Amoebas in Boston

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments

The amoebas got some love back in Boston last month. Me, not so much. I’ll be reviewing the show soon.

The Commodification of Everything

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | No Comments

Dorothy Parker said: “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Do you ever get the feeling we’ve taken her advice too literally? That people with money are the only people we do look at? The subject of money is so vast, money itself […]

ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in art in tents, art whore | No Comments
ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

The American Craft Council show in Baltimore was my first indoor fine craft fair. It’s a long trip for me, but this show is rumored to be one where its high participation cost can be more than compensated by high sales. That didn’t turn out to be true in my case, or for many of […]

Chelsea Bird

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in the enamelers | No Comments
Chelsea Bird

Chelsea came all the way from Rhode Island to be across the aisle from me at the ACC show in St. Paul. It was really handy, because¬† people made a bee-line for her booth, where she explained to them what enameling was and how it worked. Then, by the time they ambled my way, they […]

If I wanted to be a painter, I wouldn’t have sprung for the kiln

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
If I wanted to be a painter, I wouldn’t have sprung for the kiln

Woodrow Carpenter, in the pages of Glass on Metal, has been waging a one-man campaign to get enameling recognized as a form of painting.¬† His premise, which I agree with, is that enameling can be every bit the fine art that painting is. His frustration, which I share, is that the medium isn’t well recognized. […]

Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in art in tents, art whore, your brain on art | No Comments
Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Non-jewelry enamelists who do art fairs are not only not common, they’re kind of screwed. We are homeless orphans who do not fall into any of the standard art show application media categories. With the exception of the ACC which is, as far as I know, the only organization running¬† a show with an enamel […]

Review: enameling planche 6×8

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in object diagnostic | No Comments

Because I work on the large side, and because I box-form many of my wall enamels before firing them, keeping my pieces from warping is one of the biggest technical challenges I have to cope with. I’ve experimented with a number of approaches — before, during, and after firing — and this 6×8 steel planche […]