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New Website [Jan. 11th, 2012|09:49 am]
Frank Carsey
Hello Livejournalistas
I have a new website; have a look:

And I have new work

This one called 'Queen of the Aubergine Festival'

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April Seabeck Anagama [Apr. 9th, 2011|03:46 pm]
Frank Carsey
Dear Blogsters

In a week we load the Seabeck Anagama for its 50th firing, a great milestone.

I am working to make some pieces that will fully appreciate the intense wood ash from 5 days of woodfiring, generally work that has smooth curves and shapes with opportunities for the partial blocking of the ash by other pieces giving good flashing. I also like to make at least one piece to go on the floor to get the high silica grainy covering parts of the upwind surfaces: gnarly, man.

Here is my stuff so far:

At lower right are some teabowls, a form I generally avoid because, as you can see, I don't do 'em that well. Otherwise, some abstract figurative as usual.

I am working, more or less, on a final piece before bisqueing on Wednesday

Stay happy, create good things, and keep us all in mind


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Collective Visions Gallery [Apr. 5th, 2011|02:14 pm]
Frank Carsey
Yo Blogosomes

I put a few pieces into the April show for the gallery I am part of, Collective Visions in Bremerton WA--see http://collectivevisions.com.

Someone might want to come by and pick one up. It happens. Hey, it does!
Here we have pictures of 'em:

That first one is a Doo-Wop band made from some of the bottles seen in the previous blog. I hope someday to find out just why I like to make bottles as only a tiny number of people want to actually buy and own one.

I am now working on some pieces for a wood-firing in the anagama. Anagama work needs to be optimized for the wood ash environment; that means a reliance on soft curves, nice smooth spaces and the use of other pieces to direct the flow on hot gases (ha, thought I was talking about women didn't you) so that we can exploit the famous "painting with fire."

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Getting Ready to Soda Fire [Mar. 9th, 2011|11:11 am]
Frank Carsey
Hello Blogbuddies

We are getting ready to soda fire in Seabeck. What else can we do? The weather is far too lousy for almost anything not involving high temperatures.

I have just completed a bisque firing of my pieces. Here they are:

So what you see here is the usual mix: some more of the Jugband Ladies as that topic is carried forward, some figurative-form bottles (which I make to relax mostly), and some studies for this and that. Looking at this picture gives me a sense of fun; I enjoyed making this stuff, and I hope it shows.

Decision: I have determined that next year I will enter the Seattle Erotic Art Show. And why not? Talk about giving myself license!

More in 10 days or so when we unload the kiln. Till then keep up the cheer, remember that optimism solves all problems, and have a beer with a friend this week.

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Unclad Show [Feb. 15th, 2011|03:00 pm]
Frank Carsey
Good Day to the Blogosphere

I have just had 4 pieces accepted into the show called Unclad (lovely name that) at the Gallery By The Bay in Stanwood WA--that's close to Anacortes where the ferry leaves for the magical San Juan Islands.
Here are pics of the 4 pieces, a goodly number of which you have already seen:

If you happen to be In Stanwood in the second half of March, drop in and enjoy the nudes. I know I plan to.

Then drop me a line!

And now, back to the studio!

Be careful out there.

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Collective Visions Gallery Show [Jan. 13th, 2011|07:50 pm]
Frank Carsey
Hello Blogois

I will be taking my piece to the Collective Visions 2011 Show later this month (http://www.collectivevisions.com/cvg_show/index.php). This is a juried show for artists resident in Washington State. We get about 250 entrants for the show and about 90 have works that are chosen. I am a member of CVG and am part of the show organizing committee, although the juror doesn't know; the show is blind, the artists only identified by an arbitrary number from the CaFE (https://www.callforentry.org/index.php) organization. Also, this year's juror is not known to me except by name, Dennis Peacock (http://home.earthlink.net/~peacockd42/resume.html.)

The piece of mine that was chosen is "morning Stretch," a small work but a nice one; hope you agree. Here it is, front and back:

See--it has a cute bottom.

Hope you like it!

Hope you have a nice winter, or one you can get through at least.

Be strong, be resilliant, be hopeful, and let me know how it goes.

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New Work--Jugband Ladies [Dec. 7th, 2010|11:29 am]
Frank Carsey
Hello Blogreaders

We had a nice soda firing out in Seabeck (http://www.kenlundemo.com/).

I made some sculptural pieces for it.

