I start teaching 3 classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Monday - Aug 25 teaching 2 sections of 3D foundations and Futures: society and you. I just got elected to Senate as well. Awesome. I'm a Senator.
I start teaching Orientation to Art and Design at the College of Visual Arts as well. Really nice people over there and it will be all new to me, so I'm stoked with a little bit of scared attached.
hello to any students that just google-ed me. Now get your homework done. :)
Coming up - out door art fairs -see my ceramics and even better - please bring some home of course.
Edina Art Fair: Sep. 13-14 Marine on the St. Croix: Sept. 20 - 21 Afton Art Fair: Sept. 27-28
the R.N.C is coming to town, and I'm avoiding it. - not about politics - just hoop-la. too much trouble for me. But everyone and the artist in them is doing something - so i feel a little left out. Yet - not forgotten is politics on everyone's mind here's something someone gurrilaarted up in our neighborhood. impressive they got this done in one night! my students have no excuse now for not getting their homework done. But I will be showing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's faculty show http://www.mcad.edu/showPage.php?pageID=1119&eventID=331 Position and Imposition: MCAD Faculty Responds to Politics
When: Aug. 22-Sept. 24, 2008 Where: MCAD Gallery: Main Gallery Reception: Friday, Sept. 5, 6-8 p.m.
& at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN http://www.cva.edu/gallery/gallery_shows.htm I'm in this faculty show as well Annual CVA Faculty Exhibition August 28 - September 13, 2008
Faculty Presentations Tuesday, September 9, 6 - 9 p.m. Reception Thursday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
as long as the MCAD MFA print portfolio show at MCAD as well
special love going out to:
my friend Deb - keep fighting. it's not fair - cancer is less discriminate than death - at least death has its reasons. Cancer just picks un-fair fights - until it found you. Kick it's ass my dear! Please, we need you - us girls, women, ladies, double x chromosomes - we need you here fighting for us.
to my friends in Cordero - (Eric) - love the new record! what?? you haven't heard it? http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artists/cordero/ http://corderomusic.com/
to Mike and his family - little Adler... just a few more standing ups away from walking, talking, and taking over the world. go get 'em.
and to my boy - you do everything and that makes you awesome. check out his art show opening Down Town Minneapolis, for the next 2 weeks- part of this larger big art thing that co-ensides with the RNC: http://www.gallery13.com/
it's down town 811 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN he's got a really great piece there - related to sports / pole vaulting / being in the flow /the olympics coolstuff xoxo -abbi
Horray!!! Joe Likes it!! This is no-longer available in my studio. Joe is a long time supporter and friend from way back when I had a video made of myself and my work on HGTV. Every so often it is aired again, and I get a few inquieries - but none like Joe. He's the best. All the way out on the East Coast and far away from any galleries I currently have, I am happy to work with Joe. I rarely do commisions these days and prefer to work through galleries I have, but Joe's a special case. Anything for this guy.
Sorry for all the spelling errors - I'm on my way off to one teaching meeting after another. booo.... boring day. meetings meetings meetings... they make the world go round.
Dear Joe. Let me know if you think this will work for what you were thinking.
This has been my favorite piece made in quite some time It's the work that everyone stops at and oooohhhs and Ahhs. about 13" in diameter. Light greens, dark greens, golds, ambers... and a sunrise form. meaning one side is a little higher than the other - the face is tipped upward for maximum drama from different angles. 9" tall on it's highest petal.
Let me know if this is what you had in mind. If not - I can go right back to the drawing board. take care -Abbi
Ben and I are home from our big trip. It feels great to be home. In the mean time - I'm busy packing up work for the next sale. (Edina coming Sept 13-14th in Minnesota) I've got lots of work to make until then.... but if you need something - just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I still really miss my pet family. Doing alright today. Lots of new galleries. I'll be posting the work once it goes out of which pieces are at which galleries. That way you know where to buy the work.
This piece: This is going to be at Beyond Dimensions Fine Art Gallery in Dover, DE.
This is an amazing little piece -and there will never be one as perfect because that pink color that's in the center of the work - edged by green - I don't know what's happened to that glaze - but it does not flow like that anymore. chunky and arggg!!! it just won't blend like it did this one time... I don't know, I had magical moment or something. this is a one of a kind, signed... Really extraordinary! This gallery has been a long time supporter of my work - so I'm very pleased this amazing work with just a perfect little base on it is going there.
god, I love this piece. Who ever owns this beauty owns a big slice of my best efforts in that work. sigh.... Who ever snags it is one lucky ducky.
Anyway - I'm about to pack up... Looking forward to the drive home... Seeing Ben's parents, my brother.... and I'm more than sure my parents are looking forward to returning my Seti to me. more posted soon -abbi
These are my Tulips and Lotuses available. Someone asked me why these works cost more than the conchs - good question. These works are each signed and dated, and cataloged with a number you see below the image. These works take me far longer to make and are designed to sit on your counter top evenly and . They do not scratch the surface with the rough exterior but accentuate the center of the table or counter you set it on. They are the gallery level works and take much time and labor to finish. You know when you have one of these works from me that you have something my heart has been thrown into
I really miss my trouble making duo. Sebastian and Seti. (New Kitten and Doberman). Here's Sebastian on the kiln and amongst the conchs and Irises about to be glazed. He's into everything... Always.
Seti finds her own trouble. She just finds ways of being really cute about it. They wrestle right in the middle of my work and studio... They are so funny... I really miss my babies. Luna too... (the other cat who HATES taking pictures. I stopped bothering her with that a while ago. The other 2 - just like the hams they are, love it.
These frogs have all been sold but have been very popular. I guess I'm going to have to make a lot more. China Treasures in Wayzata, MN. will have these guys along with a few more. These Irises are going really well as well. the 2 white ones in the middle I'm giving to my mom, and the top right hand one just sold as well. - I have 6 left. This is such a cool piece I've had for a while that Ben found when we were merging studios this summer. Beautiful enamel job on this one and the yellows are amazing. This one reminds me of the first crocuses of the spring that you see.
No picture does this work justice I'm afraid. It's a strange color. Soft whites, greens and grays inside and a deep green exterior with feathered base. Great lily form with a wide open Iris mouth to it.
This frog has been long sold... I just like him. Figured I'd put another picture up of him.
This is the last Dragonfly I have left. These wall hanging dragonflies are becoming one of my favorite objects. They are so hard to get into the kiln before they are fired for the first time. You can just feel the weight of those wings pulling and I sweat as I scurry across the studio floor to get these in the kiln before the wings fall off - but it's so worth if once it's fired. The glazing and the final results... I just love them. They bring a wall to life. This one Dragonfly is now sold. 12:20pm 8/3/08. So are the other 3 that I brought.
Here's another new thing I'm trying. Putting my flowers into sculptural paintings of sorts. With Tissue behind them in the background to accent the idea of living forms, tissue, tails, feathers, fluidity etc...
Oh! I just was told the best suggestion a few seconds ago by this wonderful family that has been long time collectors of my work. Just a fabulous artistic family! Anyway - they just suggested that I call these "Butterfly Collections" - which makes so much sense - seeing I walk past one at the museum I teach at everyday... That makes so much sense. Oh! Now I have TONS of ideas for these. o.k. - so that's what these are called now. 'Butterfly Collections". I love it.