Posted on March 31, 2008 by kimiam
It’s July on Atlantic Beach, NC 2007. Why didn’t anyone warn you?
You’re out in the waves boogie-boarding. Something prickly and hairy wraps around your leg in the water. Then a wave washes over you and one prickly thing gets in your hair. Another gets stuck in your suit. You try not to panic as you desperately convince yourself these aren’t hungry sea creatures about to sting or bite, but just grizzly tendrils of kelp tribbles.
You make your way to shore to discover the beach is now covered in tribbles that seem to be taking over the world. You decide to build a sand castle. You gather the tribbles, using them to fill and reinforce the wall strength in your sculptural and architectural endeavor. You laugh and joke that it’s a good thing there are so many tribbles because they’re such a fabulous asset inside of sand castle walls for stabilization, but you know in your heart your just trying to bury the stinking things from sight. You collect and bury all the tribbles you can get to until it’s finally so dark you have to go home.
That night you praise yourself for the wonderful work you did conquering tribbles. After your shower, you cut open the seamless lining in your bathing suit with a pair of scissors -not because you want to, but because you have to in order to pour out the 1.8 pounds of sand that was lambasted into your suit by the force of the Atlantic Beach waves and has collected in the crotch. -the same waves that shredded the kelp beds just off shore.
The next morning you return to the beach to discover the walls of your castle still standing, yet there are even more tribbles then there were yesterday. Some seem to be moving. You begin anew. A ship just off shore called the U.S.S. Enterprise sends out a distress call…
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Posted on March 26, 2008 by kimiam
I swear the model really posed like this! He says he never works out, either. I’ve been finishing this one up and just recently figured out what direction to go with it.
This one was going to be light hearted and all beauty, but I seem to have weighed it down with a giant title. Thing is, the title feels right to me so I’m going to leave it even if it means no one looks twice at it because it’s too deep.
I can do rainbows and sunshine and flowers too, just not in this piece.
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Posted on March 21, 2008 by kimiam
What mother wouldn’t love such a gorgeous, hand painted birdhouse from a wonderful, two-year-old son? He worked hard to paint these perches bright red. I love this thing. I’ll save it forever. Birds never moved in… This is my favorite birdhouse in the world.
Troy’s baseball season is starting up soon. He’s going to be eleven in a few weeks.
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Posted on March 16, 2008 by kimiam
We had a lot of fun at Kingswood Elementary in Cary, NC working on these murals with artist, Kelly Sari. I was lucky to be able to volunteer for this project. There are eight panels in all with each representing native species of fish and sea life in various areas of North Carolina. I believe every student at Kingswood participated with sketching and painting.
In some areas of the mural panels you could see drippy dots and Kelly said it was really important to leave these because they were made by kids from special ed classes. She wanted to make sure every child in the school could come back and see their contribution. These will hang in the Kingswood Elementary Media Center.
Kingswood’s PTA raised money to pay for a grant that allowed Kelly to come to Kingswood and do this project with the kids.
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Posted on March 12, 2008 by kimiam
Late to pottery throwing class because her llama trailer wouldn’t fit in the parking garage at NC State??? I heard this and I knew a future good friend had arrived. She’s a single mother of four who keeps emus, goats, llamas, chickens, dogs, geese…I don’t know how she does it, honestly. Mary Droessler, welcome to the blogosphere.
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Posted on March 9, 2008 by kimiam
No doubt this boat is heading to Where the Wild Things Are. I was thinking about a day in preschool art class when we watched an episode of “The Dinosaurs” . The baby dinosaur knocked a bowl of oatmeal on the floor. He exclaimed, “Look what I made!!” then he looked into the camera and said, “Art.”
Afterward, one 4-year-old child spilled his snack on the floor and he started to get upset but then instead he said, “Look, I made Art!”. A girl next to him said, “But it’s not good art.” We laughed and laughed.
Where do these precocious little artists and art critics come from and how did they wind up in my class?
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Posted on March 8, 2008 by kimiam
View of my loaded kiln. Everything has a brilliant red glow at this time in the heat. I’ve used three types of clay here,
- White sculpture clay -hated fighting the grog while trying to sculpt details, but this is a fabulous, strong clay that quickly erases it’s “clay memory” and is rapidly able to stand on it’s own during sculpting.
- Speckled brown -medium amount of grog. Bisque fires to a fleshy pink, fire to cone 5 for tan color with brown specks that is gorgeous.
- B3 by Laguna -small amount of grog which means this clay is more prone to cracking, but slow drying takes care of that issue. This will bisque to a chocolate brown or can be fired to cone 5 for an almost black color.
Firing to cone 06 this time.
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Posted on March 5, 2008 by kimiam
A father was late to pick up his 4-year-old daughter from a pre-school art class I teach yesterday and before he arrived, she let him have it. She and I were cleaning up the classroom after everyone else went home. She told me her Daddy always forgets to turn out the light when he leaves a room and that Mommy usually has to do it for him. Also, he uses up *all* of the hot water whenever he takes a shower. But then, with the forgiving nature of a child, she said, “He’s not a clown, but he is very good at juggling. That’s probably why Mommy married him, because of his juggling.” She smiled. I just can’t argue with wisdom like that.
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Posted on March 3, 2008 by kimiam
She has her new dress on and she’s ready for the world …er… ok, she has like a month of drying, then firing, then finishing…but then after that she’ll be ready to meet the world! This is the un-nude one from the pair of kneeling ladies.
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