Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Bauhaus grows on....Originally a gift to Ise Gropius, the jade plant thrived in the Gropius house eventually reaching more than two feet tall. Live plants, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior were very important in a Gropius/Bauhaus living space. You can now have a cutting of the original parent plant, by calling the Gropius house. We have are own pictured here, given as a gift sometime back. It is doing well, thanks Dan!
Gropius House HERE
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Mission Dolores, originally known as Mission San Francisco de Asis, is the oldest standing building in the city founded in 1776. Built as an adobe structure with very thick walls, it survived the 1906 earthquake, and in many ways looks the same today as it did when founded. The structure was built with the Ohlone and Miwok Indians. The mission also contains a cemetery with many Ohlone and Miwok Indians and well known early pioneers. The Mission Dolores Basilica stands next door, where services take place.
Note the amazing ceiling in the church.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday was a great day to visit Mission High School just adjacent to Mission Dolores Park. Mission High school is the oldest and first comprehensive High School in the west, built in the late 1800's. It survived the 1906 earthquake, but was destroyed in a 1922 fire. The school is in a similar style to the Mission Dolores Basilica down the street. I pass this beautiful building almost everyday, but Sunday was a perfect day to get up close. I am not sure what company was part of the tower construction, but I do not think it is Gladding McBean TerraCotta. Perhaps someone out there knows....
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
As seen on Ready for the House, and spreading like a wild fire over the Internet, Silver Jews front man David Berman is calling it quits, at least as a Silver Jew. However, Drag City has announced HERE that in May, Berman will release a book of cartoons called The Portable February. Also, as reported by Pitchfork Media Drag City (now former label mate) Bill Callahan will release his new record, Sometimes I wish I were an Eagle on April 14th. I'm already calling it the best record of 2009.
Friday, January 23, 2009
A little more from England today, with some salt glazed wares from Brighton. Salt glaze is thought to have been originated in Germany in the 14th century, possibly by accident when using seaweed and other naturally salt soaked combustible materials to increase temperature when firing. The vessels themselves are fired to a very high temperature, therefore become very durable, with the ability to hold liquid. These images here range from the 1840's-1900.
images from Brighton Bottles HERE
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
It's been unseasonably warm in San Francisco while much of the country battles incredible cold. It feels almost like May weather, but strangely out of synch. It is odd to see a bucket of oranges in your house mid January, but there they are courtesy of the garden tree.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Named for its resemblance to the full moon, the moon jar, called a "dalhangari", was most prevalent from the late 17th to 18th century, during the Joseon Dynasty. Moon jars were manufactured in porcelain for the Royal Court in Gwangju. Moon jars are rare pieces, as few of the larger ones, up to 18 inches remain.
A work in porcelain this large had to be made in two halves, two bowls, top and bottom, and then joined at the center, because it could not be thrown as one piece.
The glaze is thick, milky white, with varying tones of white. The surface of the jars maintain impurities or traces of air bubbles, tiny holes, that were created while the piece was fired. Crazing is found in some parts of the surface which enhances the jars natural beauty.
from Seoul Design Essence, HERE
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Nice short documentary on Eels frontman Mark Everett and his search for his fathers history. Mark Everett's father Hugh Everett was the author of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, later termed parallel universes theory. The theory was first defended at Princeton University in 1957.