What’s Happenin’?
February 26, 2010

My buddy Brock stopped by Red Star. Below, see him working on a new idea for pitcher handles.

His design involves a second handle…with moving parts. Rubber and metal. Perhaps wood. A turning roller handle low on the pitcher’s base allows the smoothest pour action possible.

There. I think he is finished.

Brock also told me that the links did not work on this blog! So sorry…didn’t know. I spent months of blogging making sure that I checked the links. They always worked…so I stopped checking. Anyway, my studio matey, Stephanie Kantor, figured out why and I think we’re good to go.

I have heard that if it makes a good hat…

…it will be a very good bowl…

This particular bowl will be a gift for one of my facebook buddies. Can you guess who you are?

Here is another puzzle:

What is it?

I don’t know but…

Its groWING!

Last puzzle…

What am I doing tomorrow?


Saving the Planet One Pot at a Time
December 8, 2009

A big thank you to all those who came to Red Star Studios last weekend for our holiday sale. Ceramics was admired and purchased. Plates of candies and cookies were consumed, and a huge pot of coffee kept those in need a bit warmer and zippity.

As you go about your holiday shopping, keep in mind Red Star Studios and Gallery offers “no stress shopping”. No lines! Ample parking! Prices range from $5 to $1000+! Everything in our gallery is hand made with thought, purpose, and care. And remember…by purchasing art from artists, you are doing your part to SAVE THE PLANET! (You might not be clear on that thought but any self respecting artist should be able to help you through.)

First of all, our gallery has never looked better!

This month features Venezuelan artists Jose’ Sierra and John Lujan. Jose’s ceramic work is stunning. The show sold well but there are still some items available. This photo does not do them justice.
John Lujan presented his bamboo series. Lovely. This show will be up through December.

Something for everyone on your shopping list!

Or something just for you! Shhhh…my daughter is getting a Susan Hill pillow this year for Christmas. Oops! Did I just put that in print? She probably doesn’t look at her old fuddy duddy mom’s blog anyway.

We make a lot of pottery and sculpture at Red Star! There is still plenty to be seen and had. If you have a friend or family member who would not like a gift of ceramics…dump ’em! You don’t need ’em, anyway! Oops! Did I just put that in print? Well, think about it…no lines, easy access, no hassle shopping. We even like it when you just come to look!

Always a menagerie in Calder’s studio!

Look for Tracy Schneitter’s sculptures. These have very interesting colors and textures that don’t show up in this picture very well…darn it.

Carolyn Summer’s work sold well but she still has something for you! Well…not the clock, OK? Geez…

George Chrisman has some great functional work on hand. He is our “go to” guy when someone would like a tour. Just ask!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Maria!

Everywhere we go! Maria Morales, that is.

Our very own Bowie Croisant!

Lots of Bowie!

Check out this lovely display by Stephanie Kantor

Here is more of Stephanie’s work in the Side Gallery…along with work made by other studio members.

My sales this holiday sale were actually better than last year! Personally, I take that to mean our economy is indeed turning around. My theory is that in trying economic times, people put more thought into their purchases. Of course that points them toward art because buying art from artists can SAVE THE PLANET!
End note: shhhhh…I have a half price shelf in my space.

The Gym
November 23, 2009

One of the many, many reasons I enjoy living on the Westside…the gym. The first thing you notice about the gym is that it is orange.

Very orange.

We use a lot of electricity at our gym.

Maybe because we have many small home appliances…
Our deep fryer comes with a booklet.

Sometimes we fix fondue. Can you do that at your gym?

We have many lamps.

This is almost my favorite lamp. Pretty cool!

This is my favorite lamp. (Westside, remember?)

My favorite lamp has pottery…

a cactus…

and me!

We have many televisions!

This is my favorite television. I watch VHF.

(We have many ashtrays at our gym…but we don’t smoke.)


We like to entertain at our gym so we have sofas…


We have entertainment areas!

We have macrame’…

We have art…

We have a team!…

We even have a…

The gym provides transportation…

But who would ever want to leave?

Of course our gym has equipment…

Oh yeah, we have all that “fancy” equipment, too, whatever…

But at our gym, the equipment is accessorized…

Accessorized with style!…

Red Star Studios resident artist, Stephanie Kantor www.stephaniekan.wordpress.com is a member of the gym on the Westside.

Oddly, I see her there every day.

At your brightly lit, not orange gym, you listen to snappy pop music.

We listen to Motown.

My daughter, Whitney is in grad school in St. Louis but she goes to her gym as often as possible.

This picture was taken of us quite recently. We plan to be fit and beautiful forever…

So there!…


You can see all this and more at Scott Fitness on the Westside!

Favorites Du Jour
July 15, 2009

Enjoy with me two items from my kitchen cupboard, my current “favorite” tumbler and a bowl that happens to look great alongside. The tumbler was made by Josh DeWeese, professor at Montana State in Bozeman. Given to me by Kalika Bowlby, Canadian potter on the loose, it has quickly become the drinking vessel that I most reach for. Very light weight and a thin, thin rim. The bowl was made by Kansas City’s own, sculptor/painter, Angela Lopez. Produced for Red Star Studio’s benefit for Harvestors, I snatched up this bowl for my soup and have been enjoying it ever since. Just lately, I discovered how well it goes with Josh’s tumbler.


Josh must love melty glazes. Angela’s bowl is a perfect size…check out her cool signature below.


Plants and Stuff
June 21, 2009

One of the many things I like about Red Star… the random plants that show up for awhile…then, after awhile, disappear.

