May 6, 2018

Artist Beverly Pepper said, "I go to my studio every day. Some days the work comes easily. Other days nothing happens. Yet on the good days the inspiration is only an accumulation of all the other, the nonproductive ones." Sigh. I'm just not that focused.

All week, I've...

May 4, 2018

Yesterday, I went to the annual "Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace" show in Sandy, Utah. This is a huge event, mostly focused on machine quilting, with both quilt displays and vendors. I had three quilts in an exhibition of work by the Utah Surface Design Group, the...

May 2, 2018

This looks like a perfectly good bowl, but I know it's a dud. Why? Two reasons. The first is that it should be a deep red color but the glaze is too thin. I should have dipped it twice. The second reason:

Yep, it has a crack in the center of the bowl. That won't do. A c...

May 2, 2018

This is a three dimensional ceramic something or other that is now gracing the deck of my backyard deck. It stands about two feet tall, and it's heavy. I helped to make it, but I could never have created this on my own. I worked with two other students in last semester...

April 29, 2018

Virginia Woolf says that a woman needs a room of her own and an independent income if she is to become a writer, or for that matter, a creator of any kind. My room is a large spare bedroom in the basement of the house I share with my husband, Alan, and our noisy Siames...

April 28, 2018

Every now and again, we do an overnighter at Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. We soak in the thermal pools, eat the best pizza in the world at The Royal Hotel, and play bingo at the local community center. It's about as satisfactory a week-end as one could hope to have. 

We sta...

April 26, 2018

Yesterday, with Alan's help, I brought home all the pottery I've made this semester. There's a lot: Here are some of the boxes, piled up on my kitchen island. And yes, the big yellow bowl in front is one of the 5 pounders I wrote about a few weeks ago. Now what?

Well, f...

April 24, 2018

These words were attached to the parking area wall at the San Antonio Art Museum. The piece itself is a work of art, using different signage to communicate the message. It sounds good, but is it true?

Is art the stored honey of the human soul? I'm not sure. Continuing w...

April 21, 2018

I turn 66 tomorrow, Earth Day, and three of my friends gathered for a birthday brunch. Our hostess always puts together a beautiful and delicious table of food; I feel special when I eat at her home. We had a combination of Indian and vegan food, fresh fruit, and the b...

April 20, 2018

My creative life is composed of a number of different elements: Writer, textile worker and ceramicist. How do I bring those disparate activities into a cohesive whole? I have long combined writing with fabric into text(ile)s, often writing on my quilts. But pottery see...

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