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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Before we go in we walk the extensive woodland trails outside of Longview, so Penny can burn some energy before we go in. Yesterday a deer walked up to us! So friendly! Then Penny went bananas and it moved away a little bit....
Penny likes elevators, as you can see....she pretty much likes everything....except other dogs....chipmunks, and, well, deer.....
You will remember that me and my pals are gearing up for an online pottery exhibit, starting Wednesday! We challenged ourselves to make bottles! More on that tomorrow, but dig this resealable bottle TODAY, for sale now at my etsy shoppe!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Gary's chili mac!
1 1/2 cups dry macaroni
diced bell pepper
1/2 pound diced (soy) sausage
lots of chili powder!!!! (or tons of paprika and red pepper flakes)
1 cup spaghetti sauce
many shakes basil, oregano, black pepper
15-16 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed etc.
-boil pasta and drain
-saute onion, pepper garlic abt. 5 minutes
-add diced sausage, kidney beans, saute further 5 minutes
-add sauce and spice, simmer 10 minutes, stirring from time to time
-add the pasta, stir, heat together, turn off stove, leave pot on warm burner
-cover the chili with one cup cheese, let sit covered 5 minutes for cheese to melt
WICKED EASY and tasty!
I was inspired to make a robot bottle because me and 2 of my pottery pals challenge each other to make and exhibit things here online...more on that later this week....
|detail, robot bottle by Gary Rith|
|robot bottle by Gary Rith|
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Yesterday he stops me on the street "GREAT photo, congratulations!".
An hour later, Pat, who lives in the pretty house around the corner, comes out of her house with her paper which she hands me and says "I had no idea!".
Its all part of my most recent 15 minutes of fame......
Let me explain. Saturday I am at the public library while the wife is out shopping, and I poke through the local paper, the Ithaca Journal. My hororscope tells me (and anybody else who is Aries)
"You don't need a lot of extra bells and whistles to get people to pay attention. to you. People will pay attention simply because they are impressed with who you are and how you live your life". Well then!
Then I start flicking through and HOLY CATS there I am! Page 3! Friday night at the Ithaca Artist Market the photographer is wandering around taking hundreds of pics and she tells me "don't be nervous" and I quick strike a pose pretending to be doing something and tell her "I am not nervous, I am posing". I mean, c'mon, I take my own picture all the time, I am an old pro....
|that is me and my buttery yellow display brightening up the Ithaca Artist Market|
You will remember my mother-in-law gave me some birkenstocks last week. I dunno, I don't like sandals, I am not much of a birkenstocks guy, you know? I mean republicans try to call it "a lifestyle choice" but I really think some people are born that way, right?
I realized yesterday morning the fact that I am, like Jeff Spicoli and zillions of other cool kids, I am a Vans man....
Note Jeff's (Sean Penn's) footwear...
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I was at Ithaca Artist Market in the permananent outdoor pavilion at the Ithaca Farmer's Market on Cayuga Lake last night...its a big deal event for summer, live music, wine, beer, food, and 70-80 local artists! Good golly it was GORGEOUS and one of those rare times that a guy like me who never goes anywhere or does anything realizes that he knows HUNDREDS of people around town!
Like, for example, you will remember my dental hygienist, Mary with the magic fingers? I have chatted amiably with her for years about what I make, and she has told me about her daughter...well, there they were! Now Mary knows me for my than my dental health....
Anyway, the best single day fair I have had in years, yippee!
It has been the busiest month of my life...wicked awesome....but summer is going past too fast....
|I was all big smiles all evening...one lady told me to keep on smiling...I was having a wicked good time...|
|I chose a spot with a long counter and sat on it in the corner, looking like a hooker in Amsterdam or something....|
|my display at the permanent Ithaca Farmer's Market..the wife see it and says "your display is so bright and inviting!"|
|my besy pal Christi was down the way, dig those BOOTS|
|got home and somebody had taken my spot in bed....|
Friday, July 27, 2012
You see here a group of the first robot sugar bowls...I was checking glaze schemes and holy CATS they turned out neato....
|robot sugar bowls by Gary Rith|
|my optician called and my newly refurbished 20 year old ray bans aviators had the new prescription lenses, so Penny came with, and we went over to Cayuga Lake for the hike too....gorgeous place, gorgeous day...|
|robot pots by Gary Rith, lookit this glaze!!!!!!|
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The rest of you, my awesome Generation X friends and baby boomers etc, you KNOW how fun it is to talk about cholesterol!
