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This past weekend was Mother’s Day which means it was also the annual Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair. Paul and I volunteered this year and got to see the fair for free. However, the weather was not in our favor. When we arrived for our volunteer shift it was pouring down rain, we got soaked on the short walk from our car to volunteer check-in. The whole fair is outside and in a field so you can imagine that the ground was pretty soggy. Once we checked in we got to be under a tent for a few hours and the rain let up a bit but did continue to drizzle throughout the day. Attendance was low because of the weather so when we did get to walk around there wasn’t much crowding in the booths. There was a ton of great art there from artists I did not remember from years past (although it has been a while since I went to this fair). One thing I noticed is a lo of people did not have cards, which is what i use a lot to remember the booths and write posts like these. This post would have been twice as long for sure. I even bought myself a little something this year. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.


Frederick Prescott – These sculptures were so large they would have fit right in with the rest of the sculpture park. They took up residence in a little corner booth spot but could not be contained by a booth! And the brightly colored paint jobs drew you in from many booths away. The piggy was my favorite, but the cacti ones on his website look awesome too.

Joel Pinkerton – Not very much on his website or facebook page, but there is a large picture of his whimsical robotic sculptures. Made of upcycled materials each little guy or gal has it’s own personality, no two are a like! When you are surrounded by them it’s like you are in a foreign land straight out of a children’s book.

Richard Kolb – This was the booth I bought a little piece from, my piece was a little yard stake with a flying pig on top. Again made from upcycled materials mostly car parts and some ceramic knobs and other stuff, and mostly animals. I have seen this work before represented as Yardbirds, but the business card now says Engine-New-Ity, it appears to be the same company though, although these sculptures are a bit more industrial than the Yardbirds ones.


Melvin McGee – Brightly colored cartoonish paintings filled this booth. Some original designs and some based on favorite characters like The Wizard of Oz or Frankenstien. What really made the booth popular was sound effect to go with some of the paintings. Its hard not to be drawn in to all this fun.

Vladimir Ovtcharov – I can’t not love a good pop surrealist painter, which is exactly what this booth was. Apparently the Ovtcharov’s show as a duo but this show appeared to just be Vladimir. Both of their collections can be viewed online and they are both great. I think I dig Vladimir a bit more for the pop punches though. You can really see the old school painting techniques mixed with modern ideas.

Brian J. Sullivan – American Image is the name of an upcoming exhibit from this artist, and it is the perfect way to describe them. Filled with bright colors and pop imagery some are comforting but some, just because of the proportions are almost scary, look at the one with Howdy Doody and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Karri Jamison – I love nature, and I also love bright bold colors, these paintings combine both. Some of the nature is otherworldy while some is very familiar. They are beautifully done with funky backgrounds that make them really stand out in a crowd.


Luis Gonzalez – I don’t know what it was about these, the size and color drew me in! Large fruits an vegetables make up the work made out of wood that are glossy and colorful enough to eat.

Kathy Oda – Super nice lady to talk to, and her work is a lot of fun. I have always had a soft spot for glass and want to try the kiln formed variety in the future. My favorite part of her collection are the little Splats. To some folks these might look like toss away pieces but they are so much fun, I can imagine a house with little Splats lazing about in various colors and sizes!

April Riley Tate – Just plain cute, no other way to describe it. These stuffed toys are simple and adorable. Also helps that they encourage cuddling of the stuffies! With your standard animal variety as well as bearded ladies and strongmen what is not to love.


Cindy Martin (Aldrich Valley Pottery) – I would have really liked to get one of these pieces as well, they were so great and priced kind of low. From what I could see they were all raku fired and each had it’s own individual flare. Some included horse hair and most included figurative elements of animals carefully sculpted and attached to the pieces. Very beautiful one of a kind work.

Hironobu Nishitateno (Nanten Pottery) – Tons of tiny little pots and vessels, very traditional but with some great glazes and unique features. The bud vases were adorable and there were so many different options and styles.

Reiko Cunningham – Last but not least, personally I love making sgraffito pottery, and you can tell Reiko does as well. Bunny rabbits seem to be a common theme which attracted lots of kids (and kids at heart) to this booth. Some of the carving were full scenes while in other areas a nice pattern. Great stuff all around.

For more info on Laumeier Sculpture park and next years Art Fair go here!


In the last week my newest dog has broken 2 pieces of pottery! She was calm for a while but now goes a little nutty especially when left alone in the house.

The first piece was the piece I have been carving the lacey pattern into that was photographed in the last blog post. After coming home from shopping I found pieces of it scattered about the house. I was still working on carving it and it was wrapped in a plastic bag on a table top. She apparently thought it would make a good chew toy! I can reuse the clay but it cannot be salvaged as a piece 😦

The second piece was a finished piece sitting on display in the house and was found knocked over. It is from a time when I was doing a lot of floral thrown pieces that had very thin delicate parts on top. The delicate part is of course what broke off. I was never a real fan of this piece, it just didn’t come out how I wanted, but my mother liked it.

Here are some pictures of the damage as well as a picture of another piece I am doing some sgrafitto work on, that I am keeping in a much high place. I am also including a picture of the angel responsible 😉

It’s been a long few months since my last post so I guess it’s time to catch up on a few things.

In May the fine and performing art majors at Saint Louis University wore the ceramic medallions I made, pictures later on.

In early July I participated in the Soulard Arts and Crafts Fair. Which was kind of a bust, there were plenty of people but not many people looking to buy. Luckily the cost to participate was not too high but it seemed to be a dragging day for all the booth holders 🙂

Lately I have been saving to get a wheel in my house. In the mean time I have been wondering back into the studio and working on some things, (again pictures coming later). I’ve also been using my ceramic tools to carve pumpkins with friends. The new ceramic thrown pieces have recently (as in last nite) been trimmed and are going to be slipped with a combination of colours to then be carved into.

That is all for now, more posts to come in the near future.

As promised I have photos of the carving work (or sgrafitto) I have been doing as of late. There are three different things (five if you count the lids) and they are each a different colour. I am still deciding as to whether or not to glaze the exterior of the pieces or only the interior. I might not glaze the large bowl at all. I have time to decide as they go through the first line of firings. It will be easier to decide once I feel them after that.

The bowl is a a normal blue with red markings on the circles on white clay. I think after the firing it will really pop! One jar is distressed with a black and grey slip on white clay. It has markings like branches with other markings. The other jar is robin’s egg blue (that looks kind of green now) is a bubbly pattern also on white clay.

Or at least until my knuckles ache. I got a good amount of carving on some pottery done the other day until my right thumb started to ache really bad. Still feels kind of stiff, maybe I should have stopped after finishing the first one. Pictures soon to come of the carved pots which will hopefully be fired soon after a few in studio slip additions where too much was carved away.

In the mean time I have had a handful of new listings on etsy as well as some relists and have been participating in several community marketing  things like forum posts on etsy and twitter help as well. Speaking of if you are someone who has a twitter and would like to follow me I am at I usually tweet promotions for myself or others.  When I have more time I will post pictures of the carved pots and a playlist, I finally got some new music to wear out 🙂

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