Travelin' Cacti
Stephanie Kantor, correct me if I am wrong…you purchased these cute lil’ cacti when you were in Phoenix at the NCECA conference. They traveled with you to Chicago while you visited friends on the way to your home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Then they accompanied you to your temporary living quarters in the historic home located just south of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri where you began your term as resident artist. They were then hand carried, as they are accustomed, to the studio and transplanted into lil’ test glaze pots you recently made in your new studio space, and are now awaiting their next move, quite soon, to your more permanent residence on Summit Street. Imagine that…

A sad little basil plant that, quite fortunately, found a wee sunny spot…just in the nick of time.

Yeah, Mary Bell is a sweet amaryllis, but check out John Eck’s ceramic work in the background.

There are “spiders” everywhere! But what about that spoon on a stick and bird in a ladle just above??

Pleasantly Calling For Platters
June 13, 2009

Well, “sort of” a “Call for Platters”. A friend of mine, Anibal…the Latin version of the name Hannibal, is a designer of interiors. He is from Caracas, Venesuela. He will be in Kansas City in two weeks with his wife, whom I am yet to meet, and we, along with our friend and local artist, John Lujan, are going on a folk art shopping adventure in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. More on that later…

He is also looking for 20-25 inch well made, colorful platters by contemporary ceramic artists. If any of my potter friends out there would like to send images of available platters, I will show them to Anibal. He needs about half a dozen more and has already acquired one from me and local potter, Debbie Wald. Send your images to the e-mail address that is listed on my Contact page. Below are some images of platters that I have made in the past.

Carved Rim

Narrative Platter



Pet Bowls?
June 5, 2009

A Ryan Greenheck show will be opening at Red Star tonight. New work…looks great. In the Side Gallery, studio artists will be displaying work for the…yes, Pet Bowl Show. Both these shows will be up for the month of June. I will be catching the opening at Missouri Bank on Southwest Boulevard to see the work of my friend, the photographer, Tina West.

Look at my wee pet bowls! Porcelain with 18 carat gold luster. Doesn’t your lil’ pet deserve the very best?

Birdie Bowl

Birdie Bowl

Gerbilly Bowl

Gerbilly Bowl

Hamstery Bowl

Hamstery Bowl

Mousey Bowl

Mousey Bowl

Pet Bowls!

Pet Bowls!

Welcome to Kansas City!
May 29, 2009

This post is a welcome to Stephanie Kantor, recent graduate of Penn State. She is coming to Red Star Studios www.redstarstudios.org as our next resident artist. In addition to seeking an experience in clay, Stephanie is very much interested in the urban environment. Last year I started a file of images I call Urban Gardens. I grew up “in the woods” and now when I walk through my adopted home of concrete, brick, and iron, I am quick to note plant life. The images following particularly struck me as examples of how life can, somehow, not just survive but thrive in an environment of seeming adversity.
Hope you enjoy.

Concrete Patch 2
Towing the Line

Dumpster Niche
Dumpster Niche

Above and Beyond

Concrete Patch 3
Stronger Than Concrete

St. Flora of the Madison

Water Garden

Got Dirt?

Concrete Patch
Casual Symmetry

One for here, hold the dirt
The Columbine That Carries The Spirit of Two Women Who Lived in Debra’s House Long Ago

Water Meter
Meter Reader’s Friend

Wee Maple
Certain to Remain “World’s Smallest Maple Tree”

Planter on the corner
Corner Delight

Mandevilla Trying to Hide

Wall Relief
Wall Relief What a Relief

Me and My Shadow
Me and My Shadow

99 Bottles of...
99 Bottles of…

Welcome, Matt
His name is Matt. He says, “Welcome!”

Two Things You Need to Impress Your Date
Two Things You Need on a Date

Hope you find much to enjoy in Kansas City, Stephanie. See you soon!

Minnesota Pottery Tour
May 22, 2009

This morning when I woke up, before I opened my eyes, a sentence scrolled through my head. I read, “headstart – a beleaguered attempt to capture the past” hmmm, I’ll ponder that while I post the wonderful images I captured at “The Tour 17 Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale by the Minnesota Potters of the Upper St. Croix River Valley” Quite a mouthful but the pottery there definitely lived up to the abundant wording. Kalika Bowlby www.kalika.ca and I drove up in a rented Chrysler (at the rental counter I said “yes” to the “do you want to supersize for just…?”). Kalika later described the car as “riding in here is like when you’ve rented one of those basement apartments with the slits of windows up high”.

Anyway, the weather was beautiful, the drive was pleasant (does it make you happy to drive by the fields of wind generators in Iowa?) We visited 41 potters in 7 studios. For more information you can visit www.minnesotapotters.com


Linda Christianson

Kristin Pavelka

Bill Griffith

Shoko Teruyama

Donna Polseno

Jo Severson

Kathryn Finnerty

Matthew Metz

Mary Barringer

B0b's friends
Bob Briscoe and friends

Such a small sampling but you can see much more on the website. Now I’m off to a favorite breakfast & lunch spot, Happy Gillis. ZoomZoomSurfin

A Tribute…
May 15, 2009

A fine Canadian potter, Kalika Bowlby, graced Red Star Studios as a Resident Artist for the bulk of this past year. We enjoyed her gentle presence and were very fortunate to learn from her and have the opportunity to share with her bits of this thing we love… ceramics. I was especially fortunate to be able to become acquainted with her quite well personally and continue to benefit from her as a friend. She actually motivated me to pay attention to this, my blog. I listened to her talk about her many exciting plans upon her return to Canada. Among them was Friday morning time spent with a cup of black tea and her blog. So instead of “Tuesday mornings with Morrie”, I will be enjoying my “Friday mornings with Kalika”.
Please visit her website www.kalika.ca for a delightful moment spent with functional pottery.