Last year, 2012, was busy busy busy right to the end. My tile art — including my show of “A Murder of Crows” — was featured in the West Seattle Artwalk a number of times, and my amusing tile “Octopi Seattle” was a big hit.
In 2012 I got involved with the Friends of the Conservatory — whose sole mission is to support the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory — when I heard that wonderful place was under threat of closure due to the urgent need for buidling renovation during a time of severe budget cuts in Seattle.
The Conservatory was 100 years old in 2012 and it received lots of publicity and public support throughout the year. Thousands of other people and dozens of organizations stepped up to help save the Conservatory and it is now safe and receiving the care it needs.
I created a retro-look 4×4″ tile depicting the front of the Conservatory. It’s reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts style of the 1920’s. I also arranged for our tile group (ATNW) to have a booth at the Conservatory’s Annual Plant Sale in September where local ceramic artists donated pots and tiles to help raise funds for building restoration. Then our tile group invited the Friends of Volunteer Park Conservatory to set up a table at our annual tile show, which was held at the Center for Urban Horticulture in November. The Conservatory tiles I donated helped them raise over $500 during that show.
For the year ahead I want to create several new Seattle tiles, including a Mt. Rainier view from the city, a Pike Place Market tile, and a tile depicting the new ferris wheel on the waterfront. I am also working on a commission project depicting a Native American Raven story. With my love of corvids and their popularity in the Northwest, this looks like an inspiring avenue to pursue.
I look forward to a creative and fun New Year!