Salmon Run

The incomparable Urve Manuel is in town! Her gallery show, Salmon Run, opens today at Devon House, at 2:00. And let me tell you, this one is impressive. I’ve seen a lot of shows go through here, but this one’s breathtaking.

Come one, come all, and if you can’t make it today, you have until June 13th to see the show.

Makeshift

A quick heads-up to anyone who might be interested:

http://makeshiftproject.blogspot.com/

“MakeShift is an art and research project that examines the relationships between ‘making’, ‘clothing’ and ‘living’. The basic premise for the project is that for a period of one year starting on September 1st, 2009, I will only wear things that I have made myself. Initially this may seem like a reasonable task, but it will include all of my clothes, socks, shoes, underwear, coats, jackets, hats, bathing suits, accessories and anything else I might need to protect my body from the elements while trying to lead a fulfilling life.”

What I Did On My Holidays

So, I spent the past week at my grandmother’s in Lachute, making little outings for hikes and galleries and things. On the way from Ottawa airport to her place, I stopped at Capital Pottery Supply to see what I could see. Picked up some trimmers[1], a lid-master, some underglazes[2], a serrated rib[3], and a slip-trailer with a few nibs[4]. While I was there, I saw a poster for 1001 Pots, “the largest ceramic expo in North America”, which I have to say I had never heard of before.

As it was in Val-David, QC, all of an hour’s drive from my grandmother’s house… well, how could I not go? On the third day of the trip, we set out to see the show.

It was amazing.

Pics to prove it:

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I came out of it with a ring, a teacup, and a little vase. And then regretted not getting something from the smiley flower pot’s line until I came across a smiley mug in a tourist shop in Montreal, which I snatched up on the spot.

[1] Sharp trimmers! Not some rusty, dull thing a million students have been using for the last five years! Oh, jubilation!

[2] I actually wasn’t planning on buying underglazes at all, but they were on sale… I got two shades of purple and two shades of green, and when I get around to it, I want to see what they look like on the black stoneware.

[3] I like to use them for scoring, but the only one at the studio keeps disappearing.

[4] Expensive, but should make Bug production a lot faster.

Ho hum.

Mostly a quiet week in the studio. There hasn’t been enough glazed work ready for a firing, so the cephalopots have been waiting patiently for their days in the kiln. The spring clay order still hasn’t shown up, so there haven’t been any new Bug pieces, either. My gallery submission for the Annual Members’ Exhibit broke[1], so I’ll be missing yet another gallery show deadline. No-one showed up for Open Studio Friday, but I did get a batch of Cranberry glaze mixed up. Thursday’s glaze chem class was pretty low-key… mostly, we just mixed up the last few glaze tests.

The drop-in class today was fun, though. We had two teenagers and an eleven-year-old doing sculpture and trying the wheel[2], and then a couple came in to try the wheel. There were also three Open Studio users weaving in and out… it was like a party.[3]

[1] The surviving half is doing service as a pencil holder by the studio sign-in book.

[2] The eleven-year-old was a natural. She needed help centering (everyone does), but her first piece actually held up. Most of the time, the first piece collapses, and the first piece people actually get to take home is their second attempt.

[3] A very low-key, muddy party…