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Thursday, May 22nd
Waning Crescent Moon
24 days old
These great photos and playlist are made by San Francisco artist BRETT WALKER. More to be seen on BRETTMAKESART
On a recent trip to L.A I was welcomed to visit Peter Shire‘s wonderful studio in Echo Park. The entire space was filled with ingenious projects still in progress and with an accumulation of useful objects creating a very organic and inviting environment where beautiful ceramics and one-of-a-kind furnitures were being made. I would like to thank everyone for their generosity and in particular Peter’s wife, Donna for showing me every little corner and telling me anecdotes behind every single pieces!
Please come celebrate local potter Remy Lemoine’s beautiful ceramics with us this evening, 6-8 pm!
Tomra is finally taking a vacation this week, but the Hammock Chair is
Fantastic weaver and artist Janelle
has spun together a group of favorites.
May you be inspired to make as you listen!
Last week we explored the magic power of plants with Fat and the Moon’s Rachel Buddle. She reminded us that herbs are living things that can bring a new dimension to our life by promoting self empowerment, keeping negative vibes at bay and offering us protection. How grounding to learn from this modern witch about herbalism and the basics of plant spirituality. To be continued…
Yahrzeit Cup (1964), then Gertrud and Otto working in their summer studio at the Brandeis Institute in Santa Susana, California, where they spent the summers of 1956 to 1960 as artists-in-residence. Photo by Lotte Nossaman. Then then an earthenware bowl (1955).
Wake up, wake up!
Positive sounds of the morning await you.
Photo of Katie Davis by Luiza Sá.
“I feel this is a great priveledge and blessing to live the way I do now in beauty, near wonderful mountains, with many friends. And freedom to do as I wish, which happens to be pottery. And chasing men, though they don’t know it.”
“And I say, women who have diamonds—it can’t touch the joy and excitement of opening a kiln.”
Beatrice Wood! Major Arcana artistic and whole life hero, of course! Duchamp buddy, sister-friend to Anaïs Nin, wearer of sarees, chronic flirt, in her mid-life became a luster glaze master following an adult ed ceramic class at the Hollywood High School, and lived to tell the tale of her 105 years in her indispensable memoir, I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood.
I took her book home to Virginia one year during the Christmas holiday and pretty much refused to leave the couch until I got through it. I probably missed out on the largest and most elaborately adorned sugar cookies of the season, but it was worth it!
Also a nice biography to be found at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts website—a center I have long-wished to visit but have not yet. Next time I go to check in on our corner region at the Ojai Rancho Inn, I hope to check it out. And I hope that all happens soon!