Quality

Jan. 23rd, 2019 08:07 pm
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Now there's some koala-ty artwork, doncha think?

I'll see myself out.
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I never get any good pictures at the Kareng Fund Charity Auction and Pottery Smash. I'm one of the auctioneers, you see, so I usually get a couple pictures of the preview session, and unsuccessful attempt to catch the opening smash, and then I'm too busy. So this year, I outsourced. Jon King's daughter Elizabeth was home for the holidays. I've literally known her since she was a babe in arms; these days, she's a responsible young woman, so I gave her my camera and said, "Here. Take some pictures."

She did not disappoint. Herewith, the 2018 Saturday Market smash.

We started with four tables full of donations, mostly pottery, but also some 2-D artwork, t-shirts, jewelry, canned albacore tuna, and a 10-pack of chocolate truffles that we used to, er, sweeten some of the sale lots.

Market staff, members and some invited guests started flocking the tables to scope out the goods before we'd even unboxed all of it. Move or help unpack, I said more than once.

With a resounding crash, the event begins. Alex, Jon and I take turns bringing work to bid, while volunteers at the tables work to tag sold lots and collect money. Every now and then, another piece will get broken, either by the auctioneers, or, in several cases, after being purchased by a member just to smash.

It's a busy morning, as we juggle picking out lots, presenting them, taking bids and having fun whilst at it.


At several points, She's buying it to smash! was enough to squeeze out one more bid from the crowd. Other times, a bidding war would spontaneously erupt, and a piece would go for two or three times its normal price.

We paused for a trivia quiz from Fiona's daughter (sorry, I don't remember names any better than trivia), then continued the sale.

Ultimately, with the help of generous donors and even more generous bidders, we raised over $4000 for the Market's crafters' emergency fund. And had a lot of fun in the process.

And the best part? I finally have a picture of a pot smashing. In slow motion.

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Security this morning at the Holiday Market.
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Jon found a dragonfly on his car grill, and brought it in for comparison.
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Listening to podcasts in the studio this afternoon, while glazing banks; the new 99% Invisible was particularly appropriate.

The episode title? Jurassic Art.
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That's right. A banana slug. On a stew mug.

Guess it's a slug mug.

This

Oct. 5th, 2018 09:34 pm
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From the September 29, 2018 Eugene Saturday Market Members Newsletter, by fellow potter Daniel Conan Young:

Seems about right to me...
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I've figured out a way to paint large-billed seabirds on pottery, using only the power of my mind!

Pelicanesis. 
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From the display table at this weekend's Saturday Market. I love choosing a theme and waiting to see if anyone else picks up on it.

Frankly, between that otter and the bear, the trout is not long for this world...

Potlatch

May. 16th, 2018 11:12 am
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I went to Denise's Book Arts Group meeting last night, because the topic sounded like a lot of fun: Artist Trading Cards.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) were first proposed by Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997. They're a non-commercial, collaborative art project wherein individual artists make small artworks, not to sell, but to swap, like a potlatch, or the early days of baseball card collecting. (Not unlike baseball cards, they've also gone commercial, with "Art Cards, Editions and Originals" (ACEOs) now selling on Etsy and online auction sites.) Designed to fit standard collector card sleeve (3.5 x 2.5"), they can be collaged, drawn, painted, stamped. Possibilities are endless.

I took along brush and ink, of course, both black china and a homemade brown ink we cooked from black walnut hulls. Also my watercolor kit and a couple of bamboo pens I'd made while preparing handles for the brush making workshop. Denise took handmade paper, glue stick and a collection of rubber stamps.

Results? Denise's... Then mine. And then the ones I traded mine for, at the end of the meeting.

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I had a wacky morning at the Market yesterday. Right after opening--and Denise leaving for the library--at 10 am, curiously dressed couples began coming up to the booth, in a tearing hurry, and asking what we sold. Or, more specifically, what Pulp Romances sold.

Pulp Romances is Denise's business, selling handmade paper and hand bound books. We've been sharing the booth at Market for 20-plus years (though not at road shows. Most of them require separate jurying and an extra booth fee for shared booths.) She sells greeting cards regularly, and the occasional journal or packet of paper, but this is way more attention than she usually gets. Especially since they then dashed away again.

I finally got someone to slow down long enough to tell me the story. Apparently, The Amazing Race was doing tryouts in town this weekend, and decided to use us as a test site. I got a photo of their questionnaire, and I gotta give them credit for their research. The three businesses they used--Pulp Romances, Celtic Fantasy and Berry Patch USA--all have cool, evocative names that give no clue what their product is.*

Sadly, Denise missed the whole thing. By the time she got back from the library at lunch, everyone was gone.

*(Handmade books and paper, Celtic-themed silkscreen teeshirts, and handcrafted children's clothing, respectively.)

