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One thing I learned this year

Posted by mysculptureclass on November 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (2)

For years I have been thinking about and imagining sculpting "Conversation with Myself" so that the small figure would be lifesize.  This year I finally did it.  I had already quit "real" job.  I did not have the money to cast it.  I wasn't sure how I could build it safely, and I definitely did not have someone to buy it.

But, with the deadline to show it at "Artprize"  and the encouragement, expertise, and help of my studiomate ,friend, and love, it happened.  We did it.

In the midst of all that anxiety, sweat, and fear. We did it.

That is when the amazing stuff started to happen.  My foundry and Welding people broke land and speed records to have it finished the morning of the Sculpture in the park show in Loveland, Colorado.  Both the big local papers had pictures of it in them.

The response was all that I had hoped for, and I sold enough at the show to pay those guys that worked so hard for me to get it finished.

We took it to another show where the reception was just as wonderful, and then installed it at ArtPrize.  While I didn't win any of the top 10, I was in the top 25 in my neighborhood.  I got to exhibit it at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and while we were driving to pick it up, it sold.  IT SOLD!

So I am learning.  I am a slow study, but I am beginning to get it.  I have to do it anyway; whatever "it" is. Even when I am afraid, even if the old tapes in my head say not to.  I need to trust that if I build it they will come, and if I follow what my heart tells me to do I won't be sorry.   Even before it sold I was so happy that I did it, and so appreciative of the support I had to make it happen.  So now I am casting #2,

Anybody want a sculpture?

An exciting new project!!!

Posted by mysculptureclass on June 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to share my new project with you!!  Im building a 12 foot tall "Conversation with Myself" and have set up a website that will have updates and allow you to participate in a variety of ways.  Please check it out!!!

Last night

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 31, 2010 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (0)

It ws a lovely reception at Xanadu gallery last night.  I got to see a few old friends, students, and collectors, and made new friends as well.  Xanadu Gallery did a wonderful job setting up my work and welcoming the people that came to see me.

Many of the people that I love were able to be there, and that made it really special too. A great way to spend the second to the last day of 2010....

My show in Scottsdale

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 24, 2010 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am excited to see anyone who can make it at my reception in Scottsdale on December 30!  I'll be there with new work....the first time the bronze "who rescued who" will be seen in a gallery!  Please come see me if you can!

I'm going to Italy!

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to teach a sculpture workshop in Italy next September!  The Sedona Art Center is sending me to Italy with 15 Sculpture Students, and we are going to have a blast!  We are going to Stay in a villa in a small town in Tuscany and work at the international  La Meridiana ceramics studio. On the first day there will be an introduction to paperclay and how I use it.  The next day we will take a day trip into Florence to be inspired by all the great art there.


After that it will be back to the studio to get to work.  For me, the class in Italy is only the beginning of the adventure.  Stay tuned for moreT

Ready to Jump?

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (1)

I finally jumped. I am a full time artist.  This is how I make my living. 


Last winter a good friend of mine told me that I am better at getting ready to jump than anyone he has ever met.  I had just gone back to teaching full time and was once again planning as to how I would be the full time artist that I have been planning and longing to be since my now 18 year old daughter was 1.

Well, he was right.  I inspired others to do it, I planned how I could, I did it a little bit.  But I was afraid to jump,,,to really jump.

Well, My daughter graduated from high school and I decided now is the time.  I quit everything that was standing in the way.  My marriage. My job. My old ways of thinking. My old life. I am the happiest I have ever been.

So here I go.  Updates to follow.

Should I cast my work in Bronze?

Posted by mysculptureclass on March 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)

I have met a whole lot of beginning sculptors that are anxious to cast their work in bronze. I have to say, I love bronze.  I love the durability and the the way my work looks in bronze.  I also know that I do not recommend that you start casting in bronze right away.


I think that before you start casting your work in bronze, it make sense to develop your voice first.  Find out who you are as an artist and create a body of work that reflects that. I have found that when artists cast  limited editions too early in their career, they don't sculpt as many new pieces as they would have otherwise.  It gets expensive to mold and cast each new piece, so they often just make less work.


