Feb 18, 2017

Creature Plate

I made a small ceramic plate. It is of the creature from the black lagoon coming out of the water. Can't wait to put some cauliflower on it. This is number 3 of 4 in my water series.

Feb 17, 2017

Snow Monkey

This is number 2 in my series of water ceramics. It's a snow monkey hanging out in a hot springs.

Feb 16, 2017

Swim Ceramic

I made series of small ceramics. This little plate is the first one of four. I painted with underglaze then fired it. Next I applied the blue glaze to look like water and fired it a second time. I'll post all of them this week.

Feb 15, 2017

Paul At Pottery

This is Paul in my ceramics class. I decided to draw him one day while he worked.

Feb 6, 2017

Waste Of Meat

There is a disgusting show on the food network called Ginormous Foods. Some clown goes to restaurants where they serve 10 pound BBQ sandwiches or hamburgers with 8 patties of beef. Dumb people think it's really cool so they order it to take selfies. Then they take a few bites and throw the rest away. Each year, meat thrown in the garbage equates to 12 billion animals slaughtered for no reason. An extraordinary amount of living creatures born to be wasted. We don't hear much about the land, water and energy being used to produce, process and transport them all because it doesn't appear on food labels. But each burger is a result of a major use of natural resources. Producing, processing and transporting food means using a huge amount of land, water, and energy – largely fossil fuels, that contribute to climate change. Thankfully we have a new president who was able to solve climate change by waving a magic wand. So I guess everyone can just go back to destroying the earth, Donald and the food network say it's not really a problem.

Feb 3, 2017

Toothbrush Holder

My newest ceramics are toothbrush holders. The graphics are dental weapons of mouth destruction. Beloved by all.

Feb 1, 2017

Mushroom Girls

I'm pushing myself to make better drawings in my sketchbook. This is exhibit A.

Jan 30, 2017

Cow Exhaust

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation exhaust is responsible for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Try making some vegan chili once in a while. You'll be happier and so will the earth.

Jan 26, 2017

Subway Riders

I moved to Manhattan several decades ago. After work one night, I was heading to the subway. There is a big multi lane crosswalk through Times Square. As I began to cross, I spotted a very familiar face staring at me from way on the other side. Instantly I realized it was one of my grammar school teachers. It had been so long since I'd last seen her that I couldn't quite find her name in my head. Was it Miss Jenny or Mrs. Lafferty or Mrs. McCullum? It wasn't coming to me. As we got closer to each other, her eyes were now locked on mine. It scared me a little because I really didn't know her name and I was embarrassed. The look she was giving me was puzzling though. Now we were upon each other and had been staring the whole time. She must have thought I was nuts too, the way I was gaping at her. The moment of truth arrived and she just walked right by me. I couldn't believe I couldn't remember one of my teachers names. I was ashamed but in a flash it came to me. It was Mary Tyler Moore. It wasn't one of my teachers at all. That's why she looked so familiar. Then I realized that I was the only one who recognized her. That is why she locked eyes on me. She was trying to tell me with her eyes, not to say out loud, "hey it's Mary Tyler Moore!" Thankfully I didn't. Anyway that was my NYC encounter with the great actress. When I saw her I just felt she was someone important to me and I guess from watching her shows as a kid, she was. These are a few quick sketches I've done on the subway recently.