Archive for April, 2010

It’s A Wrap!
April 26, 2010

It’s a wrap…

It’s a wrap, too…

No more gallery…

No more Westside chic…

No class tonight…

“Hey, we’re outta talc!”

Nobody in the yeast room…

No balcony seat…

Tamale lady’s here! Oh, no…guess that’s just the wind knocking.

Nope. You won’t find her back in her corner…

Because,

Tara has left the building.

Beginning in June, you may find us at the Belger Building, 2100 Walnut. Come visit!

www.taradawley.com

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What Do You Get When…
April 23, 2010

What do you get when you are nice to a very good potter?


A lovely lidded jar.

What do you get when you are nice to a very nice, very good potter?


A lovely lidded jar and a sweet bud vase.

The maker?

Our very own Mike Jabbur, former Red Star Resident artist who went on to acquire his Master’s Degree at Ohio University, is now the Studio Manager at Santa Fe Clay. Mike came to teach the last, very last workshop at Red Star (Westside). And an excellent workshop, indeed. Observing this workshop was comparable to attending the symphony. A delight to the ears, a treat for the eye (he’s so cute…uh I mean his work is so lovely), and a challenge for the mind. Mike is one of the, really not so many, potters who succeeds at balancing the needs of function and aesthetics in ways that engage and delight.

Thank you for the two “leave behinds”, Mike. For those of you who do not have potters as friends (can that be possible?), this is what potters do. They leave behind pots…when they visit a friend, when they move out of apartments, and

when they vacate a studio…


Sometimes it’s just a cup.


Sometimes it’s a bunch of cups and a bud vase.


Sometimes it’s a cow.


Sometimes it’s cups stuffed down in the bottom of a creepy hole. Bowie? Stephanie??

Why do potters do that? Maybe we leave a gift for a friend for the same reason any gift is given. Maybe potters are intrigued by or respect the permanence of the objects they create. Much excitement has come from finding shards that are thousands of years old. What will happen when our shards are discovered? (I hope no one finds that cruet with the plugged up spout that I finally threw out!) Or maybe we are just a bit odd. One thing that I have discovered while learning about ceramics…rarely is there one answer to a question. Perhaps we potters do this because we are kind, awed by our craft, and a tad eccentric. I would answer to that.

My Rock…
April 19, 2010


Once upon a time I left my studio and didn’t come back. A friend calls it my “Big Sleep”. Since then, when I leave my studio I have always left my big rock on the seat of my wheel. It seems to bring me home safely. Tomorrow my wheel is leaving the studio. It will be in storage until October when Red Star reopens at the new location. Even though I will have a summer studio in the Belger building at 2100 Walnut, I will miss my wheel very much.


To guarantee a safe journey, I attached my rock. Now I’m sure it will have a safe journey and storage.
The moving trucks come tomorrow!

The Last Firing At Red Star (Westside)…
April 14, 2010

Well here it is. The last “big Geil” loaded up ready to go…

Topped off by Anne and John Mulvihill…

You know how when you are cleaning or packing up and things look worse before they look better?


Well that was yesterday. This is today…


Yes…much better. The pots are half price, by the way.


Yep, those pots.

The packing up has been very challenging. But it has been going well because we have a system…


Oh yes we do.

Dumpster diving…Red Star style…


We are a classy bunch, indeed.

All this and we are preparing for a weekend workshop, too!

Artist reception for Mike Jabbur, Friday at 6pm til …well until we leave. He will be teaching the workshop this Saturday and Sunday. Talk and slide show free to the public on Saturday at 2pm. Stop by and say hello to him then if you can.

The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday, 10am – 4 pm. It will reopen at Belger at 20 something Walnut the first of June.

Now in the studio… lots of studio work for sale…some big discounts! We do not want to pack pots!!

Looky What I Got…
April 13, 2010

I told my friend Randy Kietzman that I needed a block to put under the tire of my truck because the emergency brake doesn’t work well. So he designed and built one for me. See it under the tire?

Here is a close up!…


Architects, mmmm…attention to detail.

He also recently designed and built a house. This was a bigger project than my block…


This house is for sale and an award winner! You should buy it and invite me to your party on the rooftop.

Where’s The Soda Kiln??
April 12, 2010

There it is…

But…now where is the chimney?

Well. How did that happen??


Oh.

Going…

Going…


(Hey Andrew, your bag wall fell over…haha.)

Gone.

And that’s a wrap…

Things On Pallets…
April 10, 2010

Buckets on pallets…


Red tape is code for Red Star, blue tape is code for…shhhh…liquid.

Boxes on pallets…

1957 Chevrolet Corvettes on pallets…

Our favorite task is wrapping pallets. We find this oddly satisfying…


This may have been how Christo got his start.

Coming up…soda kiln coming down…

Where Has All The Pottery Gone?
April 7, 2010

Remember? Remember all the many workshops we have had at Red Star over the years? Bob Briscoe, Ellen Shankin, Tom Coleman, Lorna Meaden, Nick Joerling? How about Ayumi Horie, Sequoia Miller, Sylvie Granatelli…and many, many others? You may also recall…


The shelves up on the studio walls that were filled with all those demo pots they made at Red Star.


Ron Meyers…where are youuuuuu?


Sam Chung. Sam? Hey, Sam!

Oh look…here they are…


Here and in a bunch of other boxes all stacked up, waiting for moving day. One more thing crossed off my lonnnnng things to do list. (I have some very good worker bees.)

Challenging…
April 1, 2010

What’s it like glazing during the big move? Challenging…


Pots and boxes.


Pots and pallets.


Pots and pallets and boxes.


Pots and boxes and a pallet jack.

My things to do list is growing verrrry long!
Come to the last First Friday for Redstar (Westside)! The verrrry last one!