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Thanks to the 100+ people that showed up for the Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour!  It was a pleasure to meet so many great folks, show off my studio/work and give potters wheel demonstrations.

I wasn’t able to update the website before the event, because after catching the upper respiratory crud at work (not quite the flu but way worse than a cold) my sump pump broke and we received an entire winter week’s worth of rain in about 20 minutes.  The results was flooding in the studio.  Normally it’s not a big deal as there is nothing on the floor that can be damaged between the back door and the drain, but I had torn the place apart to do a studio expansion, left it laying there when I got sick leaving all sorts of things in the path of the water.  It wasn’t pretty.

Here’s a shot of a subsequent flood which happened after the tour.  As of now, things are working and this shouldn’t happen again.  I will need more expensive/permanent fixes, but the temporary ones are holding for now (ah the joy of an old house)

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Despite that, I was able to finish the reconfigure of the studio space and make room for my sewing and painting projects (and finally turn it into a 3rd guest room and/or place to crash if I’m too tired to make it up the stairs).  Since these photos were taken a sewing machine/cabinet gifted to me by a friend and a standing height work table from my local Buy Nothing Group have been added.

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Here are a few of the items I was able to throw, trim, bisque fire, glaze and glaze fire.  I’m especially pleased with the way the pie plates turned out as they were a very special gift to honor a very special father/brother/son/husband.

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SAVE THE DATE!!!

For those who couldn’t make the studio tour, I’m hosting a

Studio Tour/Artist Reception on Sunday December 13th (perfect for holiday shopping)

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

(for those who watch local “Sportsball” you have an hour and a half before kickoff 😉  there will be the obligatory pulled pork sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls and wine.

A game of Cards Against Humanity may break out after the studio event.

 

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This derpy photo was taken on last year’s tour at Throwing Mud Gallery (a place you should also make a point to visit)

For those of you who are local, please consider stopping by this Sunday, October 12th, between 11 am and 5 pm to visit me in my dungeon…. errr… basement studio as part of the Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour.

*if you are also an artist on the tour who is open on Sunday, stop by afterwards for a bit of decompression, I’ll be around and would love to see you!.

In order to lure as many folks in as possible, I shall be providing wine, cheese and appetizers.

Here’s the map/list of studios…  (I’m # 29) There are 61 artists on the tour (some are in co-ops/shared studio spaces).

http://tacomaartmonth.wpengine.com/?page_id=330

In other news after all of the crisis, illness, injury, chaos and near disaster of the last year, I’ve had an insanely busy summer filled with performances, art shows, (and when I could get away) hiking, backpacking and enjoying this glorious and highly unusual summer, so now I’m spending every waking moment after work trying to get the house/yard/studio in order before Sunday. (Yikes, I lost control of everything)

I’m finally getting a break in performances and contract work (after the layoff, I REALLY needed the extra money)My next bellydance performance is at the Urban Onion in Olympia WA on November 10th for the Beats Euphorium Show (7 pm – 9 pm)My next confirmed fire show is, of course, First Night in Tacoma on New Year’s Eve.  It will be another fabulous and fiery New Year.

I’m also finally releasing a photography book (hopefully in time to order for the holidays) which will also contain original poetry I wrote for the August Poetry Postcard Project,titled “Postcards from the Mountain”

You can find updates on my newly redesigned website at http://wildcelticrose.net

Art-and-Wine

I know it’s been a while, but life’s been complicated with a new “day job” I started last week, a heavy performance schedule and some other non-pottery related business and legal complications which I am still trying to get sorted.  (let it suffice to say that being a “phoenix” sounds pretty cool, but one grows weary of the smell of singed tail feathers)

But on to the fun stuff! (including finishing up the last of the rewards for those of you who said, “no hurry”)

The bales and silk cords for the pendants are in, as are the magnet backings.

I’ve been working on refining and working out new techniques for glazing. My love of highly reactive, gooey, melty glazes makes designs challenging, but each new firing brings new knowledge and ideas.

I’ve been working on refining and working out new techniques for glazing. My love of highly reactive, gooey, melty glazes makes designs challenging, but each new firing brings new knowledge and ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

On to the exciting news!

I’ve been accepted as a featured artist for the Stadium Art and Wine Walk on Saturday August 9th.

The event runs from 4 – 8:00 PM. If you’re local, or visiting you should plan on participating; it’s a fabulous event in a great historic neighborhood. (and there’s wine and food)

http://stadiumartandwinewalk.com/

I am also expecting to be on the Tacoma Art at Work Month Studio Tour on Sunday, October 12th (I’m taking the day before to visit other friends/studios)

http://www.tacomaculture.org/arts/resource/ArtAtWorkTacoma/web/Default.htm