Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ancient Art Released into the Wild!

These one-of-a-kind oddities are up for grabs. They will go to a thrift store if not claimed by August 7th.

Instant Hippie Starter Kit

Under all this glorious candle wax is a hand built coil pot. It has a hand etched pattern all over the outside. I believe I made it in high school, but it could have been early college. I have a vague memory of it not making it into the glaze schedule, so I used water colors or markers soaked in water to give it a pastel rainbow look. All that is moot at this point, as wax conceals its potential beauty! At some point I had to break off the bottom of the wax rivulets just to free it from whatever table or milk crate it was on. Yours for the low cost of an inexpensive shipping method! 

The Importance of Being Centered

I was quite moved to discover that someone had carefully glued this pitcher back together after it had a spill (no pun intended!) I have a vague memory of one of my Mom's friends repairing this for her. It is the end of an era, as the various handmade gifts to my family were divied up as my Mom moved out. There were so many that each person kept their favorites over time, until the orphans such as these remained. I believe this is the tallest ceramic piece I have made on the wheel. It may not have been centered properly to start, and even if it was, it has a charming lean to it. Even with its chips, cracks and foibles, there is something very sweet about it. I would not recommend it for food / beverage as I do not know what type of glaze I used, plus, cracks. A great vase for dried flowers or paintbrush holder for an artist? A planter? Whatever you envision. Yours for the cost of an inexpensive shipping method. 

Attic Archeology Reveals 
Long Forgotten Creature

 Most things I make I never forget. How could I forget this one? As I unwrapped it from its mid '90's era newspaper, the feeling of recognition, as if I made it yesterday, mixed with the feeling of disbelief that something so large and odd could have been obscured from my mind for so long! Was there a good reason? 

Well, it's awkward, to say the least. Not exactly what everyone imagines as the perfect design piece to make that entryway pop, or bring on relaxed conversations at parties (though it depends on the party.) This piece was painstakingly handbuilt by yours truly, who donned a yellow fire suit and used giant tongs to pull it from a hot kiln and fire it raku style with its kiln mates in a tin trash can in the parking lot of the (now gone but very famous to those in the know) MassArt Longwood Building. Ahhh the Longwood building. Sweating over your art. And FIRE. Yay fire!

No, it is not a smoking apparatus, though it has a smoky finish, and you may be able to turn it into one. You could probably plant a sweet air plant or succulent in there. The neck is hollow too and the head comes off decanter style - so you could plant something up there, too. (Sorry, it's not food safe for wine, tea, etc.) The neck is chipped where the head fits in - though it does stay put. Can we say 'wabi sabi'? !!

Yours for the low price of an inexpensive shipping method. 

If you take more than one, I'll chip in on the shipping! 

Goodbye, old friends. There is more life to be had before you are buried in the ground.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vintage Art Unearthed

I've been gathering and going through art from my college and high school days. Some professors insisted that we save every shred of a thing we ever made but did not sell to someone else. The importance of having the older works was to see our progress. (Of course the thought was that if we ever had our 15 minutes of fame turn into a longer period, our older works would be valuable.)

You can take pictures of older works and simply recycle them, but then you lack the sensory experience of seeing the texture of the charcoal on the discolored newsprint, hearing the rustle of the paper, and the distinctive aroma of older art.

That being said, I currently reside in a 'doubled up' situation, sharing far too little space with the man I love and his family, and paying far too much each month for storage. So when I rescued this art from my Mom's and Friend's attics and barns, I resolved to pare down to the strongest works and free the rest into the 'wild'.

In this case, the wild is your homes, friends, thrift stores, or even the recycle bins. I would prefer more of them to go to your homes and friends! So if you'd be so kind to take a looksy here at my facebook art page album of older art, and keep an eye on my art page for upcoming photos, you can simply let me know if there is something you must have. Most of these works I will part with for the cost of shipping alone. (I do request a small additional donation if you can afford it.) Disclaimer: priorities may require you to wait a bit for me to package the 'free' art and get the shipping price for you, but I will do my best to get these to their 'forever homes'.

A forever home is not a closet. I only request that you provide the work with the proper respect, a mat and/or frame, and a place for it to be seen on your walls. Or, gift it to someone who will likely do this.

I will try to update the photos with notes as items become unavailable. Hope you enjoy looking, and hope you'll follow my facebook art page!