Studio, Gallery, and Life: 40, Windy City Kiln Firing

How are you?  I feel like a new woman after a weekend in Chicago with a girlfriend.  Shannah and I have been friends since Junior High.  (This shows you how old I am!  No middle schools in our era.). We slid right into our old way of communicating – talking and talking and talking for hours.  It was great!

Exercise?  We walked all over Chicago.  Shannah hadn’t been in the Windy City in almost 35 years.  We walked to the lake shore, Navy Pier, the Art Institute, and of course down Michigan Avenue. We needed to have a cocktail in the amazing Starbucks’ Roastery(formerly Crate and Barrel).  Four floors of coffee, baked goods, and even adult beverages.  You can sit outside on their roof with an amazing city view. I think we walked 10 miles each day. We even were able to watch fireworks from Navy Pier.

New art is always waiting to be discovered at the Art Institute .  I always love the Asian Collection.  One oil painting that really resonated with me was by Arthur Wesley Dow, Boats at Rest.  What intrigued me was his interest in Japanese Wood-Blocked Prints and their composition.

Boats at Rest painting

Ipswich Marshes Wood Block Print

Arthur Wesley Dow

In the Studio:  Before visiting Chicago, I spent most of my week in the studio, glazing pots.  It was a good firing.  Yeah!!  Be on the look out for new mugs and small dishes.  The rest of the kiln was filled with custom orders that will be boxed and shipped on Tuesday.

beach mugs by Cyndi Casemier

Kiln opening

little houses by cyndi casemier

Take good care and I hope you are welcoming autumn.  We have lots of beautiful days ahead.

Take care, C2

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