Sunday, September 15, 2013

A new large Soleri Bell and a small Soleri find

I just won this lovely large Soleri Bell on ebay. I spent more than I should but there are certain bells that really just speak to me. Last week they were cleaning out the house of an elderly recluse that had passed away down the road. Everything was being thrown in the dumpster I saw the little Soleri bell hanging outside and incorporated it into a ceramic hanger I made. They were also throwing out a small Doyle Lane pot that was literally lying upside down in a pile of sheets to be thrown out. I sold it on ebay and it paid for my lovely bell. There is a certain feeling of melancholy that this man I never new gave me such a beautiful gift. He was an artist and I also saved a small picture of his that I love which I will post soon. Thanks Dale.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rest in Peace Mr. Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri has passed away. What a wonderful man and designer. I hope one day his message will get through ... we will all be better for it. Thanks for the lovely forms and sounds.


Monday, March 11, 2013

The Way Things Go incredible art installation

Published on May 11, 2012
Art film by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. 1987.  Treat yourself watch the whole thing.

Mid Century Abstract tile table

I found this at the Rosebowl yesterday. Has  a nice Klee Miro feel to it. Made a little object awhile back that looked like it was spawned from the table.

Monday, January 28, 2013

if you like Noguchi Ceramics you may like this California Studio Pottery

Here is a piece I have from the ubber talented Heather Rosenman.  I sold 2 pieces of Rupert Deese to buy it, but I believe on some level, we need to keep supporting the ongoing tradition of California Modernism and Craft or else we will end up just being nostalgic and Doyle Lane will end up being the new Meissen.  Well not really, his pieces rock, but there is tons of new talent. While a lot of it is referential, I think it makes sense that California is  a strong presence and makes us feel the same way it did 50 years ago, and if Modernism is resonating so strongly with people it is because it is still relevant. Then creating things that are heavily inspired is actually tapping into the current zeitgeist. If  the modernism that happened in the 50's/60's didn't, do you think we would be coming up with it now? Certainly seems to fit .What do you think?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

If you like Soleri Bells you may like Tita Estes Ceramics

Have not blogged in awhile been busy busy.  Before I went away I went to a ceramic show and bought this bowl by Los Angeles Ceramicist Titia Estes.  I have posted many pics because somehow I just cannot get a shot that captures just how powerful and balanced it is in the 3-dimensional flesh. I am a huge fan of Soleri works and this gave me a very similar feel. Primitve. Simple. Balanced.

It has a matt dark brown interior with a glazed colored interior of the most perfect vidid, deep  orangey red.

I was introduced to Titia's work by my 9 year old dauthger Julia. About 8 months earlier I had given her $20 at another ceramics showto buy whatever she wanted and she had bought a small Titia Estes pot that we all loved.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Vintage Afrikaana chair with mid-century Kem Weber influence

I have a chair in AFrica... well I am loving South Africa and it is great to be with all my old childhood friends.  The design scene here in Cape Town is amazing .. so far this is my favorite chair clocking in at only $27.00 but alas shipping too much. Feels like someone from a small Karoo town saw a Kem Weber airline chair