Monday, December 15, 2014

Can you resist this cute?



In my last post I mentioned that Tristan the Corgi had some medical problems this Fall- a fast growing, but ultimately benign, tumor on his chest.  I had it removed right away, despite it not being something I could really financially afford to do.  Today I received word that after reviewing his application, CorgiPals, a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for corgis needing help with medical bills, has agreed to sponsor a fundraiser to help pay for Tristan's tumor removal.  If you are interested in contributing to his fundraiser, follow the link to his page here.  Thank you in advance, and a big thank you to Paige Davis and everyone at CorgiPals!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Life in Paradise

Every time I talk to my friend Joe now, he asks me "How's life in Paradise?"...and while I can hardly claim that life in Penland, NC is totally without its trials and tribulations, it's probably as close to heaven on earth as I'm going to get.


It's kind of nice having this view a few hundred yards from my front door...



This is my new studio space in Gay Smith's studio.




And some pottery in progress...



I found a little button tumor on Tristan's chest in October...and had it taken off (it turned out to be benign), but it meant he had to wear clothes for a week or so to keep his stitches clean.  I present "Hipster Corgi". (I couldn't find Converses in his size.)


A week later we got the first snow of the year, so we had a frolic on the Knoll...I think the green was more his color.

We only got a little over an inch, but it looked nice coming down...







































One of the joys of being up here is house sitting for people with awesome collections of handmade pottery and glassware...case in point, tonight's dinner: note the Ruggles and Rankin bowl containing my salad.


I haven't put a recipe on here in a while, so here's the original version of tonight's salad:

Starfruit Persimmon and Fennel Salad

I made this a lot last Fall in Florida- I could get most of the ingredients from the produce section of the flea market for about 5 bucks. Serves 3-4

Hazelnut Praline Topping

1/2 cup Hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

2 tbs Unsalted Butter

1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar

water

First put a sheet of waxed paper on a baking sheet. Lightly toast the hazelnuts in a frying pan over medium heat.  When you are just starting to smell the nuts toasting, add the butter.  Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and a little water, no more than 1/2 teaspoon, just enough to start the sugar melting.  Cook the mixture for another 2-3 min, stirring constantly, as the sugar caramelizes a little- don't let it scorch.  Remove from heat and spread out on the waxed paper.  Set aside to cool while you prep the rest of the salad.

Salad

1 large head Green Oak Leaf Lettuce, trimmed and torn in bite size pieces

2 crunchy Persimmons, halved and sliced (Make sure you get the flatter Asian variety that is intended to be eaten in the less ripe, more crunchy state- the American variety, and some Asian varieties are intended to get so ripe as to be transparent -looking spoiled!- and even undergo a hard freeze before they're eatable.  If you're unsure, cut yourself a slice first, and touch it on your tongue- if it's under-ripe it's very dry and puckery feeling.)

2 medium Starfruit, cut in 1/4 inch slices, discard ends and remove seeds

1 head Fennel, remove the green stems, remove the core and slice in 1/8 inch thick slices

1/3 cup shaved Asiago, use a potato peeler to make thick shavings, then lightly crumble

Hazelnut Topping
 Set aside a few choice pieces of the fruit and fennel for garnish, then toss the lettuce with the rest of the persimmon, starfruit and fennel in a large serving bowl.  Turn the cooled hazelnuts out on a cutting board and coarsely chop.  Set a healthy tablespoon each of the hazelnut praline and the cheese aside for garnish, and then toss the rest with the salad.  Garnish first with the reserved fruit and fennel, then the reserved cheese and hazelnuts.

Dressing

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 1/2 tbs Rice Vinegar

1 1/2 tbs White Wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc)

1/2 tbs Honey (I use Orange Blossom)
 
Mix until the honey is dissolved.  This can be passed at the table, or tossed with the salad just before adding the garnish.
























Here’s a view of the Toll House in the snow.  Note the red fire hose box is no longer there.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

All moved out...

Signed the wall...



...Cleaned out the studio...





...And packed up the apartment.   Extra points if you can find the corgi among the boxes and crates.




North Carolina, here I come! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Announcements!

A couple news bulletins...

The next thing on my plate is that I will be moving to wonderful Penland, NC (my other home sweet home!) in a few short weeks to start an apprenticeship with Gay Smith...super excited!

I had a piece selected for this year's Strictly Functional Pottery National!  This is a highly competitive annual national exhibition (over 1200 entries, 117 pieces selected this year), so I'm thrilled to have been selected!  The exhibit will be up from September 20th through November 1st in Lancaster, PA.  Find more info about the show here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Photos from Nature/Nurture Solo Show




                                


                                    





                                         






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Solo Show Opening This Saturday!

























Please note that I'm also starting a mailing list for future announcements, so if you'd like to be included, make a comment indicating your interest, and include your email (don't worry, I receive all comments privately!)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Upcoming openings!

The first of the Artist-in-Residence exit shows opens tomorrow at St. Pete Clay: Jeremy Wallace is up with his show "Common Ground".  The show has come together fabulously; beautiful work, beautifully presented- you can see his work at his website here.  The opening is from 6-9pm at the Morean Arts Center for Clay in the Trainstation, 420 22nd St. South in St. Pete.

Further out we are having Jess Carter and Holly Siggelow's exit shows in May, Brice Dyer's and my exit shows in June, and Lydia Johnson's exit show in July.  The openings for all the shows are from 6-9pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month in conjunction with the Warehouse Arts District 2nd Saturday Art Walk.  We are working on getting an online gallery up and running so that the public can view and purchase work from the shows during the month it is up in the gallery- stay posted, and I'll put information on that up once it becomes available.

Another opening coming up on April 19th is "In Full Bloom" up at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, MD.  This show was juried by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, and I and my fellow SPC Resident Brice Dyer were both selected to participate.  The opening is Saturday the 19th, from 6-8, and the exhibition runs through May 31st.  For more information, visit Baltimore Clayworks' website here.


Monday, March 24, 2014

For the true pottery junkie...

I ran across this blog on Michael Klein's blog roll over at Sawdust and Dirt (one of my two favorite blogs, the other being NC Clay Club).  This Pottery History blog is put out by Steve Earp, and it's fascinating reading...definitely for the true clay junkie!

Link to thisdayinpotteryhistory Blog

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

And for all y'all headed to NCECA...

Michael Kline just re-posted this old guest post from Simon Levin on tips for how to do NCECA the right way...oh dear me.

Read post here

Ceramics in the News!

I just saw this article about the historical Japanese tea ceremony and its ceramic accoutrements on NPR's food blog The Salt.  I always wondered when clay and NPR would intersect, considering the cultural overlap...I'm still waiting for Ben Carter of "Tales of a Red Clay Rambler" to show up on Fresh Air...

Read/listen to the article here

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tumbler Fundraiser for SPC Residents!

We're having a fundraiser at St. Pete Clay to send the Artists in Residence to NCECA this year (I'm using my share as my gas firing and clay fund for the rest of the residency.)  Donate $20, and choose a tumbler made by one of the resident artists- filled with the drink of your choice!  The event is next Saturday, concurrently with the Second Saturday gallery walk, and the opening of the invited artist's show for the Florida Heat Workshop being held later this month.  Select tumblers are already up for pre-event sales on St. Pete Clay's Facebook page...and going fast!