December 2015 News

Flying V Studio News
December 2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

It’s winter here in the desert, and I truly do not winter well. The overnight lows are in the 30’s  and the daytime highs are barely 70’s. Today I got a call from my sister in New Hampshire who is experiencing daytime highs to match our desert lows. And then I remembered, I moved here for this exact reason: I so love shoveling sunshine and not snow. 

Flying V Studio participated in the 2015 Tucson Museum of Art Holiday Artisan Market What a great group of artists and art lovers. Shown here are a few of the happy customers taking time to show off their new pottery treasures!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou.
We are beautifully reminded that the goal of life is to flourish and thrive. Show your joy, share your love, and live well!
The Angelou Johnson Family.
Flying V Studio’s Annual gathering with friends and neighbors will be on December 12, 2015 from 9am to 3pm
As always, coffee, homemade bread and Christmas cookies may tempt you sit and chat. While the discontinued items table and its prices may have you finishing up your Christmas list.
 You may even find something special just for yourself.

Flying V Studio pottery can be seen at
the Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA and
the Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops & Nursery
and at the Flying V Studio by appointment or by chance

Tohono Chul
7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 742-6455

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754
Regular Galleria Hours: M-F  9am – 5 pm
(520) 884-2810                                
                                                

We work with people who love owning original artwork they can use everyday, and who expect beauty, quality, and affordability. We help them by creating gallery quality, functional and decorative art that fits into their daily lives.

October 2015 News

 

Flying V Studio October 2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

Fall brings so much to Tucson and a bonus this year was the Super Moon and simultaneous Eclipse late September

As I enjoyed the final fall Pops concert at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, the Eclipse was in full swing. I’ve never had the gift of taking good photos; however, my dear friend Terry Parker (and owner of Loma Prieta Pottery here in Tucson) is indeed a GREAT photo expert. These are her photos of the spectacular event. 

The Southern Arizona Clay Artists has a new slate of officers for 2016.

And the exciting part is these volunteers are already attending the Board meetings to learn the new duties they will assume in January. There are also new projects for the organization. “Art from the Attic” has had its 1st official collection date and the items donated are eye-catching. I am most excited about the new “Bowl-a-Week” project to increase the daily on-hand levels of handcrafted soup bowls for the Empty Bowls Luncheons. The project is designed to reduce the pressure on the individual potters to donate their bowls 4 times a year in massive quantities.

The Lew Sorensen Community Center is so much to so many.

In September, the Pottery Instructors of the LS Center, all of whom are SACA members, proudly hosted the SACA Member Social and General Meeting at their facility. Over 50 members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of comraderie and mentoring, and some even chose to take the guided tour.

I have always enjoyed the philosophies of Maya Angelou
and none more than this.
The 23rd Annual Southwest Flair A-Fair is Oct 30th – Nov 1st, 10am–5pm each day at the Plaza Palomino on Swan at Ft Lowell
Flying V Studio will once again participate in this fundraiser and can be found at Booth #116.
More than 150 of the region’s finest artisans will showcase their high-quality arts and crafts.
Artisans, guests and shoppers will all enjoy a weekend of beautiful Tucson weather and art!
A portion of the proceeds from Flair A-Fair benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.

Flying V Studio thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this year’s Spring Artisan Market and we are very happy to be participating in the 2015
Holiday Artisans Market.

Located on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art at 140 N Main Avenue, the Holiday Market offers a perfect opportunity to start or complete your gift list.
You may even find something special just for yourself.

Flying V Studio pottery can be seen at
the Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA and
the Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops & Nursery
and at the Flying V Studio by appointment or by chance

Tohono Chul
7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 742-6455

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754
Regular Galleria Hours: M-F  9am – 5 pm
(520) 884-2810                                
                                                

We work with people who love owning original artwork they can use everyday, and who expect beauty, quality, and affordability. We help them by creating gallery quality, functional and decorative art that fits into their daily lives.

Masterpiece FestivalCelebrating Our Gifts from the Master
Saturday, October 6, 2012
9:00am – 3:00pm
Visit Many Exhibitors! (Watch some “in action!”)

Jewelry, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Glass Art, Spinning and much more.
All works are original and created by the exhibitor. No imports, manufactured or mass-produced items permitted at this festival. Prints are allowed only if they are prints of artwork executed by the exhibitor.

Open to the public; no admission fee. Food also available!
FLYING V STUDIO
WILL HAVE A BOOTH INSIDE – LOOK FOR US THERE

A new adventure today … I now have a FB page for Flying V Studio – Handcrafted Pottery. Some of you are so quick you came to see while I was still editing. What exciting things are happening this summer … and just think – 2 1/2 months ago I had a job I retired from after 17yrs just to have this much fun.

Speaking of fun, here’s a shot of the earlier days of my ‘home studio’. Needless to say, I had to create LOTS more space to accommodate this messiness. Shelves have been built, and I even have a hidden photo workshop.
See the white roll behind the lamp? Pull it down like a window shade add a tripod and I’m ready…


I recently attended a “Paperclay” Workshop at the Sorensen Community Programs (part of the Tanque Verde Unified School District) and met some wonderful people and learned many new things including the marvelous clouds in the completed piece you see below. (My workshop piece)

Workshops are such great motivation. All the participants were experienced clay enthusiasts and each arrived with ideas on surface decoration and tools to share – my favorite part!! Not only did I get to borrow and share many of the tools but I learned to make these marvelous clouds with -of all things- a set of cookie cutters.
Since the class, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with the Instructor, Gail Brynildsen, who has given me even more ideas for my own work.  Gail also works in Hand painted Tile Murals and Mosaics, all of which are fabulous.  
some of Gail’s pieces
and this is Gail
You can reach her at gail-clayartist@cox.net

A few friends have told me they have checked out this blog, and now there is a “FOLLOW” button you can check too. I am only guessing that this will tell you when I post new photos or random thoughts, and let me know you are enjoying it all.

Today is visiting and errands day . . .  1st off to see my friend Linda in her teaching studio, then to MARJON’s, the Pottery /ceramics supply store in Tucson. Of course these are in opposite directions but I have the time ! My nephew recently moved to Tucson to attend the UofA, perhaps we can have lunch. I love being retired from my old job – it never afforded a day like this.

I should begin by thanking all those who have helped me arrive at this point, to name everyone would take days so let me thank you all – and you know who you are – I love you dearly.

A very special thanks to my Mentors and dear friends Linda and Sue who have shared their unique knowledge to help guide me on my new adventure.

My greatest thanks go to my darling Frank, his endless energy and undying support has been like no other in my lifetime regardless of my endeavors.