Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Chester and my last show for 2013 will be at Terrestrial Forming Pottery Studio just south of Whitehall on December 15.  If we do not see you there, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

West Michigan Potters Guild Show

Chester and I are going to be in the Fall Potters Guild show on Nov 8 & 9.  New work, all pottery, and lots of potters to talk to! 
Here are the directions: map

Monday, September 30, 2013

2nd Place at South Haven

I found out on Friday that my piece "Emerge I" received a second place award in the South Haven Center for the Arts 4th Regional Juried Show.  The show is up through October and it is chock full of good art (if I do say so myself...)  So it was double compliment to be selected for this prize considering how good of a show it is! This encourages me to make more!  "Emerge I" is also up for a permanent adoption....
 Emerge I-copper and porcelain with wooden substructure. Made in 2012.
Detail of the piece.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Third Place finish at Crooked Tree Art Center and other awards....

I found out recently that I received a third place for my piece "Time" that I entered into the Crooked Tree Art Centers 33rd Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibit.  YAY!  Here is the piece.... Made from found metal, altered pine siding, and handmade porcelain components.  It is about 55"tall and 33" wide, 4" deep and 50 lbs.

I also forgot to post that I received an award this past summer for a piece I entered into the Grand Rapids Festival of the Regional Juried Exhibition.  This piece (Growth XI) received the LaFontsee Galleries 3-D Award and was also sold.  Very encouraging and exciting for me!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Harbor HospiceCommunity Art Project

Yesterday was the unveiling of the new wall sculpture at Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence.  This work was created with the help of many hands, volunteers and staff of Harbor Hospice made all the porcelain components.  The three panels are made of a wood structure covered in patinated copper foil.  Each of the porcelain pinch pots or texture elements is wired to the wood.

Many thanks go to the Poppen House Environment Committee for selecting me to design and work with them on making this artwork.  It is hanging in the Reflection Room and the title is "Full Circle."

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I am getting a few things ready for May at Lansing Art Gallery.

Here is a preview of some things I have been working on for my featured artist in the Gallery Shop stint.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ray Jansma-My Friend and Mentor

My mentor and good friend is gone.   Ray Jansma passed away Feb 19.  He will be missed by many including me.

Photo 1-Ray and I finishing up the clay sculpture for the Fremont Area Community Library (around 2001)
Photo 2-Ray with Ray (my first sculpture made out at Ray's studio 1994-1995)

The best decision I ever made for my artistic development was to take Ray up on the invitation to come work out at his studio. When I first starting making artwork at Ray’s, I was under the delusion that I was going to be a painter. After some so-so attempts at watercolor and oil painting, Ray asked if I wanted to try to make a sculpture. And once again did a smart thing and said “yes” to Ray.

For my first sculpture, we each worked on a life-size portrait of each other in clay, made plaster molds, and then made a plaster casting from the mold. And all at once I found out that the 3-D art world is where it is at for me. For years Ray gave me space to work in his studio, which any artist knows is a very kind and selfless thing to do for a beginning artist. He also involved me in public sculpture commissions and put into my head the idea of making art for a living.

Working out of Ray’s studio was like this:
We talked about art
We made our own art
We admired other people’s art
We admired each others art (and Ray helped me out when I was struggling with artistic dilemmas)
We listened to classical music
We looked out at the deer in the field
And we became really great friends.

Sometimes, for a change of pace, we would go out in Ray’s truck and draw old buildings and barns. Then come back to the studio and look at them and work on them some more. It was like heaven on earth for both of us.

Ray and Phyllis welcomed me into their lives with open arms. And Ray welcoming me into his studio is the most generous gift I could ever have hoped to receive.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Postcard Photos!

Before the crowds get at them, here are some images of the postcards at the Salon....


Thanks to all who participated!  I appreciate your support and interest in helping me with this project.   See you at the Salon!

Monday, February 4, 2013

100 Postcard Project

At last count I think there were 99 postcards and YES, I am going to take some photos soon!
Sorry about the delay, friends!  C and I have been hunkering down in this snowy weather. I hope to get to the Museum soon (before Thursday)!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

100 Paper Sculptures Project

So I have this idea of making bunch of paper postcard sculptures for the Postcard Salon at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  My vision is to have 100 different relief paper sculptures made mostly from white card stock. The postcards have to be 4”x6” but can have any amount of depth.  The relief/depth would come from folding and gluing the paper into loop like shapes.  I think it would be cool, if everyone who wanted to make some would pick one other color of paper beside white, and throw a snippet of it into each of their postcards. That way they will be readily identifiable as yours.  I can only enter five works so I need some help getting up to 100. 

Here is a photo of one I completed using green paper.  

List of materials:
            4”x6” pieces of matt board (up to 5)
            Nail or little hole punch
            Scissors or  paper cutter
            White card stock
            Small bit of one other color of card stock other than white, I used a medium blue
            Glue, Ruler and a Pencil

Step one
Cut matt board to be exactly 4”x6”.  Cut a piece of white card stock to be 4”x6” as well. Label the back of the matt board with Your Name, Title of the first postcard (One of the Hundred #1), and Media (Paper).   

Step two-
Mark two holes on the 4” side of the matt board 1/2 “ from the top and 1” from each of the sides. Poke two holes into matt board (use a nail or small paper punch).  Put of piece of string through the holes and tie a knot on the front of the card to secure. This will be used to hang your postcard (I hope).

Step three
Glue the 4”x6” piece of card stock to the front of your postcard and cover up your string knot.  Press hard to get it sort of flat.

Step Four: Making the “loops”. 
Cut a bunch of piece of card stock in various widths.  I started with a 4” wide piece by 5” long.  Fold the ends over to make tabs and glue one, and then the other tab to the postcard to make a loop. You can start with one loop like I did or more than one loop in the first row.

Step five: Build off the first row of loops. 
Pick one of your various strips of white cardstock fold one end, glue it down and then without folding the other end, glue it to the first loop.  Or fold both ends and glue them down to the postcard. Or fold both ends, glue one to the post card and one to the first loop. Try different widths, heights, etc.  Experiment! See photos for variations on the theme.

Step six
Remember at some point sneak a strip of your colorful card stock into the postcard.  Just one loop so you can find yours at the Salon!

Continue on until you come to the end of the postcard, filling in all the space with loops. I went back over top with some thinner pieces and did not even fold the ends. I just glued them on. 


FINISHED!! (with #1 only 4 more to go!)


Things to know:
-Entries due January 27, 2013 to the Museum (or get them to me and I will get them to the museum) if you want to mail them: ATTN Post Card Salon, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440. See the MMA website for full details.
-You can enter up to five postcards
-Label the back of each post card with
            Your Name
            Title -One of Hundred  #1-5 (i.e. One of the Hundred #1,  One of the Hundred #2, One of the Hundred #3 etc…)
-Have a sheet of paper that goes with the postcards that includes          
            Your name
            Your address
            Your Telephone number
            Your email address
            Titles of all the postcards
            Note that says Cara O’Brien can pick up my work if it does not sell (if you want me to get them back for you. If you are mailing them and want them mailed back, make sure to include return postage.)

All the postcards will be up for sale during the Salon on Feb 7 for $30.  You get $15 for each that sells. If they do not sell, I am willing to pick them up for you just let me know. See the Museums website for all the little details.  Unsold postcards need to be picked up by March 7.

 Any questions?