Wednesday, April 13

Pit Fire Ceramics

Pit Fire Ceramics 02_lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

We did a pit fire two weeks ago, here's some of the results.

Tuesday, March 15

Empire State Reflection

Empire State Reflection-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

Liz pointed out this photo op, and I had to grab it.

Monday, March 7

Times Square

Times Square-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

All of these boards were LCD/LED live screens with the logos and ads changing regularly. It is very iconic, but really it's only a couple hundred yards of the city.

Friday, March 4

The Metro

The Metro-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

After a couple of days in Rochester with Mom, Al, and Shani- Liz, Mom, and I went to New York for New Year's Eve, which some of you probably know as My Birthday. One of my favorite things about NYC is the subway. OMG- San Francisco sucks so bad wrt public transportation. I actually thought it was ok, now I know it is really really very sad and pathetic.

Dad Packing a Snowball

Dad Packing a Snowball-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

Up at the lake house Dad and Meg showed Liz and I the latest improvements to the house. It is amazing the amount of restoration done. I helped with some of it, but these finishing touches are in perfect taste. Bravo guys!

Tuesday, March 1


Millefiori-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

This is a glass work that was as the AIC. They had a whole room of these millefiori which means many flowers.

Friday, February 11

In the Kiln

In the Kiln-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

This is what the ceramics look like inside the kiln. You can actually see the glaze melting.

The Lake House

The Lake House-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

This is the Lake House on Port Huron. My Dad bought this place back in the early '90s, and it was in pretty rough shape. He and I (along with crews of dudes) took to working on it during the summers and weekends. I personally cleaned the outside brick with power washers and corrosive chemicals. Now, it is almost fully restored with beautiful features inside. Liz and I are going to try to make some ceramics for the kitchen.

Tuesday, February 8

Hideaki Miyamura AIC

Hideaki Miyamura AIC-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

This bottle is actually the main reason Liz and I wanted to go to the AIC. We've both been there multiple times, but we hadn't seen this piece. Miyamura is one of a few ceramic artists who have been trying to recreate a glaze from the Japanese historical collection. Check him out if you get a chance.

Friday, February 4

Paul Klee - AIC

Paul Klee - AIC-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

See previous post. Famous kiss in the movie happens here.

Seraut - AIC

Seraut - AIC-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

After the Bean, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. Name the totally awesome '80s movie this and the next picture are both in.

The Bean with Snow

The Bean with Snow-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

We came in after a snow storm and the Bean still had snow stuck to it.

Wednesday, February 2

Liz Kissing Herself

Liz Kissing Herself-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

A return the The Bean.

Tuesday, February 1

The L - Chicago

The L - Chicago-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

Our first stop on the trip over the holidays was Chicago. Here is a picture of the entrance to the L train. We were on our way to see the Bean and the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).

Monday, January 31

Tammy Doing the Raku

Tami Raku-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

This is Tammy, the raku master. She lives up in Santa Rosa on a mountainous chunk of land. It is a requisite that your car have AWD to go up the driveway. The red hot pots go into those trash cans full of newspaper and pick up all sorts of carbon. I have more ceramics pics, but there's still the rest of Chi/MI/NYC to get through, so I'll be spicing these raku images in as I go.

Horsehair Closeup

Raku Ceramics09_lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

Here is a close up.

Sunday, January 30

Horsehair Jar

Raku Ceramics05_lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

I got a lightbox for Christmas and this is the first chance I've had to use it.
I've actually found that I need to bump up the f-number quite a bit. This needed to be cropped but I'm lazy.

This is a raku piece that where I burned horsehair on the outside of it to make the black lines. More coming.

Thursday, January 27

Old Socket

Old Socket-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

In the upper floors of Alcatraz.

Wednesday, January 26

Liz Going into a Cell

Liz Going into a Cell-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

Nice smile.

Monday, January 24

Nurse's Station

Nurse's Station-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

We got up into the upper floors of Alcatraz and that's where they kept the people who had to be entirely separated from the population. These were really for the instigators. This is also where the health care was performed.

Tuesday, January 18

Alcatraz Lighthouse Looking North

The fog was rolling in the entire time we were on the island. We really got lucky because it held off until we left. Here you can see Mt. Tam, Marin Headlands, and the GG Bridge.

Monday, January 17

Keys of Alcatraz

Keys of Alcatraz-lite, originally uploaded by JesseGuz.

These are the keys that can operate the main cell block of Alcatraz. I have CHI/MI/NYC pictures coming.