Saturday, May 30, 2009

Early Days of Rad

Found these while digging through some old family photographs. Looks like there may have been some injury. That ramp seems a little under engineered.

Friday, May 29, 2009


A few in house finds from Mom's place and Tricot Naturelle HQ.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Victoria Skimboards

Spending some time in my home town, and getting a few skimboarding sessions in. Dropped by Victoria Skimboards today and took a few photos. The final image is of a 1976 Tex Haines, Victoria Skimboard founder. Thanks Trigg!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ventura County

Just a few images from a short hike this morning with the family.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More Soon

Posts will be sporadic for the next week, as the ARM takes to the road.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland dies
Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art CriticThursday, May 21, 2009
David Ireland, a Bay Area sculptor and conceptual artist of national reputation, died of pneumonia Sunday after suffering for several years from dementia with Lewy bodies.He was 78.For an artist who worked in materials as graceless as cement, disused furniture and broken bits of mass-produced garden sculpture, Mr. Ireland enjoyed an unusually varied audience. His reluctance to take himself or his work too seriously nearly always made itself felt. Even people who thought contemporary art absurd often appreciated his willingness to affirm the quotient of absurdity in his work and methods.Mr. Ireland's art found its way into the collections of institutions that range from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska.In 2004, the Oakland Museum of California honored Mr. Ireland with a traveling retrospective. Its title, "The Way Things Are: The Art of David Ireland," aptly conveyed a sense of him as muser on the human condition and as grappler with plain objects' resistance to exalted uses.As an artist, Mr. Ireland had an interrupted life.He was born in Bellingham, Wash., in 1930 and educated there in public schools and at Western Washington University. In 1953, shortly before being drafted into the U. S. Army, he received a degree in industrial design and printmaking from California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland.After two years' military service in Missouri, Mr. Ireland returned to live and work in Bellingham. For several years it served as his point of departure for extensive travels in Europe and Africa.In the late 1950s, Mr. Ireland founded an artifacts import business called Hunter Africa. He transplanted it to San Francisco, and started a second venture, leading safaris in Africa, after his marriage to Bellingham native Joanne Westford, and the birth of their two children.The marriage ended in divorce in 1970.In the mid-'70s, Mr. Ireland completed a graduate degree at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he met other artists who came to personify the Bay Area conceptual movement, including Tom Marioni, Paul Kos, Howard Fried and Terry Fox.In 1975, Mr. Ireland bought a ramshackle Victorian house at 500 Capp St. in San Francisco. As he slowly transformed its interior, it became known in the art world as the site and source of much of his work of the 1980s and '90s.In 1979, Mr. Ireland bought a second Mission District house at 65 Capp St. and transformed it structurally inside and out, winning him acclaim as a minimalist architect. Art patron Ann Hatch bought the house three years later to serve as home base for a nonprofit artist's residency she named the Capp Street Project.Mr. Ireland's reputation as an architect took another leap in the 1980s thanks to his renovation, with artist Mark Thompson and an army of interns, of the main building at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito.In 2004, failing health forced Mr. Ireland to move from the 500 Capp St. house to an assisted living situation. Only the intervention of a San Francisco art patron kept the Ireland house and its unique contents and character from sacrifice on the open market. The benefactor plans to restore and preserve the house as a study center for and monument to Mr. Ireland's work and sensibility.Mr. Ireland is survived by a sister, Judy Ireland, his son Ian Ireland and daughter Shaughn Niland, and five grandchildren.A memorial event will be announced later.

A personal Note from the ARM: When I was a student, a mutual friend introduced me to David, and I was lucky enough to be invited by him to his house at 500 Capp street. We had coffee and bran muffins, and he showed me everything he was working on, and gave me some catalogues. He also looked at a few projects I was considering and told me just to do my thing. When I called him up to meet that morning, I asked him what he was doing, to which he replied "just doing some housework", which coming from David could have meant anything.

related David Ireland Post HERE

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

full Guardian article HERE


We belong to the Terra Firma Farm CSA (community supported agriculture) and each week we receive the gift of small farm organics from Yolo County. This weeks bounty includes mixed greens, squash, snap peas, peaches, strawberries, cherries, carrots, spinach and organic pistachios! A great way to introduce bio-diversity into your life. We still have a gigantic head of cabbage from last week. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Terra Firma Farm HERE

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Swine flu fear doesn't deter world skimboarding champ

When the sanctioning body of the world's international professional skimboard tour pulled the plug on the Cabo Clasico in Mexico scheduled for this weekend because of health concerns stemming from the swine flu, Bill Bryan stepped in to see that the competition goes on.

