This year I have the opportunity to be part of the Altered Paintings Exhibition at Redux Studios in Alameda. I found a great piece from their selections, but with only a week before the due date, I had to figure out my plans sooner than later! I decided to roll with something I'm familiar with, building off of my Steampunk-inspired roots. This piece was a lot of fun to work with and I may do more in the future. Opening night is on the 11th if you're able to swing by~
Wizard Series 3 & 4 are all done with their first firings, ready for glaze!
The Wizards had to wait their turn though. Once my glaze tests came back from the stoneware firing, my focus turned to the buildings for my self portrait piece. I have to say, I had a fairly good idea of how they were going to come out post-firing, but they turned out so much better than I imagined. I'm thoroughly satisfied with the results!
By popular demand at Modern Mouse, this month I found myself creating rings. Pictured below you'll see the very first Kuro-Same rings in existence, one of which went to a fairly new friend, Bernadette of Artery Press! Her work is simply amazing, you should check it out sometime or visit her at Swarm (Loakal address, I'm not sure if its still called Swarm or not).
Things have been kinda dead around here since I was promoted at Modern Mouse, I've been managing since late Summer of last year, but I'm always working on art; however, it does keep me pretty busy since I'm there 5 days a week. I do enjoy it though. I've been waking up pretty early lately, not just for work or college classes, so I've been able to get even more done lately.
First and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone taking the time to read this. You could be off doing other social media things, but here you are! That means a lot to me and I really feel the support.
As I announced, last year in my first blog post, Mynt (my lady) and I did have that show at Pixies & Peony in October. It was a lot of fun being there for the second year in a row, this time with her. She sold a handful of pieces and I couldn't be more proud. We had a really great time and are truly thankful to everyone who showed up! We couldn't have done it without ya.
I mentioned above that I am still in college, taking classes, working towards finishing my "GE" requirements and transferring to either a local CSU or, as of recently, moving onto an online college. My focus, naturally, is art and business. No matter where our art takes Mynt and I, we do plan on finishing college, so we've got a lot on our plates between classes, work, art and everything else that involves our personal lives.
As if that wasn't enough for us, we are planning on collaborating on a new art business involving primarily home decor & stationary. Fun combo, right? We've already got a name and the first product line laid out, its just a matter of pulling everything together for the launch, so stay tuned! I'm sure to be posting about it in the future.
Anyway, part of the reason of this post was to mention that as much as I'd like to upkeep the blog and everything involving my website, I just haven't found time since the last updates; however, I do plan on working much harder on making this a priority, maybe even get a webstore launched this year, hehe.
Well thank you for stopping by! That should about do it for now. If you're looking for Kuro-Same merch, you can currently find it at Modern Mouse and Starbaby Studio, both in Alameda. Until next time~
Just in time for Halloween, some of my latest sculptures will be included in this show at Pixies & Peony in Alameda in October! Appearing with me will be my significant other. This will be her debut installation under the name Mynto Fresh and is not something you want to miss.
Her paintings and illustrations depict various depths of life and thought processes that can sometimes be left untouched or unexplored, eliciting feelings of intense beauty, unsettling reflection and veiled realism.
Pixies & Peony is an independently owned, mother-daughter project that combines shopfront wares with gallery arts and DIY gardening. Pixies & Peony is filled with a collection of local art, new & vintage items, refinished/re-purposed furniture and plants.