Archive for February, 2011

Countdown – Day 70
February 26, 2011

I usually get my Saturdays off to a good start at the Filling Station Coffee Shop. Today a short drip and a chocolate filled croissant cleared my head and filled my tummy. I started to take a picture but on this cold, snowy day thought a summer picture might be more fun.

Then I shot home for the task of the day. Here are some pots…

There are some pots…

Oh, and I need to unpack these pots, too…

Almost done…

There!…

Oh no! Now there are pots…

…everywhere! And then it got…

Worse!

Here we go… Three tubs of pots, all packed up and only a few “left overs” Two tubs are going to…

Santa Fe! Santa Fe in June!

Do you know what this is? My daughter brought it home from India, just for me…

It’s some kind of Ayurvedic ring. You roll it up and down your finger and it…

I dunno…chakras, acupressure…something. All I know is that it feels good. Whitney?

Countdown – Day 71
February 25, 2011

The day is only half over…one task accomplished: I renewed my Human Right Campaign membership. And I didn’t even check the box for the minimum donation amount. Now that’s a positive attitude for you!

Although I have a half a day to go, my highlight may very well be…

Cookie jar made by my friend, Carolyn. That’s Debbie’s sugar bowl there and I see the wee glass butter dish that George gave me. See the jar behind the cookie jar? My friend, Shannon, gave me a quart of gin soaked raisins…said that nine raisins are day is good for joints. Might be my imagination but…I’m thinkin’…
Doing this little “shoot”, I noticed that Kanada’s basket held two of her scoops, a bag of nuts and an empty bag that evidently had held lavender mason stain! In my kitchen….eeek!

Countdown – Day 72
February 24, 2011

Food. Rituals. Food rituals. They permeate our cultures at every level. Some are opulent…

Some are not…

Sometimes I have an acquaintance with rituals from other cultures…

Sometimes I do not…

I had a hard time deciding which is the strangest aspect of this food ritual. My conclusion…the sports bra on the right (the lingerie on the left seems to make sense, somehow).

Anyway…imagine an extravaganza of ritual in your city or town. It would involve food, of course. Here, in Kansas City, it will include art. It will look something like this…

Just kidding! This is what I am talking about:

THE DINING ROOM PROJECT: Intersections of Food, Art, and the Rituals of Eating is a collaborative project initiated by the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art (KCJMCA) for its Museum Without Walls program and in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. The purpose of the project is to provide a series of meaningful forums in which to consider our multifaceted relationship with food. With this project, the traditions, rituals, structures, and conviviality of the dining room become a platform for the exploration of issues such as hunger, sustainability, public health, consumption, the origins of food, its history of cultural symbolism, and its ever-evolving role as a vehicle for communication, community-building, and creative expression.

A component of this seven week research- and event-based project that will include a series of gatherings, talks, discussions, screenings, meals, interactions, and happenings, will be exhibitions at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery and the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art’s Epsten Gallery.

Today I had a visit from the curators who have selected a grouping of my work to be shown during this multi-faceted event…

Do you really think I would give you more than a sneak peak? You’ll have to wait for the events, March 18 – May 7. Until then, visit the Charlotte Street Foundation…cultivating an environment in which artists and art thrive.

Countdown – Day 73
February 23, 2011

Thank you, thank you for the many messages of concern and support! The last few days has been like watching a series of little train wrecks, though, knowing that so many people are shocked and angry. I’ve been thinking that all the statements of disappointment and disbelief have lifted those feelings from me. And, as importantly, your words of love and support have truly sustained me. I was told that “this was just a job” but all you wonderful people out there prove otherwise.

Today, I decided to start my day in a happy place…

549 Gillis Street, in Columbus Park. It’s a happy place. Very good food, a happy place. The best soup in town, the best chocolate chip cookies, and a happy place. I love the breakfast sandwiches! Did I mention it is a happy place?

…and then I enjoyed the rest of the day hanging out with a friend who is in the middle of dealing with a major health challenge. Yeah. So…my life has been “a piece of cake, actually. Oh hey, except for that coma! Point being…no matter what is going on, I hope we can grab onto the happy.

Countdown Day 74
February 22, 2011

Debbie Wald, local Kansas City potter, has graciously offered her studio to me for the summer. Her summers are a Bang! and she is very busy with the family business. Until then I will be doing other things like…

Photography! No, no, I am not a photographer, I am a potter. E.G. Schempf is the photographer. He shot this image recently. Yeah, yeah, it’s a pretty budvase but look at the background! It’s magical! It’s wizardly! Well, actually it is the result of a vast amount of skill and experience. I spent the bulk of the day today unwrapping, shuffling, and wrapping pots as E.G. shot a bunch of new work. Next week I will be sitting down with my website manager and you will soon see the big change on my website. “Big change” because during the last year, I have changed the look of my body of work. Remember the green carved pots?

This vase is on the cover of “Surfaces, Glazes & Firing” by Angelica Pozo and is owned by Bonnie Schlesselman, the owner of Potters’ Depot.

That aesthetic had been the bulk of my work for several years. Then “the narrative” started to filter in…

About a year ago I switched to porcelain, stopped making the green carved work, and began to develop new forms. E.G. will have the new images to me soon! Take a look at my website now and say “bye bye”…
www.taradawley.com

Countdown – Day 75
February 21, 2011

Coming up on my blog… a countdown to the day I land in another studio. Until I’m in that space, I will be working toward a more peaceful, just, and verdant world. No, no, I’m not going to be sitting at home, moping, listening to NPR. So, day one:
Read and re-read a bazillion messages of shock and support from all over the country. (Some people have shock absorbers…I have shock supporters!) Thank you all so much for your kind words…they are very meaningful to me. Messages of this nature are sustaining and most welcomed. Have never read the word “shocked” so many times in one day, gotta say.

Sitting at the computer, I kept hearing a big noise outside. Finally I looked out the front window and…you know when street workers are using those cutting saws and spewing forth those solid clouds of concrete dust? My parked car was in one! When it cleared away…

Back to working for a more peaceful, just, and verdant world, I took liberty with the word verdant (artists have license) and included fauna…

Pholcidae. Commonly know as the Cellar spider. Her name is Chloe and she lives in the backyard now. I hope Phyllis understands…I’m sure she is in the house somewhere.

Time to nestle in with Netflix…a satisfactory conclusion to a well done
Day 1.

The Boot
February 20, 2011

The day I got the boot. Every year Bobbie, my friend in Tucson, mails me a cowboy boot something…a calender, a Christmas ornament. It’s a sweet gesture that tickles us both. Bobbie called me a few days ago and we made plans to meet. She had hand carried this year’s gift and at lunch on the perfect day, “gave me the boot”…

All of seven inches tall, ceramic.

Those who “know” will see the irony. Those who know me well are aware that I am delighted by the humor. Those who know me very well can imagine that I draw from this happy boot a deep, loving message from our universe. My buddies? If you have not already had the “laugh out loud”…we’ll share one soon.

End note: I posted this blog and signed off. Then I realized that my Broadway coffee punch card is full! Life happens…I’m off!!>>>>>>>

Snow Day!
February 1, 2011

What do potters do on snow days?

They shovel snow so that they can get back in the studio…

They sort their pots…

and…


they make soup!

All the while, they are thinking about all those pots at the studio waiting to be glazed…

So…

potters keep shoveling!