Here they are drying in the studio. The one in center is still a bit wet and thus darker.

Fired in soda, the Laguna Big White clay (http://www.lagunaclay.com/) takes on a pebbly redish surface which I happen to think is just right for my work. Here are the Ladies after firing:

The paintings behind them are by Sue.

And here they are from the other view. Can't decide which I prefer.

Three of them are in the gallery now, so drop by if you are in the area. In the gallery I named them "Dancing Muse #1" etc--Jugband seemed too casual. If you buy 'em you can call 'em whatever you like.

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(no subject) [Aug. 23rd, 2010|03:40 pm]
Frank Carsey
Hello Everyone

This summer I took a wonderful ceramics course in central Tuscany at a facility called La Meridiana (the Sundial in Italian). You can get information on this well established ceramics center on the web, of course:

Tje director of La Meridiana is Pietro Maddelana, a highly accomplished maker of functional and sculptural ceramics who has been active for 3-4 decades (I lost count); his website is

The instructor for our class was the well known and highly regarded figurative sculptor Lucianne Lasalle, who lives in Scotland; to find her on the web:

Her most recent public work is a remarkable bronze piece that you can see at:
She showed us photos of the process of making the figure out of clay and forming from it a mold--very interesting.

La Meridiana provided for us a sensationally beautiful young Italian woman named Anna. From her I made two pieces, a torso and a shoulder, life size and as exact as I could manage; the shoulder is presented in my previous LJ post, below. This approach was a new experience for me and I learned a good deal of detailed anatomy as well as how to look at a subject. It is always odd to me that most art education consists of learning how to see.
Here is a partial back view of Anna along with my version of her splendid bottom:

And here is another of the bottom outside drying, with your obedient servant:

While we in the class were fharting about learning how to sculpt Lucianne decided to do an Anna herself. Here is a pic of the sculptor and the work, nearly done:

To finish Lucianne put flat slabs of clay vertically in the neck and drew several interesting faces on it, including some great art deco faces:

A wonderful piece of art. I don't know what head piece she used in the end.

In addition to doing bits of Anna I also did a few other pieces, notably the shoulder in the previous LJ post. Here are my pieces after coming out of the kiln:

One of these, toward the back and nearly out of view, is a head, a replica of the head of another student, Miriam, who kindly modeled for me numerous times over the 10 or so days we worked at La Meridiana. I had never done this kind of work before; it was just great as a challenge. When I did the hair I departed from exact replication, and now I rather regret it--her hair is better than mine. Here is a pic of my piece in process, with Miriam so that you can see how accurate the piece is:

And here is one of me working on the head:

I recommend La Meridiana to anyone interested in advancing their skill levels in clay. The facility offers classes in every imaginable area of clay work--wheel and hand making, glazing, special firing, sculpture, special clay bodies, and so on. In addition they take care of routine matters such as housing; they provide a wonderful midday dinner meal in addition to 2 coffee/tea breaks. The center, near the town of Certaldo is an easy train ride to Sienna, Pisa and Florence; we went only to Sienna as I wanted to spend as much time in the studio as I could (but somehow less than Miriam spent, a real fanatic).
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Show opening this Friday, Aug 6 [Aug. 3rd, 2010|11:13 am]
Frank Carsey
Hello in Blogtown

I have a show in Collective Visions Gallery, 4th and Pacific in Bremerton WA.
The show is with Gail Hornsby who contributes acrylic paintings.
Herewith a few pictures from the show:

Hope to see you this Friday, 5-9 pm for the opening gala--I will buy you a glass of wine!
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Got an Award! [May. 8th, 2010|05:47 pm]
Frank Carsey
Yo to the Blogosphere or possibly Blogocline
(Google on thermocline as a tip)

Hope this finds you in good sorts.
We are living in summer now in the glorious Pacific NW, second summer we have had this year--maybe this one can last a while, more than a day that is.

I have a glorious announcement: My first art show award!
I won Merit Award (I am not sure but I think that is code for a prize that does not include cash) at the Sequim WA Fine Art Show.
I entered a piece called Dancer. I may have put it in this blog before.
Here it is:

I have shows in June and August and am entering the Port Angeles show called Safe Harbor, so maybe there will be more good news.

And now, back to the mud, making some bottles that somehow will fit into a show called Ferry Tales in honor of the imminent summer tourist-ferrying season.

Have a splendid spring yourselves and think good thoughts.

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