Friday, December 27, 2013

Gerhard Richter: a true inspiration + a family of artists

(c) gerhard richter

I had such a great day and topped it off by watching 2 really good documentaries tonight. The first one was Gerhard Richter Painting a film by Corinna Belz. I love foreign films and for me, it can't get any better than watching an amazing artist work in his studio,listen to his thoughts in German while reading it in English. I have seen some of his earlier works in person, but to see him create his larger than life size abstracts was such a delight for me. Here are a few of my favorites...

© gerhard richter

© gerhard richter

© gerhard richter 

The second documentary was called The Woodmans by C. Scott Willis. It's a very raw look into the lives of an artistic family who deals with the everyday struggles of living as an artist and how they deal with the tragic death of the extremely talented photographer, Francesca Woodman. 

© francesca woodman

© charles woodman

© betty woodman

© george woodman

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas time...

our beautiful tree
I just realized this morning that Christmas is next week!

In the midst of getting Christmas cards made and 
finishing up last minute orders, I am taking time to reflect 
on this years ups and downs, counting my blessings, 
and looking forward to bringing in a new year...

one of mom's Christmas ornaments

Wishing you and your loved ones 
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2013

playing hookie

Ever take the opportunity to play hookie even though you have a lot of work to do?
That's me today...In the city collecting thoughts and pondering the end of a busy year...and all we have to look forward to in the year to come. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday is HERE!

I just love these days that are made up to ease our minds when we shop, don't you? Discounts, sales, free shipping...but the best one yet is Cyber Monday! You don't have to stand in line, listen to all the noisy chatter, and be annoyed when the computer at your register takes a break! 

I'm jumping on the bandwagon with both feet this year! I have 2 great deals going on right now.

 MuddyPotts is having a 25% off any purchase of $8 or more! WoW! Now that's a first! All you have to do is click HERE, load up your cart and then when you checkout use the coupon code: cybermonday

and then at the SAMOS shop I am offering FREE SHIPPING on all art prints! Again use the coupon code: cybermonday

So there you have it! If your out shopping in cyber space today, don't forget to stop by muddypotts or the samos shop on ETSY! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Holidays!

flying home
I've taken a little time off from the studio this past week. Did a little traveling, ate too much, and now back home and ready to work! I hope you all had a wonderful day with loved ones. I know I did! I am so very blessed and thankful for my husband, family and friends...and to all of you!

Run girls, run!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

in the making...

sculpture (in the making)

A dear friend of mine asked me this morning what new creative pieces I've been working on. Well, here are a few of them...As we near the end of 2013, I often find myself thinking about next year already and what it is I'd like to accomplish and what it is I need to finish before it arrives. 

How about you? 

dinnerware set (in the making)
horse painting commission (in the making)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Change is Good...right?

my new friend
Yesterday I came home with a new computer and not just any new computer. My very first iMac! I've been thinking about making the switch for quite some time. Three Toshiba laptops later...and I opted for a desktop. So now I'm getting used to a new keyboard, a whole new system, and trying to get my work done! Talk about throwing a loop in my routine! I love the size of the screen. My sweetie thought I should get the 27" but I went for the 21" instead and happy I did. It's plenty big for me. I like how easy it is to edit images, but am having some difficulties uploading them to my shop. I'm thinking I need to get Aperture to resize them. There is so much to learn, but I'm hopeful that I made the right decision. Have any shortcuts to share? Feel free to share in the comment box!

Monday, November 4, 2013

New Designs @ muddypotts

blu handmade square SUSHI plate set

I've been working on a special order that involves square plates. I'm using this opportunity to get a little more creative on the design side when glazing and this is what has transpired:


new design

new design

 black rimmed bowl

black on white square plate round bowl set

Monday, October 28, 2013

Full of Gratitude

© samos 2013

the morning came early for me today and that's okay. i have a lot i want to do and more that needs to get done. but before i start, i'm going to finish my tea and share with you a few things i'm so very grateful for...
  1. God, the breathe of life and opportunity he's given me 
  2. my amazing family, near and far
  3.  a life full of love and happiness with my soul mate
  4. my gift to create with my mind and my hands
  5. friends. too many to count or name. without them i wouldn't be who i am today.

Friday, October 4, 2013

tea pots (in the making)

© samos 2013

a couple days ago, i was "collecting" teapots on ETSY for Things I Love. they inspired me to make a couple of my own pots. here they are in the making...

© samos 2013

© samos 2013

and if you want to see the treasury of teapots I curated, click HERE.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Thalia in Wonderland © samos 2013

Yesterday I received exciting news that my work will be exhibited at the See.Me Gallery and Projections Garden in Long Island City, NY! Actually, I had been accepted a few months ago but wasn't sure of the dates. Looks like the opening will be THIS Saturday! I so wish I could be there to see all the artwork and the people at this amazing event! I am hoping that my husband and I can take a trip out there in the next couple weeks to see the exhibit at the gallery. If you or anyone that you know is going, my work will be projected at 6:52 pm. Give or take 10-15 minutes before or after the given time. 

 The artwork projections will be shown on the 42-story Linc LIC building. The viewing will take place across from Linc LIC, at “The Rockrose Lot” which is also showcasing the sculpture “Parting” through a partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park.

 So, if you see Thalia in Wonderland projected on a tall building on the east coast somewhere, you know who the artist is. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wishcasting Wednesday

© samos 2013

October is here and I need to do a fall clean up in our yard. My wish for today is that I have the ambition to clean up my back yard, make it into the studio to throw some mugs, and paint!!!

 What is your wish for today? 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Most mornings...

bisque ware

consist of pulling new pieces from the kiln. Today I had a mixed load, mostly bisque ware with a couple glazed pieces...

lil dot pot

While I was in the studio, I received an order for a mug. So I grabbed my shipping materials, the mug and proceeded to get it ready to go...
order ready to go

Then I picked up my camera, the glazed pieces and shot some images. Off to the computer to edit and write up a quick blog post. 

How do you start your work day?