Tuesday, September 22, 2015

a sketch pad for your pocket

We've all heard it over and over again, haven't we?  use your sketch book!  sketch your ideas, write down thoughts and take notes!  Man those reasons were super important to me back when I was in school...back when those creative juices were really flowing!   I always had a sketch book with me.  Filled them up one after another.  A visual journal indeed I say.

But now that I'm such a grown up with so many "things" to do that isn't making pots... ( hey i can binge watch the hell out of just about any television show if I'm feeling into it. don't tell me watching a group of people escape from zombies again and again isn't important! or that it's ok in a show to say frack...).  now i find myself hardly ever using a sketch book.  what happened?

I don't think it's because I don't like to draw or doodle anymore... I do. I really do.  It's not that I just have great ideas and rely on my terrible short term memory for future projects?  Nah... that's not it either.  

I figured it out the other day.  Normal sketch books are too big!  They require a backpack or purse or something to carry around.... so screw it.  I know I'm going to the museum today but hell, i can't lug that thing around...  oh well...I guess I'll use my phone and take a picture of it.  blehhhh

A few days ago I was in an art store browsing...  and I found myself in the sketch book section...I'm a big fan of paper.  There were all kinds of books to draw in...all types of paper to draw on...incredible.  I noticed on the top there was a section of tiny sketch books.  I had a flash back.  When I traveled to other countries in the past....I always had a little sketch book with me, one that would fit into my back pocket.  Damn I really loved those things...  I was given about 10 of those little books at one point..and over time I eventually used them all up.  But I never replaced them.  The pocket sketch book phase had faded....    

Now it's back.  I highly recommend it to you.  Buy a small book, stick a pen in your front pocket (remember to take it out before you put it through the wash)..  and bam, you have access to..a bunch of paper for notes, ideas or whatever.  at most it feels like a large wallet.  exchanging that feeling for this little book will be worth it.  

I think this was about $2.50.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sunshine Cobb



I have a very special friend in my life named Sunshine. 

Sunshine and California go hand in hand eh?  California has everything: snow, rain, earthquakes, glaciers (?), mountains, desserts, urban warfare....   the common, most important thing here is that California lives off of Sunshine.  If there wasn't any Sunshine, we would certainly collapse; our large economy, we would fall apart.  Thank god for Sunshine.

She has opened a studio and gallery in Sacramento, California.  She is asking for financial support.  Please click the following link.


I have a friend.  Her name is Sunshine.  She is beautiful.  What she does is give.  She gives without thought.  I miss her. Sunshine has given so much to everybody.  Now Sunshine is asking for a little help.

She makes incredible pots!

It's difficult to write just how special Sunshine is, because it's not only me that she's given to.  She's given to many that I love and those I've never come near.  She is apart of us all.


Sunshine is you and me.  She's given us so much.  Now it's time to give back. 


Please give.  We'll get so much more in return.

Sunshine is opening a killer studio/gallery in Sacramento, California.  She is the shit!  West coast clay all the way... thank you, Sunshine!!!



Click the link and give anything to help one of the most important, contemporary, western ceramic artists of our time to help build her dream.  This is how it's done now.  Please be apart of it.  Be apart of ceramic history.