Presenting interviews and stories that explore the balance between creative expression and the reality of daily living.

December 2015

December’s interview

Measuring Cup, courtesy of Niki Havecost

In October I visited Providence, Rhode Island to attend my first school reunion, ever! It was interesting and I enjoyed the experience of matching memory to present day reality. Visiting the studios was great, but the main reason I made the effort was because of the juried street fair of alumni artists and craftspeople.

Ligature, courtesy of Niki Havecost

That’s where I met Niki Havecost. I consider Niki’s sculptures of doll figures among the highlights of the show and I’m grateful that she was willing to spend time with me to talk about her work and her life. She began her career as a printmaker but currently she is focusing on creating doll figures using paper clay and found objects. Other work includes beaded organs, drawing and installations.

Breaded Organ, courtesy of Niki Havecost

We discussed a number of topics during our conversation – what art means to her, how her career has developed over decades and how she manages the tension between her career and her practice using insights that she’s gain as she approaches midlife.

Listen to the interview here and check out links to her work.


 June’s Book Review:

The Pot Book, by Edmund de Waal

thepotbook_mThis is a wonderful book that is deceptively deep in the way it presents the history and cultural impact of pottery throughout the world. In over 300 pages the authors scatter seemingly unrelated images of pottery with brief but illuminating synopsis of the period, person and place of each work.

You’ll find yourself making connections between work you’ve never considered and once you finish it I don’t doubt you’ll immediately want to revisit it.

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NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, held it’s 49th annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, from March 25th through the 28th. 4 days of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting local galleries, sitting through presentations and demos and otherwise geeking out on all things clay.

This was my first experience attending this conference so I decided to offer a review of each day. There were no presentations, demos or lectures on the First Day, so there was plenty of time to meet up with people, look at the work in the half dozen galleries that were setup on the exhibition floor gawking at the equipment, tools and geegaws you could take home to make better pots.

pot_flowThis is an education conference

I also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of Ceramic programs from universities, colleges and art centers from across the United States. There can be no doubt that this ceramics community is diverse and engaged in the lives of its members.

On Day Two it’s all about the demonstrations. There’s so much to see and so little time, but I didn”t waste a minute.


There was still a lot of demonstrations and presentations on Day Three, but I finally paced myself and finally found enough perspective to wrap up the whole experience.