Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. More research to come in 2009.
image from the Life Archive

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Russel Wright

Big big thanks to Ready for the House for the connection to designer Russel Wright. Wright designed across the spectrum of useful objects, from furniture to dinnerware, utensils and textiles. He also designed and created his beautiful home and studio in Garrison New York, which he named Manitoga. After years of that area been harmed by the mining and lumber industries, Wright returned it to its original landscape with native plants and appropriate design. Manitoga is now a National Historical Landmark. Plus as RFTH pointed out, Bauer Pottery in Los Angeles will reissue Wright's signature American Modern Tableware line in the Spring of 2009.

Russel Wright Studio HERE
Bauer Pottery HERE

Monday, December 29, 2008

Man on Wire

Great Documentary, well worth checking out.


Just finished the road trip back to San Francisco from Los Angeles and Laguna, and had a chance to listen to my new Can record, "unLimited Edition", originally "Limited Edition" from 1974 .  Thanks Nat!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Les Orenstein Ceramics

Also, from Laguna a happy holiday to Les Orenstein. I worked as an apprentice to Les at Lill Street Studios in Chicago in 1995. Loading kilns, trimming vessels, waxing and glazing, were all in a days work with Les watching Bulls games on a black and white television. The images here are from a few pieces at my Mothers place, that I must have toted back from the 1995 production. It was quite the education in work ethic, and commitment for an 18-19 year old kid.

Duffel 6

Canvas duffel hand stenciled by my brother for the Holiday. The bag came from the midwest, and was a storage of some sort for a school teacher, mostly to store books over the summer and winter breaks. Will probably go into use as a work clothes hamper.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


A post from Laguna, HQ for Tricot Naturelle and rare finds. Today we are doing some research on signal flags for ships. Pictured here is a beautiful  vintage canvas roll filled with flags, purchased for Tricot Naturelle. There are 30 flags in all, made of cotton, each filling a letter spot in the canvas roll. Each flag then corresponds to a certain communication to other vessels while sailing. We are now in the process of making sure the flags are in their proper slot for the day our boat sets sail. We are also in the process of looking for the boat.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas out there.......
special thanks to my new friends in the blogoshere. I am surprised how much fun I have had trying to keep up with you all. I have already been turned on to so many interesting things and ideas, I can only imagine 2009 to be a banner year. No downturn or crisis in the inspiration market! That stimulus package has already arrived. 
see you in a few days

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Franz West

Also today a post on Franz West, fresh off the review from Ken Johnson in the New York Times calling him maybe one of the worlds most overrated artists. I have to disagree!! Just a few images in praise of Mr. West here, from furniture to papier- mache chunks, always on target for me.
New York Times Review HERE

Lagardo Tackett

Since these posts are coming to you from my travels in Los Angeles for the Holidays, we have further building off the Architectural Pottery and Malcolm Leland posts. Today is Lagardo Tackett. Many of Tackett's pieces can be seen in the Architectural Pottery line. Very clean sober lines, does it for me every time.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Moon Rocks

moon rocks from 1970's Life Archive.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

The Natzler's are no secret to the world of studio ceramics, Gertrud did the throwing, Otto the glazing. Awesome.... An exhibition of work selected by Jeremy Briddell and Adam Silverman of Atwater Pottery and Heath Ceramics, will continue at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland until January 25th, 2009. 

Museum of Contemporary Craft HERE

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pylos Restaurant, New York

I was looking through some old cell phone photographs yesterday, and came across a photo from Pylos in the East Village. (I ran across this place very late one night without a camera.) I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the photo off the phone, but I was able to find a few photos from the New York Times and New York Magazine. I do love that ceiling. All of the vessels were made in New York.
New York Times Review HERE

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ottoman Tiles

I just received this beautiful card in the mail from a former student, turned friend and collegue from Istanbul. So beautiful, that we have a post today on Ottoman Tiles from the Topkapi Palace. The palace itself was in use roughly from 1459-1853, and the tile work is mostly Iznik ceramic, which from my little research, seems to have disappeared in the 18th century.
Thanks Cigdem!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gerd Arntz Web Archive

Gerd Arntz was the designer tasked with making Isotype's pictograms and visual signs. Eventually, Artnz would design around 4000 such signs, which symbolized keydata from industry, demographics, politics and economy. This system is now what we call "infographics".

Gerd Arntz Web Archive

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A post on the Japanese Ceramic Center of Shigaraki. The clay is local and often very rough, and fired by wood in an Anagama (cave like) style kiln. This is an area with an extremely long history. There is now a residency center in Shigaraki, with a museum etc.

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park HERE