Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Long Awaited Photos of My Studio

Yes! I am finally posting some photos of my now filled up studio at OSU. It's packed already, but rather cozy. At least that's what I hear from the locals. I like it a lot, just wish I had more time to be in it creating. I aim to have better time management this upcoming quarter now that I've settled a bit into a routine here. The Winter Quarter starts up this coming Monday, and I've got a lot to prepare for and hope I'm able to stay on top of all things. I'll be taking a fuller than full load including three seminar classes and one beginning hand-building class that I will attempt to teach. Phew...I'm tired just writing about it. I'll have one other studio class, maybe two, and then a departmental group thing for one credit. Plus I can't forget my Ice Skating II class that I'm registered for and excited about! I'll be gliding all my worries away as I learn to skate with level two skills and abilities. In no time I'll be triple clutzing it I bet.

Back wall of studio, it's a bit below ground hence high up windows.

Little nook with tchotchke shelves, my ode to thrift stores.

Dust-free desk on left and tall saved-from-the-dump cabinet.

Top of my desk treasures & I love magnetic furniture.

And the clean corner, sometimes it's not so clean though.

Right now the clean corner has some photographs I've been working on that are images of casting molds. I'll put some detail shots up on my Facebook Page (it's easier to upload photos there). My studio looks rather organized and clean because I had just rearranged it for a critique and OSU's first ever Open Studio Night. And there you have it: the long awaited albeit brief space synopsis. More to come sooner rather than later this time...I hope.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I've Arrived.

Here I am in Columbus, Ohio...school starts in a bit. I've found a home and received my studio. I'm trying to get settled. I like it all so far. Here's my first wildlife sighting in the mid-west:

And in case you were worried about
my cleanliness & color, fret no more:

Drum roll please,
My New Studio (curtains included):

More pictures to come as I unpack and settle.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


If you missed the first garage sale and/or just seeing me on my working-vacation in Seattle then have no fear......we're having ANOTHER garage sale. This weekend, new location - Roosevelt neighborhood - details to come.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Were you confused too?

A dear friend in Israel wrote me an email that read: "You were in Seattle at your own yard sale? I am confused."

"My response: I know it IS confusing. Yes, I was running a yard sale in Seattle. I'm here helping to clear out my godmother's house because she is now living in a nursing home. We have to consolidate. 50+ years living in one house - being an artist, traveler, collector, shopaholic, design maven, big party having, animal owning, buying addiction, hording, ocd type of person makes for a huge ass sale! And that is just the tip of the iceberg. We had to clear out yard sale types of things just to make room for the "real" part of the estate selling part to take place. It's nuts. I've extended my plane ticket once, now I might have to do it again."

And that was the story of my weekend. Here's some photojournalism:

One of five truck loads being tied down by my father. In addition to the five truck loads, we had four mini-SUV loads also. (Lovely truck courtesy of Rebecca Mizhir, life saver extraordinaire.)

First load emptied at yard sale location:
the fabulous building of Jim Smith in Wallingford.

The fabulous James Addison Smith (r) with my father, Michael Brod (l) modeling items for sale. (Red straw hat "rehomed" by the wonderful Heather "Holly Hobby" Reese .

Day one photo courtesy of exceptional shopper Rebecca Bush.

Cutest yard sale entertainment, Vivian Guillen,
adorned with mini-clothespins.

Roses donated by frequent shopper and highest spender Jim the
neighbor, who made purchases to adorn his recently self-restored craftsman house.

Day one "Free Pile".

Best "drive-by" customer, window shopping.

Day two's splendid helper-friend, Heather Reese, examining items.

The husband and wife team Leah Kiviat and Ian Horton, unbeknownst to one another, examining cutting boards on separate sides of a table at the exact same moment. (Neither boards purchased, but plenty of other things aquired.)

End of sale "Free Pile" number one.

End of sale "Free Pile" number two.

Additional visits and support from many many great friends: Shawn Peterbug, Jenny and Rick Jerabek, Meghan and Vivanne Guillen, sisters: Diane and Kathy Dickeman, Erik Podenski, Consuelo Javier, JoAnna Rockwood, Susan Zoccola and all the friends they brought. I really hope I didn't leave anyone off this list, if so please forgive me I'm so so so very tired and was so very busy.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Stuff, stuff, stuff....

In my Godmother's house I work to unpack, clean, sort, admire, organize, repair, and wonder about a long life lived fully through collecting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Westside Living

I'm in Port Townsend, Washington now. This is after several days in Helena, Montana. Saw a wee bit of the beautiful Glacier National Park, on a long long drive. Life out here is nice. So is vacation. And so are my friends.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Constructive Vandalism!

I LOVE this idea, so go read about it on my friend's blog:

The Wehler posts at: GEORGE, GOLDIE AND MILO


PS: I'm traveling to Seattle soon, stay tuned.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Nowhere now = Rhinebeck, NY

No more Alfred for me. I'm now using my parent's place as home base for summer jaunts. My nowhere space is now Limbo Land.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Exhibit: "Special Enough"

The 2008-2009 Alfred "Special Students" and I organized a show in the Rhodes Room at Alfred University. Here are the results of our artistic and organizational abilities. More photos of my work will be uploaded on my Facebook profile (and hopefully one of these days on my updated and fancified website). Fella' artists include: Normandy Alden, Marisa Hricovsky, Elizabeth Perone, and Tracy Teagarden (in absentia: Carol Koffel).

Apparently, having toys at your opening is a good idea as this seems to hold your guests attention a bit longer than just the art and/or food would do.

Friday, April 10, 2009


He's been working at this location for over 30 years.
It is fantastic.

It's a store of sorts.

An entrance to an interior (?) space.

A favorite scene of mine.

Tools to be had.

Beautiful bins.

Still Life 1

Still Life 2

The most order you'll find at Ivan's.



The view from inside to the outside.

Brewing and steeping.

I am now the proud and confused owner of the thing above thing
in the above photo, and of all the things below:

I plan to return.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Driving Around Alfred, NY

These are some of the things I see:

In Amish Land.
I think the first sign is the school bus,
second must be for a small family?

I'm not sure if this was a self-service shop or just someone's personal collection in Angelica, NY.

A great find (for me) in Angelica!
It came just like this all boxed up nice.