Chehalem Mountain

Chehalem Mountain

Monday, July 16, 2012

Meet the Artist

kris paul - clay

I specialize in thrown and hand built fine porcelain that has been burnished to a soft polished surface that is fired in a Naked Raku firing. The firing process is a dance between the porcelain and the carbon atmosphere and it is not until they emerge from the reduction chamber that I know how the surface will appear. There are distinct subtleties within each individual piece that emerge through the process of manipulating the clay.

“I approach ceramics with a design aesthetic of wabi-sabi. To transform raw clay into a piece that reflects the imperfect beauty found in nature is my greatest pleasure. My early influence was my Mother who specialized in black & white photography and as a young girl I would work in her darkroom, transferring her photos from tray to tray, watching the images captured on film come to life. The purity of black & white has kept me captivated and translating that into my work has been my passion.

I am drawn to clay in ways that are sometimes hard to translate into words. There is something about molding an object from a lump of clay. There is a balance that can be achieved that draws me into my studio each and every day. I do not sketch my work prior to constructing ir but the vision that is so strong in my mind, guides my hands and eyes into developing the images that I have conceived.
I love finding the hidden nuances and bringing those out in sometimes very subtle ways. 

It is a dance, one that I plan on continuing for many, many years to come. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What's Cookin'

Chehalem Mountain artist, Vicki Joslyn sometimes likes to keep things simple!

3-Step Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

2 medium avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
¼ C. bottled green salsa (salsa verde... not taco sauce)
1 Tblsp. sour cream
½ C. finely chopped fresh pineapple or canned pineapple, drained
¾ C. black beans, rinsed and drained
2 fresh jalapeƱo chile peppers, seeded and minced
2 Tblsp. finely chopped shallot or red onion
2 Tblsp. chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves minced garlic
1 Tblsp. fresh lime juice
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cumin
¼ C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Step 1:
In a large bowl mash avocados
Step 2:
Stir in all remaining ingredients
Step 3:
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours and serve with tortilla chips

MUY SENCILLO & delicioso!

Meet the Artist

John Pedersen - Photography

Bristlecone Bulge
John Pedersen
Bodie Truck
John Pedersen

"As a photographer for most of my life, my goal is to convey my love of nature and the visual arts through photography.  I try to bring a unique perspective to every image I create, from wide sweeping landscapes to intimate nature portraits.  I use natural lighting and composition to draw the viewer into the scene, to help them imagine what it was like to be in a beautiful location, and to connect them with the wonders of nature.

Lightbeam Upper Antelope
John Pedersen

Trillium Sunset Pinks
John Pedersen

Verdant Dreams
John Pedersen
A native of the Pacific Northwest, I have travelled extensively across the western U.S. as well as Europe and Asia, observing the rhythms of nature and the beautiful sights that this world has to offer.  I find that my true passion lies in the magnificent scenery of the Western U.S.  Rugged coastlines, lush verdant forests, rivers and waterfalls, snow covered mountains and unique desert landscapes that can all be found in this beautiful part of the country.

 I am currently based in Portland, Oregon and make frequent trips to capture the majestic beauty that the Western U.S. has to offer."

Ruby Beach Surf
John Pedersen