Friday, June 12, 2009

Mel’s Show and Tell — A Gift to Myself

When I was in Canada for my first (failed) FET, I went to a ceramics museum. They had a “special” exhibit of painted ceramics. Something I have a particular fondness for. Especially modern works. I was very disappointed. A meager exhibit. I thought about some artists whose work I enjoy that were either not represented or underrepresented. For example, these Picasso ceramic pieces (there was ONE of his, it was okay), or Beatrice Wood, or even more current, Matt Nolen, an artist I took a workshop with many years ago. Thinking about Nolen’s work (please, explore his website), I know he has many pieces in various museums’ permanent collections, but that he has also done smaller, less extensive pieces. On a whim, I searched for him on eBay. Nothing came up at the time, but I saved the search so that I would receive emails if anything was listed. 2 months later I received an email. I won an awesome, hand painted cup. For less than the cost of a good pair of sneakers. IMO, it’s probably worth at least 3-4 times what I paid for it. I think I’m just lucky that others don’t think to look there for his work.

I think the theme of this cup is very appropriate for someone who is pregnant for the first time in my mid-40s.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the class is showing.

14 comments:

Billy said...

Very beautiful!
And how great to get it for so much less than what it's worth.
And tempus fugit.. hope not so much :-).

Lollipop Goldstein said...

It is gorgeous--I love the colours. It has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it.

Kristin said...

Oh my gosh...that is so beautiful and absolutely perfect!

The Steadfast Warrior said...

Wow, that's really lovely! What a great find! :)

Beautiful Mess said...

I love it! I would use something like that every day for my coffee and probably make the artist cringe. It's perfect and just so COOL! Great find!
*HUGS*

IF Optimist, then... said...

That is the coolest mug I have ever seen. I am soooooooo jealous (but in a fabulous LOVE IT! LOVE IT! kind of way). I am clapping very loud at the end of your Show and Tell. In grammar school, I would have actually said something more like this:

"Um, um, um...I thought your mug was really cool and that you have awesome taste and you are really super and um, um, um...would you play with me on the swings at recess?"

battynurse said...

That's great! I love it. Glad you got a good find.

WiseGuy said...

It is so beautiful, Dora! What a nice keepsake! I love the bright colours of it!


Good Luck!

MsPrufrock said...

Oh my god, that is wonderful. Thanks for linking to Matt Nolen's website - it's just up my alley. That Kohler restroom is amazing!

Cassandra said...

It's even better than you described to me.

Enjoy!

Queenie. . . said...

That is very cool. I love eBay.

Bella said...

I love it!

becomingwhole said...

amazing....I love it.

Another Dreamer said...

Wow, that is a super cool cup. Love it.

I agree with Mel too, it does have a sort of Alice in Wonderland feel to it!