Saturday, March 16, 2013

NCECA 2013


We are attending the NCECA
(National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Houston, Tx this week.

NCECA is sort of like a tent revival for potters!

Because of the conference, the studio is closed.
Normal hours resume Tuesday, March 26th

If you find yourself in Houston next week, I want to let you know that my work is being shown in three exhibitions:


All Fired Up: organized by 18 Hands Gallery





and, 

and, 

"Texan's and Ex's"

2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007
March 18-22nd
Reception Friday, March 22, 6-9P

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Texas Clay Festival 2012


The best Clay Festival in the country is this weekend! Don't miss it!
Diana will be giving a demo on Saturday @ 10:30. Click here for all the info.
See ya there!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Annual Summer Clearance Sale!

Kersey Ceramics Studio & Shop is holding our first
Summer Clearance Sale!


15% off everything in stock!!
Sale runs from Tuesday, July 31st to Friday, August 31st. 
Make Diana make all new work for the Fall season!











112 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205

Hours of Operation: Tues-Friday 11A-6P, Saturday 12-4P

Special hours for duration of sale: Tuesdays open until 9P, in conjunction with:






Don't forget, we can always offer one hour of free validated parking in the Alamo Parking Lots behind our building (Travis and N. Alamo), just tell the attendants you are coming to visit our shop and they will give you a ticket for us to validate.

In other news, we are very happy to announce that we will have a new neighbor: The Charles A. James Bicycle Shop is moving in next door! Yes, bicycle mugs are in the works! They are joining a great group of shops and restaurants on our block: Taste opened its doors yesterday! They join Thai Lao Orchid offering great food. Legendary Paris Hatters is just across the street, and next door to Paris is a funky little bar: The Texas T Pub. To round things up is the Alamo Antique Mall. I am also happy that a block away Jimmy Johns subs has moved in and The Coffee shop should be opening up within the month!


Also, if you try out Downtown Tuesday this coming Tuesday July 31st, a ton of Food trucks will be around Travis park. Travis Park is just a block away from Kersey Ceramics! So is the Alamo, if it has been awhile since you have given it a look! And every Tuesday night The Esquire Tavern has been offering great live music, along with very creative cocktails exquisitely crafted...totally old school, with the longest bar in Texas to boot!

In other, other news, NowCastSA just created a great little video about the irrigation ollas that Diana is making. The Olmos Park Terrace Community Garden has been using ollas for the past two seasons and love them! They use 70% less water than conventional watering techniqes and only require refilling 1-2 times per week!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Next Public Art Project: Houston Street Bridge, at AT&T Parkway

Back in the Fall of 2011, Bernice Williams and I were awarded a public art commission to create artwork for the Houston Street Bridge. So far, we have contacted many area stakeholders and received a wealth of information regarding content ideas for our artwork. We have presented our preliminary ideas/format to the San Antonio Public Art Board, and we are now fully in the concept development phase of the design process. I thought I would share bits of the process on this blog. 




The basic format of the bridge is very similar to my Toad and Golf Bridges, The artwork will be on the interior only, and will consist of a total of 40 ceramic panels inset into the guardrails. The panels will be no bigger than 2x5', and once again, I will provide the contractors with foam cutouts so they can cast a 1" void for my panels to be mortared into. 

Bernice and I are working on the concept for each panel and have started laying out a "story board" using post it notes. After we finalize the concepts we will start gathering images and making sketches to use when we begin building. Bernice's main job to to help gather information, documentation, and concept development. We are hoping that we can get 4 finials approved to be included in the artwork design (2 on each end). If we can get that approved, that will be her main focus when we build the project, while I execute the 40 ceramic panels.

Next steps are to meet with more people that live and work in the area in order to gather more information about the history and future use, begin sketching the panels and developing the shapes and motifs, and start coming up with a glaze palette.  We hope to present our ideas the the community in August and then to the Public Art Board for approval. If all goes well, we hope to start building by late fall/early winter. Installation will be complete by 2013.

Thanks!
Diana

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ollas a la Christina.

Well it was just a matter of time before I dove into the mud myself. My initial attempts to make these was very frustrating and Diana had to help save my pots from the misshapen mass of earth they became under my inexpert hands. But I am happy to post that after the third one, the ollas started to take shape. I made two sizes, the larger ones are for outdoor gardens; the smaller ones I am experimenting for indoor planters. My hope is that folks in apartments will buy these so they can leave town for a week and not have to worry about watering their indoor plants. We are getting ready to take them to a presentation for Green Spaces Alliance garden group near Gardenridge on the 19th.


So far, I noticed just this morning, that where our ollas are planted in garden plots, the vegetables are a third size larger than those plots without ollas. I did not have my camera with me this morning. But tomorrow I will post a photo about this. I so like not having to worry about forgetting to water our veggies, when I was absent last week from home, while taking care of my mother, my zucchini got watered via ollas and I returned to find a ginormous squash under the leaves (whose photo was posted on Facebook previously).


Ciao, Christina

Friday, April 13, 2012

Los Compadres

Hello Fiesta Revelers!


We got a sneak peak of Fiesta yesterday April 12th when Diana was invited to attend the Los Compadres Gala that was held on the grounds of the beautiful and recently renovated Mission ConcepciĆ³n.


What a beautiful evening and event this was. We were invited guests of Cynthia McMurray. Diana created a unique piece to donate for this worthy cause: all monies from the gala go to support our beautiful missions. The event had great food, music and a Texas-style auction with professional "old school" auctioneers! Diana's pot went for a whopping $3,500!  What a fun time this was. Thank you, Cynthia! 


Diana is in high gear for the Fiesta Arts Fair coming very soon-April 21st and 22nd. We will be closed at our retail location on Friday April 20th so we can set up at the fair. The shop will be closed on Saturday too.


We hope you all got to pick up the free issue of Trends this past week April 2012 issues -most HEBs.  Diana is so much in the limelight these days that I hope her head will fit through the double doors after all is said and done! It was a well written article and our photogenic muddy gal shows off her clay-dyed apron-again!


One last braggadocio----Diana's frog from the Mulberry Bridge is the theme chosen by PASA (Public Arts San Antonio) for a fiesta medal. 





You can purchase one at the Fiesta Stores. 





Fiesta Party Girl, Christina