Coming soon! Information about "Thinking With Your Hands"

"Thinking With Your Hands" is a process oriented drawing workshop on November 15th, 10:30-4:30 in conjunction with my show that opens that day.  The next day there will be a talk and gallery walk through at 2:00 on November 16th, 2014.  http://gcma.org/contact/

In the mean time, check with Kim Dick, education coordinator, at the Greenville County Museum of Art if you have an interest in this one day workshop and see if you can get on her list.   <kdick@gcma.org>

Just as soon as the official information is put out by the Museum, I will put it on my blog....

Cooler temps are here! Time to share the other love of my life...

My garden!!! Though I have planted many things for fall, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, kale, beets, I am still harvesting tomatoes and beans. What a treat that has been or should I say "bean"!

Rose Bud inspecting the vegetable garden...

Rose Bud inspecting the vegetable garden...

I forgot to mention the amazing white eggplants we have had this summer, barely visible on the left, mid-way down. They are milder than the purple ones we discovered.  

I forgot to mention the amazing white eggplants we have had this summer, barely visible on the left, mid-way down. They are milder than the purple ones we discovered.

 

My grandmother introduced me the colorful colia plant.  I adore them for their color and hardiness.  I save one plant from each color variety to put in my greenhouse for the winter and start enough cuttings in the spring to fill the yard.  I simply root them in water and plant them in a small pot so they can develop a good root system.  Then I plant them in the garden.

My grandmother introduced me the colorful colia plant.  I adore them for their color and hardiness.  I save one plant from each color variety to put in my greenhouse for the winter and start enough cuttings in the spring to fill the yard.  I simply root them in water and plant them in a small pot so they can develop a good root system.  Then I plant them in the garden.

The cherry tomatoes have been prolific this year and have fed us and all my friends at school.  They are still going strong and make fabulous broschutto.  

The cherry tomatoes have been prolific this year and have fed us and all my friends at school.  They are still going strong and make fabulous broschutto.

 

Sedums are another hardy plant that I love year round...

Sedums are another hardy plant that I love year round...

Would you believe Roger built the greenhouse because the lime tree (a birthday present from his sister Linda) in the big pot, mid-right, grew too big to get in the house!   

Would you believe Roger built the greenhouse because the lime tree (a birthday present from his sister Linda) in the big pot, mid-right, grew too big to get in the house!   

This post is for my daughter-in-law Jen.

I knew Jen had been following my blog when she asked "how did the firing go?"  I felt so flattered that I want to share those small meditation pieces after the first firing and in the kiln ready for their second firing...

Meditation pieces nesting in a Costco peach box and ready for their 2nd firing

Meditation pieces nesting in a Costco peach box and ready for their 2nd firing

Detail....

Detail....

Two shelves, each with 3 small pieces, ready to fire.... This is my test kiln and comes in handy for these small pieces, especially since they are often fired 3-4 times to get the layering that adds depth to the glaze and the terra sigillata and oxide outside surface. My other kiln is one of those huge oval electric kilns that I use for large loads and large pieces.  Tomorrow, I will show some of the completed pieces, just for you Jen!

Two shelves, each with 3 small pieces, ready to fire.... This is my test kiln and comes in handy for these small pieces, especially since they are often fired 3-4 times to get the layering that adds depth to the glaze and the terra sigillata and oxide outside surface. My other kiln is one of those huge oval electric kilns that I use for large loads and large pieces.  Tomorrow, I will show some of the completed pieces, just for you Jen!

On the subject of the inspiring nature of the Southern Magnolia...

A commission for the MUSC medical facility in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  2013.  One of 5 niches on a long hallway.  The work I created for each niche reflected nature, the seasons, renewal, and hope.

This is one of two of the niches with work inspired by the Southern Magnolia.  This one represents spring and summer.  The other was representative of fall and winter.  The niches were approximately 5 x 6 feet.  All elements were created with white earthenware and colored with oxides and colored terra sigillata.  

This is one of two of the niches with work inspired by the Southern Magnolia.  This one represents spring and summer.  The other was representative of fall and winter.  The niches were approximately 5 x 6 feet.  All elements were created with white earthenware and colored with oxides and colored terra sigillata.  

Progress in my studio...

The new series of 7 half-pods are finished in clay and drying.

They are ready for colored terra sigillata but first I am testing some of the colored sigs out to see the results and make adjustments if necessary.

They are ready for colored terra sigillata but first I am testing some of the colored sigs out to see the results and make adjustments if necessary.

Small pinched meditation pieces serve as my test tiles.

Small pinched meditation pieces serve as my test tiles.

This group of pinched meditation pieces is firing to cone 05 in my test kiln at this very moment.  I should see the results tomorrow!  Of course, I can hardly wait.  One more firing and I will know better what I want to do about adding colored terra sigillata to the group of 7 half-pods... fingers crossed...

This group of pinched meditation pieces is firing to cone 05 in my test kiln at this very moment.  I should see the results tomorrow!  Of course, I can hardly wait.  One more firing and I will know better what I want to do about adding colored terra sigillata to the group of 7 half-pods... fingers crossed...

"Thinking with your Hands" - drawing workshop at the GCMA

The GCMA and I are finalizing details for a 1 day drawing workshop on Saturday, November 15, 2014 to accompany my show that opens the same day at the Greenville County Museum of Art. 

The workshop is called "Thinking with your Hands".  It is a process oriented drawing workshop designed to help people learn to experience and enjoy drawing as a great way of working out ideas for their work, regardless off medium... 

Contact the museum for further details. http://gcma.org/contact/

Number 15 on the left...

On the left is the 15th and final Pod to complete a 15 Pod Triangle for the exhibition at the Greenville County Museum of Art on November 16th 2014 - mid-January 2015.  A talk will follow at 2:00 on Sunday the 15th and there will be a one day workshop called "Thinking with your Hands" all day that Saturday the 15th.  Details on the workshop will be posted soon.

This Pod references our glorious Southern Magnolia Tree in this Triangle and is a must for inclusion in the 15 Pod Triangle.  Begin with the stunning beauty of the Southern Magnolia just as a tree with its large evergreen polished leaves.  Add to that the multitude of fascinating forms that make up the magnolia, from bud to bloom, to petals, followed by the fuzzy pink and green pod to the protrusion of crimson seeds and on to the handsome crusty black and grey highly textured pod left behind for the winter.  Let us not forget that heavy fragrance that permeates the air on neighborhood walks in the heat of the summer...especially at night!

Alice Ballard's studio.... The next blog entry will include images of the Southern Magnolia.  When you see them, you will understand my love and fascination with this special tree.

Alice Ballard's studio.... The next blog entry will include images of the Southern Magnolia.  When you see them, you will understand my love and fascination with this special tree.