Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday sale at Holiday, North Boulder

I was invited to participate in a holiday sale in the Holiday neighborhood of north Boulder by Kristin FitzGerrell after she saw my calendars in my etsy store.

So please come see my woodcuts and gift items at the Holiday sale!  I will display my calendars, small woodcuts, gift tags, cards, and tea towels.

Also showing are eight local artists showing artwork, jewelry, art quilts, handbags and more!

1301 Yellow Pine, Boulder
1 block east of Proto's pizza on N Broadway
December 13, 14 and 20, 21 2008
12 - 6 pm, wine and cheese will be served

Monday, December 8, 2008

Find me on etsy!

I finally opened my store on a few days ago! It is a website for all things handmade, and a great place to shop for the holidays. My address is  I only have my 2009 woodcut calendar on it so far, but it's a start.  I already received one request if I could ship to Canada! In the next few days I hope to add more products.  


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pottery Lab

Some people may know I actually have a long history in working with ceramics.  My Mom had her own kiln for her work, and I remember as a kid making ceramic figurines of frogs playing guitar.  I wonder if my Mom still has them somewhere... In high school, and college, I learned to throw and made numerous projects.  For years, during and after college, I worked at Square One, a production slip cast ceramics company. We made dinnerware and tabletop accessories for high end gift and museum shops  My job was to hand paint colorful patterns with underglazes on the ceramics designed by the late Kevin Goehring. One of our accounts was with the Salvador Dali Museum, in St. Petersburg, FL.  I reproduced several Dali paintings like the "Disappearing Bust of Voltaire" on to platters, and painted Dali's face with his famous mustache on hundreds of mugs. At Square One, I even designed a pattern for ceramics that made it on the what's hot page of the New York Times! It was one of my most favorite jobs.  We sold to a store in Boulder, Colorado called Peppercorn.  Little did I know then, that I would eventually move to Boulder and shop that store that seemed so far from Florida.

Now, I live around the corner from the city of Boulder's Pottery Lab.  I've been wanting to go there for a few years now to make some dishes, but I've never had, or made the time to go.  This fall, I finally signed up for a class.  Time is now running short on my class, but I've managed to start on a set of six press molded scrafitto plates.  I pressed clay slabs into a piece of plastic tupperware as a mold, and coated the plates with slip.  Next I will scraffito, or scratch, through the slip to show the clay underneath.  The lines created with this technique look very similar to woodcut, but are much easier to carve!  My Mom bought me a tablecloth for Thanksgiving with a paisley pattern on it that I am using as inspiration for my designs.  Next week is the last week to work in the lab, so I'm trying to get as much done as I can.  I'll post more pictures as I finish up the pieces.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Juried Print Show at Spark Gallery

Late Monday morning, I raced over to Denver just in time to enter two of my woodcut prints in to the Juried Print Show at Spark Gallery. I am happy that my work was accepted in the show, and I will attend the reception tonight. The juror, Bud Shark, of Shark's Ink, is an acclaimed master printer from Lyons, Colorado. His company "has published prints and multiples by a distinguished group of artists since 1976. Shark's Ink has printed and published an eclectic and extensive body of prints, often challenging the assumptions and limitations of printmaking while collaborating with many of the most distinguished and innovative contemporary American artists working today."

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 720-889-2200
Show Dates: November 13 - December 7, 2008
Reception: Friday, November 14, 6-9 pm
Juror's Talk: Saturday, November 22, 4pm

'Tis the season for holiday shows

Yes, it is that time of year already.  Holiday Art Shows that is.  You can find my woodcut prints at a few venues this winter for your holiday shopping.

Showings Fine Art  (where I just exhibited in their Print Invitational Show)
Small works by 18 artists from their first year
November 20 - January 10 2009
Artist Reception: November 21, 6 - 9 pm
834 Santa Fe Drive  Denver, CO 80204  303-623-2500  

Foothills Art Center
Holiday Art Market - Over 150  Colorado artists
November 15 - December 30 2008
Open Daily Mon - Sat 10am - 5 pm  Sun 1 - 5 pm

My calendars can also be purchased at 

Kozo Fine Art Materials in Denver
10 E Ellsworth Ave. Denver, CO 80209  866-624-0498


Willow - An Artisan's Market
1500 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 303-443-0835
2400 W. Main St. Littleton, CO  303-730-8521

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Teaching Season

Open Studios is a big event for me every fall. This year, there was great attendance, but sales unfortunately were down by about half of previous years. I want to thank everyone that came out to visit my studio. There are many familiar faces I see year after year, and I sincerely appreciate the continued support and encouragement of my work.

Now that Open Studios has passed, I have moved on to "teaching season". As fall turns to winter, I focus on teaching woodcut classes. Last week I started teaching a woodcut workshop at the Art Students League of Denver. I will teach another workshop there
April 7 - May 12 2009

I will also be teaching one day workshops at Kozo Fine Art Materials in Denver,
November 22 - Woodcut basics
December 6 - Woodcut, color, and collage

After the new year, I will teach at my studio with the Lifelong Learning Program of the Boulder Valley School District,
February 11 - March 18 2009 - Woodcut Workshop

If you've ever wanted to try woodcut, sign up for a class!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ready for Open Studios!

My freshly cleaned studio hung with my woodblock prints

The 2009 calendar is back from the printer and finished! This photo shows the steps to producing it. From the left to right is the drawing, the woodblock, a print pulled from the block, and the final calendar.

I spent the entire day finishing up framing new work, and cleaning the studio to finish getting ready for Open Studios. There's nothing like having hundreds of strangers walking through your studio to get you to clean! I hope it will be a good weekend.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2009 Calendar

Welcome to my blog!  It has been on my very long "to do" list for quite some time. I have been apprehensive about getting started, but decided to test the waters, and get my feet wet anyway. 

Since 2005, I have designed a long scroll calendar to sell at Open Studios, a Boulder studio tour that takes place the first two weekends in October. It will take place this weekend and next, October 4, 5 and 11, 12 from noon - 6 p.m. 

You can visit my studio at 2810 Wilderness Place #C  

For the 2009 calendar, I created a lupine design from photographs I took during my artist in residence at the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago.  I love the graphic quality of the star shaped leaves.  The image is transferred to a woodblock, carved with gouges, inked, printed on to paper through my press, and then scanned into the computer where the dates are added in Illustrator and Photoshop.  From there, I have it commercially printed on to a recycled paper. Back in the studio, I cut dowels down to size, and glue them to the bottom of the calendar to serve as a weight for hanging, roll them up, and tie them with a ribbon.