My First Upholstering Project

A lot has changed since the fall; I left a job that was no longer serving me for one that is a complete 180, I’ve been a part of a wonderful fellowship, I got very sick, then regained my health (and an appreciation for it), and I’ve found my way back to my creative practice….

Reforging a Memento

When my dad died in 2012 it was sudden and broke so many parts of my world. Our relationship was complicated and strained, then in a moment, over forever. It was like having the wind knocked out of me and whenever I think of how final it is, I feel that same hit again. When…

The Denial Generation

If this piece seems a little more polished than usual, that’s because it is! I wrote this with editorial oversight from a dear friend and occasional colleague. Earlier this year he approached me with the topic “denial as a strategy for working in the arts” and asked me to write a piece for an upcoming trade…

2016

2016 was a lot of things in excess both at home and in the greater communities to which I belong: too busy, too chaotic, too tragic, at times unbearably loud and fracturing. I felt this all around me, from my work and my own mind, throughout my beloved city, and out into the reaches of…

Body Art

In June I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic and found myself in a very uncomfortable conversation with a man while waiting to go parasailing. We were all making small talk when he said “Can I ask you something that’s not my business?” He asked how my sideburns were pierced. I was happy to explain and I don’t mind when people are curious because…

My Best Friend’s Wedding Present

Last April one of my oldest friends tied the knot marrying her perfect partner and I was amazingly happy to be standing beside her. Kristine and I met in middle school when she was friends with my next-door neighbor. In high school we both played in the pit orchestra of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”…

Playing With Clay

In February 2013 I told a mentor of mine “I always wanted to take a ceramics class” and she said “What’s stopping you?” That was all the encouragement I needed. She pointed me towards Studio One Arts Center in Temescal and thankfully they had a ceramics session that had just started. I’m not afraid to be terrible…

My First Exhibition

Back in June I came across a letter from the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts looking for a space to host their 29th annual exhibition. While I couldn’t provide that, I did look them up to see if they were still taking submissions. To my luck, they were! But submissions were due in four days and I…

Updating An Antique Mirror

I have always found family heirlooms and antiques fascinating because they’re a window into how things used to be made. Solid wood, hand carvings, one of a kind craftsmanship; it’s not quite what most of us have at home these days. My friend Lacy gave me this mirror as part of a vanity set that belonged to her…

Custom Fused Glass for a Friend

The day I publicly announced this site I received the most flattering email I could imagine: a request for something custom. I met my dear friend Mark when I was the new kid in Ms. Hefflefinger’s (real name) 7th grade English class. While I don’t totally remember what brought us together I’m very thankful. Over the…