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More CityScapes Coming Soon


Stoneware CityScape Bottles by Paul ChenowethThe initial CityScape project  that consumed much of my free time in December was well received at York & Friends Gallery…so much so, that I am scrambling to get a few more pieces ready to show.  Having a bad case of hail-storm-damage-life-interruption hasn’t helped much but there may be a silver lining.  It is one of those, “while you are at it” doing repairs, replacing roof and windows,  how about let’s get this studio conversion completed as part of the process.  So it goes. One more iron in the fire and much to get accomplished in a short period of time.

These bottles are fun to build. The taller ones are wheel-thrown in two sections and then carefully joined.  Once joined, the finished spout is collared-in and pulled to its finished form back on the wheel.  The result is a fairly light weight, thin-walled bottle.  I have been asked a couple of times to show that exercise on video but keep forgetting to take a camera into the studio. Yes, that’s what I need…yet another project.

What you see here is the impatient stage. The bottles are tightly covered for a week or two and allowed to get leather hard.  From the leather-hard stage, there is a considerable amount of carving, sculpting and texture work to accomplish before the first, bisque firing. Those images will have to wait for another day.  More CityScapes are coming, even if coming slowly.

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Connecting the Dots


Paul Chenoweth - York & Friends AnniversaryThere is quite a space between the first time that I ever showed work publicly  in a Birmingham Art Show back in 1971 and the event pictured here.  Art and architecture have been part of me for just about as long as I can remember, but I don’t recall it  feeling this personal.  There is quite a difference between working for someone on a project with a clear expectation of a contractual payday and creating work that you really enjoy doing,  in the hope that someone will share that enthusiasm and seek out your work…and pay you for it.  I know that concept isn’t new.  It is, oddly enough, something that takes a bit of getting used to.  I know of other artists who work hard, create excellent work, and yet struggle to make the connection with clients who equally appreciates the creation.  One might think that this is a simple step in the artistic  process that begins with an inspiration and ultimately ends with a happy, paying customer.

Some artists are able to do it all: plan, create, produce, market, sell.  Others find folks in the middle who help with pieces of the puzzle that are distasteful/uncomfortable and then trust them to be a part of the process of connecting all of the dots.  I am grateful that there are people who can do the heavy lifting of marketing and sales so that I may focus my energies on  a body of work, a better studio space, and a healthier lifestyle.  There is a little letting go involved.  There are clear benefits to realizing that you don’t have to do everything yourself and that letting go is the right direction. It just takes some people a little longer to figure that out.