Saturday Night Hartford Outing

Last Saturday was one of the coldest nights we have had in Connecticut.  The day before Valentine’s, which had a record this year of being the coldest Valentine’s Day since they started to record the highs and lows.

But, for one reason or another, we decided it was a good night to take in some culture from around town.

My husband and I put on a bunch of layers and made our way to Hartford’s Artspace gallery.  If you live in CT and don’t know about it or have never been there, you should.  The gallery resides in the first floor of the beautiful apartment building right across the train station in Hartford.  The apartments are beautiful, just the kind I dream about converting into a studio, high ceilings, lots of natural lighting, and a bit of an industrial feel.

The Artspace gallery is volunteer-run by Tao LaBossiere and his wife.  They are both active in the art scene all throughout Hartford County.  And the shows they put on at the gallery are well worth the trip downtown.

Some friends met us at the gallery for the opening exhibition of “Elsewhere” which featured: Andres Chaparro, Hong Hong, Jourdan Joly, Terrance Regan, Sarah Rohlfing, Adam Viens, Amy Vensel.  Let me tell you, this show did not disappoint.

From Chaparro’s emotive and musical mixed media paintings to the simplified paintings but full of depth and texture by Amy Vensel and a great installation piece by my friend Terrance Regan, the show couldn’t have ever let me down.

Check out some of the photos I snapped:


Quick Update

Today I’m posting some photos of my work. The following pieces were accepted into some juried exhibitions and I wanted to share my excitement here.

Like crazy, I have been entering some competitions for 3D artwork.  Last week I found out three of my pieces made it in.  The first was one of my “rhino” minis.  It’s about 3.75 by 3.5 by 3.75 inches.  It’s pretty tiny.  It was accepted to a “small works” exhibition put on by the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.  Since I used to live in Philly, this was such exciting news!!!  If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check it out, Small Favors XI opens on March 25, 2016 but you can find more information here.

The same day I found out about the small piece getting accepted into that show, I also found out two of my other pieces were accepted into a different juried exhibition.  These pieces were both made last year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  It makes me happy to finally have my pieces be shown.  These two were juried into an exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists.  You can check out the exhibition artists’ work on their website.  Please check it out and feel free to share the link with the world.

Soon I will post the photos of all my new works since last summer.  For now, I need to finish my many works in progress and make new pieces.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ceramic Artist Halima Cassell

Did you see that video? Those sculptures? What did you think?

I am completely and utterly inspired by this woman and her beautiful patterned sculptures. Not only is her work exceptional, but her conceptual methodology is also stimulating and thought-provoking. This video made me dig out my pen and sketchbook to start doodling. I make some quick free hand sketching of shapes and lines that start developing forms that may look appealing, and sometimes reworking those forms until I’m happy with a few final compositions to try out with clay in the near future.

Halima Cassell

In comparison to her deep and spatially well thought out carved designs, my designs have mostly been superficial carvings on wheel thrown forms such as this one:


However I have had pieces with much deeper carvings like this one:


This is a direction I took in my third semester of ceramics.  Texture has always played a big role in my creations, and this carving came from the desire to make clay look like ruffled fabric.  I may not have accomplished the fabric similarity but I found a satisfying technique which I could develop further.  There have been pieces that follow this style of carving, but I know that it can evolve into an even more sculptural format.

I hope you enjoyed the video and my thought process of work.  It is time for me to go back to sketching or hand-building, while doing some laundry (did I mention my  work studio is in my basement right next to the washer and dryer?).