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.


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.

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. 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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


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

Monday, January 19, 2009


It's been unseasonably warm in San Francisco.

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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Rosemarie Trockel

German artist Rosemarie Trockel

Donald Young Gallery, HERE

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Just re-watched the great Documentary Helvetica. For those of you who have not seen it, the film is an interesting study in how we read information and how in many ways, clarity can quickly become monotonous.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Beatrice Wood & Shamba

Beatrice Wood with manager R.P Singh, Tippi Hedren and Shamba the tiger, via Linc Art.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Laura Andreson

Today a post on renowned potter Laura Andreson. Andreson established the ceramics department at UCLA in 1934 and taught there until her retirement in 1970. Thats a lot of pots.
She was one of the first California studio potters to experiment and explore porcelain, which up to 1950 was mostly used in commercial products. She would become known as a leading West Coast authority on porcelain.
Smithsonian Archive HERE

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The New Naturals

They are,
 from the top: Japanese Design Collective (images 1-2) Lief-Designpark
French Designer (images 3-4) Patrick Nadeau via Designboom
Swiss Design Collective (image 5) PostFossil via Inhabitat