Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Organic Mondrian stoneware

Today concluded the third class of "Hand built ceramics for the home" at California College of the Arts in Oakland California. The syllabus is extensive and places emphasis on production, production, production. Thus far we have crafted wall tiles, platters and vessels (some even holding water). My fear was that this class was going to place me in the category of 'crazy cat lady, house adorned with crappy hand built ceramics', but, if done properly, ceramic work can be executed with a fine sense of design. Also, my cat lives in Michigan and I live in San Francisco. Technically, I am not a crazy cat lady - let's just be clear.

My blog inactivity (See exhibit A, blog archive) these past few months clearly are evidence that I have been too busy to make and share any creative projects. But not for long!

Check out my first recognizable piece from my ceramics class, a set of four 9"x9" plates, adorned with a Mondrian-esque underglaze. The next steps are to glaze further and fire. Inspiration also seen below.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Out of Print - shirts on a mission

I dont know about you, but my head is ALWAYS stuck in a book. Currently, I am reading a childhood favorite, The Princess Bride, by William Goldman that I stumbled upon while moving my childhood room out of boxes and into 1.) storage 2.) my San Francisco appartment 3.) the donation box. I found some other old classics: the Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, Brave New World and Break Fast of Champions.

Most recently, my mainstream favorites are: The Help, the Hunger Games and the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series. Strangely enough, all four of these either have been created into films or are in production. Speaking of recent books turned film, the final Harry Potter production - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II - shattered all box office records by bringing in a record $168.6 million across Canada and the U.S since Friday!!! Crazy.

Placing the success of the Harry Potter series aside, I wanted to share Out of Print with you - an online clothing store that features tees and sweaters with cover art of old classics. You get to wear a soft tee commemorating your favorite book and Out of Print dontates one book to Books for Africa. Although Borders may be going under, everyone, from the media to tee shops to non proffits values the importance of books.

Oh, and if you have any book recommendations, please shoot them my way! I am going through my oldies but goodies too fast...