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Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Trails 2009

(my handsome guide)

This summer we took the boys
up Rainbow Trail, just above Hillside.
Here we stopped for a little drink
and some fun in the water.

Lumpy and I didn't
know we were
getting our
picture
taken.

Happy Trails!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Psuedomona

Psuedomona
was inspired
by Frida
Kahlo, the
craziness of
her life, and
my recent
studies of the
microbial
world.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Latest Soap Box...


I have a new style of soap
dish besides the amoeba
shape. This one is simple
and liked a little bit more
than the others by the
gents.


Last week I had five new soap dishes come out of the kiln and one is already gone! I thought I would give everyone a sneak peak before I list them @ MuddyPotts.














Go With the Flow @ Art Matters Gallery


Internal Being and Reflect were juried into the upcoming show, Go With the Flow, at the Art Matters Gallery in Salida. The exhibit will be from November 4th through December 30th with an opening reception November 14th. If your in town, definitely stop by to see the new location and beautiful new work on display.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Colors!







I had a very productive day today! Threw a couple bowls, a couple mugs, and an urn. The kiln is firing bisque right now. Oh, I snuck in a glazed vase that I've been waiting to get done too. I decided to run into town to get a few supplies. Good thing I went, there was a 50% off sale on glazes at Hobby Hut. Here's a sneak peak into a few new colors I'll be working with.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Checking In


I was going to throw tonight since I stopped to get a bag of clay after class, but... I watched a couple movies instead. One was Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. I saw the previews last week. Good flick. I've always liked both of them. It made me miss London. The other one was Last Holiday with Queen Latifah. Another great flick! I've been wanting to see it for quite some time, but I forgot the title.


I have an upcoming show happening in Salida next month at the Art Matters Gallery down on 1st Street. It's called Go With the Flow. Internal Being and Reflect will be on display from November 4th through December 30th. So if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and see the gallery's new location at 119A East 1st Street.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

a Cute pillow and an UgLy mug





I went to Salida today to suprise visit my parents. While we were out and about, we made it downtown to a new fabric shop that I've been wanting to go check out. It's called Fringe. They have fabric, supplies, yarn, buttons. And if that wasn't enough, they also have the coolest gift items. Anything from journals to luggage tags and books! Lots of books on sewing and knitting. AND they offer classes too! If I lived closer, I'd take one in a heart beat. (In my spare time of course.) Stop by and shop if your close by. http://www.fringefab.com/.
While we were there I bought some moda fabric with a refreshing print. I needed to make a couple new pillows for the spare room. (One is completed, the other is waiting for the insert.)The comforter has changed from brown to red and it needed a little contrast.

I had some pieces in the kiln that I pulled out tonight. One of them was a mug that I had reglazed. It was made in red clay and originally glazed with a white spotted glaze. It didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, so I decided to reglaze it. Apparently I had mixed the glazes up somehow and reglazed it with an orange spotted glaze. Now it's a real ugly mug, but so ugly that I actually like it.



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thank You Carbondale!


Night and Day
Last Friday, I was invited to Carbondale to install two of my sculptures to this years Art Around Town. D and I had a pleasant drive over Independence Pass and arrived in plenty of time. While we were there, we picked up Night and Day. It was in the Town Hall for a year. Now Aphrodite will have a new home there and Gucci has her own spot in a quaint little park on 4th and Main.

Aphrodite

Friday, September 18, 2009

Everyday is Laundry Day X's 2


I finished a commission this week. Two paintings of Everyday is Laundry Day are going to have new homes in a Canadian showroom for a homebuilder. Just waiting for the paint to dry so I can ship them out. Now I'm finishing up some pottery orders. I'm hoping to get them in the kiln before lunch and maybe go for a little ride this afternoon. =)



Friday, September 11, 2009

Ceramics and Paintings


It's getting to be that time of year again. People are starting to get ready for the holidays. I've been working on two seperate commissions. One is for 12 ceramic bottles that will be used for oil diffusers and 6 soap dishes. They are all bisqued and ready to be glazed.


The other order is for two 24x24 paintings of Everyday Is Laundry Day. They are being made in acrylics and oil. It's been fun working on this project. I'm doing them both at the same time. My deadline is fast approaching and I'm hoping to have them finished by today. Here is a picture of what the beginning stage looked like. I just placed the colors where they needed to go before applying thicker layers of paint on top of the undercoat. They will be hanging in a showroom in Cananda.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fresh Out of the Kiln

Blu Spotted Pot $17.50

Not 2 Red Vase $15
Lotus Soap Dish $10.50
Fresh out of the kiln and ready for you!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The High Price of Art and Shipping Costs

MEMO from the desk of SAMOS

I am learning the hard way that the price of art is only relative to those collecting it. Makes sense, doesn't it? I have been pricing my work not by what I believe it is worth, but how much I think someone else would pay for it. Not such a good idea. My mom once gave me some advice that I have tried to live by in the artworld and that is, if you have a piece of art that is for sale, make sure it is set at a price that you will be happy with once the work is gone...I have seemed to forgot that little piece of advice. And now that I remember it, my prices will be going up! No worries though. You'll still be able to afford my work. =) It's the shipping costs you'll have to be concerned with. I have found that shipping internationally is about double that it would be in the US. With that said, I will be raising shipping costs effective immediately. And if it isn't stated, I will email out the cost of shipping to any buyers outside the US for the cost of shipping.