ETA: Did a little more research, and found this has nothing to do with the TV show; it was a Great Race-themed fundraiser for an African children's charity.
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Back at Market today; once again, we seem to have a theme going on our tabletop.
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A customor at Ceramic Showcase, noticing this dish: Look! It's a pie-leated woodpecker! 

First runner up (referring to my brushmaking demo, using squirrel hair): From tails to tools?
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Because I'm mostly out of bisque-ware, I got to take the afternoon off from glazing to decorate Easter eggs. This is a very cool technique I came across online using onionskins for color, with step-by-step instructions here.

To begin with, we collected a bunch of greenery from the lawn--grape hyacinth, dandelion and lawn daisy blossoms, leaves from clover, violets, plantain, blackberry, dandelion, wild geranium. Denise uses onionskins to dye paper pulp, so we had a fairly substantial supply, mostly from yellow onions, though there was one red one hiding out in the bottom of the box.

The tutorial says to moisten the onionskins; we found it easiest to dump a kettle of almost-boiling water on them to soften them up.

Take your raw egg and stick some moistened leaves, blossoms, scraps of red onionskin and such to the shell. Take softened yellow onionskins and wrap the whole egg thoroughly, overlapping as needed.

Use string or sewing thread to secure the material to the egg. The tighter the bind, the better the leaves will resist the dye. I found string to be easier to manage, but because we were using recycled bits, already cut, we always seemed to run out before we could tie it off. Thread is harder to cinch wet-handed, but there was always plenty of it.

When you've finished wrapping, pour the soaking water and any extra skins into your cookpot, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook about 15 minutes. Drain the pot and add cold water to stop them cooking and cool enough to allow you to peel off the skins and leaves. Dress with a little oil or grease to add some shine if you wish, we didn't bother.

We found that the flowers left the best patterns, particularly the little lawn daisies, though the grape hyacinths left cute little clusters of white spots. I suspect more mature leaves might have made better resists, though a few of the clover and geranium leaves worked quite well, and Denise got one dandelion print that was pretty spectacular. And though the kitchen smelled of onions while they were cooking, it didn't seem to add any flavor or smell to the eggs themselves.
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My favorite angle on Mumfrey the second.

Definitive

Mar. 10th, 2018 08:52 pm
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I'm currently reading Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper, and was inspired to go digging through my files for a photocopy of a dictionary page my friend Lyda sent me many years ago. Here it is:

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

You see the resemblance, of course. It was even more pronounced 20 years ago, when I still had all my hair (and a nifty potter's apron). The clincher? He's throwing left-handed.

I am the very definition of potter...

Surrounded

Mar. 2nd, 2018 08:01 pm
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But I'm sure they're all friends.

My cat bank surrounded by Donna Meyers' bird rattles, waiting on the shelf for tomorrow's Club Mud Studio Sale.

The sale runs from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, March 3, at Club Mud Clay Co-op, 1910 E. 15th Avenue (behind Maude Kerns Art Center) in Eugene. You'll find clearance, one-of-a-kind, discontinued and slightly seconds pottery by Club Mud potters, all at affordable prices.
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I've never successfully photographed the first pitch of the annual Pottery Smash. But this time, I got close.

The 2017 Pot Smash and Benefit Auction for Saturday Market's Kareng Fund was this morning, and, as usual, was a smashing success. About a dozen potters, along with a jeweler, the Albacore lady and a maker of glass "bubble pipes" contributed seconds, over-stock, and frankly, just breakables to the event. We changed the start time this year, going a half hour earlier. Didn't change the amount of time the event took, about an hour, but it gave us an extra half hour to sweep up the shards and get ready for the public opening of Market at 10.

This is a members-only event--food and craft vendors, Market staff, security and alumni, the occasional fairgrounds employee. Partly to give each other first crack at bargains, partly to not undercut ourselves with our paying public. I, for one, hate selling seconds in the same marketplace where I try to sell firsts.

That said, it's a worthy cause. The Kareng Fund is Market's Artist's Emergency Fund, recently incorporated as a non-profit serving artists throughout Oregon. They've given over $45,000 in small grants over the past decade, and a big part of their funding comes from this auction and associated raffle.

We had a very successful auction--roughly $3400 raised. Alex and Jon and I were kept busy making up auction lots and calling bids, with help from Claire in Vanna-ing the work. We closed up at 9:30, swept the few unsold small bits into a box for Art Bingo prizes and January, and swept the shards up into boxes for prospective mosaic art.


As usual, all my photos are from before or after the sale. Too busy to remember to shoot the crowd while the bidding is happening.  Maybe next year...

First time

Dec. 23rd, 2017 08:41 pm
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Smol bear's first visit to Market.

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