Friday, January 29, 2010

my favorite Frank O'Hara poem "Why I am Not a Painter"

this is my favorite poem by Frank O'Hara - "Why I am not a Painter" you can link directly to it here if you're interested in reading it As for me, I have always loved painting, but find myself more skilled in the 3 dimensional arts of sculpture and ceramic art as well as writing. I greatly admire those who can paint, my spoofs on- junk as modern art- come from an admiration for modern art and inability to visit my favorite urban galleries and museums more often. They are in the spirit of paean to- rather than criticism of

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

property saga-poem

Pipestone pass
or the continental divide
Homestake Pass
and the Hollywood screenwriters place
garbage pit full of
antique relics, garbage,
and God knows what else
large chunks of crystals
garnets and mica dust
dilapidated cabin by
the side of the highway
our dream place?
with the allready existent studio
like my studio
"there's hot geothermal water nearby"
"maybe on your land"
says the realtor
sweet as pie
hair piled a mile high
that greenhouse,so charming
in it's rundown state
belying the hailstorms
with busted out glass windows
"we're moving to a quarter million dollar house"
says the current occupants
as if quarter million dollar
with it's word million
had some fairy tale significance to it
your dream
my dream
subdivision vision
log shack by the side of the highway
"Butte's only 25 miles away"
in the summer
"why this community is nestled in the bosom of agriculture"
"that's right"
"it's rural living at it's best"
"with a real sense of community"
"Hey I got some unpatented mining claims to sell ya"
"reeeeeal cheap"
"Why, if you hold onto those long enough"
"you'll have yourself a goldmine all over again"
(written in 1995 while looking for property in Montana)

Monday, January 18, 2010

simple sculptural bowl

This is one of my simple bowls. I threw it as one piece on the wheel and then carved away clay at the top rim. I see it as a scuptural vessel. The glaze is a textured matt white. It is not food safe because of the textured glaze but can hold non food items. It's one of my favorite's so I kept it for myself, but part of a series of larger sculptural vessels I'm working on.Barbara Hepworth is one of my favorite sculptors-see previous blog post. I love the simplicity of her sculptures. I feel her influence in the forming of these larger pots 5 1/2 "tall x 10 1/2" wide

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti. Their cries for help will not go unheard.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Empty Vessel (poem)

Empty Vessel

People with no boundaries
people with no boundaries
Circle of friends
The glass is a bottomless pit
They reach in me and out of you
Never staying put
Cause pain's too big
Watching it implode on itself
With the enormous weight of others

Sunday, January 3, 2010


there is always some kind of burning longing in me
for what I no longer have
for what I could have had
for what could be
for what is there that I refuse to see
for something indescribable
for something unattainable
for something