Fall festivals and festivities

 

“…season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… 

Keats said it well in his “To Autumn”. Those words embody September in my mind, and in my artistic life. 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless 
  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, 
  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells 
  With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees, 
Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Summer – what a whirlwind! I adore September, its my favorite time of year. Windows open, fresh crisp air, a cup of coffee, and time in the studio. September for me is a respite from teaching, and a round of arts festivals: travel, scenic drives, friends, and great customers. 

BF 2014 detail

The picture above was from my exhibitor’s table at Beadfest Philadelphia this past August. My third year vending and my first teaching: a smashing success. One of the highlights as always was the camaraderie of my fellow artists and designers, especially my team mates at the Art Jewelry Elements blog! (If you are interested in pictures of my student work and my Beadfest loot, they can be found here. )

Art journal WIP  AJ2 Wip

In some ways September feels like a new start, a clean slate. Is it the residual timing of the back to school schedule from my years teaching? Whatever the reason – I am starting anew at an art journal. Nothing formal, it will be just for me to doodle, sketch, paint, collage. I have a sketchbook filled with notes and planning sketches, of course. This is more for play, for journaling thoughts visually… I am trying to leave one table set up as a place to work. It helps to keep things out, to have water ready for waterolors. To steal a moment here and there. I am trying to do a two page spread each week. 

BoC 2014 swap

The Beads of Courage charm swap and auction is the undertaking of Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions. Participants create and swap art beads/charms. Surplus charms are auctioned off to raise funds for  Beads of Courage. This organization provides “innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.” I have signed up to contribute 2 charms to the swap. This year’s theme is “Soar” and I have plans to donate an additional piece to the auction on November 14th. 

 

That’s all for now! 

Off to pack and prepare and fire the kiln one last time.

Upcoming shows: 

Artsfest at Annmarie Garden – September 20-21st. Dowell MD 10-5pm daily. 

Art on the Avenue – October 6th. Alexandria VA. 10-6pm

 

 

Pumpkin spice and polymer skulls…

So I think I havent posted for a week. Sorry. It was a busy week. At times I think fall will settle down, when shows are over for the season and I resume my teaching on Saturdays. Not so. FaerieCon is 2 weeks away. I have workshops and classes going on in addition to the regular Sat kids cermaics class. I am thrilled !!! to be a member of the Art Jewelry Elements blog. Working on the October AJE design team reveal, as well as regular blog posts. All good, but busy. So here are a few snapshots for you…

pumpkin spice

The flavor of the season…

Muertos

From my ofrenda table/altar in the house. And yes – he has a gold tooth!

bee and flower

Last of the harvest…

muertos2

Waitresses and a happy couple…

polymer sugar skulls

Sugar skulls! Read all the details at the AJE blog or shop for these on Etsy!

Coast 2 Coast piece.

A collaborative piece from me and Cooky Schock. Read more about out shared creative ventures at Coast 2 Coast Creative!

lunar hares WIP

Copper, enamel. faux bone… work proceeding nicely for FaerieCon. 

Steampunk cameos WIP

Steampunk cameos… some with a bit of cheekiness…

 

So pour a coffee, enjoy the weather on the deck, and stay tuned for more work in progress as I create magic in preparation for FaerieCon!

Catching up…and puppies!

Its been a week of catching up. The house was a bit out of control – I needed to neaten and organize as much as clean. Laundry, groceries, restock after the fridge died… And get back to the studio! I have a collaborative piece freatured on my now blog with Cooky Schock Coast 2 Coast Creative. ( And you could win it… Go take a look!) I also have a very exciting piece on the table for tomorrrow’s History Blog hop...

Until then a look back. Last weekend was Art on the Avenue in Alexandria; my last arts festival of the year. (FaerieCon not included!)

Old friends

Great to see Jaime and Christina! 

New friends

I know its blurry. Marina kept dancing in her stroller. 

