Craft New York: www.craftnewyork.com took place the
last weekend of March on the 11th floor of 7W 5th Ave,
across the street from the Empire State Building. (Not
exactly an easy location to load in and out of.) Eager to
try something different from my usual all black,
I had the show provide hard white walls for my booth.
The response was great and I enjoyed the clean look.
Only problem now is to figure out if I want to create this
look on my own. For years I hauled around hollow core
doors for my booth, but I really don't want to start doing
that again. So I've been brainstorming possibilities.
As last year it was a beautiful show and helped support the
good work of CERF, the Craftsmen Emergency Relief Fund:
www.craftemergency.org The show had an especially good
selection of narrative driven figurative work, including that
of Cathy Rose: www.cathyrose.com Cathy is located in
New Orleans and doesn't come to the Northeast too often.
I've been aware of her work for a long time, so was really
pleased to finally meet Cathy and she her art in person.
Her work made from porcelain, copper, glass, altered wood
and found objects calls out for the viewer to find a story within it
or within themselves. Cathy's website is as intriguing as her work.
I definitely recommend checking it out.
www.lisanaples.com was also there. This was
the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa and seeing
her humor filled work bursting with exuberance and color.
I've been enjoying one of her mugs I acquired. The texture
and shape feels great in my hand. She shares my affinity
arms have transformed into branches to nestle and protect
her young. She has a sturdy foot on a stack of story books.
And how could you resist this piece entitled "Beg Pardon"
(the rabbit's belly if filled with feathers.)
Another ceramic artist I connected with at the show was Syma:
www.symastudios.com As with Lisa, Syma's work reflects
her free spirit and sense of humor. Syma's illustrated pots
beg the viewer to discover and continue the stories she has
started. She also displayed some small works including
"cash cows" - little ceramic bells in the shape of cows
(we had to bring one home to ring):
and small "pots of gold" for all of us hoping for something at the
end of our personal rainbows.
Quite a few of my pieces found new homes including Luccini, the
music loving dragon (below) and Leapfore - both the dragons
were created with stones from our Tuscan wandering through hill
towns. I'm wondering what new dragons and other creatures
will show up in the studio this Spring and Summer.
For now, I'm filling orders from Spring shows and
envisioning the work I will present at Haley House Cafe,
a local Roxbury cafe/gallery. My show there opens in late
June. I will encourage the after school kids and their families
to come to the opening. A couple of the kids already define
themselves as artists.
Adventure on! Wendy