Monday, September 10, 2012

2012 Coronado Art Walk

My first big show of the year ! Right on the water, facing downtown San Diego, in beautiful Coronado. With the weather we've had so far this Summer, this coming week-end will be yet another fine Summer week-end to hang out on the californian coast.
With restaurants, shops, beaches, and only minutes away from the Hotel Del Coronado, Artwalk is a free well attended event with 100 artists in different media (painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry,...), musical entertainment, and art activities for children.
This year, I will be at booth #33, right off First Street by the information booth, with a whole new set of work on display, from sets of rice bowls and sushi platters to my new series of decorative marble boxes and large center pieces. Exciting ! I hope to see some of you there !

Coronado Art Walk

Friday, September 7, 2012

A journey into Japan's ceramic tradition

It is one of those instances when I feel very lucky to live in San Diego. The city is known to most as the finest vacation destinations in the US. One of the gems in SD is Balboa Park and its collection of Arts and Science museums. As a ceramic artist, the Mingei International Museum, dedicated to folk arts, crafts, and design, is a treasure trove of creative ideas and inspiration. If you are ever in the area, make sure to schedule a visit.
Until January 6th, 2013, the Mingei is exhibiting an amazing private collection (by Gordon Brodfuehrer) of contemporary japanese ceramics, titled "Nature, Tradition, and Innovation". It is like stepping into another dimension where Nature meets Stone and Fire. Large scale pictures of breathtaking japanese landscape accompany the ceramic pieces to underline the tight connection japanese potters maintain with their environment, whether it is mining the clay or finding inspiration. The soothing japanese musical background completes the experience and transforms minutes into hours of exploration from miniature tea cups and bowls to vases and massive abstract forms.
Such an enchanting visit ! Next step, flying to Japan !

Here is snapshot of the show. I apologize for the lack of sharpness in the pictures, I only had my cellphone camera and a no flash policy strictly enforced. In any case, it is best viewed in person. In the meantime, enjoy !