Studio News

Hello hello!

A quick update on how I’ve been occupied lately… (lots of photos at the end)…

Much of my time has been devoted to a project for a lovely local woman, Katie Geraty, and her company, Stone Bone Wood Cloth. For the past year and a half, Katie has hired me to design and fabricate prototypes of small porcelain bowls for her. The bowls are finally ready to launch, along with two other products (custom tassels and bracelets), and… not to be conceited, they are quite beautiful. ūüėČ

Katie¬†launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday¬†to get her business off and running. Click here to visit her page. It would be awesome if you were willing to help support her endeavor, because by¬†supporting her you will be supporting local artists (me included!). She doesn’t mention this in the Kickstarter page, but did you know Katie was told she could have these bowls manufactured in China for pennies on the dollar? She chose instead to hire me to produce them, and she is paying me a very fair wage to do so. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of business practice I can get behind. Creating these vessels for Katie has allowed me to keep pluggin’ away in my studio,¬†and I’m grateful to her for the opportunity!

Here’s a synopsis of Stone Bone Wood Cloth:

“Our mission is to create beautiful objects, hand-made from stone, bone, wood or cloth that are as unique and individual as each of us; objects that remind us of who we are, or want to be.¬†

None of us really needs or wants more stuff…unless it has some personal meaning or resonance. At the SBWC website individuals will be able to go into a ‚Äúworkshop‚ÄĚ and co-create an object that has personal meaning. Co-create means taking a base product ‚Äď a vessel or a tassel ‚Äď and adding elements that make it uniquely your own.”

Check our her page and make a donation today! If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter:¬†You can remain anonymous during the donation process if you’d like. Donors can also choose from various rewards (bowls are some of the choices) and no donations are collected unless the project is fully funded within 31 days.

Some photos (of making the vessels, teaching, and other studio happenings). Click on any circle to open a photo viewer.

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Recap of Glass.Fiber.Stone

Glass.Fiber.Stone wrapped up yesterday afternoon. ¬†It was a great experience, and I’m very grateful to have been invited to take part in it! ¬†As a recent graduate of an MFA program, I was a little nervous about how this first professional experience would go. ¬†However, it turned out there was nothing to be afraid of. ¬†Everyone associated with the show was so helpful, kind, and genuine that it made the entire experience pretty wonderful!

I’d like to thank Megan, Carrie, Abbie and Aaron, and everyone else who worked hard to make the show possible. ¬†You guys are truly amazing. ¬†Thank you also to the following people for donating $50 or more to my Kickstarter page, helping bring my work and me to the Feed and Grain (in no particular order)¬†:

Deb and Kim Kaul, Eric and Jackie Uthus, John Liffrig, Anonymous, Eve Bingham, Sheila and Annie, Matt Kaul, and Studio Bluebird.

Travel to this show was also supported by the University of Masschusetts Dartmouth’s Graduate Studies Office and College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Thank you all for your help!

Here are some more images from the weekend (Kate, I need a picture of your piece to include here!):

Lauren’s website:¬†http://www.laurendeserreskelischek.blogspot.com/

Lauren’s blog:¬†http://laurenldeserres.com/home.html

Abbie’s website:¬†http://abbierpowers.wix.com/artist

Abbie’s blog:¬†http://camelhairandhoney.wordpress.com/

Kate’s website:¬†http://katefrazerrego.wix.com/artist

Backers, if you’d like to vote for your favorite image (to go on the magnets), please email your vote to me at ice_cream50(at)hotmail(dot)com. ¬†Here are the three to choose from…

Choice 1

Choice 2

Choice 3

Newfangled Lights

Hey!¬† Where are you and what are you doing?¬† I’m back in God’s Country and I’m a bit behind on my blog…

I wanted to write tonight for two reasons:

1) My Kickstarter project is funded.¬† Thank you to everyone who contributed; you’ve made an impact on 1,500 other people as well as my life and future!¬† I’ll be working on Backer rewards soon.¬† There are still some rewards left, if you’d like to donate and push the project over 100%.¬† Click here to check it out.¬† It closes tomorrow night at 11:59pm.

2) I ordered the lights for said project a couple of days ago.¬† Now, I know this is probably not very exciting to the rest of you, but the UPS man brought them this evening and to put it simply: they made my night.¬† They are SO COOL.¬† I don’t know nearly enough about lights and lighting systems to completely geek out over them, but if I did, that’s what would be happening right now.¬† My original plan called for regular light ropes to wind under the 1.500 individual ceramic pieces on the floor.¬† I was a little worried about the thickness/bulk of the rope in comparison to the size of the heartstones, but I figured I’d make it work somehow as I didn’t know of any other options.

That is, I didn’t know of any other options until Amazon.com, that creeptastic genius, kept track of what I was clicking on and suggested “micro LED string lights.”¬† These lights are on two superfine silver wires that can be bent and rebent to any shape.¬† They’re small and bright and battery operated, which is perfect because the Feed & Grain is going to be running on generators during the show, and my other piece (Invincible Summer) is going to be an energy suck.¬† Beautiful, but definitely in need of strong halogen lighting.

At any rate, after opening the packages tonight and rigging up the batteries, let me tell you something – this is one time I was glad my so-called internet privacy was non-existent.¬† I promptly went back online and ordered another string, one that’s longer with more lights per foot (20′ and 120 lights vs. 7′ and 20 lights).¬† Here are some pictures of these sweet sweet babies.¬† I hope they’ll allow you to at least partially join in my joy… ūüėČ

Micro LED string lights

Flexible light rope (my other purchase for experimentation) Рprobably not quite as usable in my work as the string lights, but still pretty neat.  I wish it retained its shape when bent, like the string lights.

Okay so maybe I did geek out, just a little bit.

See you soon (probably from Colorado!).

94% funded with 6 days to go!

Hey everyone,

A quick update on my KickStarter project.¬† As of tonight it’s 94% funded, with 6 days to go.¬† The project only needs $57 to be fully funded… can you help?¬† http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325571772/bring-1500-an-interactive-artwork-to-loveland-co?ref=live¬† Please feel free to pass this link on to friends.

Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far!

Amy