Monday, June 29, 2009

ceramic decals

I've been working on ways to combine my illustrations with pottery, and it seems decals are the obvious answer. Though there are many methods of making decals for ceramics, from screen printing glazes to ordering online, the easiest method is simply using a laser printer and special decal paper. The iron oxide in the ink fuses with the glaze during an additional firing at a low temperature, essentially making every piece a blank canvas. Oh, the possibilities.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

one down, three to go.

The first Uptown Market was last Sunday, and I think a successful first event. The weather could have been better, all the people that signed up could have shown up, but nevertheless I was happy with the turnout. There were some great vendors and a steady flow of traffic despite the drizzle and competing Stone Arch Festival. Check out the photostream here.

Highlights were the MagicBus Cafe, a blue grass band, Andy Schmidt's ability to make it rain, artwork falling to the ground on Carissa's watch, and my tent almost flying over the fence and onto the Greenway. Next Market is July 19th. We hope to have more produce vendors and will make other general improvements.

Thanks to all those who helped make the Uptown Market happen. I like
blog writer Carrie Obry's grasp of what we want the market to become, and how amazing it is that we have come this far being completely volunteer based. It's a learning experience, to be sure. Baby steps, Bob. Baby steps.

Monday, June 15, 2009

wild things

My two favorite childhood books, Bill Pete's Cowardly Clyde and Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, feature rather large monsters; I'm not sure what this says about me. But I do know that pretending to be a fierce creature is fun, which is why I want these reversible bandannas, which are temporarily out of stock from their etsy store.

And also, you should probably watch this trailer again, just because.