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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.

Sculpture

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.

Painting

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.

Other

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.

Ceramics

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!

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Was back in the studio again today my arms were up to it today. They had been pretty weak feeling since a recent checkup left me with bruises from them trying to draw blood.  I still have some faint bruises but my arms don’t feel like limp noodles anymore. Which was good because I had a sizable amount of clay to work with and I was going for something big!

I threw two vessels today a small slender one and a large round one. Both were made using the clay that I began reconstituting weeks ago. I probably have enough in my bucket to start the process all over again. It was a little wet but still manageable on the wheel. I am going to make a plaster slab a little bit later tonight with some help that will help dry things out a little faster than just setting them on canvas. I could always grab a spare hair dryer but I have always found that way of speeding up the process to lead to some issues, like being too dry in one spot and leading to cracking.

Below I have pictures of the vessels I threw today and a pic of the clay spinning before I made anything of it. It’s a good before and after transformation.

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Tried to get in some more time in the studio today but the bad weather outside was harsh on my mood. I think I should have napped before hand. I did manage to clean up a bowl and add some texture and pattern with a Iron Slip which I think will pop once this is fired. Prefired colors are always pretty bland. I was trying to make some slab work things with different patterned sheets I have but the clay for the most part was too wet and wasn’t picking up the pattern well. The one I did get I draped over a brick to help keep a shape I wanted. Now its drying out a bit.

On a side note, my best friend who I have linked to here before is a great artist and I recently started setting him up a Society6 page where you can buy his work as high quality prints, t-shirts, phone cases, etc. Check Paul Lapusan out.

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Spent pretty much all day in my studio today. So I have a few updates. m

Ceramics:

Yesterday I started trying to reconstitute some clay from my toss bin. It was still too wet to play with today but I got quite a bit more moisture out of it and it should be ready to be thrown with by the end of the week I am sure. I also trimmed down a vessel. As it stands it would make for  a nice like luminary, or candle cover, but I may hold on to it then attach to something else later. I have several succulents/cacti that need to be replanted and since I cant find a suitable planter that I like for them I decided to throw one myself. Pictures below of what I threw today which I think should hold most of them.

Encaustic:

Tried a new color scheme, still bright colors but not as neon for this one. Also was trying to use paper as a barrier to build the encaustic up more. The one pictured below is not done yet but I was getting some nice layering going and want to play with the idea more. May try it with maybe like vaselined/greased metal or something instead of paper because the paper tended to absorb the wax and stick to it.

Other Crafts:

Got out my sewing machine that has not been used pretty much since we bought it several years ago. I read thru the manual and got it going and practiced a few stitches on it, still need to handle the pedal better but it’s a start!

Also did some little paper craft I had sitting around for a while. They are foldable paper dolls you can print offline. The characters are from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Get your own here: Spaghett, Casey. You do need to print them on sturdy paper and have double sided tape or glue to hold them in place.

I did another small encaustic painting to match the one I did a few weeks ago. It has the same bright neon colors but with some more build up and different texture. I also put a finishing coat on both of them so they are a bit glossy but also protected from the world! I finished up some texture on a white thrown piece that is pretty much ready to be fired now. I also went back in to an older piece and carving a pattern into it. I have kind of lost interest in this particular piece but would like to finally finish it. I keep taking a little bit out of it at a time, eventually it will be done. Pictures of all of it below.

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Just got a load of some mid fire stuff out of the kiln. This is the clay I got for free when I bought my wheel last year. I kind of hated throwing with it, like a lot. I still have some that I have been avoiding using since I got some more low fire white clay. During the past year I had fired some of this clay to a lower temp and it looks okay that way. However, it is meant to be a speckled tan and it does look gorgeous! Now I want to use more of it even though I hated it. I want to get some clear glaze and fire some up agin. Some of these pieces might go into a show early next year. Others might be listed in my etsy shop. Right now they are just the newest rotation in decoration for my house.

Got some new pictures of a fresh vessel below. I am using a grooved texture on it at varied levels. I am hoping to glaze it with some nice drips and pours that will collect in these grooves and move around the piece. However, usually with a low firing I don’t get a lot of drips or runs. Still have some tweaks to make to the form but this is it for now until it dries a little bit.


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