Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Village Art Installation.

Oak Park Resident Dandara Phillips took this remarkable photograph of 3 deer which were installed this morning for a short period of time in the vicinity of Taylor and Erie street. These amazingly lifelike statues are part of the towns ambitious program to bring art to the public. Village residents can look forward to sighting these deer in various configurations for the rest of the summer. When questioned about the towns sponsorship of the program, village officials assured us that the project is completely funded by a private donor and uses no taxpayer dollars.

Kiln Opening Reveals a Match Made In Heaven, A Happy Ending.

We now pronounce you a set, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, till death do us part. "I do.", "I do.".

This set and other new work will be available at the Highland Park Fine Craft Exhibition this weekend. June 28 and 29th. The Art Center of Highland Park.

Kiln Opening Reveals a Match Made In Heaven, Part Three.

Creamer and Sugar Bowl meet tray who provides the ground for a perfect union. "Aloha mis amigos."

Kiln Opening Reveals a Match Made In Heaven, Part Two.

Creamer. "Hello, very nice to make your acquaintance".

Kiln Opening Reveals a Match Made In Heaven, Part One.

Sugar bowls meets________ "Hi, pleased to meet you".

Monday, June 23, 2008

nancyandburt Worldwide Advocates Female Mulberry Tree Legislation.

Whereas the female mulberry tree, herein referred to as Evil Tree, currently poses a serious threat to pottery production at the Satellite Studio, nbWorldwide advocates legislation to devote federal funds towards research and development to eradicate said species from the Earth or at minimum spay or neuter any Evil Tree to render production of fruit and/or berries a thing of the past. The aim of this legislation is to devote national resources to said research in a similar manner as the "Manhattan Project" diverted national resources towards developing nuclear weapons.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nancy Works In The Studio While Burt Supplements Nutrition.

With the rising cost of food, gasoline, red earthenware, and ceramic supplies, nancyandburt Worldwide searches for methods to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of pottery while our nation resolves it's current financial difficulties. Studies have proven a steady diet of fish oil and protein keeps a potters mind alert and fingers agile. Documents pertaining to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources non-residential fishing license #264-021-668 are available upon request.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Berry Carnage Begins.

The storm knocked berries to the ground, a reminder that the evil tree is preparing it's annual assault on the nancyandburt Worldwide satellite studio.

Evil Mulberry Tree Survives Storm Unscathed.

Is this tree possessed by the devil? Did it germinate to make the backyard a sticky purple carpeted mess for 6 weeks of every summer? Why was this tree spared and another one struck down by the storm? Could anyone use seven million mulberries to effect positive change in the world?

Umbrella Reduced To Rubble.

Sixty mile per hour winds uprooted our beloved umbrella and sent it flying across the deck. The umbrella was reduced to torn canvas and wood splinters in a matter of seconds.

Giant Cactus Is Toppled.

The giant cactus, raised by nancyandburt from a seedling, was knocked over when the front struck. At the moment Nancy is at the Morton Arboretum seeking expert advice before we attempt to right the prickly stalk.

Storm Pummels Studio Neighborhood.

A raging front with winds up to 60 mph hit South Harvey Avenue this morning at 8 am, downing trees, umbrellas, and potted plants. We sent our cameraman to document damage as soon as it was safe to go outside. The vital artery at the front of the satellite studio is blocked by a fallen tree. We await city crews (and welcome any presidential candidate who would like like to be photographed pitching in with a chain saw) for tree removal.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Report From Art Fair in Kalamazoo..

The tornadoes hit Kalamazoo Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock.Our tents were already set-up but with no work in them.After dinner and several beers we returned to the show grounds.Lucky for us the park where the show is 2o feet in elevation below the path of the storm and we had no damages other than several wrecked pop=up canopies. Over night horizontal rain hit the motel actual causing windows sills to flood but we did not lose power.The Event was held.Despite the fact that the county is now a disaster area ,some customers actually came to the event and bought some pieces during the tornado alert with the sirens going off during Saturday morning.It threatened to storm most of the day.I got the category award and sold some work,packing promptly at 5:00 eastern standard and drove home quickly.Passing through Indiana was like reliving the Wizard of Oz except I saw Charlton Heston in his Moses costume with a thunder bolt in the sky at least twice.I got very lucky. (Lou Zale, Deerfield, IL).

(Please note that the photo above is of a tornado somewhere in the state of Michigan which is being used to illustrate the text,n&b).

Sunday, June 1, 2008

57th Street Art Fair. Booth 652 on 57th St.

We will be at the 57th Street Art Fair this weekend. Booth number 652.

Linda Hoffhines Studio and Garden is Open to The Public.

Visit "The Egg" and much more. 15964 Wintergreen Place, Union Pier, Michigan 49129, right off of the Red Arrow Highway.

Trees Grow In The Studio.

There is topiary planted in the garden, some are living trees, some are concrete. Paintings of topiary and ceramic topiary can be found inside the studio.

Outside Inside.

We know we're in the studio, but the flowers are growing here too. They're on the walls, on the table, embedded in the pottery, firing in the kiln.

Cake On A Stick.

If only everything-on-a-stick were as tasty and attractive as this cake.

Meet Mr. Green Man.

Linda and Floyd introduced us to one of the the newest members of their menagerie, Mr. Green Man, who mysteriously appeared and disappeared during our visit.

This Is Normal.

Knowing Linda and Floyd for a number of years nancyandburt expect to find ceramic flowers and wedding cakes, decorative bowling balls, parading Shrek toys, concrete rivers, and piles of sand with a profusion of vegetation growing in the nooks and crannies of an eccentric landscape.

Vehicle Number One Visits Famous Michigan Artist Duo.

This Saturday nancyandburt visited the house and roadside garden attraction built by Linda Hoffhines and Floyd Gompf, in Union Pier, Michigan. It was a beautiful spring day and the garden was bursting with growth and activity.