Sorry to be so late in sending this thank you for dropping by, but after a BWAC closing and three open studios in one month followed immediately by the holidays I got sick. So thank you all for stopping by to see my work and the actual studio where the magic (?) happens. It was great to welcome you into my home and studio and I hope you enjoyed the cider and treats. I’m use to my lemon squares and madeleines but Lynn Goodman’s gluten free oatmeal cookies were delicious! Plus it was nice to have her here showing her work.

Anyway tomorrow after one more good nights rest I’m back to work in my studio and will finish the piece I was trying to work on during the studio tour. I’m just calling it a work in progress because I need to add the trombone player but it might keep that name.

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If there was something you thought you maybe wanted to purchase to gift yourself, or someone else or you just need another look contact me to set up an appointment and see what’s new.

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Its my third open studio tour in one month but this one is actually in my studio. So the studio is cleaned up from all the times I have terrorized it preparing for another show and now its set up so you can see what I do and now my bath is running. All that remains is telling you all about it and your coming to see the wall of paper relief sculptures.

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I hope you can tell that making them makes me happy when you look at them. I love figuring out the design and the papers. The “art” on the wall in this one is a wood cut I made years ago. Its fun to combine the different things I’ve done. I always tell people I just like making things. You will also get to see all my city-scapes from all over NYC.

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This is my friends house in Staten Island. I got off the bus one day and looked up and was struck by this massive house tethered by all the phone lines and the clouds bringing in change and reflecting that change in the windows.

It has been an interesting journey watching my work in clay morph into what it has become based on the fact  I started in clay making whimsical tableware and because I came at it from my work as an illustrator so my approach was a different mindset.Egyptians.jpg

So I hope your mind is set to take the studio tour throughout Park Slope and Windsor Terrace to see a lot of great art. And before I forget I will not be alone. Lynn Goodman will again be here with her colorful pottery.

Where are all these artist you ask and how do I find them …well here is the poster.

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This year BWAC is participating in the RHOST. Come find me there with 30 other artists. Stop by and see the diversity of the artists and their work, plus there will be workshops for you to participate in and watch. But come by my space on the second floor and shop early for the holidays or there is just gifting yourself.

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I first want to thank everyone who stopped by at my table in the Shapeshifter Lab during the Gowanus open studio tour. Especially those who battled with the wind on Sunday. Now for this last weekend I’m back at my perch selling my work and managing the BWAC desk for this closing weekend. But after short break I will be back there again for the Red Hook open Studio Tour (November 10/11 2018)…. details to come later.

Then November 17/18 is the Park Slope/Windsor Terrace open Studio Tour and for that you will actually come to my studio. Lynn Goodman and possibly one other artist will be here showing their work. Here is the map to find me and other artists. I’m the bold M next to the subway M. See you then.

But just in case you are wondering who I am because the name is not ringing a bell after a weekend of looking at so many artist let me show you some pictures so you remember.

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And for those of you for whom the teapots made a bigger impact here’s the Pink Lady

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But if you do come to either the Red Hook open studio tour where you will see a variety of BWAC’s artist or the Artist PS/WT  studio tour you will see my paper relief sculptures.

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So we are now converging on holiday season and if you want to gift yourself, gift a wall or dress a table with something special for yourself or someone special do stop by or send me an email. But remember to push the SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED BUTTON to the left and you will know every time I post something new.

I will make this brief because its late and I’m tired and I have miles to go before I sleep. The Gowanus Open Studio Tour is this weekend and I will be at the Shapeshifter Lab with a group of other great ceramic artist, followed by BWAC’s closing weekend Oct. 27/28, followed by a small weekend break, followed by a return to BWAC for the Red Hook Open Studio Tour with a group of BWAC artist and I will have my ceramic work and paper relief sculptures. Here’s a directory. for the Gowanus open Studio. I look forward to seeing you there.

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My teapots await you.

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Join us this Tuesday, October 2nd for an opening from the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Arts Group at the new J Crew in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 55 Water Street! Over twenty artists from the Brooklyn area will be showcasing their paintings, drawings, photographs and more. J Crew is offering 25% off for all who spend over $125 on clothes and other merchandise! If you’re unable to attend, feel free to stop by through October 16th to see the exhibition of small works.

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While you are still on your art high BWAC opens this weekend October 6th from 1 to 6. you can see my newest work plus there is food, two bands and about 300 other artist.

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Not done yet. I’ve been a very busy girl preparing for this fall season. I will once again be with a great group of ceramic artists at the Shapeshifter Lab during the Gowanus Open Studio Tour. I’m very impressed with how talented and diverse a group it is this year. I’m proud to be counted as one of them and so glad to have been invited back.

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Now back to the embarrassing photos of my work. Too many times in the past year as I’ve struggled to keep up with myself I have said to my dinner guest “you can have a spotless clean house or you can have the company of one another and food – you just can’t have both.” So now I say to myself “I can have the pleasure of creating my art or the endless time it takes me to take an great photo”. So here are more crummy, but hopefully motivating enough to want to see the work, photos of my panels.

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Sorry the paper relief sculptures require glass and so you get the reflections of either me or whatever else in in the room. Here is one better picture. Still not my beat but better.

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Finally a purpose for all the earrings for which I have lost its partner. Better than the just light pulls I was using them for in the past. And last ,but not in the bit least, The first piece for this whole series of paper relief sculptures.

