Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Concrete arrived this morning......I couldn't get close enough to photograph the process and well.....because of rainy weather, everything is under wraps!

All our permits are in and with this pad poured, we will finally see the framing begin, which will create a home for my kilns....!
With a bit of luck, that will start on Friday after the concrete has cured.
                    I'll post photos of the progress soon!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


That's the name of the new show I'll be in- opening January 10th 2014 @ Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane.

PDX Live is an amazing Friday Night Service featuring Cantor Deborah Bletstein. On the 10th guest musician Beth Hammon will also perform along with the fabulous pdx band: Klezmocracy.

ORA artists are featured at each PDX Live. This show will remain in place through March 2nd.

STRUGGLING WITH IDENTITY will feature artists Glenn Decherd (ceramics), Michelle Katz (painting), Robert Brenner (photography), Dr. Jeff Israel (stained glass), and me!

Each of us has a different take on the theme...it will be fun to see how this all comes together.

We'll all be there to show our work and welcome questions and conversation about the art and our varied inspirations.

I'll post pix of everyone's work after January 6th.
Most, if not all the work will be available for purchase...just not on Friday night. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Neveh Shalom.

We are indebted to them for their gracious hosting of our art events

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's What I've been Waiting For....but

It's finally warm enough to fire up the kiln....so why am I still not  happy?

I opened the kilns (both of them) only to discover that my shelves need to be cleaned and primed with kiln wash. My hose bibs are shut off so, I need to carry water to the back deck and then start scraping......a very cold endeavor at 39ยบ!...Then the shelves need to dry. 

So today is maintenance day rather than a firing day. I will spend time cleaning and priming shelves and cut some future projects. 
Firing will have to wait until I return home from a family trip.

More lessons in patience! Clearly, it's a journey!

Oh, here's a photo of a chunk of ice from one of my drain buckets!
It's about 5 gallons of frozen sludge water!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I am so excited.....defrosting should happen tomorrow!
The rains have come, bringing warmer weather (It might get into the 40's tomorrow....YAY!)

We've been stuck in the 20's and 30's for the last couple of weeks which means that the kilns can't be started up. I can hardly wait for our construction to resume so my kilns can move indoors!

I am behind, behind, behind!

New items should begin appearing on the blog late next week.