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{Inspiration} Mr. Sgraffito has tea…

Chris has been super busy in the studio lately. With lots of new shows on the horizon & the big ceramic conference, NCECA, being held in Seattle- his studio has been buzzing. I wanted to give you a glimpse of a few of the new pieces that he just finished.  Do you ever wonder how someone like Mr. Sgraffito (formerly Cardboard man) would make himself a spot of tea? I picture it being brewed in this “radio flyer teapot” & sipped thoughtfully from this “staged kitchen cup & saucer”.
Chris uses his surroundings as inspiration for his imagery & the teapot imagery comes directly comes from Sayer’s wagon, chalk, & playing cards near his chalkboard in the hallway. Sayer noticed that right away & is quite taken with this piece. The tea cup & saucer imagery is taken from the interior spaces of hutch studio. These both are ceramic & show off Chris’ love of the sgraffito technique. These pieces were just dropped off at the Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park for the upcoming show “Locally Grown: Thrown & Hand-Built Clay Show”, opening on the 3rd of March. If you are local, you should drop by!

So, that’s what is happening in the downstairs studio – when I’m in the upstairs studio… & Sayer is catching some ZZZZZs. 

Art & Ferry Rides…


A few years ago, Chris met a really interesting couple- they became regular visitors at hutch studio & fans of Chris’ “fine art” as well as his fun creations for hutch. This couple recently opened up an art gallery called Simon Mace Gallery in a small, coastal town about 2 hours away- which includes a ferry ride. The Simon Mace Gallery now represents Chris’ work & hosted an art opening this last weekend for a new show called, Tasting Menu: Second Course. This show included 4 of Chris’ pieces along with featuring 5 additional Simon Mace artists. We were lucky enough to be able to sneak away for the day to attend the opening in person- while our kiddo enjoyed a sleep over with his grandparents. Admittedly, I turned into a shutterbug- wanting to capture Chris, his work, & the day. Here are some highlights… 

Chris had 2 of his ceramic/ sgraffito pieces & 2 of his gesso on paper pieces. From a distance, you couldn’t really tell the difference between the medium used & all of them really engaged viewers. I loved being behind the camera & listening people’s conversations & trying to capture their delight in the visual adventure Chris’ interior spaces took them on. The gallery was hoppin’ all day & into the evening- the town was also buzzing. There was a “first Saturday” art walk scheduled for the evening & you could tell people took the ferry over from Seattle just to participate. After we hung out at the gallery a bit in the afternoon, we had a chance to cruise the town before the opening. 

We lingered in an underground coffee shop & spent time in a very cool, used & out of print bookstore. I was in heaven… I really could’ve spent all day there. Oh, did I find some treasures… but that’s a different post. 

Back to the Simon Mace Gallery – the flow of people was constant & the energy was infectious. It was a really fun end to a fantastic day. We then hopped on the ferry and headed home. I’d say it was a pretty great way to start the new year…

{Everyday Inspriation} Just a Saturday Night…

Our Saturday nights really haven’t changed that much since our grad school days – after Sayer goes to bed anyway. Which is pretty cool really. We usually work in our perspective studios & meet up every now & then – throughout the night. It’s particularly fun when we have deadlines or creative projects in the works. There is an energy that I really enjoy. Chris has had some shows & extra projects that he has been working on lately & had a vision that he need help executing last night. What I love, is that I was able to completely understand what his vision was. I took these photos of him in his studio last night… or hmmm, this morning I should say. His pieces that he is surrounded by are both made with clay with a technique called sgraffito & cardboard with b&w gesso. All & all – it was a pretty fun  & producive Saturday night. Hope you are having a great weekend!