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Homemade pottery

Here’s the rest of the pottery we made at Chandler Swain’s Pottery Camp. ┬áMostly I see these pieces as funny little wobbly things that we made with our very own hands. Their charm lies in their obvious lack of proficiency.

The day we picked them up, I made stuffed green peppers for dinner and I was […]

How I spent my summer vacation

GC and I spent last week at Chandler Swain’s pottery camp, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Blakeney, Ontario. There were nine of us at camp, including Chandler and her dog, William.

Chandler is my favourite potter, and I’ve collected a variety of her pieces over the years. I have teapots, plates, pitchers, bowls […]

I need your advice

I’m thinking about applying to UBC to do a master’s degree in creative writing. I could do it part-time, through distance education.

I’m feeling conflicted, though.

Part of me says “If you want to write, just write. You don’t need a master’s degree. ┬áJust write.”

That same part of me also questions the logic of digging into my […]

Saying goodbye

The art-making party for Elmaks was wonderful and fitting, and the service the next day was lovely.

I don’t usually say funerals are lovely, but this one was. His art decorated the room, and several pieces from the art-making party the night before were there too. (Not mine. I’m still working on mine.)

There was […]

A funeral and an art-making party for Elmaks

If you would like to pay your respects to Maks at either or both of the following events, you are very welcome to attend.

WELLS, Maxim
Thursday, September 29, 2011. Maxim “Maks” Wells, at the tender age of 28. Cherished and loving son of Donna and James. Dear brother of Stuart. Friends may pay respects at Kelly […]

My book: Tabula Rasa

Last November, I participated – for the second time – in National Novel Writing Month.

Just like the year before, I waited till the last minute to take the next step, which was cleaning it up a bit and sending it over to GC for formatting. He whipped it into shape in a couple of hours, […]

GC buys a giraffe

It has been a busy week around here, what with birds and garage sales and Art in the Park and job interviews and other activities. I also had a three-day migraine, which finally lifted yesterday. At first, after the pain stopped, it felt like my brain was bruised, which felt blissfully better than the migraine. […]

The intersection of youth culture and politics

Today is the last day of the art contest that could see Keir MacDonald’s artwork hanging in the National Gallery. Keir’s a talented and creative artist, and an interesting and likable young man. I really hope he wins. If you’d like to help, you can view his excellent art and vote for him here. (I […]

139 words and nine pictures

Here are some of my babies.

Kazoo and Duncan

Baby Birds

The theme of the group art show currently at the John Patrick Mills Gallery on Hinchey Street was LOVE. I should have created some living lovebird art. I didn’t think of it until we were already there.

Here’s Jennifer, who works at the art program […]

Cow, Cop, Cork and Cash

On Wednesday night GC and I attended the 3rd annual Everybody’s Art Show at Irene’s Pub. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s brilliant and it goes like this: everybody, especially the regulars, is encouraged to submit works of art to the show. You don’t have to be an artist; in fact, most people […]