Display 1

Lovely to be able to bring shrines, tiles and jewelry – to show my cohesive body of work!

My set up

The overal set up… 

Ganesh and Buddha

Ganesh and Buddha…

New collars Old collar

On the left: the purchase of the day. On the right: the old and new collars. 

Thrilled to find Persnickety Pup again! These are the best collars ever, well made, gorgeous, and so sturdy. The worn collar – is 4 years old! Daily wear, rough and tumble! And yes – I bought the same pattern. I loved it. They have a great selection, and are really helpful in sizing…I recommend them. 

Zoey fashion plate

Zoey in her new collar. Oscar loves his simple tribal design, but refused to be interviewed for this post. 

Autumn

And I got to meet Autumn! The new furry kid at my friend Beth’s house. This show gives us a mini reunion, and we had so much fun!

Alright. More coffee, off to the studio, I have polymer to cure!  Yes – I said polymer. Stay tuned!

 

Impressions of September…

Its hard to believe this weekend is the Equinox, and Fall will officially be here. September has passed in a blur of events and shows. Let me share a few images with you…

Beach feet

Bethany TIme

Rehoboth classic

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Festival, September 8th, was a day of extremes. We had perfect weather, simply idyllic the day before, and the day after. I awoke to thunder, we set up under a dry yet cloudy sky. The morning brought torrential rains, the afternoon strong gusts. But the setting is lovely, sales were good – considering. And it was still a good day! And nothing beats a bonus beach day for a trip to Rehoboth. Nicola’s anyone? 

 

Next I was headed to southern Maryland to Artsfest at Annmarie Garden and a few long awaited reunions…

Bay Bridge. Blue Sky

Art camping

Art camping at its finest. 

Into the woods

What a backdrop!

Hoffman reunion

The Hoffman sisters – it is thrilling and so satisfying to see my students grown up. What gorgeous women these two have become!

Robison reunion

And another artist/teacher reunion: 2 teachers and one student – ten years has it been? Like no time has passed, and yet so great to catch up!

 

I do have more to post from Artsfest – a few fabulous ceramic artists I met, but that will wait til next week. I am headed to ArtBLiss tomorrow for a weekend of R&R! And inspiration, and camaraderie, and fun, and polymer, and beads, and wine, and laughter…..

 

Lingering Summer, approaching Autumn

me at Beadfest

For so many years this was my back to school part of the year. Now its the back to the studio time – after teaching Ceramics camps over the summer – time to design and create new work for the upcoming Fall season. 

The month of August was all about Beadfest Philadelphia! Glazing, firing, preparing, and finally exhibiting at my first bead show. It was a fantastic time and a success! That’s me pictured at my Beadfest table. But it may be partly to blame for the complete lack of a Summer newsletter…

 

So while it still feels like summer, I have Fall on my mind. Fall festivals and events, fun and frolic. This update is going to be brief – out of necessity as I head to the beach tonight for a show this weekend…

 

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Festival – THIS SATURDAY  (September 8th) in town on Garfield Parkway and the Boardwalk. I will be on the boardwalk between Parkwood and Hollywood Sts.  The show runs from 10-5, and I find this to be my favorite time of year at the beach . There is also a Silent Auction to benefit area schools. Their site: http://web.bethany-fenwick.org/events

 

Artsfest at Annmarie Garden – Next weekend! (Sept. 15 -16th) Imagine it – dappled sunlight through a canopy of trees, music drifting in on the wind… artists galore… Its a lovely setting and a great show! Their link: http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/artsfest-2010

 

The following weekend I have some “me” time planned. ArtBliss is an art retreat held outside DC, in Dulles VA. In its third year, it hosts art, mainly jewelry themed, workshops by nationally acclaimed instructors. I look forward to being inspired, experimenting in polymer ( a new/old medium for me) and catching up with friends! ( Find out more at: www.artblissworkshops.com)

 

Mermaid tile and pendant

 

