Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Third Lillstreet International Bowl Me Over Friday, August 20 2010 to Wednesday, September 15 2010

Once again, Lillstreet Art Center is hosting the Third Lillstreet International Bowl Me Over Show.
Each year the theme of the show changes and this year the focus is functional ceramic bowls.
Lillstreet Art Center is located at the north end of Chicago.  This bowl was accepted into the show and fortunately if you can't make it to the show you still can view the show online.  This information will follow soon.

Lillstreet is located at 4401 N. Ravenswood Chicago, IL.  60640.

The very cool thing about this show is that Lillstreet puts together a wonderful poster of all accepted entries in the show.  Thank you so much Lillstreet for all your support which is dedicated to the arts.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Flower Bricks with Flowers

There are so many flowers in bloom right now in the yard that I spent some time placing flowers in some flower bricks I made a few years back.  I make a lot of pots and on occasion will pack and store several of those pots to revisit later.  So, with so many flowers in bloom I thought it might be a good time to unpack these pots and to take images of these vases with flowers.  The next time I show this work, I will have an image of how to use the vase for the potential collector or buyer.  I thought this would come in handy especially if the vase is being purchased as a gift.  I often forget how difficult it can be to visualize  how to use things.
The big white flower is from a hosta plant and the big green leaf is a hosta leaf.  The pink flower is from a rose of sharon tree. 

This vase has metal frogs inside to hold the flowers.

Critiquing work is always a part of aesthetic growth.  This black with pink blush combination is always a bit difficult to work with when choosing flowers.  I think it would have been better to leave the dots off the lid.  The flowers seem to be in competition with the dots although this wildflower can handle the competition.
This black and white flower brick is a new vase.  It was made earlier this year and glazed last week.  I do think this lid without the dots visually works much better.                                                                                    I really never tire of making vases.  There are unlimited shapes and glaze combinations to come up with.  No two vases are ever identical. Similar yes, identical, no. 
Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I thought it might be nice to see the plates mentioned in the last post without food obscuring the view.

Ron Meyers

Kirk Mangus
Yes, Kirk has worked with porcelain on occasion and used blue and white.  Of course his image is unmistakable.
Theresa Yondo
Concept to Creation

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Garden Delights

and husk cherries
picked on Saturday for lunch. 
Everything from our garden on this plate
except the avocado.
My dear friend Jeanne and I spent a lovely morning together which ended with lunch at my house.  Food served on three thrown plates.  From top left, Ron Meyers, Kirk Mangus and of course Theresa Yondo.  Kirk was my graduate professor at Kent State University and years ago I took a workshop from Ron Meyers at Cleveland Institute of Art.
Lunch consisted of fresh mozzarella cheese on artisan Italian bread with fresh vegetables and herbs.  A side of Lupini beans for salt on these hot 90 degree days.  No wine today!
Thanks Jeanne for taking these images.
Concept to Creation
Theresa Yondo

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kiln Opening

There is nothing like opening a kiln with intended results.  The process of working with clay has so many steps, that keeping focused from beginning to end in the creation process can be very
challenging especially if one's mind travels as much as mine does.  Of course, I think this is usual for most artist's.  You must be able to see the finished creation or product before it exists.  Thus, the very reason for the title of this blog Concept to Creation.

Concept to Creation
Theresa Yondo