Saturday, August 13, 2011

Getting Back to Work (sort of)

While it's been a wonderful summer at our mountain cabin at Big Bear Lake, I have returned lately to my Apple Valley studio to work a few days each week. I'm enjoying throwing small stoneware tea bowls/ dessert bowls...... and painting with acryllics--- more abstract expressionism!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Texture Texture Texture

I recall how Daniel Rhodes, artist and sculptor, used to bring clay to the beach to roll out and pound onto the rocks to create interesting textures and shapes.  The California coast has many  inspiring places where I'd love to do the same.

Great times in Santa Cruz!

While my wife, Susan, and I were in Santa Cruz celebrating our 30th anniversary, we attended a new show at the Museum of Art and History (  The exhibit was on the Big Creek Pottery School in Davenport.  Opened by Al Johnsen and Bruce and Marsha McDougal in 1968,  it flourished as a workshop oriented residential learning community until 1983.  During 50 workshops, the school offered an enlightened style of education focused on making functional, wheel-thrown pottery from start to finish.  The museum showed many works by the workshop presenters and some wonderful photos. The Big Creek Pottery, which Susan and I visited in the 1980, was a rather magical environment: a place for a life learning experience, a place to live and learn from others, build a community and solve problems......ahhh, those were the times!

One of my art heroes, Daniel Rhodes has several sculptures there at MAH.  Rhodes taught for 25 years at the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and at UCSC (1977-1980).  He was an authority on ceramic techniques, gave workshops regularly, and wrote several books. Clay and Glazes for the Potter  is still one of my key reference books. 


My daughter, Roselle, is going to redesign a new website for me. You will still be able to access it at There will be several pages showing work available for sale.

I recently brought 22 new pots to the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park and the Trios Gallery in Solana Beach. While I was hoping to make more room to work in my studio, I still have an overflow issue: I stopped counting after 60 pieces! 

This is more than enough to get me through this year's AAUW ART SHOW October 8-9  in Apple Valley.

Monday, May 30, 2011


A trip North would not be complete without a trip to Lagunitas Brewing Co.-- to check out their great new beer garden and their enviable IPA.

Norcal Vacation

We just returned from daughter Chelsea's graduation from SFSU......Hooray for our Environmental Studies major!

We also visited ceramic artist, Robert Arneson's hometown of Benicia.  Arneson  taught at UC Davis for 30 years, and while shunning the functional side of ceramics, developed the California Funk Movement.






Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Austere Landscape

The charred trees at Hanna Flats reminded me of Isamu Noguchi sculptures.

The 14,000 acre Butler 2 Fire struck this area September 2007-- very few trees survived the inferno.