specifically to contain a hot dog, either top-loading, popular in New England, or side-loading
  • Italian beef (USA, Chicago) thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll
  • Melt sandwichTuna meltPatty melt, etc.—filling includes melted cheese
  • Monte Cristo (USA) a fried ham and/or turkey sandwich
  • Mother-in-law (Chicago area) fast food staple that features a Mississippi tamale in a hot dog bun and smothered with chili
  • Muffuletta (New Orleans) based on Sicilian bread
  • Panini (Italy) salami, ham, cheese, mortadella or other food on a ciabatta
  • Pastrami on rye (USA) Classic of the Jewish deli
  • Peanut butter and jelly (North America)
  • Ploughmans (UK) sandwich compromising of cheese, pickle, tomato, lettuce and onion
  • Printzesa (Bulgaria) slice of bread with ground pork/veal, kashkavalfeta or combination and broiled
  • Porilainen (Finland) a bread with thick slice of sausage
  • Rachel (USA) also referred to as the "Turkey Reuben"; coleslaw with Swiss cheese, 1000 Island or Russian dressing, and sliced turkey
  • Reuben (USA) sauerkraut with Swiss cheese, 1000 Island or Russian dressing, and corned beef or pastrami
  • Roti john (Singapore/Malaysia) omelette sandwich
  • Roast Beef (USA/France) made with roast beef, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, mayo, or ketchup
  • Sandwich loaf (USA) a large multi-layer sandwich made to look like a cake
  • Sandwiches de miga (Argentina) tea-time sandwiches on crust-less white bread
  • Shawarma (Middle East) shaved lamb, goat, and/or turkey, rolled inside a taboon bread
  • Smoked Meat (Quebec, Canada)
  • Slopper (USA) hamburger smothered in red or green chile
  • Sloppy Joe (USA) based on ground beef and flavorings
  • Smörgåstårta (Sweden) variety of "sandwich cake"
  • Steak Sandwich (Australia) containing a small fried fillet steak, lettuce, tomato, fried onion and barbecue sauce, generally toasted and sold at traditional snack bars.
  • Steamed Sandwich (USA) Kentucky
  • Submarine (USA) also known as sub, grinder, hero, hoagie, Italian sandwich, po' boy, wedge, zep, torpedo or roll
  • Strammer Max (Germany) a hot sandwich, sometimes with side food; regionally a pub food without bread
  • Tea sandwich Small sandwiches for afternoon tea
  • Tramezzino (Italy) tea sandwich
  • Torta (Mexico) various ingredients on a crusty roll
  • Vada Pav (India) Buns smothered with mint, green chilli and tamarind chutney - stuffed with crispy mashed potato dumplings seasoned with mustard seeds and coriander.
  • Vegemite (Australia) butter and vegemite often with slices of cheese
  • Wurstbrot (Germany) sliced sausage on bread
Teapots. .. . . .some times I wish I drank tea so I could enjoy them to their fullest extent. . .
A very complicated piece, and easily unappreciated one to the untrained or inexperienced person.
Here are a few awaiting the kiln.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Looks better with good lighting.
Check this out. Porcelain, hope it doesn't look like a taco after the firing.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My day has come and gone. .

I had an assignment to do a slide presentation of my work to my fellow grads and immediately following they were to come to the studio and critique my work. Well my day has come and gone  . . . and I have to say that I tend to get a little nervous. Everything went well. It is what it is. The point of the exercise was to help us as grads to prepare for situations that are inevitably in our futures. I was given a lot of good suggestions! Things that needed brought to my attention, that I wouldn't be able to fully grasp without an outside party. I've heard it said that honesty is the best policy and I think that's the truth. I've tried to be honest in all my public talks, and I think that is what helps me through. It's the reminder in the back of my mind that if I'm telling the truth I can answer any question thrown at me. So I'll never get tripped up in my true intentions, at least once I reach some conclusions from all this self analysis. Thanks to all those who have helped me on my journey so far.

Monday, April 5, 2010

This is an updated picture of the bust I'm working on.
Slow and steady wins the race!

And here's a picture of some guy with some weird thing on his head, I just don't understand what goes on in the heads of the kids these days! I think it's all that darn rock and roll!

Here is a sketch I made during one of our classes. People have a hard time sitting still these days, so when the opportunity arises, I sketch.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

In my undergraduate studies I made a lot of pots out of stoneware clay. For those who dont know what stoneware clay is I'll explain. Stoneware clay bodies are made up of many different materials. sometimes they have high amounts of iron in them, others have alot of tooth, or grit. Some are very plastic, but most are pretty easy to work with on the wheel. Porcelain  is almost the opposite. Sometimes not plastic, mostly hard to work with on the wheel, not much grit which makes it hard to keep from slumping. Porcelain holds glazes beautifully, and some bodies have a translucency to them. Stoneware bodes usually have an earthy feel, and look with glazes on them. Once again, different ends of the spectrum. After seeing the results of a few tests, I've decided to move my work to porcelain. lots more tests to come!
Here are a few images of what I've been working on.


 These are a few glaze tests I've done. I'm looking for more glazes that will enhance the surface detail of my pots. The clay they are tested on is a semi porcelain glaze, you can see that it is gray, I'll retest the same glazes on a real porcelain body soon, the glazes should look a lot better. 

A small army of Porcelain test tiles, the texture you see is made from a sea urchin I brought back from Mexico a few years ago.

Some clay body tests. we'll see how translucent they are. This body was given to me from a fellow grad and friend of mine Jon Matecki. Check it out! He's crazy!

Soup tureen! Carved handles. Thrown, altered and then assembled.

I'll be back soon with another update!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A New Leaf

It's been a while since my last update. As soon as I get this post up your lives can get back to normal. I know that your worlds freeze without an update from my blog, and I apologize for my tardiness. After my last firing, and consequently my last committee meeting I have come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes, and changes aren't always bad. So here are some pictures to explain some of the changes planned.

So as you can see from these photos that most of the suface detail that I socarefully put into my work can not be seen with this choice of glaze. so I will be doing more glaze testing. also the clay body, in combonation with the glaze is nowhere near as vibrant as what I was hoping for. but be aware, I am still working!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My family's home

My family was gone for three weeks. Now they're home. This is Noah.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Check out this sweet art!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Check out these sweet skills!

Monday, February 22, 2010

E-waste to hit developing world hard

Waste from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade, with computer waste in India alone to grow by 500 percent from 2007 levels by 2020, a U.N. study released Monday said.

E-waste--a term describing electronics including phones, printers, televisions, refrigerators and other appliances--grows globally by 40 million metric tones a year. Toxins are emitted when it is improperly burned by scavengers looking for valuable components, such as copper and gold.

A report released in Bali on Monday (PDF) by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) predicted that by 2020, e-waste from computers would grow by up to 400 percent from 2007 levels in China and South Africa.

Jim Puckett from the U.S.-based NGO Basel Action Network, which tracks illegal trafficking in e-waste, said Indonesian authorities recently discovered a shipment of nine 40-foot shipping containers of e-waste that had been sent from the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

"They were full of hand-stacked cathode ray tubes, computer monitors, basically. It was old junk that people wanted to get rid of because everyone wants flat-screens now," he said.

He said Indonesian authorities sent the shipment back.