OK, so despite being a tiny little physically fit vegan, I have the high cholesterol, a hereditary thing, right? As my Chinese-American doctor says "my mother will only eat a spoonful of rice with a forkful of fish and she has cholesterol of 340!". Mine was high last summer, not 340 but bad enough, which is SO unfair, you would think that I survive on bacon cheeseburgers when I haven't had meat or dairy etc. in years.
Anyway, 11 months of oatmeal and green tea: DROPPED 22 critical points to a normal level, yaaaaay! I ran out and got myself new running shoes and clothes to celebrate :)
Alright, who give a sh!t about all that....
me and the wife were at an antique store the other day and there was a real preserved alligator head there, small, holding the dude's business cards in its mouth, hoo hoo, haha! You KNOW I had to go home and make one!
|alligator card holder by Gary Rith|
|croc card holder by Gary Rith|
|the wife and I went shoes shopping for her yesterday evening...and celebrated the patience of man and beast by walking at Cornell's Beebe lake...|
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Gosh, who wants to look at my FUZZY LEGS and are those SKULLS on those socks???? What kind of idiot goes around in dark socks and birkenstocks???? Ithacans of a certain age, that's who....NOT ME really!|
|1. How would you describe your art?||I have about 3 different ways that I go depending on the day of the week. I have a short attention span and I get bored really easily. That's why drawing and sculpting are important to me.|
The more imaginative the piece is the more appealing it is to the customers.
|2. Do you make a living out of your art and related practices – or do you combine it with another job?||Yes|
|3. How long have you been working professionally as an artist?||About 15 years after leaving teaching English and pottery to special needs students.|
|4. Have you had a big break? If not; any turning point?||Big Break- in NH 2003 the craft league, I got juried in and that helped me get into galleries and shows. But them I left NH and moved to NY where the internet thing has worked for me. Then the local TV station asked me to do some interviews, that cost me nothing but gave me a lot of contacts, I'm still working off that several years later.|
|5. What is your primary client base?||I used to say the lady with the coach bag at fairs was my customer. You can guess a lot of things about that person. Now that's still pretty true although local demographics have changed.|
|6. Describe your work environment. Do you work alone or with others? In a studio or at home? Does this arrangement work for you, and if not, what would your ideal work environment look like?||Half the house is the studio, I enjoy working alone more & more as I get older. I miss the interaction at Cornell but having half the house is great for doing visits. I may start charging for demos which would be applied to purchases.|
|7. Do you have a typical workday? How much time do you spend creating and how much on business related activities?||I'm a very routine person, I get a lot done early in the morning, then an early lunch then back to work in mid and late afternoon, I even work into the evening when I'm excited about a project. I do work 7 days a week. I can go back and forth to the studio easily so I do that when I am in the process. Somedays I have to do paper work & I don't like that, it feels like I haven't gotten any work done when in fact I have.|
|8. Which marketing strategies have/have not been successful in advancing your career?||On-line interactions are easy for me. It's so fast & so easy. That's the miracle of our tine|
|9. Can you share any tips on business organization or financial planning that have worked well for you?||I married a book keeper who is very thrifty. I have a natural thriftiness which has helped me. Nothing hang hanging over my head.|
|10. Do you have any advice on how to rebound emotionally from rejection or difficult client situations?||It can effect you very hard. Some people are tough about that but I'm not. However, I usually feel better the next day especially as I get excited about a new project.|
|11. Based on your experience, what suggestions or lessons learned would you give to someone starting out as an artist?||Keep overhead low, work hard on what you think is the right thing. The more individualistic your work is the more marketable it is. We shouldn't try to compete with pottery barn. We should do what we love and have fun doing it. Have a routine.|
|12. How do you determine your pricing?||It's always tricky, I don't like dust to collect on my stuff. I think my prices are in a competitive range. My price depends on how much time I put into something and how much I would pay for something.|
|13. What are your long-term career goals as an artist?||Wouldn't it be great to get into the Smithsonian show?|
|14. Finally: Can you share something inspiring?||Everything good in my life has come from clay. It's almost like magic.|
|Your first name||Gary|
|Your last name||Rith|
|Your email email@example.com|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
YOU KNOW what inspires me don't you? Everything! So, you will recall, I have been making robots recently. I had been walking the dog and it came to me "could I make a robot on the wheel???" and you KNOW it is tremendous fun.
