I just got back from teaching a workshop at a fabulous place, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. It was originally supposed to be a two-person workshop with Kurt Weiser, but he got sick. Luckily, Julia Galloway, a very well respected potter (and professor at my alma mater, the University of Montana) was enrolled in the class as a student. She stepped in as a second teacher and did a fantastic job. I'm in awe of her as a teacher. As part of the class, I painted this 10" x 8" tile portrait of Paul Soldner, the very famous clay artist who was instrumental in starting Anderson Ranch. The students were an amazing group and all in all, it was a fantastic experience. I hope I get to go back some day. And Ruth came and joined me after the workshop for about 5 days of hiking, sight-seeing and relaxing to celebrate our 47th anniversary.
This two-panel kitchen backsplash just went home today. It's based on the woodblock prints of Ando Hiroshige.
This picture was recently sent to me by a client. They got this little mural installed in their kitchen backsplash, after ordering it at the Seattle Home Show. It's one of the images from the Catalogue section of my web site.
Here's a fun one! This is a batch of 50 4 1/4" tiles that are destined for a couple of bathrooms in a house in Colorado, with all kind of cowboy and Western images. She later ordered 20 more for her kitchen.
This just got installed last week. These folks had an ugly concrete slab hearth that was chipped on the edges and stained on the top. So we covered the top and all three edges with tile. It's very subtle and depicts a beach, with ripple marks in sand, and a couple of lines of sea foam, and a crab, a shell , and a starfish.
This is a set of tiles that went to a client in California, depicting the kind of trees that have on their property, and some of their cows.
Here's a piece that just went home. It will go on a bathroom vanity backsplash, around a mirror. It's a scene of the Stillaguamish River, for a cabin on that river. It commemorates the client's father, who built the cabin and fished for steelhead there. It includes his rods, creel, boots and tackle box. Ignore the big purple spot in the upper left. That's just glare.
This just came from a client. They really liked a painting on my art web site, so we adapted it to fit their backsplash and added some birds and animals.
We just got back from Arizona, where I did a workshop and we went to some Mariners spring training games. Now I'm home for a few days before I head off to Pittsburg for the annual NCECA conference.
This picture just came from a client. It features a scene of the Three Sisters in Oregon on a small bathroom vanity. It's unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, it's cone 4 glazes and not china paint like most of my work these days. And it is mounted so it can be removed. I did another backsplash for these folks years ago and they were upset that they had to leave it when they moved. Not this time.