I’ve got a pretty busy week going on here. Opening tomorrow, Thursday the 3rd, I’m going to have a little minishow to celebrate my signing up with Gallery IMA. This little preview show is going to be in their lower gallery, and will feature a few of my ceramics and one bronze. I’ll be around during the gallery opening from 6pm to 8pm. It’s an excellent gallery. You should come on by and check it out! They’re at 123 South Jackson Street.
The other big thing is this Saturday from 6pm to 9pm is the biannual Open House at the Pratt Fine Art Center. The open house features refreshment, good times, live glass blowing and art demos, and most importantly for me, a bronze pour. As folks who’ve been following my work recently might know, I’ve been working on a complicated antelope style beast along with a pair of antlers for my large woodfired beast. Both of those will be cast in bronze this Saturday. There’s quite a few sculptures ready to be poured, so we’ll be doing two melts (two rounds of melting and pouring the bronze). The timing will depend on the metal itself, but we’re aiming to pour the first crucible of bronze at 6ish, and the second at 7ish. The pours themselves don’t take that long, so give yourself time to spare to park and navigate. About 20 minutes after the second pour, we’ll start breaking out the pieces, so you’ll be able to see everyone’s work, then and there!
Pratt is located at 1902 South Main Street, Seattle. The foundry is in the building next to the park, along with glass blowing, forging, and stone carving. Hope to see you there!
I recently finished up the my fall wood firing, and have posted all of the work up on flickr. I’m really happy with the results this time! “The Champion” in particular turned out almost heart-breakingly perfect.
This weekend, the holiday season starts in full, at least for me! I have two giant events, back to back. This year, I’ll be participating in the Seward Park Holiday show for the first time. This annual show runs from December 6th to December 24, and features quite a few of the top ceramics artists from the area. Functional ware, sculpture, they have it all! I’ll be showing pretty much all of my ceramic work that I have available. The opening is this Friday night, from 6:30 to 9:30. Seward Park is a wonderfully little nonprofit community studio, a vital part of our local scene. It’s worth checking out if you’ve never been there!
The night after the Seward Park Opening, my studio Florentia Clayworks will be having its annual holiday party and sale as well! From 5 to 9pm on Saturday, we’ll have refreshments, art, and good holiday cheer. While most of my ceramic work will be at Seward Park, I’ll still have plenty on display at the studio. I’ve cast a whole set of tiny little bronze beasties, just for this. All of my bronzes and large beasts will be on display! There might even be a selection of “seconds” as well. If you can’t make it on Saturday night, we’re planning on having the studio open on Sunday during the day as well.
There is one more recent exciting bit of news. I’ll be doing a workshop at the Bellevue Art Museum this February 1st and 2nd. Because of this, I’ve been selected as featured member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, and presently have three of my sculptures on display in the BAM lobby. This is totally an honor!
The past few weeks I’ve been putting together an exciting piece for a show focused on the marine life of Puget Sound. The piece builds from some of my earlier work with chickenwire, but uses cloth and plastic fencing in addition to the chickenwire. The end result is an abstracted 9ft long alabaster nudibranch, which gives the piece its title, Dirona albolineata. Here’s a sneak peak of the piece!
The opening is tonight, from 6 to 9pm. The show is called Between the Tides: an Intertidal Art Show, and a portion of all the sales will be going to support the Vashon Beach Naturalist society! It’s out on Vashon Island, at Ignite Gallery. Come say hello if you’re in the area!
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I’m going to be participating in the 4th annual Redmond Clay Studio holiday show and sale, with a grand opening this Friday. If you’re in the area, you should swing on by! There should be tasty food and drink, and live music as well. I’ll be there on Friday, but the work itself should be on display through Friday 14th.
We’ll be celebrating good times at the Adair and Fullard Houses in Anderson Park, 7802 168th ave NE, Redmond, WA, from 5 to 8pm.
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This Saturday is the grand opening of a show I’m in at the Andromeda Gallery in Boston. The show is called “We <3 Monsters“, and will be showing the work of a whole group of people, including Jason Freeny. It should be pretty great!
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