Up in the Air
I really don't know what happens next.
Saturday Market has announced another postponement, to May 23. The UVAA Summer Arts Festival, in Roseburg, just announced their cancellation. Ceramic Showcase isn't happening, though the Gathering of the Guilds is trying to reschedule for Fall. Silverton Fine Arts Festival (in August) just sent its artists a survey, asking whether they should pull the plug now, or wait a little longer to decide. Everything is up in the air.
Or else online.
Maude Kerns Art Center had to cancel their upcoming gallery show--the artists couldn't get their paintings to Eugene--but decided to compensate by creating an online-only members show, A Change of Space. I entered four sculptures, since I so rarely get a chance to show them off. You can see the entire display--and purchase some art, if so inclined--here.
Saturday Market is also expanding their online presence. They've had a Facebook Marketplace for a while. They're also working on a public-facing Members Directory, with images, contact information and links to websites. It's currently being beta-tested; they hope to go live in the next week.
And, of course, there's always my website, here. I'm fairly well-stocked on regular items and patterns, and able to pack and ship, or arrange pick-up, if you're local. Custom patterns or forms will be slower--I don't know when I'll be firing next, but it won't be before mid-May. I'm posting a page with my current inventory of patterns and forms--no pictures, just a list--if you want to order from what's on hand. Find it here, or click the "In Stock" button to the left on my website.
I'd intended this for the Ceramic Showcase Gallery; I always try and do at least one new sculpture every year, for them and for Clay Fest. As Showcase isn't happening (though Clay Fest is still proceeding at the moment), I though I'd premiere them here. The title of the piece is Best Friends.
Someone asked me my sign the other night. (This still happens in Eugene.) I said "Off Center Ceramics, Whimsical and Functional Stoneware Pottery. You've seen it, there's a bear on it."
I admit I was being difficult, but I still don't see why my favorite animal didn't get a place in the zodiac, Greek or Chinese. Though come to think of it, he's actually right in the center of things: the little bear with his tail on the Pole Star. Visible the year round, appropriate in any season.
Like those classical astrologers, I don't have only one bear on my pots. Ursa Minor is probably the fishing black bear, based on a National Geographic photo of black bears catching salmon in the Tongass National Forest. My version appears on coffee mugs, soup bowls, stew mugs, dessert and pie plates, and occasionally covered casseroles and square bakers, even pitchers.
Ursa Major can actually be any of a number of possibilities: grizzlies salmon-fishing on a cookie jar, a shy bear cub in a birch tree on tall mugs and serving bowls, a curious bear investigating a honey tree (or hive box) on honey jars. There are a lot of possibilities, and I keeping playing with them, trying new variations.
After all, who doesn't like playing with bears?