• Its Up!

    We got the work in place yesterday even with the rain. I had three strong men from JSJ Corporation helping me. They were awesome. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will be reasonable so that people will be out and about in downtown Grand Rapids. I am headed back up there today to finalize the sign. Headliners printed and mounted the sign for me. Thank you, Marc. All in all, it has been an amazing project. Now back to real life. I need to make my daily work for the upcoming November Guild sale and the UICA December sale.

  • On the way to Grand Rapids

    All loaded into the car and truck. We are on the way for installation.

  • Collaboration with Dake Corporation News Release


    Contact: Erick Johnson, 616-402-4743, johnsone@jsjcorp.com

    Dana Plowman, 616-847-7057, plowmand@jsjcorp.com

    Grand Haven artist collaborates with Dake and JSJ Corp.

    to create 550-pound, 7-foot-high iron tripod to support ArtPrize entry


    ArtPrize Installation: Thursday, September 16, 1-2 p.m., “Change, It’s Inevitable,”

    by Cyndi Casemier-Johnson at Huntington Bank, 50 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich., September 15, 2010 – When ceramic artist Cyndi Casemier-Johnson returned to Grand Haven after 13 years in Vermont, she was immediately struck by the plight of friends, neighbors and businesses struggling during Michigan’s tough economic times. But instead of giving up or just trying to survive, many people revealed a spirited determination to succeed, that in large part, inspired her 2010 ArtPrize entry, “Change, It’s Inevitable,” available for viewing during ArtPrize, September 22-October 10, 2010.

    Employees at West Michigan businesses that embrace change daily in their own cultures, Dake Corp. and parent company JSJ Corporation of Grand Haven, teamed up to design and fabricate a 7-foot-tall, 550-pound iron tripod that will suspend Casemier-Johnson’s large art piece made of clay, screen printing and solar lighting. George Kruggel of Radiant Design provided support for the lighting.

    On Thursday, September 16, members of this Dake-JSJ team will help install Casemier-Johnson’s ArtPrize entry at Huntington Bank, 50 Monroe Ave NW, in Grand Rapids. Dake and JSJ employees involved in the project are Bruce Anderson, who designed the tripod, Tim Cox, Brian Langlois, Archie Moe, Bob Pace, Jason Riemersma and John Young.

    According to Casemier-Johnson’s description of her ArtPrize entry, “This imagery will remind you as the observer that, yes, we can adapt, move forward, and do more than survive. We can succeed.”

    About Cyndi Casemier-Johnson and C2Ceramics

    My work is reflective of my surroundings. I see beauty in the daily changes of our lakeshore and incorporate that into my artwork. My functional pieces use historical methods that are designed to be used daily. As I design unique pieces, that are unavailable anywhere else, I consider seasonal changes of familiar waterfronts, our relationship with nature (trees, water, sand, rock), and manmade objects. www.c2ceramics.com

    About JSJ Corporation

    JSJ Corporation, based in Grand Haven, Michigan, is a privately held corporation that designs, develops and markets durable goods and services throughout the world. Its businesses include Dake, GHSP, Hudson Technologies, izzy+, mcloone, and Sparks. More than 2,000 JSJ employees in the United States, China, Japan, and Mexico provide products and services to customers worldwide. www.jsjcorp.com


  • It is finished!!

    No more tweaking. No more making choices. Tomorrow the pyramid will be suspended by cable in Grand Rapids. The sign that you will see next to it is displayed with this posting. Marc Blondin did a very nice job for me. If you need a sign of any type, consider checking out his capabilities. I am so very tempted to go down to the studio one more time and look at it. I was going to take more picture but I think I will wait and let you see it tomorrow. Good night.

  • Working very hard tonight.

    Here are a few pictures of the piece. Its almost done. Epoxies are setting. I need to do some acrylic painting tomorrow but it is almost there! I am excited to see it hanging.

  • So, here is the new condensed version of the storyline

    Change…….It’s Inevitable”

    This is a conceptual sculpture using West Michigan resources. Pyramids were chosen to reflect their symbolism of life moving forward, the next life. For myself, I feel as though I have lived many lives. I can’t be alone in this belief. I used life circles throughout this structure to depict life moving forward, never stagnant.

    Currently, Michigan is struggling. Our residents are struggling. We have enormous physical plants that stand empty. Michigan had an important presence during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800’s. We were known for our innovation and manufacturing. Many Michigan products are now made overseas. Our businesses are reinventing themselves. I realize that change is a part of life, but……

    Whether we like it or not, subtle changes happen daily, whether its our aging, the change of seasons, a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. We have wonderful fresh water lakes that provide hours of enjoyment throughout the year.

    As residents, business owners and employees, we struggle with this nagging question, “How can I survive in this changing landscape and sustain my way of life?”

    I think of life: infancy, teen years, young adult, parenthood, and aging. My family has lived here for several generations. One of my grandfathers was a grocer with several stores and the other a plumber who became a Great Lakes charter captain.

    I narrowed my focus to one man, my grandfather. He loved life. He lived 85 years. He saw many changes in our world. He lived through the horrors of war, death of a child, earned a living to provide for his family, raised children and grandchildren. At the end of his life, I remember his laughter. He and my grandmother could still laugh after more than 60 years together. So, at the end of the day, isn’t this what matters?

    Change…….It’s inevitable.

  • Tiling and grouting!

    Here are a few pictures of my tiling efforts today. The pieces are coming together. I have corner pieces and the third side to attach with adhesive. I have never used a tile cutter before, but it is a handy piece of equipment. I think after Art Prize, I will make tiles and tile my guest bathroom floor. Always, thinking about the next project.

  • Working away on a rainy day

    My internal pyramid is ready for grouting. The cables to suspend the pyramid are attacking me. Can you imagine thick cable that has been cut and the loose fine wires are coming unwrapped. They are reaching out and grabbing me anytime I get close. So, they are now wrapped and behaving themselves. I have applied a waterproofing membrane to the plywood and waiting for it to dry. In the meantime, here is a picture of the end tiles. They fired very well in the gas kiln. There are some very small crystals that formed during firing. Very cool!