Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Courage Unmasked

Delivered my mask for Courage Unmasked today to Cookie Kerxton, the tireless force behind this wonderful project, for which over 100 artists transformed radiation masks into works of art. Pictured here is my mask Honeyed Bees Heal Me With Their Poisoned Sting... and Cookie accepting Mariah Josephy's mask.

On September 9, 2009, the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center will host a totally unique fundraiser called "Courage Unmasked." More than 100 artists from all over the country are creating fine art by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by head and neck cancer (HNC) patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment.

It was during one such treatment session that this idea came to a patient, also an artist, who wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden on other HNC patients who cannot afford this expensive, grueling, but necessary radiation. The artist's colleagues and doctors quickly endorsed the idea of auctioning the artworks at a gala event, and proceeds will go into the charity fund, dedicated to "help for HNC patients"—which explains the auction's tag line: 911 4 HNC. Donating their time, talent, and caring, the 100+ artists are creating magnificent masterpieces, unlike any other visual art you've seen before.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Antique Junk Heaven!

Spent a lazy Sunday morning at the legendary Lucketts Antique Store
 An endless treasure trove of  architectural salvage, antiques, treasures and trinkets all housed in a 3 story farmhouse on acres of small sheds. Bought three sets of deer antlers to make molds from for $15!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I am serving as the demonstrator liason for the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales at Aberystwyth Arts Center. The festival is hosting a terrific group of talented and well known artists from around the world, who have come to demonstrate and lecture about their work. Artists this year include: Chris Gustin, Jeff Shapiro and Edith Garcia from the US, Nina Hole from Denmark, Daniel Allen, Sandy Brown, Peter Hayes, Regina Heinz, Tom Barnett and Jack Doherty from the UK,  Caroline Cheng from China, Jean Nicolas Gerard from France, Shozo Michikawa and Maskazu Kusakabe from Japan and Zhao Hua Yang, Zhao Hua Long and Ning Fa You from Jingdezhen. 
The conference is incredible so far: jam packed with interesting lectures, talks, films and demonstrations. Three, count 'em, THREE, kilns are being built on site. More to follow on those as they fire!