mary obodzinski
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  • Crystal Lake, IL
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Textured raku platter

Layered slabs, textured, slumped, raku-fired with copper matte glaze.
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Square Black raku lamp

base is hand-built, textured, raku-fired with copper matte glaze. Shade is black silk with gold foil interior. Finial is an ammonite. This lamp is 23" tall.
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I work at home in my studio full-time. Most of my work is handbuilt and will be raku-fired. I make tiles and some functional pieces, but I really love to raku. I have been doing ceramics for 30 years: I got my start at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. The wonderful instructor, Sweety Bowman (a clay legend), is still my dearest friend. I also like to paint & draw and have dabbled in glass. Right now I am making tiles and also making lamps with a raku base. A few months ago I signed up for a jewelry/metals class at our local college & am having so much fun with this. We learned cold connections first, then how to solder & bezel set stones. Next, we will learn to cast. I am having so much fun & love my new craft. I am an Illinois Artisan and you can find my work at all of the Illinois Artisan Shops thru-out Illinois, also, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL, Iowa Artisans, Iowa City, IA, and The Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL.
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Post NCECA...

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 10:07am 4 Comments

Sorry- I caught an exhaustion/respiratory/family Easter festivities/research paper for class cootie... so I'd like to try to sum up NCECA, and maybe what it all meant for me. The theme of this conference was "Independence", celebrating the "independent spirit in all of us" all the while celebrating the traditions associated with the ceramic medium. The daytime program is jammed, sometimes something you want to see is at the same time as another you didn't want to miss & you find yourself…

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NCECA...day 3

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:00am 0 Comments

too tired to write, I will tell more tomorrow...did "First Friday" with Robin Hopper that included dinner in a Turkish Restaurant complete with belly dancing (not us or Robin). Big dance tonite, but the day was filled with greatness. Our heads are about to officially explode.

NCECA DAY 2...

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 11:15pm 1 Comment

We started out well, seeing Isaiah Zagar speak about his mosaics at 8 am, manage to squeeze in a little shopping at the commercial exhibits because we can't live without a new tool, brush, etc, hoping for some free samples...I see my teapots, bowl, etc at the Amaco booth - I've helped them introduce a fab new ^5/6 glaze called Palladium. We eat lunch while watching simultaneous demonstrations by Judy Fox and Matt Metzler. Judy is an extraordinary figurative sculptor & Matt has been a studio… Continue

Greetings from NCECA - Day 1

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 11:32pm 1 Comment

Arrived just in time to dump my bags & head over to the conference headquarters for a quick check-in, where I received my official NCECA badge & bag of conference materials. We grabbed our shuttle bus & we were off on the Route 2 tour - Center City, University City & South Philly. There are an amazing amount of ceramic shows here for NCECA. There were 4 different routes to choose from. Highlights from this route (for us) were: Sub Octo Gallery (largest East Coast showing of… Continue

Packed...

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 10:41pm 0 Comments

I am almost packed. My flight leaves ORD at 8:45am; I arrive in Philadelphia at 11:45am. I plan to dash to my hotel, dump my luggage, then go immediately to the conference headquarters so I can try to jump on a "continuous shuttle bus tour #2" to catch as many galleries & exhibits as I can. I want to see the student show & Magic Gardens (that was an amazing doc - mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar) There is a show co-hosted by the Tile Heritage Foundation (they are fantastically good people)… Continue

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At 1:30pm on April 29, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through May 15, 2016.

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At 2:47pm on April 26, 2014, Glen Guarino said…

Hi Mary, 

Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream. We hope you will consider emailing a submission

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream

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At 1:32pm on January 19, 2012, Leisa Rich said…

It's a small world! I lived in Coppell! Thanks for looking. I went to UNT for my MFA- graduated 2007. 

At 8:04pm on October 5, 2010, Glen Guarino said…
Than you Mary for the complement! Please do submit to our calls.
At 8:36am on March 31, 2010, Kathryn Bowman said…
Have fun in Phili. It is a wonderful art city and the conference you are attending will be infectious. Fun times.
At 11:51am on March 24, 2010, Tamara L Laird said…
That's great, Thanks so much. If you send me your personal email, I can send you the copy of the email posting that I just sent out. I will post it on Crafthaus later, as I am off to work just now.
At 5:55pm on January 22, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
I hear you :-)
At 2:22pm on March 1, 2009, Jonathan Mess said…
Hi Mary, unfortunately I will not e at NCECA this year, But I will be next year. We should get a clay crafthaus show up next year in Philly? we need a Philly connection???
At 9:50am on March 1, 2009, Rimas VisGirda said…
Hi Mary, Looks like you and Sweety are in for a good time... I'll miss you, saving my $$ to go to Hungary this summer. There's a teapot show during the conference that I have a piece in -let me know if you spot it. Regards, -Rimas
At 7:08pm on January 29, 2009, Chris Pettingill said…
Thanks Mary. We fire to cone 10 in electric kilns. My wife does the brush work with wax resist and layers of glaze.

Chris
 
 
 

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