Catching up… and creative undertakings

Where did last week go? I lost a few days in a pollen induced haze of headaches and general lethargy. It is amazing how fantastic “Normal” feels after running  on depleted energy stores. SO last week-  no posts. Oops. 

This week – there is a lot going on. Meeting today with the amazing M. Carol Mauer to finalize our plans for a ceramic finger labyrinth class. Should be wonderful. More on that ASAP. (It will be soon, in Wilmington, DE)

Last week recieved the foundation for a fantastic journey that I will be undertaking over the next year. 

Sketchbook

 

The Sketchbook Project – artists from around the world sent a slim paperback sketchbook. Choose a theme, and create! The completed books will be exhibited in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Austin, among others – with corresponding exhibits overseas in Melbourne and London! At the exhibits the books are out to be seen, read, examined.  All of them. I am thrilled. I selected “Encyclopedia of…” as my theme. I am thinking Goddesses – of course! I am glad they are coming to Philly so I can see the show – and hopefully my sister will see it in Austin! I need to get planning… Perhaps an A to Z of goddesses… There is still time to sign up if you are interested. 

And glazing. And weeding. And enameling. Let me post this now, and i will tell you more later – promise!

 

 


 


A to Z: E is for Eclectic

 

1: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
     2
: composed of elements drawn from various sources;
Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from ex- out +legein to gatherFirst Known Use: 1683

Its a word I like. Eclectic. There is an artistic air there, a little bit left of center, not the norm. And I really like the synonyms: Magpie, motley… When I was in college, studying art and education, I was already taking a more diverse path than many of my fellow art students. While they were concentrating on mastery in one medium… ( not to get philosophical, but do we ever achieve mastery? Then what else would there be to do, if not grow, learn and evolve…) I was developing proficiency in many mediums. (My words, not the college’s.) I was headed to the classroom – what better breadth of knowledge than a plethora of skills and experiences? Yet being such a Jack-of-all-trades was frowned upon. It was implied that I lacked the requisite focus or skills needed to make it “out there”. The jester, in his bells and motley tunic often juggling many balls – the artist, working in different materials, tending to many projects at once. I like the Jack of all trades metaphor, and while I continue to strive to be  a master… I think I am making progress.
Artsfest booth
( My booth set-up for Artsfest 2010)

This entry was going to be “D is for dilemna” but it is resolved now, and “Eclectic” is a better fit. I recently applied to one of my regular festivals, in the fall, in a city where we used to live. The entry categories, always a dilemma at festival time…Am I a ceramics artist? No. That brings to mind functional wares when seen in the event program. And I am definitely NOT a potter. (No offense meant. I just am not into function.) So I write in “Mixed Media” if it isnt already a listed category. I have tiles to bring, shrines, maybe clay, maybe in tins or boxes. Could bring collages… Then there are the pendants. Clay really is the unifying element in my work. When you see my booth all set up, decaorated, ready for business – clay is 90% of my offeriengs. Many pieces are not purely clay, but incorporate found objects, mini books, collages – hence the Mixed Media moniker. My pendants are clay. They are partnered in motif with my tiles. I work in symbolic images and icons – would you like to wear that raven? Or hang it in your house? 
ravens in kiln
pendants
This show tightened up their guidelines. Unless you are juried into the jewelry category, you may NOT bring any jewelry. I emailed for clarification. And sat with the dilemma for a while. Do I take only tiles and shrines? Or do I apply for jewelry? If I apply for jewelry, the competition is stiff, but I could possible have an opportunity to take earrings, stamped metal, resin, some of my new work. Here is the deal-maker: If accepted for jewelry I CAN bring tiles and shrines as well. (But not the other way around) SO I went for it. And as I write this I haven’t heard back yet if I am accepted. Please think good thoughts for me, lets put the idea out there in the universe  – the first show I ever did will also be the show at which I debut my jewelry officially. There is a karmic balance to that, don’t you think? 
wishing well
I have made a wish. Here’s wishing you well, also!

 

Artsfest 2010

Artsfest booth Beautiful as always, my home away from home set amidst the trees… 

Booth detail Could I ask for a better place to exhibit – where my mythical tiles could be more at home?  

view wooded path

And at every turn, every crook in the path, magic abounds:

Faerie house 1 Faerie House 2 Faerie House 3  

Great weather, great location, great show, great company! Thanks to everyone who stopped by; it was great to see you!

 

Falling… into fall

Oh heavens! Its already a week into September! Back to school and Labor Day have come – and gone. I am very busy this month – 2 shows, a retreat, and doing new work for 3 upcoming shows…I will give you all the details here, but honestly… if you are on Facebook; follow my adventures at “The Art of Jennifer Davies-Reazor”. Its the easiest place to post pictures from shows, or the studio….

Speaking of the studio – unloaded a kiln this morning. Take a look:

Raven tiles  dryads kiln kiln shelf

So, lets talk about the fall schedule, where you can come talk to me, and see these beauties for yourself: 

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Festival: THIS WEEKEND! Saturday September 11th on the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach DE.  Lovely weather, the ocean at my back, setting up my wares as the sun rises… and this is a work day? Beautiful! Not to be missed. 

 

Artsfest at Annmarie Gardens, Solomon’s Island MD: Amazing 2 day arts festival; one of the finest. Start your holiday shopping with one of a kind hand crafted artwork and fine crafts. Set amidst the trees at the sculpture garden in Southern Maryland.

 

ArtBliss Retreat: I am looking forward to this professional development weekend – taking enameling classes, socializing, being inspired and rejuvenated. My best friend Jen is taking classes with me – we havent worked side by side in a metals studio since we were undergrads! I am having a trunk show Saturday night – my new Ceramic pendants and mixed media jewelry components.

 

Art on the Avenue, Alexandria VA: The little neighborhood festival… that grew! Fall is ushered in during this family and pet friendly affair. The streets are closed to cars and thronged with people. Hundreds of artists and craftspeople, music, amazing food, and seasonal activities for the little ones. Even shuttles from the Metro if you are a local!

 

FaerieCon: More details to come. My second year at this fantastical, fantasy, faery wonderland! Brian and Wendy Froud, Michael Hague, the Gypsy Nomads… intrigued? Music and magic and mayhem in Baltimore for the weekend of November 12 – 14th.

I will post pictures, more details as events come up. But time really got away from me, as I sculpted away in the basement studio – now, its time to get out there, catch some sun, and sell some artwork. Hope to see you there!