Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2020: The Year That Was.

 A year in review.  Not just any year, but 2020.  A year that I suspect won't quite blend in with the others.  Normally I post my year-in-review post by the end of the first week of January.  2020 was such a dumpster fire, that I figured I'll get to it when I get to it...

With just a few days left in the month, I'm finally getting to it.

My year started out with a road trip out to a remote part of Nevada.  It turns out that Nevada has a lot of remote parts.  Several of them are quite beautiful.  It was a fun drive and I was able to capture of few images for research purposes.  Here's one of them.

Ultimately that picture became this drawing...

...which I re-drew a second time...

...and then ultimately put it in this piece.

Btw, the structure on the lower left corner will show up on a future piece/post.

This one on the left.

I started the year out doing a few projects (mixed media painted constructions) in the studio, but actually a fair amount of time building things with clay.

That was all well and good until mid-March when suddenly (and mostly unexpectedly) I didn't have access to the ceramic studio.  I had to walk away from several pieces for some unknown period of time with the understanding (or at least mindset) that the pieces might not survive scheduled maintenance at the school.

I bid those piece adieu and re-engaged what I had going in the (my) studio.  For the most part, I just played around in the studio.  I worked everyday, but rarely had a specific goal on what I was going to work on.  These next several images are to just provide a sense of what I was messing around with.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of my high points of 2020 was getting to help my friend Terry Rathje (check out his website: )install his solo show out at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa.  It was a killer show, and it is always a blast to spend a couple days with Terry.  Here are a few images from his show!

It was a kick-ass show and as I type this while I look out my window at the snow and ice, I really miss Terry's show!

In mid-October I received a text message that the ceramic pieces I had abandoned back in March were intact and needed to be finished ASAP and removed from the building.  I diverted the bulk of my efforts over to glazing and firing to get my pieces gone.  I less than two weeks, I had everything out of the art building and safely transported to my studio.

Finally, I have to give a shout out to the places that provided me with amazing meals and a sense of comfort/normalcy this past year.

Taste of Ethiopia!  Website:

Hemispheres Bistro!  Website:

Boozies!  Website:

2021 is already starting off with several interesting projects underway.  Stay tuned!

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