Helping An Old Friend

Students using mosaic bench


Once upon a time… 

a whole bunch of Sculpture and Ceramics students made a large freeform mosaic bench. It took four years and I was ringmistress for the last two of them. After another two years it was installed in its permanent location in the new Art Quad at Cabrillo College. That was seven years ago as of this writing. It’s weathered a few winters, droughts, preschool field trips, freeform mime-dance performances and hundreds of lounging students. It’s a landmark and a meeting place. A sentinel and a touchstone. And, one day, a tile broke off…

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Artist’s Talk: Omissions (But Not Errors) Addendum


Glossophobia, fear of speaking, ranks higher than fear of death for most people,  so I am feeling most fortunate that I got through my Artist’s Talk/Demo at my ceramic alma mater, Cabrillo College, without leaving my body in either physical or mental form.Read More >

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T Minus 1 Day Until My Most Successful Mistake Yet


I have a fabulous Artist’s Talk and Demo at Cabrillo College Ceramics planned.  Got my talking points, props and handouts in line. Have some great Segment Titles, such as “Failures of Concept and Skill,” a couple of which are shown in the photo.

Even so, I expect my earnestly laid plans to veer off-road – and I truly hope they do!Read More >

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Artist’s Talk/Demo, T Minus 3 Days

old postcard


One of the topics the Cabrillo Mud Heads Ceramics Club members requested I talk about this coming Friday was my experience transitioning from a ceramic student to a career ceramic artist. I have plenty to say on that subject, especially as it pertains to the general arc of Mistakes and Making Them Right.

Case in point: ordering too many thousands of postcards for Open Studios in 2013.Read More >

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Making Mistakes Right: The Artist’s Talk, T Minus 5 Days

Artist Talk 1

I was invited to give a three-hour Artist’s Talk/Demo at Cabrillo College Ceramics and it’s coming up this Friday.

While I gladly said yes about a month ago, I am now wondering just who volunteered me behind my back, because the scaredy-catted introverted hide-in-her-studio artist has got the dithers. My Inner Critic, Scylla,  is quite sure I will suck in the most boringly didactic way possible. That the crowd will politely suffer my foolishness and drift off at the first break and it will be The Worst Talk Ever.Read More >

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Stop Look Do


A front window of Good Life Ceramics,
A front window of Good Life Ceramics,

A few years ago, my friend and clay buddy John Albrecht sat me down and described his passionate idea for a new clay place. What he outlined back then was not just ambitious, it was a little outrageous. It would be a place, he said, that reached out to both clay diehards AND clay newbies. It sounded like my kind of theme park: excellent facilities, enticing projects for spontaneous drop-ins, members’ studio space and privileges, local clay artists available for consultations, date nights, movies, interesting flex hours. Oh, and a gallery with exhibits and work for sale.Read More >

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