Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Spring at Joyce Gehl Studio

"I remember poppies wild behind the schoolhouse" 24 x 53 oil and photoencaustic

"Unleashed" oil and photoencaustic 36 x 42

It may be cold outside, but the colors in the studio are bright and warm. If you missed the West Seattle ArtWalk this month, be sure to stop by in December. New work every month.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Clay Play Days at Mutablefire

Have you ever been curious about what it feels like to get your hands in clay? Don’t want to commit the time/expense to a 10 week class? Register for a 2-day workshop making something with clay in a fully-equipped clay studio. First & Third Sundays, starting January 16th.

Here's how it works: your first session is a 4-hour session (12-4pm), and you make several pieces using a pottery wheel and/or hand-building. The second session is for glazing (12-4pm).

Expert guidance, includes materials and firing. $65 per person. Limited to 4 persons; sign up early to assure your spot! request availability

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Welcome to Mutablefire Studios!

Mutablefire Studios, located on the lower floor of "the Building" in West Seattle, is a 800 sq ft, fully-equipped ceramics studio. Three pottery wheels (including a kick-wheel), slab-roller, three electric kilns, and lots of workspace and natural light. Current resident artists: Richard James, Steve Knipp, Erin Middendorf, and Nathan McMonagle.

Resident Clay Artist space available

Mutable Fire Ceramics Studio in West Seattle is looking for a pottery artist to rent space in our fully-equipped studio. We have a large slab-roller, 2 pottery wheels (including a kick-wheel), 3 electric kilns, lots of shelving space for work-in-progress, excellent natural light, and monthly opportunities to sell your work. The building we are located in is a dedicated artist space, and is a participant in the very popular West Seattle Art Walk. You would have a defined workspace which would be used exclusively by you. $275/month includes 24/7 access, use of all equipment, and utilities (except very reasonable firing fees). Alternately , we offer flexible monthly rental rates based on frequency of use. We can also accommodate ceramic artists who need a short-term studio to work, space to conduct a workshop, or just need to fire your work. For inquiries, please e-mail: mutablefirestudios@gmail More photos here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2nd Thursday Artist Reception

Please join us for our monthly open house. Thursday, 9/9/10, from 6
to 9 p.m. Wine, snacks, conversation and art.

This month we are featuring new works by Kamla Kakaria in the studio and new paintings and prints by Eric Chamberlain in the corridor gallery.

For details visit:

Monday, September 6, 2010

New small paintings in Lad's studio

Little paintings on clayboard. 9"x12". Lad 2010.

My studio will be open Thursday September 9, 2010 7-9pm. More info at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Home at Last

Upside Down Martini, 70" x 54" x 3"

Last week, I finally removed the painting from its shackles, filled the holes where the handles and eye bolts were screwed into the wood frame, stained and cleaned up the edges and sides. I decided to leave the painting flat on the work bench until delivery, to protect it from potential damage. The finished piece weighed in at about 60lbs.

Patricia Rovzar Gallery brought their van to transport the work to the customer. I covered the surface with glassine paper, and made some corners out of corrugated board for protection. We decided not to bubble wrap the piece, because the fit in the van was going to be tight. Two of us were able to lift and carry the work to the van. Thankfully, it wasnt that difficult.

"Upside Down Martini" now lives in its new home. The client loves it, and I'm a happy artist.

Tomorrow I'll add a post to explain the name, and talk about how completing this painting is taking me on a new conceptual journey with my work.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Myka Guitars open for ArtWalk

Myka Guitars will be open for ArtWalk tonight. Come by to check out the latest guitars to come out of the studio along with the many works in progress.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Joyce Gehl's Studio Open Tonight

Joyce Gehl's art studio is open tonight from 6pm-8pm for studio visits. Tonight, Joyce will be featuring four new encaustic paintings soon to be delivered to the Patricia Rovzar Gallery.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Three February Shows Opening, and One Finishing

This month three of our artists have exhibitions downtown.

Treat yourself to a cocktail and fabulous appetizers at the warm and inviting Chez Shea in Pike Place Market while you view the paintings of Laura Marks.

Then head south to 2nd and University to Patricia Rovzar Gallery to view the new work by encaustic artist Joyce Gehl. Work will be on display Feb 4th - March 2nd.

Finish up at the Collins Pub with a beer, grub and new work from Northwest Encasutic Studio artist Shaun Doll.

Finally, this weekend is your last chance to see the show at Fetherston Gallery on Capital Hill, featuring work by our own Randy McCoy.

Happy February!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Myka Guitars - Black Beauty

Just shipped this new guitar to a studio musician in the Los Angeles area. (And yes, he does use all of those switches!~)


Monday, January 4, 2010

Bren Sullivan: Excavation 2009 - Figurative Sculptures

These figurative sculptures were influenced by the artist’s childhood experiences and current views of modern life. Bren’s childhood home was somewhat primitive, in contrast to today’s standards, without conveniences such as an indoor toilet. Her parents raised her and two brothers in a dry county in rural Mississippi, where even dancing was strictly forbidden by the church. Being relatively na├»ve in her youth, Bren strived to live up to religious and cultural standards of how a “proper southern girl” looks and behaves - perfect and pretty.

Bren’s imperfect doll-like figurative work represents a sense of re-birth and ascension to a spiritual place free from the imposed bonds of vanity and perfection, religious dogma, and attitudes of intolerance.

Much of Bren’s childhood was care-free, happy and relatively simple. When she wasn’t franticly drawing mustard, mayo and ketchup faces on meat patties to break the monotony of making burgers at her parent’s Dairy Bar; Bren was left to her own imagination. Free from adult responsibilities and unlike today’s child, she enjoyed “unstructured” play time. No schedule jammed with organized sports or activities, no shopping malls, few toys, limited TV, and the absence of a computer to dictate her actions, pacify her imagination, and clutter her curiosity. Doing “without” cultivated Bren’s sense of wonderment and allowed her to explore, connect and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty of the environment. Inspired by pictures in National Geographic, she loved digging in the dirt as though on an archeological expedition. Bren began creating dolls and play things from the buried “treasures” she unearthed and this continues to be visible in her sculptures today. Her fascination with unearthing deteriorating objects naturally led her to the mediums of clay, wood, glass, scrap metal and hardware. Bren transforms these common everyday materials into very uncommon works of fine art that are captivating because they are rough, raw, and uncensored. She does not limit her artistic expression to creating what is merely pleasant to look at or expected.


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