Thursday, July 19, 2007

glass vessel workshop part II.5

The individual firing could be an issue due to length of time needed to heat, and then cool without shocking , sooo-if any of you have access to a large kiln with a "kiln minder" it would be much better.

glass vessel workshop part II

So, I'm going to have to work out the process for myself also, but don't foresee any problems. I will shortly be placing an order for enamels for window glass. The one major issue we might have will be kiln space. I only have a small enameling kiln(compared to a clay kiln). This would mean only one person could fire at a time. This may not be an issue dependent on the annealling process needed for the glass I end up using. If any of you have a clay kiln it may be much better as we could all fire at the same time. There could , however, be advantages to firing individually i.e., different levels of melting etc. Finally, anyone who wishes to is strongly encouraged to make their own slumping mold and kiln wash it. Keep in my that my kiln dimensions are 8"x10"x3.5".

P.S.: srong words used in previous post were, of course, all in jest!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Plate workshop idea

Fellow "just artists",

I have an idea for a future workshop held in my studio(aka "the shithole basement"). It would be for a glass slumping "vessel" that would also incorporate color (enamel for glass). Any interested parties would be submitting a materials fee so that supplies could be ordered for everyone. I estimate the cost to be less than 20.00 per person. Basic tools, like a glasscutter, would be strongly suggested. If enough people are interested we could make this a go, if not go fuck yourselves.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

check THIS out!

My brother just put up a music site for our make and sends. AWW HELL YEAH. it looks really sweet. he designed the art on the main page. check it, then check yourself. oh yeah and he put one of my new songs on there which some of you may or may not have heard.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Food As Art

this is just an idea but since we are starting this coalition, we might as well cook too. how bout a first meeting/dinner of the coalition members? maybe everyone could make something artistic to eat and or drink.
please and or thankyou(s)
con carino,
connie cheila huettner maria josephina abejita honeypot (jr.)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

What are we gonna do here?

well today i am just going to comment in a post about how great our craft assemblage was yesterday. It felt great to "get together and make stuff" (which i might add, would make a great T-shirt) It also felt great to be around creative people and to appreciate other artist's work at first friday including Matthew Grannells who had a really awesome grocery cart chair (see photo below) and an excellent wine rack in the Candy Factory among his other awesome pieces.
I would also like to throw out a few questions for the now 7 members.
1. when is the next art circle meeting?
2. what should we do on this blog?
3. Ya wanna make stuff again soon?

Friday, July 6, 2007

this evening...

the founders and friends will be visiting a few galleries in the lanc....yeah, baby! first friday here we come!

we will be visiting matt at the candy factory in the keppel building! good stuff!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

what i'm thinking...

well this is a grassroots effort to show the world that there are some people walking among us that are "just artists". you might not know by the shoes we wear or the lingo we speak, but you may by the amazing work we create on a daily basis.

back in the day, nate, chei and i sat in the dining room on east orange street and began to talk. talk about our work and how since college we hadn't really been critiqued. we were falling off into a world of shitty jobs and our passion for the process of our art was too. we needed to be accountable. so, we decided that every thursday evening we would get together and bring "something" to be critiqued. we did it too. we faithfully would get together with our work and talk. there were weeks, well most weeks that we were scrambling around wednesday evening trying to have something ready. but, nonetheless our minds and hands were immersed in art again - at least on a weekly basis.

i can remember one night so vividly - it was 2001. not long after september eleventh - our "assignment" the week before was to work on something inspired by the events. it was great...we were laughing, crying - actually alot if i remember correctly, and our work was so raw. it felt great.

after a few months of our "art circle", we decided that we should invite any of our friends or acquaintances that wanted to join us. there were weeks with still just the founding three, many weeks matt joined us and there we times we had a party and invited practically any person any of us knew who was "creating" something. from poets to musicians to name it, we had a mix. great times.

all of this being said, i never felt judged. never felt like i had to be a certain type of person to be in this group. so...that being said. i say, well...cheila and i said that it's time for the next level of art circle. we are all creating, working in our medium on a very regualar basis and we need each other. this time we're coming in loud and proud with a new name...the "we're just artists coalition".

i love it...cause that's what we are...just artists!
we are educated.
we are embracing.
we are talented.
we are each unique in our own way.
we are dancers.
we are friends.
we are open.
we are curious.
we are trying to make it as artists.
we are eclectic.
we are passionate.
we are important.

we are just artists! now let's just get out there and just create!

what do you say? is it time for a meeting all of you peeps that helped start the first art circle?