 Well before I started casting I had a body of work in galleries. Then, by the time I started casting my work I already had collectors and I had a stream of income that I could use to invest in bronze casting.  I bought a kiln for the price it would have cost me to mold and cast three peices, and I have used it  to create literally hundreds of works that have sold through the galleries that represent me.


If you are not even to the place that you want to invest in a kiln, paperclay can be left unfired and cold finished.  The images below are examples of cold finished work.  Like I said before, I love bronze, and I love the way my work looks in bronze. I just want you to know  It is not the only way you can create finished sculptures, it is just one way. 




sculpting class in April

Posted by mysculptureclass on March 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited about the sculpting class that I am doing April 2-4 in Sedona, AZ!  The people are wonderful, the location is stunning, and the students are always fabulous!  It has become my favorite place to teach workshops!  I always love teaching the 3 day workshop because students begin on Friday with wet clay, and on Sunday we are firing their finished sculptures to take home.  They are always so excited and inspired about what they are able to accomplish in only three days!  For more info about the workshop, click here...and stay tuned for the paperclay workshop in Tuscany in September of 2011!

International paperclay symposium!

Posted by mysculptureclass on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (2)

I had the most amazing experience a few weeks ago...I was a speaker and participant at the international Paperclay Symposium in Laguna Beach!

When I told my teaching colleague that I was invited to speak at the international paperclay symposium in Laguna Beach on February and 7, he laughed. He was surprised that there was enough interest in paperclay to have a symposium, much less an international one.

Within the long history of ceramics, the use of paperclay to create art or functional ware is in its infancy. Experiments in using paperclay to create three dimensional art began in the 70’s. More widespread use of paperclay did not begin until the 90’s and later as Rosette Gault and Graham Hay began to write, teach, and educate others. They found that this gave clay almost magical properties: The ability to add wet clay to dry, dry to dry, and even wet clay to bisque. It created pieces that were shockingly strong when green and allowed works to be fired more quickly and even left raw. The beginning of the paperclay movement is due, almost exclusively to the dedication that these two have had in experimenting, writing, and teaching about this medium.

The Paperclay Today symposium was truly international. Artists arrived from Australia, Wales, Italy, England, Montreal, and of course from all over US. Held in Laguna Beach California, the setting and enthusiasm of the organizer Linda Saville brought all of us here to connect, share, and to be inspired.

I fire my sculptures with large metal spikes embedded in them to strengthen the elongated thin legs. That’s why I use paperclay. In attending this conference, I was amazed at all the other ways this medium can be used to create fine art. For some paperclay is a way to create cutting edge contemporary art installations, for others it is a way to create the thinnest, most delicate and fine porcelain work that I have ever seen. For all us, it is a way to overcome the limitations of regular clay and to allow our own creativity while maintaining the relationship with the medium that we all love best: clay.

Paperclay is under-represented in the world of ceramics. Perhaps it is because of the love for the rich functional tradition of ceramics. Or maybe it is because those who have been trained in traditional ceramics are all too familiar with the disasters that occur when one does not understand what can and cannot be done with clay. Paperclay opens the door to new ways of looking at and thinking about clay. It does not take away from the function or the history; it just adds more possibilities for all of us.

The Paperclay Today Symposium was just a beginning. From lengthy conversations during the symposium, I know that this core group of Paperclay artists is ready to join Rosette and Graham to bring this wonderful medium to the attention of art collectors, artists, museums and galleries around the world. After what I saw last weekend, there is no doubt: it really is time. You can see images form the symposium here.

Calendar of my sculpture on sale!

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

If you are looking for a 2010 calendar that will inspire you , check out my new calendar here!  If you order before December 31st and put in the code "HUMBUG" you will get 10%off.  Each month has a different sculpture pictured. Perfect for those that enjoy my sculpture but are not in an economic position to buy it right now.