October 10 – November 2, 2014
Award winning potter, Brian Horsch, will be at Bluestem for Artrageous Weekend, October 10 & 11.
Brian will be at our artist reception on Friday evening, 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, he will demonstrate the making of his buffalo sculptures.
"Clay is perfect for sculpture . . . Squeeze it a little and a face appears. Shape it. Develop it. Push it in another direction and a gesture or a movement shows itself. Bring it out. Pull the clay, stretch it, and the form takes final shape. Repeat the motions and soon the piece gives you its reason for being."
So says the optometrist/potter who has been creating hand built and hand thrown ceramic sculptures since 2008, when his wife enrolled him in a pottery class, saying that he "needed a hobby before time to retire!"
Many of Brian’s pieces are functional with human or animal accents. He has, he says, “a special affinity for farmers, ranchers, and indigenous Midwest critters.”
The show will continue through November 2.
Opening reception, Friday, October 10, 6-9PM
April 25 – May 19 , 2014
Old Wood – Vintage Tools – Contemporary Design, hand carved furniture and accessories by Joseph Marshall will open at Bluestem Missouri Crafts on Artrageous Friday, April 25. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. during which Joseph will display some of the antique tools that he uses, showing how each hand tool is used in his process.
Marshall has been hand carving wooden bowls from local woods for several years. His bowls are inspired by dough bowls and trenchers that were once common kitchen utensils. He, however, takes artistic license with the designs and forms to create shapes more suited to the modern sense of design.
Over the past year Joseph has retooled his shop to produce truly unique items of furniture. Primarily using locally sourced woods, he seeks to seamlessly blend natural-edge wooden slabs with modern architectural forms to create juxtapositions in design. His pieces are largely produced with old-school hand tools – hand chisels, hand saws, and hand planes. Many of his tools are over a century old and he has personally restored them to working condition.
The show will continue through May 19.
Opening reception, Friday, April 25, 6-9PM
October 11 – October 27 , 2013
Whimsically Funny Papier People, the art of Naava Naslavsky will open with an artist reception at Bluestem Missouri Crafts on Artrageous Friday, October 11, 6-9PM.
Naava will also be at Bluestem on Saturday October 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p. m. demonstrating her techniques and talking about her work.
Four years ago, Naava started sculpting with papier-maché, creating whimsical and funny characters, both men and women, full of humor and bright colors that make you smile.
Born and raised in Israel, Naava calls herself a “night-artist.” In her real life, day-job she is a scientist, doing biomedical research in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. When she is not in her lab, she “dives” into her art as a way of balancing and utilizing “the other side of the brain”. In her papier-maché sculptures, her science fully feeds into her art, as several objects from the lab end up incorporated in the sculptures (including the scientific papers that are shredded to become paper pulp, along with pipettes, syringes and such.)
Opening reception, Friday, October 11, 6-9PM