More Cats in the Pottery Studio

These three cats are on one mug. I don’t know if they would get along in the real world.

I think this puss would get along with anyone. Well, maybe not a d*g, but who knows?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I volunteered at Fleisher Art Memorial this weekend at their for their annual Valentine’s Day Print Love In, held at the Center for Works on Paper building at 705 Christian Street. For a small fee, you got a bag full of supplies to make as many cards as you wanted using screen printing, lithography, or stamps.

This is a lithography stone with a cat drawing. I’ve heard of lithography, of course, but have never seen it done. Read about the process here. At Fleisher, the stone was prepared and ready to go. All you had to do was ink it up, put it and the paper into the lithography press (Fleisher has a couple of these-one dates from 1888!) and run it through.

The finished product.

You could also screen print cards and pictures. I helped in the stamping department.

There were a number of pre-carved stamps with a Valentine’s Day motif. The Love stamp was especially popular.

Finished cards

I bought a card for my husband on my way out: Phoebe Muhrer’s Bubble Hearts.

When the Wall Came Down

My husband and I hopped a train to Charlottesville, Virginia some months ago to visit some old friends who had settled there. We saw historic architecture, beautiful scenery and lots of interesting art which I plan to write about in future posts.

But one of the most unusual installations we saw was a piece of the Berlin Wall, currently installed in a glass and steel pavilion on UVA’s campus.

The Berlin Wall stood from August 13, 1961 until November 9, 1989 when the wall was torn down by an enthusiastic crowd. Dennis Kaun, a well-known West German pop muralist, painted “The Kings of Freedom” in the heady and celebratory days that preceded the toppling of the wall. The work spans several four foot wide concrete slabs that stand 12 feet tall.

The back side shows the part of the wall that faced the residents of East Berlin.

“Kings of Freedom” certainly is an interesting work of art that you should not miss if you are in the Charlottesville area. You should visit soon, because the loan to UVA is temporary (although it has been extended yearly for the past nine years.) You can read more about “Kings of Freedom” here.