Opening Gala of Exhibition at SDAI

The opening reception gala of the 50st International Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute was on March the 20st.
My husband, Adriaan, son, Arjan, and I drove down from the Bay Area. We stopped at Arjan’s dorm house in Los Angeles. They drove all the way and it took us about 8 hours. It was quite a drive, but we made it on time. And there we met up with our other son, Roland, who lives in San Diego. We always stay over at his place. So, with still some other friends we all went to the reception together.

The museum in situated in the famous Balboa Park, which is a 1,200 acre (4.9 km²) urban cultural park named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. It is one of the oldest sites in the United States dedicated to public recreational usage in 1835. Balboa Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Many of the park’s attractions are along El Prado, a long, wide promenade running through the center of the park. Most of the buildings lining this street are in the Spanish Revival style, a richly ornamented eclectic mixture of Spanish and Latin American architecture. Along this boulevard are many of the park’s cultural attractions and museums like “The Museum of the Living Artist at the San Diego Art Institute”. 2) Opening Gala_1

1) SDAI Museum of the Living Artist_1

The exhibition is a mixed media show. There were two ceramics works, one sculpture and one fabric artwork and lots of 2D works in all kinds of media.8) Horshair Vessel_1
This is my “Golden Lotus Horsehair Vessel”.

7)Vase_1

6) Swan Vase_1
My work surrounded by beautiful other artworks.

9) Other Art_1

9d) Sculpture_1 9b) Other art_3

9a) Other Art_2

There were so many more interesting works, but it is impossible to show them all.

So, if you are in the neighborhood, please, make a stop and go see this wonderful exhibition, which is until May the 10th, 2009.

Jeff Oestreich workshop

I went to a workshop of Jeff Oestreich on Saturday, February 28 at the Trax Gallery in Berkeley, CA: http://www.traxgallery.com/.

He is born in 1947, and is a ceramic artist who lives in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. He studied at the Bemidji State University, and the University of Minnesota with Warren MacKenzie, and apprenticed at the Leach Pottery in England. He primarily makes functional work with minimal surface decoration and at the moment usually soda fired glazes. In his own words, “Function is at my core…never take function for granted…”
“My early pottery training at the Leach Pottery in England in the late 1960’s was heavily influenced by Japanese pottery, due to the fact that Bernard spent many years making work in Japan. Since that experience my work has slowly moved away from this direct influence. Although there are still the underpinnings of the pottery of Japan, China and Korea in my work, that being simplicity, directness of approach, I am doing salt glazing, which has its origins in Germany. (At the moment, he changed to soda fired glazes). I have one foot in Japan, one in Germany, and an interest in Art Deco architecture. All things considered, my approach is American, borrowing from as many sources that speak to me.”

His work can be found in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Kansas City Museum, among others.

1) Jeff Oestrich_1

He started out with throwing some forms.

2) Jeff throwing_1

3) Jeff cutting_1

4) 3 cut bowls_1

He cuts the already prepared cups with a cheese slicer.

5) Jeff bowl_1

His work is geometrical, colorful and interestingly decorated with straight lines and stamps.

9) Jeff plate_1

8) Jeff cut bowl_1

7) Jeff square plate_1At the moment, he uses a couple of soda fired glazes. Soda (Na2O, sodium) is used instead of salt (NaCl, sodium chloride) as in a salt firing, thus no dangerous vapors are emitted. However, the finish is not evenly coated as with salt firing. Soda is not as volatile as salt; therefore, blowers are needed to move the vapors around the kiln.

Thank you, Jeff. It was very interesting.