Bryan, the reigning skimboarding world champion and founder of the competition in Los Cabos, Mexico, took it upon himself to push forward not only because the contest is one of the premier skimboard events in the world, but also because of the significance it has for the local economy, according to a news release.

With the help of new sponsors, including several from Orange County, Bryan is trying to pull off a scaled-down competition starting today and ending on Sunday, hoping to attract about 50 competitors instead of the usual more than 100.

The contest has been dubbed, "Cabo '09 Sooo Sick."

"There are children and families in need all over the world. It would be a shame and selfish on our part to miss an opportunity to help others by canceling this contest for our own self-preservation," said Bryan, in a statement. "Besides, Cabo has some of the best waves in the world and there is no way we are missing out. On top of that, this competition is the gateway to expanding the sport of skimboarding."

He could not immediately be reached for comment because he was en route to Mexico.

But a press release for the event in Los Cabos said that competitors and guests will bring gear and prizes to hand out to the locals, as well as raise money through t-shirt sales to be donated to Amigos de los Ninos (, a medical non-profit organization in Cabo that helps support needy families in the area.

"As always, along with the hardcore pros and amateur riders who make the trek, the locals in Cabo are among the best skimmers of the huge, dangerous and exciting shorebreak of the area, so the level of riding will remain top-notch," according to the news release.

The Cabo Clasico is one of eight stops on the United Skim Tour, the sanctioning body for skimboarding events in United States and abroad, and usually kicks of the season that ends with a champion being crowned in November.

The UST and its board of directors last week decided to cancel the event, removing it from the tour for 2009. Because of the economic downturn, the body also will score only six events in determining a champion this year, said Trigg Garner, a UST board member and general manager of Victoria Skimboards in Laguna Beach.

"I would have gone down there and other team members would have gone down there," Garner said. "We didn't find that it was big concern for us as individuals. … (But) as an organization, we didn't want to have to say it's mandatory you go down and ultimately didn't want to put people in a health risk."

In its announcement cancelling the Cabo event, the UST said: "The Center for Disease Control has recommended that people avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico at this time. While this was a difficult decision, the health and safety of the UST participants and skimboarders in general are our first priority."

But Garner said he salutes Bryan's effort to host an event in Los Cabos anyway, since Bryan founded the contest in Mexico.

"I think it's great and if people wanted to go down there I think that's great," Garner said. "We're still gonna be back on schedule for next year. It's a great way to start off the UST season."

Bryan is also expected to compete at the 33rd annual Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding on June 27 and 28 at Aliso Beach in Laguna (, now considered a skimboarding mecca.

Read UST's Cabo Clasico cancellation announcement at

Check out the video from last year's Cabo event, visit

Monday, May 18, 2009

Of most excellent fancy

Digging through some crates today revealed this ceramic skull by my friend, Dutch Artist Anno Dijkstra.  Made while Anno was artist-in-residence at the European Ceramic Work Center.

See his website HERE

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Jim Melchert

Bay Area Artist and former SFAI and UC Berkeley faculty Jim Melchert. Glazed tiles, broken, and reassembled.

More HERE and HERE

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Everyday Whites

with a light iron rim 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Mother's Hand

Happy mothers day to my mom, Tricot Naturelle to the max! A few images from recent production. Skip over to the blog HERE

Friday, May 8, 2009

Handmade ceramic marble found recently while taking a short walk. Only a suggestion of roundness.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fundamentals of Makkum

New pottery service for Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Holland's oldest company, by Atelier NL.

Via Designboom HERE
Tichelaar Makkum HERE
Atelier NL HERE

Wilhelm Kåge

Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) Wilhelm Kåge has had the same impact on Swedish art ceramics history as the renowned Axel Salto had on Denmark’s. Both were pioneers of wide importance. Originally a painter, Wilhelm Kåge was employed by Gustavsberg as an art director to rejuvenate the pottery’s production. He was faithful to this company for 32 years.  In 1942 he started the legendary Gustavsberg Studio with the mission to create unique artistic pieces.  His lively imagination brought forth a great variety of forms. Kåge was an artist of contradictions. In the 1940’s and 50’s he designed several geometrical, almost cubist, vessels in the “Surrea” series which stands in striking contrast to his soft formed, organic shaped tableware from the same period. Kåge designed more than 30 different dinner services, of particular importance was the inexpensive “workers’ service”, intended for a wider audience. Kåge’s pride, however, was the Farsta series of unique vessels made of heavy stoneware with carved surfaces and earth coloured decorative glazes.  The clay for which was taken from the Farsta bay area very near the Gustavsberg pottery. He began experimenting with the Farsta line of studio ceramics already in the 1920’s.  Art historians and collectors today consider the Farsta pieces the culmination of Wilhelm Kåge’s artistic production. (