Etsy

I have just posted “stunt cups” on Etsy. Actually, I posted them a couple days ago, but gave everyone on my mailing list first dibs as a way to say thank you for being on my list. If you would like to receive these type of emails in the future, please sign up here…

http://nicholasbivins.com/contact/

Here is the link to see all the pots on Etsy…

http://www.etsy.com/shop/NicholasBivins

These pots are a slight deviation from my prior work. I wrote one prior post about this idea here. A while back I noticed that some of the surface designs I had done looked similar to the cross sections of half pipes, tabletops, etc. I went forward with this idea (and with a lot of digital help from my wife), made vector files of the drawings of the athletes, then had decals digitally printed. Snowboarders, Skateboarders, Mountain Bikers, and the like are now throwing huge tricks on the sides of the pots.

I’ve always been involved with these types of sports, so it seemed like a worthwhile project. Part of me feels that I am misbehaving by doing this, that the pottery police are going to serve me a cease & desist, and that is partly why I like doing it.

Etsy is not the only venue I am going to be selling these through. I am working with the local board shop (snowboards, skateboards, clothing, accesories, etc) here in Helena, called Four O Six, and we are going to have some out for the upcoming fall artwalk. I wanted to release these independently first, then move outwards from there. Hope you like ’em.

Casting

Last round of casting before I leave the Bray at the end of the month.

Farewell Show at the Bray

My two years as an artist-in-residence at the Bray has flown by. I can’t believe its coming to a close. I just installed my Farewell Show, and it is bittersweet to have it all done.

Below are images of the three new sets in the show…

Here is the link to the Bray website that has images of everything that’s in the show…

http://www.archiebray.org/abf_exhibitions/farewell_exhibition_2012/phpslideshow.php

Art on Loan

As part of being a sales gallery artist with Northern Clay Center, I am rewarded with many special privileges. One of them is their Art On Loan program. I have not heard of any other galleries that do this, and I think its just another reason why NCC is an awesome place. The Art On Loan program allows designers, photo stylists, and decorators to borrow work from the gallery to be used in staging. This has now come to fruition for me with Room and Board, a home furnishing store with a strong design influence based in Minnesota. Below is an image from their current catalog, in the sofa section. Check out what’s on the near coffee table.

I’m guessing that maybe two, or three people if I’m lucky, will focus on and recognize my cups in their catalog. But I still think its pretty cool that the decorator picked my work to fit in with what they consider to be “modern contemporary living”.

Maybe they saw my work on current display at NCC in the “Functional Redesign” show that is up for another week. If you’re in or around Minneapolis, please go check it out.

NCECA recap

NCECA was very special to me this year, to say the least. Being in Seattle, where I lived for 7 years and went to undergrad at UW, was a big part of that feeling. So it definitely felt like home turf, and I love any opportunity to return to the Emerald City. Starting back in Sept, I made a big push to do a lot for this conference, and that push resulted in more than I ever could have expected.

First, I am ecstatic to say that I was selected as an Emerging Artist by NCECA! There were six of us, and we spoke at the closing ceremonies on Saturday morning. NCECA received a Windgate Charitable Foundation grant, and because of that we had a show, extensive publicity, and received a financial award. Pretty fantastic if I do say so myself. Here are images of the 3 pieces I put into the Emerging Show…

 

I was very fortunate to be in five other shows during the conference. A quick rundown…

-Foster/White hosted the Bray show titled “Table of Content”. I had the following piece, Eight,¬† installed there..

 

-At the Seattle Design Center, I was in a show Steve Godfrey curated titled “National Porcelain Invitational”. I had this very red coffee service, and a few singles…

 

-At the Elysian Brewery up on Capitol Hill, I was in a show Stephen Robinson curated titled “Steins”. Brand new stein, very similar to the one I made last year, but a little bit smaller. I say “smaller” because I shrank it from an absurd 34oz down to a more reasonable 22oz…

 

-I was featured by Red Lodge Clay Center at their NEXPO booth, with a few singles and this set…

 

-At La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay at the ACT Theater. This is always one my favorite shows as a place to see really great pots. The place setting I sent.

What a whirlwind the conference was this year. Getting up and speaking in front of everyone was incredibly nerve-racking, and a real honor. I’m working on posting a video of my slide presentation.

What’s next? I have a few shows coming up, and will be opening my Etsy store. Thanks for reading, and please stay tuned.

Collaboration

Let me start with the image, then the story and the plan…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cup is the start of a collaboration between me and Jeff Campana. Jeff’s studio is right across the hall from mine here at the Bray, and we have been discussing some possibilities about mingling our processes.

We started with a simple enough step, using one of my molds, and some slip that Jeff already had mixed of his claybody, he poured¬† a cup and took it through his process of dissection/reassembly and glazing. That’s the cup in the picture. In another test in the same kiln, he also found out that his glazes fit my clay body.

With so many similarities in our materials, and immediately finding some technical success, we’re going to push on and see what we can come up with.

There is also another, larger, more theoretical point to doing this. Beyond doing it just to see if we can (which would be reason enough), or just to see how it will change us (another completely valid reason), I feel this type of searching is part of why we are both at the Bray. This type of thing is why our studios are in the same hallway, and its our job to take this opportunity to its fullest potential.

Stay tuned, more to come soon.