Archive for August, 2011

music of my mind…

no secret i’ve been on a Peanuts bender of late.  this recent obsession led me to this tune:

Schulz’ particular genius has got me thinking of the similarities of the comic strip artist and domestic studio potters.  art by and for the proletariat and such.  slowly dying traditions…

or maybe i’m just in grad skool…

’emma cumma 1st…’

sunday funnies…

birthday edition:


music of my mind…

when the internets is good – it’s very good.

thanks to Kathy King for posting this on the facebook.

thanks to whatever patient, talented, mad slave put this together.

and thanks, as always, to Mr. Waits and Mr. Monster.

howling fantods…

from the pages of never a dull moment…

shortly after a tremor shook both my soul & pots from my studio shelves – i sat waiting for a bus – flipping thru today’s NYT.

turns out the Decembrists have just produced a video based on the fictional warfare game – ‘Eschaton’ – from David Foster Wallace’s seminal Infinite Jest.

i’ve been thinking a lot of DFW lately – mostly with sadness for his loss – as i plod thru his posthumous the Pale King.  i’m so not in a hurry to get thru this last piece of writing from the greatest mind of a generation.  every brilliant page is bittersweet.

and but so, here’s a link to

the NYT article


the new video.

Let’s hope Michael Schur has the good sense to not make an Infinite Jest movie…

MFA Candidate: day I

summer, 2o11


one day into the skool year and everything has changed.

the pace of academic life is go…go…go… and while it has great value i wonder when i’ll find the time to settle in and work.

there are more images of the summer haul coming – but i couldn’t resist posting this curiosity that came out of a recent kiln.  it continues to hold my attention…which is nice…

‘B’ side:

Sunday funnies…

another stormy Sunday in State College – and the final day of summer break.

I’ve got mixed feelings about the oncoming semester.  I really enjoyed the clarity and dedication i was able to get out of my studio this Summer and I know that with the return of classes and critiques and seminars and visiting artists – my studio time will be greatly compromised and my mind will grow confused.

But that’s the challenge  – i guess…

I think I’ll go stomp in puddles.

music of my mind…

funk to funky…

studio scene:


Cups & Coffee…

coffee pot, 2o11

My summer is coming to a close and I’m afraid that my ‘blog time’ will be compromised by skoolwork thru the foreseeable future.  I’ll try to keep the photos coming as i build my thesis show and make some moves in the studio.

In the mean time – thanks to my readers for your interest and support – and stop by now and again to say hello and see what’s new.

Look out for an upcoming show at the Clay Studio that will include these pots among many great potters’ work:

Cups and Coffee

The Clay Studio
Reed Smith Gallery
August 26 – September 18, 2011
Opening Reception, First Friday, September 2, 5-9pm

more odds and ends to come this weekend…

Sunday funnies…

the Spikes sure could use a win tonite – or a rainout – anything to stop the bleeding…

i found this beauty kickin’ around my grad neighbors’ freshly vacated studio:

something so beautiful about dusty old greenware.  i wish i made it….


extra bonus – cause the weather made this classic cross my mind:

the interplay of form and motion…

working from the house this Saturday as summer break comes to an end.

while sketching out my syllabus for the  intro to ceramics class i’ll be teaching this Fall – it dawned on me that this old Eames film would be a great way to introduce the concept and importance of perspective inside the production of creativity.  i think i’ll show this clip and a few other favorite short films once i teach the class how to make clay during our second session.

still edititing photos of my recent glaze kilns.  i’ll post them in a few collections once complete.

here’s a little amuse-bouche:

mug; summer, 2o11


dianekenney on i saw
August 2011

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