Some of my recent pottery and images from the land that inspired it.




Iain M. Banks.  Culture Series Underwater Experiments




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Documenta – Weather Bottles


23 Nov 2010.  Second day of Interior Alaska’s Icepocalypse.

23 Nov 2010.  I made three bottles in stoneware.  While they were still wet, I put them outside on the hood of my truck.

23 Nov 2010.

24 Nov 2010.

24 Nov 2010.

24 Nov 2010.

27 Nov 2010.

27 Nov 2010.  The three lumps are the bottles.

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Etsy: April


One of my porcelain tumblers is currently included as a Related Item in the wonderful Storque article,”Keep It Weird: Rupture”

and my lithographed Wolves in the Cathedral platter is included in the intriguing selection “Etsy Finds: Forbidden Love”

I’m honored to have a pair of my earrings selected for Torropipi’s marvelously noir Treasury East: Dusk Till Down

Treasuries are temporary, generally expire in a couple days.  If you miss seeing torropipi’s treasury, check out her unique and enchanting handmade jewelry from Croatia

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Steampunk Mother's Day


I’m honored to have one of my ceramic bowls featured at Lilly’s Workshop:  The Steampunk Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

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Week 3: Value Study. Geek, Biomech and the Post Apocalyptic. Out of Class Drawing.


What is this?  What I am seeing?  What does it mean? Ooooh.  For more information, see the Week 3 Sketchbook entry on this blog.

Time: 6 hours.  Paper:  Sennelier pastel card.  19 x 26″.  Media:  Black, white and gray pastel.  Actuals: a standard laptop run amok on MS Vista and a bonsai root trained on a circuit board:

Process: I love drawing on pastel card, basically like drawing on sand paper. It allows for many clean layers of pastel.  If only it came in 54″  x 10 yard rolls.  First layer:

Second layer.  Drawing from bonsai, overemphasizing the circuit board and linear perspective because I liked it that way:

Third layer.  Printed out bits of my Perl program (CTRL + PRTSC) graphically enhanced,  (Print Mask for GIMPs).  Pastel on back of print, then traced with ball point.

Week 3: Sketchbook


Most my artwork of the last 10 years falls into this genre so it was no problem coming up with an idea for a class sample drawing.  I was looking forward to doing this assignment, completely prepared.   At the very last minute, I mean the nanosecond before putting pastel to paper, I changed my mind, inspired by the paper size.  I love drawing on Sennelier pastel card but the largest available size is 19 x 26″.   I felt restricted by the small paper.  It reminded me of the laptop I inherited which is a standard sized laptop but feels like being in a doll house compared to my big screen, wireless mansion of a desktop.   Furthermore the laptop was already loaded with MS Vista: windows popping open, scroll bars, some sort of MS designers gone mad translucency thing that has to be seen to be believed, I mean, totally anathema to anyone who knows how to micromanage their computer experience.  Ubuntu, BSD, Perl anyone?

Since 2001 I have grown ficus retusa bonsai over circuit boards, real plants grown over real pieces of circuit board, and made the ceramic containers for them.  Right before I started the drawing, I attempted to email an image of my bonsai using the laptop.  Who knows what happened.  The image broke into multiple windows on the laptop screen, probably nervous pastel coated fingers on that itty bitty fingerpad and the whole mess looked like….well, a potential drawing.  With the thought that it would be easier to create a program for sending images than using someone else’s idea of an image sending program, I added a bit of my own Perl code, a program that admittedly I never got to work correctly, digitally speaking, but has its uses as a decorative element.  The best laid plans and all that.