With Warmest Regards,

SAMOS

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mugs, mugs, and more mugs....




greenware


mug body, waiting for handles


finished mugs, waiting for shipment



I'm taking a little break from throwing. I've been commissioned to make 50 mugs for a wedding in August. In between studying, taking tests, gardening and taking a little trail ride now and then, I've been keeping busy at the wheel. =)



Last night I received another commission for a new painting. Also needed in August. Doesn't look like I'll be getting much of a break between semesters. That's okay though. Work isn't work if you enjoy what your doing!








Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July everyone!

I can't believe it's that time of year already. I've been having a great summer. David and I have been riding at least three times a week despite the tests I've had to take.


It has been raining almost daily. My garden is growing and so are the wildflowers. They're gorgeous! We went for a hike on the Rainbow Trail the other day and found some of the most beautiful colors.
Have a safe and happy 4th!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Going Back to School




Most of my close friends and family know that I have been thinking about going back to school for quite some time. It took me awhile to decide what direction I wanted go. I struggle with the thought of being someone other than an artist. In these difficult economical times that everyone in our country are facing, I decided that I needed to do something to help not only myself and my family, but others as well.


I decided to go into nursing. In a way, I'm not surprised that I have chosen this path.


1. I have been in and out of hospitals since I was 4 years old.

2. I love helping people.

3. I'm intrigued with the human body.


I could list more reasons, but why? I've already made up my mind and I start school today!

I'm only taking two classes which is a good thing. One is Human Anatomy and Physiology. The other is Human Growth and Developement. I'm looking forward to both classes, but would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. I haven't been in school for seven years! Well, five if you count the TEFL certificate I received in 2004.


This doesn't mean I'm going to quite making art though. I'm going to try my hardest to keep up with my etsy shops. I am done showing in galleries for a while though. My last show is still up at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade. They have extended it to the end of June. And I might enter a show at the Art Matters Gallery in July, but after that, I'll be concentrating on my studies.


It is an intensive two year program. After one year, I could go to work as an LPN, but I am going to finish the second year so I can become an RN.







Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Productive Monday

It's such a beautiful day! And it's Monday! I decided early this morning that I had several things that I would like to accomplish today.

First was upload an image of this bowl that I am entering in the Bowl Swap for the Etsy Mud Team. It is one of the challenges that we can participate in to fulfil our membership. I'm really excited to be a part of it this year and look forward to the bowl that I'll be receiving in exchange.
If you're interested in being a member, go to http://etsymudteam.craft-sense.com/

and sign up! It's a great group to be involved in.

Then I had the urge to throw. It's been months since I've been in the studio and I was way over due for a visit. I threw two mugs and a large bowl. The mugs still need handles. I should be about ready to pull a couple after I get this post up. =)

After an hour or so in the studio, it was time for a break. So I had lunch with my hubby and then out to work Lumpy. I hesitated to work him in the heat of the day, but decided that if I kept it to a light workout, then we should be okay. We worked about an hour in the round pen and then went for a little ride. It was a little unnerving for him since Neo wasn't along, so we made it a short ride. But we had a good day! Here's a pic I took of him after he had a carrot. Of course I had to play with it a bit on photoshop. I couldn't resist the temptation.










Saturday, April 25, 2009

Morning Dew and Misty Grass


Morning Dew
I have been getting ready for an upcoming show at The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, CO. Here are two new paintings that will be making their debut. They each measure 24"x48"


Misty Grass

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grandma's Quilt


I finished my first quilted project from my new book by Joelle Hoverson. The book is called Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. Remember, it's the book I picked up in the mail last week.

I could hardly wait to make something. It was a toss up between peanut, the wee elephant and someone to watch over you. I decided to make the quilt "someone to watch over you" for my grandma. She's very dear to me and I wanted to make something special for her. I was hoping to have it finished this morning, but I ran out of thread! It's done now and thought I would share my finished project.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Welcomed Anticipation


A couple weeks ago I ordered a book from Half.com, a subsidiary of eBay. The book is called Last-Minute Patchwork+Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. Well, it came in the mail today! I'm so excited! I've already flipped through each page and now am starting from the beginning reading about each project and deciding what I'm going to make and for who. Must go read and sew!!!