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My New Ceramic Studio by Judith Ernst

Judith's New Studio I can now do it all in my own studio! With a kiln that doubles as an H.G. Wells-style time machine, a large spray booth for glazing, and an air compressor that inspires envy among all the guys in the neighborhood, I’m ready to create bigger-better-more in the ceramic realm. Dubbed “The Judio” by my neighbor, Susie…

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The Perspective of Artists on Our 2011 Open Studio Tour

Jamie Hagenberger Photograms Hagerberger Photogram This year was my first year on the tour and it was amazing. Putting the house in "gallery mode" was a huge job, but well worth it. Welcoming the public into my home and sharing my work and my processes with them was an extremely satisfying and inspiring experience. Never have I felt so sure about my…

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The Magic and Mystery of Fusing Glass by Trudy Thomson

Glass is amorphous, meaning that "its molecules are not arranged in a regular, specific pattern -- like those of a crystalline material -- but are random in their configuration." (Bulleyes TechNotes4, 2007) And, unless you have worked with glass in a kiln, as flame work, or blown, you might not know how finicky glass can be. As glass moves through different stages…

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From Measuring Starlight to the Flair of Furniture Making by Jim Oleson

Those that wonder about the background of a custom furniture maker might be surprised to learn that furniture making is actually my third career. My first career was in physics; after receiving a Ph.D. in Physics at The Johns Hopkins University I did astrophysics research involving design and instrumentation of a specialized telescope on a mountaintop in Arizona. My second…

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Nature’s Repeated Patterns by Heather Delisle

Ceramic artist, Heather Delisle, draws inspiration from nature as she replicates textures and patterns of the natural world in her handmade ceramic tiles and decorative sculptures. Delisle carefully selects and prunes cedar branches which are pressed into handmade tiles. The tiles are once fired and cold-finished with acrylics which enhance the beauty of the imprint. Delisle also incorporates her interest…

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About A New York Experience by Marilyn Strother

I was in New York near the end of August this summer visiting my friend Jan who, with her husband, has an apartment in a building designed by I. M. Pei. The city morgue is within shouting distance from them.  After 9/11, for almost a year, the broad sidewalk along the front of the apartment building was wall to wall…

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Portrait Making Photography ~ Truth or Illusion ~ by Barbara Tyroler

After many years as a traditional photographer, I now work digitally, finding that the instant feedback afforded by the medium enhances interaction and collaboration with my subjects. Digital has also expanded my ability to inject color with emotion and to collage elements together to create new imagery that pushes my photographs further toward visual ambiguity. When I feel I have…

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