Sunday, February 20, 2011

phoenix matsuri 2011

hello local arizonans...ins....ians??
what up locals of the arizona persuasion!?

please come and join us in cultural celebration at the phoenix matsuri, (japanese cultural festival) next weekend
February 26th and 27th from 10am to 5 pm
don't know the phoenix matsuri? check out their website
among my favorite things to do there is gawp at the martial artists, gawp more at the dancers, and finish up the gawpiness with all the amazing hand made clothing.
then i like to get a bowl of some of the most heavenly fresh udon i have ever had the pleasure of putting in my mouth.
it's an amazing way to spend the weekend and admission is free.

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Arizona Association Inc. NPO will be providing Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations throughout both days of the festival.

as far as i know at the moment we will be located directly downstairs from them. we are listed on the program as "parrot feathers ceramics"
we will be offering various kinds of tea ware as well as serving pieces, decorative pieces for the home, and vessels for ikebana.
it's going to be downright tea-tastic!

here is a very humble sampling of some of the items you will see, (sorry about the stickers in the cups-i wasn't thinking ahead about pictures when i put the tags on them).

denki groove "shonen young"

Friday, January 7, 2011

pyromaniac prayers

I realize in internet time this is already old news...but ironically i've been busy in the studio setting things on fire in garbage cans so i haven't been keeping up with much news.
but i just heard on slipcast blog that Paul Soldner has passed away.
wow. what a legacy that guy left us with though!
i think the majority of the work that my friends and i do every day at the studio wouldn't have even been possible without his influence and innovation.

well, Mr Soldner, if ever i am to attend a naked potter hot tub party I'll be thinking of you. in the mean time i'll set some more things on fire and offer my prayers.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

kiln slaves unite!

so it is the end of the semester again.
and we've been loading and firing off the 4 big daddy kilns every day.
and some studio techs at this point i'll bet are getting pretty sore.

so to psyche myself up to get out of bed, heh, i have turned to a higher inspirational power.
that's right. 
tetris.  NES oldschool style.  or gameboy if you prefer. 
and i want to bring this message to all of you wherever you are, however bad the beginner glaze blops are sticking to those pricey shelves you are cursing, however many times you yelled "&*^*&%*&%!!! why do i only have half a shelf worth of under four inch !%$#$$!!! pieces".

so listen good my dusty sisters and brothers and have hope

and before you go to bed be soothed before you get dirty tomorrow

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nerd Time

today i happened upon another person's blog post which included a really confusing mix of old timey idioms.  so i had to go look it up.  long story short i found this website and i've been stuck on it for like an hour now.

so go check out fun with idioms...all that you never cared to understand about the origins of sayings :)

"ambe too hai jagdambe" by Shri Narendra Chanchal

Saturday, May 22, 2010

fan mail

i love fan mail!! 
i have a wonderful customer that sent me some pictures of my ware in action a while ago.  i confess i took some time getting this up as i was preoccupied making silk and wool felt...i had some small "vacation" between semesters so i'm getting my fiber intake while i can. hyuk hyuk. 

few things are as precious to me as when i know something i have created is loved and appreciated.

thanks again, jeff!

now playing:
tv; star trek tng "suddenly human"

Friday, April 9, 2010

2010 mesa community college student show

hello locals of the greater phoenix, az area.
you will come and see me live at the 2010 mesa community college student art show. OBEY, for i am red with crusty crusty glaze!!

and the show this year is really awesome.  opening monday 12 april 9 am.  free to everyone.

for better information click here

now playing
gary numan "are friends electric"

Friday, April 2, 2010

in which i discuss zombies

i used to have a friend that refused to eat mushrooms because they were the zombies of the plant world and eating mushrooms would make you a zombie eater.

so i was blasterizing my way through fontaine futuristics for the third time this fine night and my mind wandered to zombies....and i wonder now if that person was incorrect.  that perhaps fermented foods are the true zombies of the great food pyramid because what are fermented foods...and drinks....but RE-ANIMATED DEAD!!!???
so along that line of thinking i started musing about zombie tofu covered in zombie tamari.
zombie kombucha.  the zombie cabernet my father gave me a bottle of.  bottled zombies.  oh dear what have we done?

now playing:

spooky bioshock background music

Friday, March 19, 2010

sale sale sale!!


click on the above magic words to go to etsy for all kinds of stuff. go look! i'm being excited! with excited yelling! yay! go treat yourself!

bessie smith "i need a little sugar in my bowl"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

it's the little things

not much to report....but i'll share a song with you since you've been so quiet

Friday, February 5, 2010

ok this is just funny:
i was looking for stuff on shino slip so i googled it like ya do.... search "shino slip"
and my flickr stream shows up as number 7 on the first page. how cool is that!?

now playing:
ink spots "if i didn't care"

Monday, February 1, 2010

food pr0n

the local japanese market has mushroom muffins. these taste AMAZING.

i went there to actually buy daikon sprouts...i'm on a kick right now.

i also got some makings for making sushi. be nice this was my first time. it was really good though...full of spicy, sprouty, mushroomy goodness.

now playing: reine pelagie "biande"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

hee hee hee!

brainstorming for the new body of work
unglazed high reduction fire porcelain skeleton, wet felted cotton flax roving, wet felted commercial merino roving, uncombed lincoln locks

passion pit "little secrets"

stop. otis time.

and we're back in the studio. again. did i even take a break? i'm not sure any more. neither is otis. but here he is singing a "beautiful" song in an oh so parroty way.