Sunday, November 30, 2008

Michael Arntz

sundays post is for former UCSB ceramic faculty Michael Arntz. I studied with Michael from 1998-2000, and learned some valuable lessons in scale building. Works here are mostly from auction sites and date back to the 60's, when California Stoneware reigned supreme. Michael taught at UCSB for more than 30 years, and built a huge ceramic facility, which has now more or less been closed for seismic retrofit.
Images Courtesy of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

black friday, one day late

Obsidian chunk from the house

Friday, November 28, 2008

Book List

Head over to the Design Observer for a great list of books released in 2008. DESIGN OBSERVER

The Table

Having a Holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tracking Inefficiency

Tracking my package from South Willard in Los Angeles to San Francisco has been interesting.
The route is: Los Angeles to Memphis Tennessee, Memphis to San Francisco, San Francisco to Oakland, Oakland to South San Francisco, and South San Francisco back to San Francisco. Seems just a little odd to me. Shop local indeed.

Dutch Flag by Willum Geerts


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We are a Nation of.....

from the Design Observer. More HERE

Gone Country

For those of you longing for the mountains and for an escape from the city, Limn in San Francisco may have a solution.  This custom cabin sits atop Limns showroom in Downtown San Francisco and was built by a Finnish Logging family from the Karelia region of Finland. More from Limn HERE.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Martin Creed work #928


Mark Manders

The upcoming exhibition by Dutch artist Mark Manders at S.M.A.K Belgium should be good. MORE HERE

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bill Callahan

I just read on the Drag City website, that Bill Callahan will be releasing a new record sometime in 2009. It has been awhile since we have heard from Bill, and the new record will I am sure be worth the wait. The title reads "Sometimes I wish I were an Eagle". Lets hope it releases January. In the meantime, the video "nothing rises to meet me" from the retread sessions in Austin.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Crossing the Bay Bridge

Today is a short journey to Berkeley and back, and I doubt it will look much like this. Circa 1936, and current day new construction.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Early airline seating

Just returned from SFO and walked the many displays in the concourse, including early airline seating.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Synechoche, New York

any suggestions?

there is a fall after all

since San Francisco cannot contribute, fall in New York. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yoko Inoue: Projects in Ceramics

Yoko Inoue at Suny Purchase New York. Installation was still in progress, but looked pretty good.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My bags are packed

Red Eye to New York tonight, a lot to do in a short time while there, posts to follow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

from the archives, from the house

-six-20 brownie box camera from 1933. MORE HERE
-stoneware collision bowls by NMc/ studio ianiswas
-wood shaving collection

Tiffin Lunch Box


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jo Meesters

A few nice projects from Dutch Designer Jo Meesters.  MORE HERE

Maxim Velcovsky

Maxim Velcovsky for Viennese glass maker Lobmeyr. From DESIGNBOOM

Monday, November 10, 2008

polishing thy shoes

sunday was a day to catch up on some basic shoe maintenance. My day to day working Clarks, my Camper boots w/crepe sole, Dry Shod (now out of business, or bought out),  w/crepe sole and N.D.C cap toes. I bought the Dry Shods in Copenhagen in 2000, and they are still in great condition.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Red Wing Retro

Red Wing Retro pottery from the Minnesota Historical Society. MORE HERE

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Another all-in-one Unit

Beautiful all-in-one  project by glass designer Katherine Gray. MORE HERE

Friday, November 7, 2008

San Francisco Earthquake shacks

During the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, many residents lived in these interesting small structures. Most only lasted for about a year , when they were scrapped for more permanent structures.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Entertaining little slide show at GQ about the "overinfluencers". From Schrager hotels to interior design via taxidermy, GQ surmises these influences must be stopped. MORE HERE

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pols Potten

New vase from Dutch designer Pols Potten. MORE HERE

Monday, November 3, 2008

Satyendra Pakhale

Satyendra Pakhale from the Designers Gallery in Cologne Germany. Posted on Designboom. Gold ceramic chair.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Atwater Pottery and Heath Ceramics

Atwater pottery and Heath Ceramics are joining forces, with outposts as always in Sausalito and now Los Angeles.  More on Atwater, and more on Heath.

From the Past

Letterman patch from my all-tournament days.