Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Artistry Faire on Oct. 26th, 2019

The Artistry Faire and Grandma's Treasures will take place on October 26th, at the Buddhist Temple in Palo Alto on 2751 Louis RdPalo Alto, CA 94303. The hours are from 9:30am to 3:30pm. It is a large, fun fundraiser for the temple. In addition to arts and crafts, there will be Japanese food for sale, cooking demos and workshops and even a section of antiques. I will be at booth #18 with my ceramic pieces. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Upcoming Silicon Valley Open Studios!

My third year of participating in the Silicon Valley Open Studios. So looking forward to sharing my work and having interesting conversations!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Upcoming Show!

I am so excited to report that I will be having a show at a beautiful gallery 337 Mirada Art in Half Moon Bay on June 8-10, 2018. Very, very soon!

The gallery will be open from 11:00am to 5:00pm, and the address is:

337 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA

The hard to miss building is overlooking the ocean and I am looking forward to not only to sharing my ceramic work, but also hearing the sound of the waves for 3 days.

When I went to check out the space and meet the other artists, who exhibit at this gallery, I ended up having lunch at the coffee shop next door. The weather was chilly, but the ocean is too wonderful to sit inside.

I love Northern California Coast and would like to one day have my studio there. For now, though, please check out the gallery website (my bio and pics should appear there soon):

I will have a few new pieces (even since the most recent Open Studios), so you might see and like something you didn't have a chance to see before. 

The best place to park would be on Medio Avenue, around the corner from the gallery. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hearing back

I love hearing back and even more so getting pictures of my pieces living in their new homes. The blue vase is at my dear friend's house.

And this picture was sent to me by someone whom I met at the Ope Studios in Menlo Park. She kept picking up the little cup and putting it back and shared with me that she loved it but there was way too much art in her apartment already. At the end she decided that the piece really wanted to go home with her. I was happy to receive the image the next day. My piece is in the middle.
In good company :)

Recent Open Studios

I haven't been very good about posting on my blog or Instagram. Due to the force of habit, FB continues to remain my main outlet for ceramic updates, images, etc. But... I absolutely have to post a few pictures from the recent Open Studios. As always (meaning the 3 years I have been doing it) it was a wonderfully gratifying experience. Seeing people connect to my work, having interesting conversations about their own experiences with pottery or ceramics, observing reactions to different pieces always creatively recharges and inspires me. This time I had a lot of pinched pieces and a few visitors commented on how good it felt to hold the pieces in their hands. Best compliment I could hope for and the best kind of connection: from my hands to theirs.

May 5-6 weekend took place in a beautiful setting in Menlo Park, CA. There were 12 of us all together, from all over the world. Tired, but happy, we took a goofy picture of all of us at the end.

And here are a few shots of my work (and me :)

The second Open Studios weekend took place in Los Gatos. The view from the top of the hill and the balcony where I was exhibiting was breathtaking, but I was grateful when people were not too distracted and looked at my work. Also, always happy to see friends, including those who make me pose for pictures

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


My love for circles is migrating from photography to ceramics. I was very excited to find and got very inspired by the work of Fausto Melotti.

His work led me to creating my own ceramic circles. Some of which could potentially become ikebana vases. 

Black Mountain clay, porcelain, and the teardrop shaped onyx

Black Mountain clay, colored porcelain, glaze, crystal, dry poppy podseed

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Shallow Ikebana Vases

As I mentioned in one of my posts below, I am inspired by all shapes and sizes of ikebana vessels. Here are the two shallow ones, made with two part press molds.

On My Way to...

These two vessels happened on my way to the tear-drop shape, and insisted on their distinct personalities, almost from the conception.

Ikebana Inspired

While I have admired the art of ikebana for years, only recently I began to pay attention to the vessels used for ikebana. The freedom, creativity, and variety of form are truly inspiring. I fell in love with the teardrop glass vase below:

I knew I would not have the beautiful transparency of glass with clay, but I thought I would use the glossy steel blue glaze to evoke associations with water.

Would love to see it some day with a beautiful arrangement of flowers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Channeling John Maltby

A few months ago I came across inspiring whimsical creations by John Maltby. Last night I unexpectedly channeled his work though a cup below.

Black Mountain clay combined with colored porcelain. 

And here is the inspiration:

John Maltby (British, b.1936) A Cup on Stand, circa 1990

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Andrea Photographs my Pieces

The other day I showed a few of my clay pieces at a group meeting of photographer friends. Andrea made a few lovely shots.