The wife DEMANDED we keep the first of these sugar bowls "we need a sugar bowl with a robot on it so we can put olives in it" and I got a special spoon at an antique store for that very purpose....
then yesterday, when I went to make more? I wondered if I could make a jar that IS a robot...
Monday, July 23, 2012
A longtime customer of mine says "my daughter is about to have my first grandchild...any chance you could try a divided baby plate with a duck, pig and bunny with a matching bunny cup????" and I have never done anything like that before...but I think about it, and decide it would be fun to try a divided plate, and I even painted the animals on there too! It was a boatload of work..if I made one again, I would not add the dividers....Bunny cups, large or small, are routine of course....
|baby plate and cup by Gary Rith|
Penny and her pal Soupy the corgi were playing at out place Sunday, more adorable than babies or baby gear, right? Also adorable is our HUGE friendly cat Spike ....the wife was sleeping in Sunday with them, had to get the pic....
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Short order, ha!
I didn't get the usual action shots at the salon, but Friday evening the wife and the cousins were with me at the Viva happy hour...and then she and I had the hair appt. at 5:30. That is, I must say, a good combo: some beer, some burritos, some cousins then some hair cutting! Michelle did the usual magic with our hair, as you see on the wife here the next day. Curly!
I had to make the exploratory trip to Binghamton to view 2 possible stores for me. One I liked one I did not, but we BOTH liked Danny's Diner!
Badass mugs below by me......
Saturday, July 21, 2012
(wall piece by Gary Rith)
Godzilla up there sure looks cheerful, hmm? Chomping down on a tasty human?
Look at this bumper sticker I saw yesterday when I was riding around with my adorable beagle: it is true! Who rescued who? If you brought home a sweet shelter pet, you would understand :)
Have an awesome weekend!
Friday, July 20, 2012
(wall piece, Robot hugs Godzilla by Gary Rith)
Thursday last week I am walking the dog and begin thinking "I have drawn robots, I wonder if I could make them????" and as you recall, we had a zillion guests, but I have been sneaking around to make them. This wall piece is first! I was talking with the visiting cousins about it "you remember the creature features, Saturday afternoon???" and they are like "OH YES" and naturally we start waving our arms around saying "DANGER WILL ROBINSON!". When we were kids, if we were not out playing, Saturday afternoon TV had a delicious selection of trashy sci-fi and horror movies from the 30s-60s, like Godzilla, of course, and you will also remember the TV show LOST IN SPACE....
GOLDEN! Totally inspiring! Now I am putting robots on everything this week (not to sound sexist, of course, but this seems like a very BOY thing to do, doesn't it?)
Today I am thinking I will make Godzilla eating a robot.....
Spike and Penny were, well, having the usual nap Thursday, and I saw their logic and .......well.....
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Of course, when you make something, you know it will shrink 10-15 percent at least, and I am one of those vague and imprecise people who does not measure things, so I just dumped a large lump of clay on the wheel, and voila!
As the wife says "the mugs are big, at least one and a half cups, so this teapot is perfect. Each person has a mug of tea, then there is at least one cup of tea left in the pot to offer the guest or split". And I am like "SURE, that was what I intended all along....."
|teaset by Gary Rith|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
(before and after with a glaze firing, I am SO excited)
Its not like the front of our house is all that interesting, but I am such a horrible gardener, I just want to show off a couple of successes: I love the magenta hanging flowers with the purple house, and my potted sunflowers are starting to bloom! Somebody the other day wondered if there was a beagle sculpture amongst the pots out front: YES, cutely mixed with the morning glories (which are taking over: GO FOR IT purple morning glories!)
Magic hat is an excellent brewery in Vermont (I had some Monday! #9!) but I was thinking "what if I made a mug that looks like a magician's hat, and inside is a bunny????"
Me and Missus Tastycakes
ME, the TV interview :)
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