Exhibition update for Wood fired and pit fired works.
This year, I’ve decided to switch gears and focus on submitting my work into exhibitions; local, regional and national.
So far, I have submitted 7 entries and 3 rejections. Every rejection is a bit hard to swallow…but can’t let this stop me.
On that note, I am happy to announce that I have been accepted to TWO exhibitions in May of this year.
First, 26th Annual California Clay Competition, 35 pieces by 29 artists have been selected by juror Jean Van Keuren, and… TWO or my pieces will be inlcluded in the show!!! Exhibition dates are set for May 1-29, at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis, Ca. If you are planning to visit CCACA that weekend, be sure to stop at The Artery for the opening night on May 1st where the awards will be announced at 8pm. I WILL BE THERE!
Secondly, Blue Line Arts exhibition, “Purposeful Pottery”, selected two of my teapots. Exhibition dates are set for April 17th – May 30th in the Westpark Workshop Gallery in Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA. Reception will be held Saturday, April 18th, 6-9pm in conjunction with the Saturday Art Walk.
I’m very excited to share my latest pit fire with the help of photos from a fellow pit fire participant’s photos–cuz I was too busy playing with fire.
Our scheduled OVCAG-Orchard Valley Ceramics Art Guild-September Pit Fire Workshop was managed by me and I must say it went very smooth…thank goodness!
I arrived at the Santa Cruz Twin Lakes Beach with my very handsome muscle man, otherwise known as My Husband Lance in tow. And he did a magnificent job of digging out the fire pit!
We piled on the wood collected from a local sawmill who generously donated their scraps.
And because I like to play with fire, I added a few more when I noticed some empty spots. Wanted to make sure that we didn’t have any exposed pots during the firing. Boy, it was HOT!
Now the hard part…letting it burn.
Trying to look like we are waiting patiently…
Lunch time! We came prepared with pot luck food…pastries, hot coffee, chips and dip, cold cuts, cold peanut sesame noodles and lots of fruit. We could have fed 10 more people!
After about 2.5 hours, we started to get way too eager and decided to move the embers around to speed up the cooling process.
And my pit. Great black and lots of color flashes from the Salt and Copper Carbonate. It was the deepest pit and burned longer than the others, and the results were beautiful!
And back in my studio, the other pots.
Notice the difference between the smaller ones in the middle and the bigger ones. I started get bored with the pebble burnishing and so the bigger ones only got 2 phase burnishing while the little ones had 3 phase burnishing… 1. at leather hard, 2. at green and 3. at bone dry with canola oil. Once these are finished with floor wax polishing, I hope they even out, but in the future, I won’t be as lazy!
We started at 7:00 am and left the beach at 1:45 pm which included cleaning up and packing up the car. Super efficient and got great results. A very happy crew!