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Mosaic 331

I am part of a group of artists that went together to rent a store front at 331 Main St. in Springfield.  There are 5 of us in the group and we each bring a different esthetic to the store – hence the name Mosaic 331.   We have wall art, crochet, felting. one of a kind lights, and wire wrapped stone jewelry (and even some wood items).

I intend to continue with Saturday Market, and a handful of shows, but this venue allows me to display some of my larger artistic work without having to cart it around to shows and risk damage and the elements.

If you are in the area, please stop in and take a look around, it has a fun, slightly mystical feel to the place, and you will certainly find something that appeals.

Show Season Winding Down.

The big show season is over for the year, just finished the Corvallis Fall Festival.  It was beautiful weather and lots of warm, funny people came out for the event.  I was disappointed with my sales, but after 5 years, maybe I need to take a break from this show.

With only a handful of regular Saturday market days left, I am gearing up for the Holiday market.  Lots of Christmas ornaments, bottle stoppers and small boxes.  I like these items, because each one is a little different, and I don’t get into a rut of routine.

I am already looking toward items for next year, more pieces with decoration such as pyrography and metal leaf, and lots of carving.  Expect more art work and fewer functional items, altho bowls will always be one of my mainstays.

2016

Only a month left until Saturday Market opens for the year.  I have been in the shop mostly messing around with things that have nothing to do with Market.  Went to Arizona to the Desert Woodturning Roundup and got lots of ideas for new pieces, perhaps some of those ideas will find a way into this year’s work.

I have applied to several shows, but it is too early to know if I will be accepted: Salem, Art in the High Desert, Silverton.  I am still on the fence about Art and the Vineyard this year, maybe it is time to take a year off and just visit it as a customer.  I will be in Corvallis, I have been invited back because I won Best of Media – Wood in 2015.

Currently working on carving and metal inlay, both techniques that require a lot of time, but the results are very satisfying, look for new posts soon to show those off.  It’s probably not too early to start doing Christmas ornaments…

The Cruelest Month

The rains, the winds, the rejection letters…

Yes, Saturday Market has started back up, and while the crowds are warm and interested, the sales are still pale from the long winter. Each week is a bit of a gamble, will it rain? Will the wind take down the tent? Will anyone come out and buy something?

Then there are the art shows – April is the month most of the bigger shows decide who is selected and who is rejected. So far I did not get into Art in the Pearl or Art in the High Desert, but I did get into Salem. I still have a couple applications outstanding, and hope to get into Art and the Vineyard and Corvallis Fall Festival – we’ll see. I will keep the show schedule updated as the summer goes along.

If you find some spare time, come on down to the market and check out my new 2015 line up of items – the old reliable things are still there, but I have been busy all winter making new fun stuff.

April is the cruelest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Winter 2015

Well, I have been busy in the shop since Christmas – some replenishing inventory for Saturday Market in the coming year (I will have LOTS of bowls) and some more playful items.  I have added a new gallery, Winter 2015 for the new items.

A lot of these pieces are experimental, ideas that I have had for a while, and now have time to pursue them.  These may change over time as I have more opportunities to try variations on the themes.

I also acquired a huge maple log with a lot of burl and curl and spalting.  I nicknamed it Luscious, because the wood is so delicious, and a lot of new pieces are from this material.  Any pieces that I make from this log will have a L# on the bottom to indicate they are from this wood.

Check out the new gallery –