Friday, January 20, 2017

upcoming workshop in Berkely California

A Jenny Mendes Workshop:
Painting on Clay with Terra Sigillata
~In Conjunction with Trax Gallery~
March 18, 19, 10am-4pm each day
Opening of Jenny’s work at Trax Gallery on Sat., 3/18, 5pm-7pm
This hands-on, two-day workshop is for anyone who wants to awaken possibilities in their work through the imaginative use of color in ceramic surface decoration. Jenny will demonstrate various colorful ways to approach the surface as a painter by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides. She will present her "low-tech method" of making terra sigillata with emphasis on helping participants relax and play with color, texture and imagery on the surface of their work. We will spend the first morning making small works to decorate. Bring visual inspiration, brushes, bisque-ware or green-ware to work on as well if you have it. A willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory is the only prerequisite! All levels welcome.
Jenny Mendes was born in Cleveland, OH. She has a BFA in ceramics from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited her ceramic artwork nationally at galleries and juried shows. A full-time studio artist since the mid-1990’s, Jenny’s work is influenced by mythology and folk art. Figurative imagery, both human and animal, is used extensively in her body of work that includes tiles, prints, sculpture, pots and jewelry. Working within a human/animal narrative, she engages in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into her world.

Email, call (510-528-3286), or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

love and courage

Yesterday I had the great fortune of calling someone I had been meaning to call, and though he was out, someone answered the phone that I knew and we had the accidental opportunity to reconnect.  I felt so lucky to fall into this unexpected conversation with a beautiful person from my past :)

is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire, to do something under besieging circumstance, and perhaps, above all, to be seen to do it in public, to show courage; to be celebrated in story, rewarded with medals, given the accolade, but a look at its linguistic origins leads us in a more interior direction and toward its original template, the old Norman French, Coeur, or heart. Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future.
To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.
To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. Whether we stay or whether we go - to be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.
The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning
of Everyday Words
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