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Its my favorite time of year based on childhood memories of walking under a canopy of autumn leaves hearing their russell beneath my feet as other leaves scurried behind me in the wake of passing cars. However, in spite of the fact fall is the gateway to winter I enjoy its crispness in contrast to summers unrelenting heat. I love the rainbow of colors fall produces and like a child I still walk the streets looking for leaves boasting of the colors they can produce that I can carry home.

And yet one of the things I decided to do this fall is a series of paper relief sculptures playing with textures and shades of white. Originally I meant to save the thought for another time, but thoughts have a habit of choosing their own timing so its a thought that has begun but will still be explored further.

But now, before I actually show you pictures, I need to apologize for my inability to understand my camera. I thought digital was my salvation after struggling with every type of camera that proceeded it, however the constant is me and time. I’m a night owl. I love the quietness and solitude of the night where I can just focus with no distractions of chores or people just work. The downside of this is taking pictures without the assistance of daylight. I think that’s enough of an apology before posting a photo. Anyway on the left is Summer Whites followed by A Winter’s Tale Winter’s Tale.

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Please forgive my reflection holding the ipad to take the photo. Come see the real thing at BWAC to get a much better look at the two of them. they were fun to make and have inspired me to do more so stay posted! show runs every weekend in October 1 to 6 pm.

Now its 4 am and my bath awaits ….. more tomorrow.

For those of you who filled this past dreary and rainy stay in bed weekend by coming out to BWAC for the Brooklyn Clay Tour thank you very much, it was great to meet you. BUT if you didn’t come out or happen to get what you wanted then and want to know when or where your next opportunity will be then please read on. Your first option is contact me directly or in October I will once again be part of the Gowanus Open Studio Tour and you can find me there with about fifteen other great ceramic artists.

But that’s just my ceramic work. If you hunger for more, then for every weekend in October you can find my ceramic cityscapes and paper collage relief sculptures at BWAC. Look for me at the main desk on the second floor and say hello. That is with the exception of the one weekend, October 20/21, my work will be there in BWAC’s 24,000 feet gallery with the artwork of about 300 other artist, but I will be at the Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus for the studio tour at 18 Whitwell Place. See you and thanks again.

So the dilemma begins do I eat the peach, pear, apple pie with the toasted almond crust now or do I wait till and share it with the other artist as we set up for the Brooklyn Clay Tour this coming weekend Friday September 7th until Sunday the 9th.

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I will be exhibiting my landscapes, city-scapes and my functional ceramic work along with Susan Handwerker, Janet Rothholz, Alicia Degener, Lidia Brodsky, Barbara Cahn, Sandra Guinta and Kasia Zuret-Doule. I hope you will be able to stop by and see the scope of what can be done with clay by looking at the diversity of what we all create.

THE HOPE BOWL PROJECT
On the 3rd Sunday of every month there is a dinner called The Hope Dinner held in Park Slope and when I have been lucky enough not to be working I make my lemon squares  and help serve and have a meal with people living with HIV. The timing happen to be when one of my brothers was beginning his battle with cancer and I had begun my ride
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If you would like to support my HOPE BOWL PROJECT for just $25 you can design your symbol of hope and I will create a bowl with it embossed inside. You can then pick it up from me at the main desk during the BWAC fall show. To the left is one of the examples of one of the bowls they created. I loved the expression on their faces when they saw and then held what they had designed themselves. I was taken by all the different images …. hope was God or a dove, an anchor, their cat. Something that made them smile and feel alive when they looked at hope.
But speaking of creation, back to my pie. I had intended to put oatmeal flakes on the crust, an early tribute to fall in spite of yet another possible heat wave on the way, but discovered I only had the Irish steel cut oats. So I used sliced almonds instead after brushing the crust with soy creamery and sprinkling a little ginger sugar on top. A slice of pie and envision having it with with a cup of tea maybe from one of my teapots like the Pink Lady teapot below.

 

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That’s the theme of BWAC’s summer show, SUMMERSCAPES, and that worked out well for me. I had been working on a series of city-scape rooftops because I have  lived on the top floor during my last 45 years in Brooklyn and like its people I love the diversity of the architectural landscape in Brooklyn’s skyline.

My ceramic pieces are primarily embossed slab work and there is often a tiny section of clay left after I do a piece. Making several takes on one idea: embossing, cutting and/or glazing them differently helps me end up with variations on a theme. Here are the minis.Minis.jpgThe other good thing about them is they start at just $45 for some of the really small ones and then there are the larger framed city-scapes, In all of them you can see my affection for the sky and clouds above. No matter how big and tall this city gets the sky will always be bigger with its own dramatic impact.FramedPieces.jpg

I must admit the lower left is really a rooftop from Amherst, Massachusetts. All along the canal there are these beautiful old red brick buildings like in Red Hook as in other areas on Brooklyn’s waterfront.

But there is more. If you scroll down through this blog you will see some of the Jazz themed paper shall I call them collages or I may switch to calling them paper sculptures. I don’t do the traditional collage with cut out from magazines but instead use paper and give it depth and texture.

So during one of these hot summer days take a trip out to BWAC and enjoy our summer shows including the first floor national juried exhibit COLOR which has some incredible pieces. I’ll see if I have time to photograph some of it tomorrow and post the pictures. But don’t stop there because while your on the first floor go into the community room and see the exhibit of photography from some of Brooklyn’s own seniors. Then head upstairs and see my work with BWAC’s other members and there are also several installations. you’ve got the next four weekends ….. they can’t all be beach days!

 

 

 

 

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