10-25-12 Changes

2-dolphins-320x200Hi everybody,

What a long and crazy road it’s been!  My foot is healing very well but a new issue has arisen:  serious back problems.  I am following through with physical therapy on my foot and my back three times a week.  There is some relief provided by meds and ibuprofen.  Since I last posted I have had three rounds of trigger point steroid injections in my lumbar area.  They provided some relief but the pain always returns within a week or so.  On the horizon next week – a visit with a spine specialist to see the treatment plan for the future and hopefully, avoid surgery.

Meanwhile, a lot my downtime has been increased involvement in our studio, Clay Arts Vegas.  We have been open since June and are gaining momentum every day.  In a centralized downtown location, Clay Arts Vegas is offering classes in hand built – wheel thrown ceramics, and firing on site in high fire, raku, and alternative type firings.  Our gallery supports local artists, students, and a national presence that has contributed to several juried exhibits.  We are also the only Laguna Clay distributor in Las Vegas, carrying a number of popular clays, glazes, and tools. Mary and I both are very proud to be co-founders of this amazing studio.  A number of projects that we have been involved in have brought us a lot of attention with local news media.  Checkout our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/clay.artsvegas.9

One of the most important projects Clay Arts Vegas is involved in is One Million Bones Nevada.  We were asked to participate in this public art project that will take place in June of 2013 and be installed on the National Mall in Washington DC.  Our studio is offering demos on how to make bones out of clay, we fire them, and a portion of the clay costs is contributed to CARE for the rebuilding of African nations affected by the genocide of their population.   The Bezos family, a philanthropic organization, has committed to donate $1 for every bone made.  The goal for Nevada is 12,000 bones at last count.  We hope to exceed it!  Checkout the recent article in the Las Vegas Review Journal here:

http://www.lvrj.com/view/clay-bones-project-to-lay-bare-the-global-issue-of-genocide-169278046.html

My own work continues with completion of a commission works, sales of pottery from our Gallery Store, projects in bronze, clay, mixed media, and paintings on canvas.  My Etsy shop is not quite up yet due to too many physical impediments.  The photography of flatwork seems to take forever!

New! I have added some social networking links to my facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, and Etsy sites.  Still some glitches in the facebook and LinkedIn sites but you can get a preview of my Etsy shop with that link.  I haven’t really begun to tweet.  So that’s rather empty right now.

Cheers to all,

Marc

ps.  more challenges with links above – just copy and paste into your browser and go from there

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7-4-12 The Return

arcdome2004blog-300x225The last of the incisions on my right ankle from that surgery back in December of 2011 has made good progress in the healing from the staph infection.  With proper care and luck, the wound may be covered with new skin in the coming weeks.  After that there’s still the physical therapy but things are looking much better.

Mary and I have invested in a new business venture, Clay Arts Vegas, along with five other artists.  We are located in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District and provide classes, workshops, art studio workspace, gallery, retail store, and kiln yard.  Check the links in my Blogroll for Clay Arts Vegas for additional information.  This studio has been an inspiration for both of us and we feel a a special kinship with the “family” of individuals who have also invested money and time into this exciting new business.

Check the menu bar next to Home and click on any of the new pages to see updates to this blog.  Some are still under construction but more information and photos are on the way.

Hoping to be back on the trail soon,

Marc Rosenthal

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3-1-2012 Clay Arts Vegas in the Las Vegas Downtown Arts District

It’s incredible to see a dream come together. Our founding group of artists and potters is bringing a ceramics experience to the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. We have a building (it’s the old Art Bar) and we are diligently working to get ready for our Grand Opening on March 18th. This will be a studio work space for classes, semi-private studio work spaces, juried shows, and the opportunity for anyone interested in the ceramic arts to learn from the best teaching team in the valley. We are also a distributor for Laguna Clay products.  Check out the link to clayartsvegas on my Blogroll. Spring Classes are filling now.  I will be teaching a young adult class, ages 13-16 and team teaching a hand-building and wheel throwing class.  I will also be available on open studio days.

This place is going to be amazing!

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12-26-2011 Resurrection close-ups

Here are some close-up shots of the head, tail, and flame sections (unattached).  Medium:  Cast and polished bronze.

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12-12-11 Life Changing Events

Mary and I spent ten days in Houston around Thanksgiving. The primary reason for our visit was to place my mother Ruth in a nursing home. We had her living in her own home after Dad passed in 2008. She had three very nice caregivers keeping an eye on her for the next three years. But this could not continue due to the shrinking family assets. I thought this was going to be a difficult transition for her, especially since it was scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving. There were moments of anxiety for Ruth and they were hard for us to watch, but overall she has adjusted pretty well. Since so many of us were visiting her because of the holiday, the visits from family helped her to ease into this dramatic change.

It has been a challenging time for me as well. In April, I had plastic ankle stabilizing brace molded to my foot and leg profile. The purpose of the brace was to stabilize my right ankle, which has experienced permanent scarring of the ligaments over the last forty years.  There are no records but I think the original injury was an ankle sprain in 1969.  I remember having the ankle wrapped in an ace bandage and then walking on crutches for a few weeks.  There were never any x-rays that I can remember. The brace did help me keep working and walking for the next several months but as October came around the pain and discomfort came back and continued to get worse. Mary and I met with my Orthopedic Surgeon and scheduled surgery for an LAS (lateral ankle stabilization) for December 15th.

Although surgery is coming right up this Thursday, I have continued my work at Winder Farms and spent the three day weekend working an event in Pahrump, Nevada with my team partner Lori.  We were blessed with beautiful weather every day and learned how to raise a 10′ x 10′ Easy Up tent in less than a minute.  We made several sales and put the wheels in motion for several events we will work after the new year.

Our group of artists from the Studio Tour in November put together a Holiday Christmas Sale which re-introduced more of the community to our work and who we are as artists.  This was a very successful event for our first time out and we have high expectations for the coming year, with an extraordinary group of very talented artists.

After the surgery, I will be off my feet for at least two months.  I expect I might view the world quite differently for awhile.  Mary says it is a blessing to know that the surgery will allow me to get back to doing things I love, such as back packing, tennis, and maybe even rock climbing.   I may be in bed for a bit but it is possible to carve pots in bed.

Cheers to all and a happy new year!

Marc

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