This past Friday, Eric and I visited Pewabic Pottery down in Detroit. Pewabic is a ceramic studio that was started by Mary Stratton in the Arts & Crafts days. It's a pretty important place in Detroit. To us art nerds anyway. They just so happen to be hosting a solo exhibit by one of my teachers at the College for Creative Studies, Tom Phardel. Tom is the chair of the ceramics section at school. I've always admired his work, so I was pretty excited to go.
I love his use of gilding. It adds another dimension to his work, one that is completely unexpected. Given the names of some of his pieces in this show, his work seems to reference the idea of temple. The gilding, I think, is a beautiful way of bringing that in, referencing other cultures' use of gold in temple spaces.
The other thing that really stood out to me was the super thick layers of glass on his rectangular pieces. I just so happened to run into him Saturday night at another one of my teachers' show openings. I pretty much bombarded him as soon as I saw him walk in, asking about this glaze. It isn't a glaze at all. The rectangles are bricks that he chooses out of the glass kilns. So, the glass has accumulated, I guess, onto the brick through the use of the kiln. I think. Anyway, it's beautiful, especially with the addition of the gilding.
Hope you enjoy :) I really wish I would have brought the better camera. My little one just doesn't do so well in mixed lighting. So, I apologize for the less-than-awesome quality of most of these photographs. They really don't do his work justice!
eric and i went with his parents to one of our local farmer's markets this past sunday morning.
sadly, we were an hour early! this market doesn't start until ten, which seems kind of crazy.
but, i was very happy to see that the only table that was set up was my favorite one! lucas acres, a local farm, is owned by awesome people. they're always super nice, offer me cooking tips, the best ways to use the yummy things they grow and sell to me. i always buy as many things from them as i can, from my list.
ok, i lied. i don't go to the market with a list. i basically just look around and buy stuff that looks delicious. which is pretty much everything.
anyway, i took some nice market pictures for you guys :)
my good friend, matt, linked me to this etsy shop, called nervous system, the other day. i'm so glad he did, too! i love almost everything in here. and i really like that the artists are using science to create art. sometimes i kind of wish i did that.
from the shop announcement:
nervous system creates unique, modern jewelry combining rapid prototyping methods with industrial materials. our work focuses on using generative, computational processes to create designs inspired by nature. we write computer programs that encode a design process that allow us to generate an infinite variety of shapes, patterns, and forms.
Told you my grandma was a fox! I love her bathing suit. Especially standing next to that awesome car. Wouldn't it be cool if my family still had that car?
My grandma Betty, my mom's mom, was an interior designer. She always had the coolest outfits throughout the 60s and 70s. I always love looking through our old photos of her. She also was an avid antique collector, along with my grandpa. My family lives in their old house now, they both passed away a little over 10 years ago. The house is filled with amazing things. Lots of Native American artifacts including baskets, ceramic, tools, a peace pipe, masks, all kinds of things. My friends and I always called our loft "the museum," because that's where all of that lives. I definitely think that I have been influenced by growing up around all of those amazing old things.
Maybe sometime I'll show you some of the more interesting pieces.
What cool things did your grandparents have in their home? Were they collectors?
Next week, as long as she's ok with it, a really great picture of my mom when she was younger. Then, we'll move on to my collected vintage photos filled with very interesting strangers!
as you can see, we had an awesome time in the hocking hills area of ohio. we pretty much went there to hike, and that's pretty much what we did! there are several, i guess, "attractions" (they're all hiking trails) in the area. most of them are extensions of the hocking hills state park. the others are designated at nature preserves, or something similar. anyway, it's pretty much the beginning of the appalachian mountains and there are a bunch of caves and caverns and beautiful cliffs in the middle of the beautiful forest. this was our second time here and i really wouldn't mind going back every year. i probably wouldn't stay there for a whole week, but for just a couple days (i'd say 2-4) it's perfect.