returned home from vacation a few days ago and got back to the studio tuesday to do a little editing and return to the new work. mailed my work to vision in clay 2013 and today i shall be sanding the whole lot and hopefully putting in a bisque.  i had taken my sketchbook but it ended up being dead weight for the trip which means my mind needed time away.  first stop was marfa.  did the donald judd tour and it was great to finally get to see the facility at chinati.  the town was a little disappointing but i suppose when you live somewhere pretty fabulous anything that tries to compare comes out on the losing hand.  there were a few small hipster shops and a pretty decent bookstore.

next up was riudosa. we hit their little tourist shop drag looked at pots, more pots, went for a hike and then up to colorado.  looked at a gallery with a pretty nice selection of finer crafts.  (jewerly, sculpture and pots) this was a good shop- if i had to describe it i guess i would say american craft sort of good.  also had the opportunity to meet an artist, a dutch women (retired professor) she worked mostly in clay. she had a few pieces of her work in their cabin home and i was able to view a few photos of her work as well.  very post modern  as well as silent and subtle.  her sculptures were slab built and beat so that figures started to form and there was negative space between.  with a light stain (rutile or iron) in the recesses of the clay body.  it was kinda cool to be able to explain what i did since i also deal with the negative space.

we went to taos briefly a couple of times.  some nice wood fired pots and lots of potteries on my look up list. – hit a rug store and had to keep from doing further damage to the cc.

then it was camping and taos again for dinner and the long, long, long drive h


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