More info on workshop HERE.
Had such a great time with these workshop groups in April! Want to join us for a workshop later this year? New workshops are scheduled for August and September. Join us!
More info on workshop HERE.
After seven years at my little one-room schoolhouse on Cambria's Main Street, I'm excited to announce that I'll be moving to a new location and will be re-opening on April 1.
My new place is just up the street at 1601 Main Street. Residents in our little town know the place as the former Moonstone Redwood Gallery. Before that, it had previous lives as an auto parts store and laundromat.
I've known that my move from the schoolhouse was imminent as there has been serious talk about changes for the past year. The land that it sits on is owned by the Lions Club of Cambria and other structures on the lot are slated for removal as the organization plans for its future. The schoolhouse will be preserved and may be moved to another location. Change is in the wind.
As soon as I got word to start looking for a new place, I began to fret. Replacing my wonderful schoolhouse studio would not be easy, might even be impossible. What would become of me?
But I should not have worried. As soon as I started my search, it was over. Things just fell into place. It was amazing considering my criteria: Main Street exposure large enough for a studio and gallery, plus appropriate space for pottery wheels and kilns. I found all that, and so much more, at 1601 Main Street. Because of the building's previous incarnation as a laundromat, it has the perfect "bones" for a studio space and gallery. There is a separate gallery space, large open layout for the studio and a separate section with concrete flooring for the kilns.
Many thanks to building owners Louie and Janet Gutierrez, who have been great to work with as we've prepared the building for my arrival. And special appreciation for Fire Chief William Hollingsworth who met me onsite, checked out the kiln area and patiently answered my questions to make sure we'd be set for opening day.
Though I'm trying to do as much prep as possible myself, it's taken a team of pros to get things ready. I'm getting wonderful assistance from:
I will be posting some photos soon, showing our progress on the new place and preparations for opening.
In preparation for my upcoming solo show at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, I've been making the final pieces for "Making Waves," a new collection that will be debuting at the exhibition. "Making Waves" includes stoneware vases, platters and trays.
Here are a few pictures of the work in progress, prior to bisque-firing and final glazing.
My delightful friends picked up this special commission bowl yesterday and then went to Leffingwell Landing to sit by the ocean and enjoy a day on the central coast. They have commissioned several pieces from me (all whales) and visit the ocean after each trip to the studio before heading home to southern California. That pleases me so much.
So many new pieces underway! I am excited to be in the midst of a new cycle of work. It's so much fun to have pieces in different stages of completion in the studio. Raw clay, ready to take shape. Formed pieces, ready for etching. Decorated pieces, ready for firing. I love the inherent potential of all of it!
Join us in the studio for the annual Cambria Art & Wine Festival, Jan. 27-29. We'll be kicking off the festivities with plenty of art, food and fun! I'll be starting off with wheel-throwing demonstrations and showcasing some of the latest work.
Photos below are scenes from previous festivals.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THROUGHOUT CAMBRIA
(For more information and tickets, go to cambriaartwine.org)
Friday, Jan. 27
Begins Friday morning with shopping specials, raffle ticket opportunities, wine tasting and demonstrating artists throughout the village.
Friday evening will include an Event Kick-Off Party with a five course wine & food pairing, entertainment, preview of the Art Show/Silent Auction and special raffle prize packages will be held at the Veterans' Hall.
Saturday, Jan. 28
Saturday offers Wine Tasting at the Veterans' Hall (west village), The Cambria Center for the Arts (mid village) & the Cambria Historical Museum (east village), over 40 local wineries participating. Demonstrating artists throughout the villages, wine tasting and opportunities to earn raffle tickets.
Saturday features an Art Show/Silent Auction of local artists original creations and more opportunities for guests to acquire raffle tickets by visiting participating businesses throughout the village.
Saturday evening offers additional venues with artists, food and wine pairing and continued entertainment.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Sunday offers an Artist's Faire with demonstrating artists, wine tasting and a barbecue lunch available. Raffle drawings will be held at the end of the event on Sunday at the Artists' Faire
I am so excited to announce that my annual "Jolly Mug-Mania" event is this Thursday! Yes, Dec. 1 is the big day. And, if you're on my Studio Friends list, you'll get first dibs and free shipping! (If you're not on the list, please click HERE and add your email to get advance notice and sneak peeks.)
I'm really pleased with this year's mugs. I've been working on the mugs steadily and taking my time to make each one unique. Many were etched in the evening or early morning at my dining room table.
There are 80 mugs in this year's event... Maybe a few more if I can get them out of the glaze firing in time.
Here are some work-in-progress scenes of a few being etched.
Join me for the first day of Open Studios this Saturday, Oct. 8 - and take a little spin on the potter's wheel. I'll guide you through the process and give you a chance to try your hand. We're doing 15-minute slots. It's free and so much fun!
Open Studios - Take the Wheel Event
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8
880 Main Street - Cambria
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 15-16
The Poppy Field Collection of etched stoneware will soon be enroute to Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles for the annual invitational show. Each piece is made by hand and etched with line drawings of poppies, bordered in woodcut-style patterns and glaze. All of the pieces are made by Patricia Griffin in Cambria, Ca.
"Landscape" show opens Saturday, Oct. 15 in LA
I am so honored to be a part of the invitational show to be presented by Freehand Gallery this October. The mixed-media exhibition, which opens with a reception on Oct. 15 at the Los Angeles gallery, is entitled "Landscape: Artists Inspired by the Natural World."
Freehand is owned by Carol Sauvion, who opened the gallery in 1980. Sauvion is creator of "Craft in America," the Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation. A new episode was released on PBS in September.
To find out more about Freehand, the upcoming show and Craft in America, see Freehand.com.
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Busy as a bee! I'm wrapping up a busy workshop season, planning for Open Studios in October and warming up to Mug-Mania!
What in the world is Mug-Mania, you ask? It's an online shopping event held every year during the first week of December. Featuring handmade, hand-etched mugs, Mug-Mania is held for my online community of Studio Friends.
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