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Building a website is really satisfying – when it works.

Though there are hundreds of photos to take and process, software that means well, but doesn’t always make sense and compatibility problems.

I remember years past taking my slides to the photo lab. They’d do their best to get me great prints, (in a week), then I’d reject most of them for flaws, like wrong cropping, off color, etc. Another week would go by… round three usually got what I hoped for! Then I’d assemble some kind of photo album (that matched my brief case and shoes), and take it around to client’s! Nothing (so far) beats the web, but it aint quick!

 

For several years during the 90′s, (and up to 2002), I collaborated off and on with the artist Lynn Cassinerio, making elaborate sculptures; wall-pieces, tables and teapot forms out of found objects. While I took the back seat, acting as her assistant, she took the front seat –  we sold them under her name, and signature, however, I was a major design force.

The themes we worked with usually came out of her childhood memories. Within these themes – and in response to the found objects collected, I would  typically, invent the over-all sculpture, then fabricate and build it, (along with many of the small attached flourishes). That done, Lynn would beautifully lavish embellishments over the surface – telling her story, while I fell back into the role of laborer – cutting, polishing, painting the tiny pieces.

They sold well, were published in books, and collected by prominent collectors.
My strength of imaginative sculpture combined well with her strengths of color and embellishment, producing some amazing pieces.

Though I was able to see many of my ideas realized, I had many more I wanted to see. At one point, In the end, I made this teapot completely on my own, (though Lynn suggested a great story to play with: “Cupid & Psyche”). All the images are hand painted with traditional glass paint, then fired into the glass, the flames hand carved.

Many more were in the works, both together and on my own, when life took a turn and the collaboration stopped.

This is the last teapot that I made. She has gone on to many more. Check her website for available work, and to see our collaboration – (the pre-2002 pieces): http://www.mattsonstudios.com/Mattsonstudio/lynnhome.html

Ken Mattson, 2012

 

While in Austin, scouting for good stores to place our jewelry, we ran across this art installation by Christie Blizard, called: “When I was 16 I Saw the White Buffalo”. That was fun! (“Women & Their Work” Gallery – Austin, TX )

http://www.womenandtheirwork.org/

Last weekend we visited the Getty Center Art Museum, looking for new design ideas.

That’s where I saw this wild piece of jewelry – in a painting:

 

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2 comments

  1. Rebecca Faubion

    Hi Delicious Diva you! Barb this is sensational and I love the chili-pepper red+southwest blue of the background on this site. Your photos too are sizzlin’ with style. How sweet it is to get a glimpse of your creative vision and, as always, your zest for life! Love and huge hugs to you!

    • The Bullhead Chocolate team

      Hello, Beautiful Rebecca! Takes a Delicious Diva to know one! Remember that apartment you had, clean white with red/orange accents? I loved that space, and your color sense. Thanks for your exuberance, and passionate, kind words. I look forward to following your blog too, sweet lady. Love, Barb

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