Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Look of the Man Who Runs Ahead of the Pack





1979 wool Lobo by Pendleton Car Coat via ebay. I would say that the coat is a hit, but sorry to say Pendleton, the ads are a miss. Although, I wouldn't mind having a wolf at my side sometimes.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Ruby Neri





Having seen Ruby Neri's work in San Francisco in the past, and really always thought of horses, these images of new ceramic busts look awesome. Looking forward to seeing a full show. 

David Kordansky Los Angeles HERE

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Gropius Jade


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



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.

More HERE

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Andrew Bird


Noble Beast, highly suggested

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mission High School San Francisco






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

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Adieu



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

English Salt glazed Bottles and Flagons






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

Old English





Beautiful old english cream pots from roughly 1830-1900. A more detailed post to follow on English Stoneware salt -glazed jars.

from Sporting Collectables HERE

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Plaid




Been thinking wool plaid recently, hoping to get these worked into some future studio projects as well as the clothing department.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day Quilt



In honor of Inauguration day, we have taken out a quilt made for me by my Grandma in 1996. It has been in hiding for 8 years.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Orange


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

Korean Full Moon Jar





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

Sam Durant





Porcelain replicas of cheap plastic chairs by Sam Durant.
Blum and Poe, Los Angeles HERE
Paula Copper New York HERE

Friday, January 16, 2009

Harrison Macintosh





One of my favorite American potters, Harrison Macintosh. 

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los Angeles HERE

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Parallel Lives, Parallel Worlds




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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fwis (and friends)




Graphic design team Fwis has committed to 31 days of type face invention free to the public. 
Fwis HERE