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objects for vases is next

this summer has been the most productive time for me as far as working on a consistent basis; despite the obstacles and the 'hard' of it all, these vases have been all consuming.  i think part of me knows when fall comes, if it is as rainy as it was last year i wont be able to work so much so do it while i can!  plus it will get dark about 3 hours earlier and most of my work is done after 5pm when all people who work next door at the bank and hair salon leave, the parking lot clears out and i can set up my tools and work in those empty spaces. wont be as easy when its dark by 5pm, i dread it already.

my goal was to have at least 100 vases ( i have made that many but have sold 50? is that possible???? and wanted to have that many on hand for fall markets/etsy holiday shopping).  after i finish this last batch i will have 77 and it dawned on me that 100 isn't any better than 77 so i'm stopping right there.  in all likelihood i will make more in another few weeks....i ne…

New Vases!

front and back view of vase
Another beautiful series, 'Cracklin Red' has just been created.  There are actually 4 or 5 pipes of this color/design, a good chance I will get 20 or so vases out of the whole stock.  The end pieces of the pipes are  gnarly with unique patches of black, red and white along with a splattering of gold/rusty/copper colors as well.  I'm thinking this vase will be a hit around the Holidays as I would imagine poinsettias will look amazing in them! Oh and if you hadn't noticed, the 'flowers' are from Tod which are available in his Etsy shop.  He used metal bands for the stem and securely affixed ceramic fence insulators to the ends.  They are stunning in this vase!

Just listed White Birch #9.  The colors are amazing and some of the 'lips' on them are just beyond what I could have ever come up with.  This was the end of the pipe, its jagged and gnarly and needed some smoothing up to make it user friendly. Available in my Etsy shop.


I'm in the mood again with fuss with my websiteEtsy has recently changed it's look and I love it.  I find my personal website to be cluttered and more complicated than it should be.  I also find that I rarely if ever sell anything from it. More and more I use it as a portfolio and link my work directly to my etsy listings.  My website isn't e-commerce friendly and lets face it, I'm not going to spend a lot of money on my website when I've got work on Etsy, flickr, blogs, facebook, twitter etc. I've also realized that my work has changed a fair amount in the last year or so and it is my smaller, functional art that seems to sell online the best.  Etsy is all set up for that so why double my workload?

Having learned FrontPage (microsoft) I find I like working on it myself as I can control what is on/when.  It's dated but there are tricks around that and quite frankly even if I had the money I doubt I would pay someone to do a website for me.  I find people…


so yesterday i had a super gross cleaning job to do.  i'm still doing that as i've yet to dig myself out of my hole, still owe money.  still need to make rent and while july was a kick ass month for vase sales that money barely touched my hands.  you know how it is.

so i'm cleaning.  i'm cleaning a refrigerator that was so filthy and moldy i called the office, incredulous that they weren't going to replace this nasty excuse for an appliance.  i'm thinking the health department would shut this fridge down and hire mafia to deposit it in the east river.

i'm cleaning a place that stinks of black mold.  i'm happily cleaning in a sick way because yesterday was monday and monday is the day tod and i go to the scrap yard and monday is the day i spend 70 or 80 bucks on pipes and scrap for vases and flowers.  i think i've lost my mind to tell you the truth.  picking out pipes from a mound and digging through dirt for scrip scraps.  lugging it home and shovin…

i see found object flowers

consumed would be a good word to describe how i'm feeling these days.  consumed in a good way.  short of working on my wood assemblages earlier this year, the vases have been a journey that feels like it has only just begun. the vases are leading me to found object flower making; it only makes sense that i would want to put my own pieces into the vases right?  for as much as i love the metal flowers that i bought from an etsy friend i can't afford to keep buying them and i suppose even if i could i would still feel like i should be making my own flowers.

it's a scary thing for me.  FLOWERS. ironically i'm not really a flower person, maybe that is why i'm trying to make my own.  i love searching for things and here in texas with a heat index of 110 lately it isn't too hard to find bottle cap tops.  my personal favorites are the ones that have been tossed onto the blacktop and then run over and squished.  i also like automobile plastic so i walk around the auto…

e-conservation published my clock!

My Vermont Bauble Clock was published in the July issue of  e-conservation online magazine! E-conservation is a magazine for conservation of cultural heritage and they wanted my clock to be used for part of their ad campaign.  They bought the rights to publish four images, three of which have yet to be determined for future publications.

This clock is one of my most popular etsy clocks, I think that clock has been put into more treasuries than I can shake a stick at.  It has more hearts than a pulmonary clinic.  Glad it got a little more attention, thanks e-conservation!  Here is the photo from the online magazine:

Big Reds

I've finished my batch of Big Red vases.  Twelve in all with two already sold to a friend.  These are from the old fire house down the street.  I managed to 'save' one before everything got hauled away. It's rare to find a pipe out there without having to dig through the scrap yard.  Half of these are not waterproof, case in point the photo above.  It does have a bottom to it, just that slit keeps it from holding water unless you know something I dont. 

Loving the Big Reds.  Next are flakey whites.  Have 8 of them ready to finish today and photos coming soon.  After that I have crinkly Christmas Reds and then I will have over 30 vases done and ready for whatever!  I think I will list them all on etsy now but indeed these will be taken to an outdoor market in September. The Gallery I have work at in Spring Texas plans to have outdoor markets on Saturday.  Can't beat the price:  $25 plus they have a tent.  I'm hoping by then to have my own floral/stem arrangement…

New Art Find: Louis Pons

Louis Pons, 1991 Dock Assemblage
Louis Pons, 1981 Fils à papa Assemblage
 Louis Pons, 1974 Trésor no. II Relief 
 Louis Pons, 1972 Safari bleu Relief 
 Louis Pons, 2003 The Recluse Mixed Technique 
Friday New Art Finds.  ha.  I'm posting it early because my blog needs something on it other than ME.   I present to you Louis Pons.  Born in Marseilles, France in 1927 and apparently still going strong.  I have little to no information on this artist, he appears to be elusive on the net.  I recently watched a strange little movie called 'The Gleaners and I' by Agnus Varda.  She had a blip on him and I set to searching for images or information online only to come up with a small wikipedia blip and a few sites containing his work.
No matter, it's enough just to see his work.  This site if you translate it, appears to have the most information of any:
Primary studies at Marseilles, school of the Carthusian monks.
School of the Trades, Endoume, Marseilles. He learns the trade from fitter bu…

do you do repetition

not been doing much in the way of online stuff lately.  in fact, i haven't been doing much of anything but making vases, sleeping, and cleaning apartments.  my dremel tool broke so i had to ship that off this morning to the service center in Wisconsin.  that oughta slow me down a little bit.  it got real hot out too, that definitely is gonna slow down outside vase making.  the vase thing is curious, i know that i cannot sustain this and it will come to and end after another 7 batches or so.  i will indeed run out of galvanized steel which is what i use for the bottoms of these vessels. been looking for something used or new and not seeing what i want.  maybe it's good to only make so many and then be done.  someone suggested using soup can lids, which is a pretty cool idea but i don't eat soup and not sure how to get that in bulk.  in a way, i think i will need a break from the vases in another month.  it really is a lot of work, fun as these things are unless i have help …