day to day in the studio

Hello and welcome!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Can you feel the shift

There is just a slight shift in the air, the light, the sounds... Summer is starting to fade.
Owl wall hanging, (blue egg, red flower, Cathy Kiffney

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Eye bowls

eye bowls, cathy kiffney
I had a bunch of little pinch pots left over from a previous project and I had this uncontrollable urge to paint eyes...eye bowls! Don't know if I will ever do this again, they took soooo long! But it was fun, made me smile most of the day. :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

More from the recent firing

butterflies and magnolia, ceramic platter 10" Cathy Kiffney Studio
white bird, golden wings, Cathy Kiffney
moth and thistle, Cathy Kiffney Ceramics

Now showing at your friendly neighborhood Craven Allen Gallery, Durham, NC.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A worthy journey

white rabbit cameo clay wall piece. Cathy Kiffney
This fellow is available in my Etsy shop

I know what we ought to be looking for – a high, lonely place with dry soil, where rabbits can see and hear all round and men hardly ever come. Wouldn't that be worth a journey?”  
From the novel Watership Down by Richard Adams

white rabbit with blue necklace, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 Part of an essay, not by me, explains the story of Watership Down. This book made such a big impression on me....

"Although the rabbits have a different idea of a better place, they all constantly seek a better place to live, better things to eat, and better government. Watership Down mirrors many Romantic philosophies. The ideas of freedom and rebellion against tyranny are themes that run throughout the book, just as they were present throughout the Romantic period. Fiver and Hyzenthlay represent the individualism and imagination that were valued by Romantics. Watership Down also functions as an allegory representing different qualities in humans and different forms of government. The importance of Romantic ideas and their relevance in the modern world is shown in Richard Adams’ 1972 novel, Watership Down.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Here comes the sun

Flowers and Moths, clay rock like wall hangings, Cathy Kiffney

The sun is out after about 20 days of rain! A young blue heron is hanging out in the pond and there are so many dragonflies! Add a zillion frogs, two very large snapping turtles, swarms of hummingbirds and all the usual birds.... Things are pretty good on Hawk Ridge!
 Hope things are good for you. :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hermes and Demure new wall pieces

From the most recent kiln firing.

Hermes, owl and big red egg. Ceramic wall piece, approx. 14x14 inches. Cathy Kiffney
Demure, owl and golden egg.  Cathy Kiffney

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

By the light of the silvery moon

By the light of the silvery moon, ceramic wall platter, 14" diam.
This Saturday evening from 5-7 pm is the opening of Flight,
a group show at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham, NC.
I hope you will be able to attend!

I will be showing a series of my new work
which I have transitioned into for the past year.
Change came slowly and was challenging.
I am enjoying this direction and I
would love to hear what you think about it.

I am so happy to be in the show with many
friends and wonderful artists!
 Paul Hrusovsky- paintings
helped me get my first show at Somerhill Gallery
and other gigs too numerous to enumerate

Harriet Bellows- paintings
my ceramics instructor at an intensive summer workshop at
Alfred University when I was just new to clay

Larry Downing-Sculpture
 was a studio buddy at the UNC ART Lab,
and a fellow instructor at the Durham Arts Council

Bryant Holsenbeck- environmental art
encouraged me to have Open Studio shows and shared inmany
of those shows at my Old White Cross School studio

Luna Lee Ray- paintings and mixed media
fellow Frank artist
and partner in our new
annual spring Open Studio Show

Jean Lecluyse- drawings and mixed media
fellow FRANK artist and partner in our new
annual spring Open Studio Show

Katheryn Demarco- collage
I have always adored her accomplished work

Matt Tomko- paintings
wonderful painter and I look forward to getting to know
him and his work

July 13- September 14, 2013

1106 1/2 Broad Street
Durham, NC  27705

Monday, July 8, 2013

Come fly with me...

I just unloaded the kiln and I am going to have a bunch of new work for this show (link below). It will be the first time I've shown a whole series of this newish direction that I have been exploring for the last 9 months or so.  I'll put up more pictures later in the week, so please check back!
Come fly with me. Ceramic wall hanging, 11" diam. Cathy Kiffney

FLIGHT conjures many possibilities, from lighter-than air-travel to escape.  Nine artists are featured in the gallery’s summer exhibition:   Harriet Bellows,  Kathryn DeMarco,  Larry Downing,  Bryant Holsenbeck, Paul Hrusovsky, Cathy Kiffney,  Jean LeCluyse,  Luna Lee Ray and Matt Tomko.

Craven Allen Gallery
1106 1/2 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Night-night, all tucked in cozy and tight. Sweet dreams and see you tomorrow. Owls, moths and flower rocks in the kiln for the night.

kiln load, Cathy Kiffney Studio

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A special request

Starting of the week with a special request. An  award piece, I will put the inscriptions in the clouds.  The prompts were palm trees, hibiscus sheep and border collies. Kinda sweet. :)

commission, Palm Cottage Farm commemorative award, Cathy Kiffney

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