Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Make, Use, Look, Think, Alleghany Meadows

Back from two fabulous weeks at a workshop at Haystack on Deer Isle, Maine. It is a magical place. Founded in 1950 the school moved to it’s current location in 1961. The school was designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and is cleverly built on the side of the hill preserving the natural landscape. The entrance called the “breezeway” houses two buildings, to the right is the gateway auditorium and to the left the store and library.  The only (I repeat the only!) wifi (for students) is in the library and the only place where phone calls are permitted is here in the breezeway.  It can be a very popular area.   A short walk on top of a large granite boulder walkway takes you to the heart of the campus and a view of the ocean which is accessed by a long staircase.

The school offers clay, glass, metals, paper, bookmaking, blacksmithing, weaving, fibers, woodworking and more.  Susan and I were there to take Alleghany Meadows workshop Make, Use, Look, Think.

There are various types of accommodations from dormitories to quads, doubles and a few  private single rooms with shower.  These buildings built into the hill are accessed by wooden walkways.  The ceramic and wood studio is on the right and one level down is the metals, paper and textile studios.  Glass and the Fab Lab are a short walk back up the hill.  And then there is the dining hall.  The bell rings at 8am, noon and 6pm and the food is simply abundant and delicious.  We all began to feel like a pavlovian experiment trained to hear the bell and become instantly hungry.  And then there are the cookies.  Large batches of cookies baked daily, we never had the same cookie twice.  After lunch the cookies were put into a large cookie jar and were accessible along with a constant supply of hot coffee all afternoon until they were all gone.

I didn’t take many photos of the food but this one of cookies with our excellent chef Tom is  from Alleghany!  All the food was served in hand made dishes.  Large bowls for salad, pitchers for serving water, platters and bowls for vegetables, small pitchers for dressing.  Breakfast and lunch were self serve while dinner was family style.  The food was excellent and it was impossible to go hungry!  Every night was a dessert to rival the previous nights!


NCECA 2015 BIENNIAL : LIVELY EXPERIMENTS at Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery

For my students and for those who were unable to get to NCECA 2015, some images from this amazing show.  Quality of the photos are not great but if so inspired you can check any of these artists out on the web for better images.  Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Linda Christianson, Minnesota studio potter; Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the Bell Gallery; and Anders Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art which made for a very diverse show of contemporary ceramics.

William Daley: 14 for 7

I take photos for my own edification.  These are casual photos, not the best quality taken with my iPhone.  I started blogging to share my photos with my students and family.  This blog post contains photos from Bill’s show at the Philadlephia Art Alliance as well as some from his show at Swarthmore College in 2009.

Two weekends ago I went up to Boston to visit my daughter, Esther a Gastronomy grad student at BU, to hang out with friend Susan Strickler, and to go to Bill’s opening at The Society of Arts and Crafts.  Bill was honored and given SAC’s Medal for Excellence in Craft after the drumroll on his pot Pod Form.

“The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present “William Daley: 14 for 7,” an exhibition featuring a select group of Daley’s works made between 1954 and 2013. This exhibition comes on the heels of the publication of William Daley: Ceramic Artist, a career retrospective published by Schiffer Publishing. This exhibition unites 14 works from 7 extraordinary decades, celebrating Daley’s achievements both past and present. In addition to the works on view, the installation will feature a recent short film about Daley and his work, Mud Architect, by Thomas Porett, as well as images, drawings, and sketches from Daley’s studio, providing an intriguing glimpse of his studio. Famous for his intricate drawings and library of forms molds and ingenious handmade tools, Daley draws inspiration from natural and man-made structures from cultures and regions across the globe.”  Philadelphia Art Alliance website http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/william-daley-14-for-7/

These photos are from the Philadelphia Art Alliance show – many of the same pots are in Boston.

Photos of Bill and his tools.

Bill’s drawings

This is making for a very long post but I wanted to share these pots from Bill’s show at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, 2009.  I took these for my own reference and learning.  I was interested and still am in the beginnings and endings of pots.  Each pot has a different rim, rolled, flat, angled, some are notched, have a square or a triangle at the ends, have a gully around the edge, and all of them have very interesting and intricate interiors.


The Last Supper, Santa Fe

We spent the day at Canyon Road. Saw these wonderful ceramics by Ruth Duckworth. I had snapped a few when the gallery manager asked us not to photograph – they are all on their website.   http://www.bellasartesgallery.com/duckworth.html

Driving to Canyon Road caught sight of these amazing Jun Kaneko ceramics at Peters Gallery, Santa Fe.

Our last supper was absolutely delicious at Joseph’s of Santa Fe.  Highly recommended!

We sat outside under an awning and it began to rain, we stayed there until an enormous flash of lightening and a clap of thunder a couple of blocks away forced us inside.  This was the sky after the storm as we left the restaurant.


NCECA 2014 Milwaukee

NCECA 2014 was a blast and so good to meet new friends from the Bray and elsewhere.  Virtual Realities – the panel was fabulous.  After hearing Carole Epp, Michael Kline, Ben Carter and Adam Field talk about their experiences with blogging, Facebook, Instagram etc I came home with the renewed conviction that I will blog.  My initial desire was to have a place to share photos of art work with my students.  These are photos I took with my iPhone at the Flow Exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum.  I