I am thrilled to announce that my most excellent and super talented ceramic sculptor friend Caroline Douglas and myself will be teaching a one week workshop at the transcendentally beautiful Hacienda Mosaico in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at the end of March/beginning of April.
The workshop is called, "The magnificent Mini Me: Celebrating Your Inner Light" and during this fun filled and learning rich week we will be constructing miniature facsimiles of ourselves starting with sculpting clay heads, clay animals and clay beads. We will embellish the "body" of our mini me with bead mosaics and attach wooden spindles for arms and replicas of santos hands. We will be stringing strands of our own hand made clay beads and a variety of other beads to create a skirt for our pieces. We will incorporate text that has some personal resonance for us: a short poem, an affirmation, a favorite quote, a prayer or a remembrance. And these beautiful little ladies will also feature a light whose glow will remind us to keep our own inner lights shinning.
Take a look at the entire web site of Hacienda Mosaico to see how gorgeous this paradise is! I hope you can join Caroline and me for this grand adventure.
I am tuning back into my blog with my latest creation. This is an interactive piece constructed in a vintage wooden radio case. The starring ventriloquist head was a perfect fit for the circular opening in the case. This piece was over a year in the making due to technical difficulties. My tech adviser, brother in law Bob helped me to make the ventriloquist head light up when the first dial on the front of the case is turned and to make the mouth move up and down when the second dial is turned. It took a while for Bob to find the perfect MP3 player to fit inside the case to play the sound effect of a vintage radio being tuned through several stations when the third dial is turned.
I am hoping to take inspiration from "Radio Head" and stay tuned in to my blog more often this year. Does that sound like a new year resolution?
I have recently finished this piece called "Playing To Win". It features the face of a vintage pachinko machine. When I inherited the pachinko machine it was no longer functional, but I was in love with it's retro looking graphics, it's amazing detail and it's screaming colors. With the help of my magical brother in law this piece is wired so that each switch at the bottom of the piece lights up a different part of the pachinko board until you get to switch number five at which point the whole face of the board lights up and the piece emits a wild cheering sound due to a strategically placed sound chip.
The whole problem with gambling is that you are guaranteed to lose so often. Here is an art piece that guarantees a win every time you "play".
I will be participating in the Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market in Denver this weekend, June 9 and 10. Show hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday. I will be in booth number 140 on 3rd Ave. between Sherman and Grant. Come visit if you can!
I will be participating over Memorial Day weekend in the Downtown Denver Art Festival and I do hope to see you there! Show dates are May 25-28. Show hours are Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 11-8pm, Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm. I will be in the big tent on the corner of Glenam and 15th St.
See ya soon!
So as of today I am one step closer to being a rock star.
Last week I was interviewed by Aimee Heckel from the Boulder Daily Camera and the article just appeared today!