I just came back after a week away in Doylestown, PA from a course with Lisa Naples. She is a ceramic artist that I have long admired and I had a wonderful time. We were there a week and the seven other participants (along with me) all making our choice of sitting animal sculptures. We didn’t know what the others were making until we got to the class. There was a kangaroo, a sea otter, a ram, a chipmunk, a bird and three foxes! I was one of the foxes.
I learned so much from this course and look forward to making many more animals in the coming months. I highly recommend not only this course, but just taking a course once in a while. It doesn’t even have to be in the discipline that you work in. A couple of years ago I took a linocut course and it was a revelation!
The Kawartha Potters Guild had their annual show at the end of November and it was a huge success. All the potters’ work was beautiful and sales were up by 20%. Here is an image of my own display for the show. Next year is the 20th anniversary and we are hoping to have some surprises for our visitors.
There was a lot of talk last week of the sculptures by artist Timothy Schmalz when his sculpture “Jesus the Homeless” was blessed by the Pope on November 20th. Prior to that, he couldn’t get any church to display the sculptures. But of course, since the artist and his work got recognition by the Pope, someone has decided that the sculpture (a resin version) may be worth something.
It’s sad that an artist’s work only has value once someone says it has. The art hasn’t changed, just the perception.
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