Tiles in the sidewalk in the Friendship Neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
About 18 years ago Erika, my daughter-in -Law, was pitching this little ceramic pumpkin she had created in elementary school. They were cleaning out the basement. I said No, no no and took it out of the trash. “You have to save it and give it to your children, show your kids someday.” Well her eldest is 17 at the end of this week.
I found this in the back of my China closet. I can’t wait to give her daughter the little ceramic pumpkin her mom made circa 1984. Hoping it doesn’t end up in the trash again
Happy Sunday Birthday to Erika.❤️
My granddaughter Anna made the beautiful flower covered ceramic art in her high school ceramics class. She gave it to me at Christmas. I put a glass jar inside to hold the stems in water.
The daffodils are from Ireland, but bought them at Trader Joe’s Monday afternoon. I’m sure many will have opened up by morning.
Bringing Spring inside
Ceramic figurines seem to speak of yesteryear to me. People might have them in their homes but I wonder how recently they were purchased. Do people still buy these and put them on display? Dust them? I am fascinated by what people collect. Especially when I’m trying to pare down and reduce my “stuff”.
I’ve posted about Hummels and Lladros before. You’ve seen my Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter figurines and ceramic rabbits who knit. Perhaps you’ve inherited a ceramic figurine from a relative who has passed. One thing I know is this-my own grown up children don’t want any of the porcelain or China things I have in my glass door cupboards.
One this large can’t be classified a tchotchke, can it? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tchotchke)
Urban dictionary says “look around your home and see what a robber probably would not steal.”
Liberty Avenue Window Display
Mac ‘n Berries by Lexi V.
I saw it in on a shelf in the glass door built-in cupboards this morning. Finally putting away some special dishes the grandkids had used their last visit.
The Mac ‘n Berries tag on the bottom reminded me of the creator Lexi V.
I bought it from a former photography class student who took ceramics as well.
So I set a place for it on the dining room table, took a picture and cheered myself.
Love the green challenge this week. The new challenges come out on Wednesdays now.
“I’m Celebrating Life as a Clay Artist.” Bernie Pintar
Meet Bernie Pintar.
Today I went to see him in the Sculpture Studio in the basement of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
He graciously agreed to be in my People at Work Series.
Originally from East Pittsburgh, he’s a 1972 graduate of the Ivy School of Professional Art which was a six story building in downtown Pittsburgh Market Square ( no longer there)- I looked it up and saw that Artist Activist Keith Haring went there, too.
And here is the amazing part of Bernie’s story- He started in clay in 2009. WOW!
A tribute to Cecil the Lion
River Styx Cruise and Detail
So here is how Bernie packages his stunning ceramic artwork-
he has “nests” for them and see where it says HEAD? He learned how to package his artwork like the Television Repairman who used to come fix his mother’s Zenith- Frank G. smelled like mothballs he remembers
He’d come with a box and say “I have the tube for your set.” and it was in a box with handles, just the way Bernie now makes his carriers. That’s where he learned that method. Frank G the TV repairman.
Dragon Peacock Teapot
The Piece below is titled Da Burgh
an entry for upcoming Pittsburgh Society of Artists- da Burgh Show to be held at the FrameHouse and Jask Gallery in Lawrenceville Friday June 9- Friday June 30, 2017
That tiny piece that looks like wire or spaghetti? It is CLAY
Everything on the sculpture moves
Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA
At Panza Gallery Saturday night. What a crowd!
It’s good to get out. Steve went with me.
I volunteered to photograph the event which was a great way to meet the artists and art appreciators who attended. I am posting just a few now.
Artist Lesla in front of his work and Laura . Turns out I photographed Laura when she worked at Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and she was on the blog.
Our host Mark Panza
A few of the artists with their work
The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale
Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL
Meet Brian Crawford The River’s Edge Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”
Tony Cavalline and Carol Skinger
Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!
(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)
Red Still Life in the Kitchen Photographed with Mirrorless Camera
Portable, lightweignt. Able to fit in a small bag instead of a huge one. Not so bulky.
Interchangeable lenses. A postive review all around.
You don’t always want to lug heavy DSLRs and weighty (but wonderful) glass around your neck.
A phone camera isn’t sufficient as an alternative.
AND there was the bonus of a hefty instant rebate at time of purchase.
I’d been looking and thinking about mirrorless cameras for awhile.
Reading reviews, I thought it would be a Fuji but the SONY a5000 had an affordable 20.1 Megapixel price that seemed fortuitous.
I’m satisfied with the results so far. Will keep experimenting.
Just added this gorgeous panorama photographed by Instructional Team Leader for the Fine Arts Department -Michael Dean.
The Pittsburgh Carrick High School student Art Show is hung and waiting for the Monday opening reception at 5:30.
Anyone who works in this magnificent building will get a sneak peek during the day. There were ten of us working most of the day Saturday to hang the art and place the tags by each piece.
Awards ceremony is Monday evening at 6:30 PM. Sponsored by CITIPARKS!
How about those Tiffany columns? The marble, the windows, the painted ceiling? And all the student artwork? Wow!
I can’t wait for the students to see their artwork on display in such a wonderful setting.
There will be refreshments at the reception.
Everything looks great!
You have to see it in person to get the full experience.
Remembering our mothers every day of the year