The final Fall show of the trilogy: Art on the Avenue – Saturday October 6th in DelRay/Alexandria VA. This to me – is a “Welcome Autumn” show as there are pumpkins, kids building wacky floppy scarecrows… you name it. Great music, tasty food – and the festival is huge! Definitely time to do Holiday shopping! Their list of artists: http://www.artontheavenue.org

 

On a different note I have a series of workshops that I am offering this Fall at The Art Studio. It is located in Wilmington DE, and houses “my” ceramic studio. My classes will be a mix of jewelry and ceramics, projects and techniques – suitable for all experience levels.  I will send a more detailed list next week, as time allows. You can check them out if you are interested: http://www2.nccde.org/artstudio/default.aspx

 

Until then – sorry I have to run! Fall is my favorite time of year! I am looking forward to sweaters & jeans, crisp breezes, creating new work, and all that Autumn brings! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

For details, links and more pictures – as well as up to date work in progress, please stop by my blog on my website: www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog. As always – if you no longer wish to receive the newsletter – simply email me. Thanks!



Fall festivals….

 

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.  ~Edwin Way Teale

 

Although Fall doesn’t officially start for a few weeks now,  years of teaching full time have set my body’s clock to equate September with fall. Here in Delaware we had a wee little earthquake and danced with Irene as she made her way up the coast. Now rain and cooler weather are welcome signs of the season. Fall is my busiest festival and show season as well. After the hectic pace of teaching ceramics summer camp, I spent August on vacation and in the studio. And I am finishing up projects here and there, firing kilns and packing up tiles and shrines up for…

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Festival: I love the ocean after Labor Day. Still gorgeous as always, clear skies, warm sand. Come to the beach one last weekend after the crowds have died down! This one day show is on the Boardwalk and Garfield Parkway, a large and impressive collection of artists and crafters. The annual silent auction contributes its proceeds to art departments of local schools., a generous and worthy cause. The festival runs 10 – 5 on Saturday the 10th. Details can be found here. 

Artsfest: Annmarie Garden on Solomon’s Island MD hosts this fantastic two day show on September 17th and 18th. Music, wine tasting, artists galore – all set in the lush park and sculpture garden setting. So worth a day trip! I adore my location on the wooded path, set among the trees and the shade! I have many artist friends I  look forward to seeing each Spetember, catching up, bartering…(10-5 each day. Details pictures and directions: here. 

Art on the Avenue: This one is exceptionally exciting for me this year. I am returning to Alexandria VA on October 1st – and I am officially selling my jewelry and wearables! I am permitted to bring tiles and shrines as well, as I have in past years But I am spreading m wings and I will have ceramic pendants, mixed media pieces, earrings… a divers e offering of unique hand crafted wearable. I started out metalsmithing and painting in college, and I am in many ways returning to my roots! Hope to see you there! (Sat. October 1st, 10-6 pm. Details and directions: here

earrings galore!

But that is not all. I have a few other irons in the proverbial fire: 

I will be donating a piece to the Small Art, Big Auction annual fundraiser at the DCCA. Artworks are to be 12 x 12” and there will be diverse offerings in every media. It is a fun, creative fundraiser for this Wilmington DE arts organization, and who doesn’t have just a little available wall space? 

And classes! Are you interested in trying your hand at clay? metal? Bookbinding? Here is a short list of what and where I will be teaching in September and October; there is something for everyone. Hope you can join me!

September 20& 27th – “Fly away home” ceramic sculptural tile at the Art Studio, Newport, DE

September 28 & October 12 – Ceramic finger labyrinths at First and Central Presbyterian Church in WIlmington DE

October 11th – Resin collage jewelry workshop at the Art Studio.

Stay tuned for updates on other fall classes in the next month or so…Until then, a sneak peek! 

glazing labyrinths

Glazing ceramic labyrinths…

Fly away Home

“Fly away home” in progress…

student work resin

Student work from last fall’s resin workshop.