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Once again, I am embarrassed at how long it has been since my last update. A lot has been happening and I have been busy, but I have been neglecting you!

You saw this piece called "Carl- with attachments" in the last update when it was still raw clay. Here is Carl all finished and the color is NOT glaze, but paint.



A couple of close ups-



I happened to catch Carl when he was wearing a heart monitor and I asked if I could make a piece of him and his current "condition". I have been making some sculptures about the general human condition. However, I frequently get side tracked as you will see.



I bought an Ipad thinking it would do great things for me in the studio.



I had to make an easel to do the things I wanted.



However, the Ipad is a long way from a computer. As soon as I used it for five minutes, I knew it would not satisfy my needs and sold it on ebay. I flipped it into a 24" Imac. I bought a top-o-the-line IMAC a year ago and paid 2700. I bought this identical machine for the studio. This one is 8 months old and cost 922 bucks to my door. I will never buy an Apple product new again.



The Imac with Photoshop navigator replaces all the printed images I work with. The old way of presenting visual information is on the left and the new is on the right.



You also saw this piece in the last update. It is a little comment on how ceramics- oft considered a "lowly" art form- actually transmits more about human history than most or all other art forms.



I wanted to put myself into that history of the lowly pots so I made another similar piece and put myself in the picture.



Here are a few detail shots.























My nephew and his wife, Ben and Sarah, brought their kids down for a day in the studio and this is what they made in one afternoon. I am just waiting for another visit where they can glaze.



I am glazing this piece right now.







Suddenly, I was inspired by a couple of traditional images for sculptors. I want to make a piece entitled "Embrace" and another...



"The Kiss". I have the images to work with as I had a couple come and visit the studio and model for me. Now I just have to fine the time to get to it. This is an inspiring 1950's plaster "Kiss" that I have had around the house for 20 years. Inspiring it may be, but it is a bit toooo sweet. I am after more love. Stay tuned.



As long as I am on a romantic theme, I'll show you this Valentine Baltic Amber necklace I bought for my wife. It is killer in sunlight. A couple of the beads have bugs in them.



Something else that is eating up a bit of time is that I volunteered to fill some display cases at my local library with some of my hood ornament collection. This is half of the collection out for inventory and cleaning.



In other news, I have been invited to mount a one-man show at the Zanesville Art Museum this summer. Stay tuned. I have some ideas...


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