Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Upcoming San Diego Gallery Exhibit "Fabric Free Fashion"

For the past year I have been busy acting as the Guest Curator for a Gallery Exhibit at the Vision Art Gallery, here in San Diego.

Our show opens next Friday, so I am putting the postcard here for all to see.
Hopefully local people can attend.

The theme of the show is UnFabric Fashions. There will be 23 pieces of clothing or accessories made from non-fabric items..

Think plastic forks, video tape, junk mail, makeup pads, plant life, etc.
Although it is amazingly hectic right now, the show will be great (once it opens.. whew!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bouquets to Art At the De Young

Talk about creativity! In March I was able to see the De Young Museum (in San Francisco) exhibit called Bouquets to Art. Floral Arrangers create masterpieces of plant life, to represent paintings and sculpture in the museum.

The San Diego Art Museum has a similar event, coming up the last weekend of April. Theirs is called Art Alive. I encourage all to go.

Here are some amazing translations.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Life is like Raku

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching the process of a Raku and Sager firing at the Palo Alto Art Center in the Bay area of San Francisco. I was thoroughly enchanted with the magic of the techniques, and love the idea, that no one can predict what the exact results will be.

Raku is a ceramics/pottery firing technique, whereby the artist places a painted glazed piece into the kiln and once the glaze has reached a certain point, the piece is taken and placed in a covered container filled with sawdust and newspaper. As it burns, the carbon performs an alchemy magic and colors the ceramic piece. The unglazed areas turn black, and the glazes become the color intended with whimsical crackling that cannot be predicted.

After the container had burned its course, the artists uncovered their work, unsure of what the results would be, and ready to accept whatever happened. The moments of anticipation were actually quite exciting.

Here you see ceramics artist, Jo Killen. Check out her profile at

Here Jo is lifting a piece from the kiln and preparing to place it in a container. Look at the heat generated by the red glow inside one of her pieces.

Here are several finished pieces of work. You can see the top one still in the container.

Here is ceramics artist, Don Taka, with his raku piece. First, you can see the pot in the fire. Don is about to cover the can with a lid to trap the carbon in the smoke. Then, you can see him cleaning the piece, and the end result.

These pieces by Jo are the result of a Sager firing, which is a little different. Here, the ceramics are painted with a solution and sawdust, horse hair, leaves, feathers, etc. are laid on the surface. Aluminum foil is wrapped around the pieces that are then fired. Again, one is never sure what the result will be.

So, I have decided that we need to embrace life like a Raku. We are never certain what will happen, and we must be willing to accept and embrace whatever comes our way. All things have beauty, and it is up to us to see that.