Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Annual Summer Clearance Sale!

Kersey Ceramics Studio & Shop is holding our first
Summer Clearance Sale!

15% off everything in stock!!
Sale runs from Tuesday, July 31st to Friday, August 31st. 
Make Diana make all new work for the Fall season!

112 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205

Hours of Operation: Tues-Friday 11A-6P, Saturday 12-4P

Special hours for duration of sale: Tuesdays open until 9P, in conjunction with:

Don't forget, we can always offer one hour of free validated parking in the Alamo Parking Lots behind our building (Travis and N. Alamo), just tell the attendants you are coming to visit our shop and they will give you a ticket for us to validate.

In other news, we are very happy to announce that we will have a new neighbor: The Charles A. James Bicycle Shop is moving in next door! Yes, bicycle mugs are in the works! They are joining a great group of shops and restaurants on our block: Taste opened its doors yesterday! They join Thai Lao Orchid offering great food. Legendary Paris Hatters is just across the street, and next door to Paris is a funky little bar: The Texas T Pub. To round things up is the Alamo Antique Mall. I am also happy that a block away Jimmy Johns subs has moved in and The Coffee shop should be opening up within the month!

Also, if you try out Downtown Tuesday this coming Tuesday July 31st, a ton of Food trucks will be around Travis park. Travis Park is just a block away from Kersey Ceramics! So is the Alamo, if it has been awhile since you have given it a look! And every Tuesday night The Esquire Tavern has been offering great live music, along with very creative cocktails exquisitely crafted...totally old school, with the longest bar in Texas to boot!

In other, other news, NowCastSA just created a great little video about the irrigation ollas that Diana is making. The Olmos Park Terrace Community Garden has been using ollas for the past two seasons and love them! They use 70% less water than conventional watering techniqes and only require refilling 1-2 times per week!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Next Public Art Project: Houston Street Bridge, at AT&T Parkway

Back in the Fall of 2011, Bernice Williams and I were awarded a public art commission to create artwork for the Houston Street Bridge. So far, we have contacted many area stakeholders and received a wealth of information regarding content ideas for our artwork. We have presented our preliminary ideas/format to the San Antonio Public Art Board, and we are now fully in the concept development phase of the design process. I thought I would share bits of the process on this blog. 

The basic format of the bridge is very similar to my Toad and Golf Bridges, The artwork will be on the interior only, and will consist of a total of 40 ceramic panels inset into the guardrails. The panels will be no bigger than 2x5', and once again, I will provide the contractors with foam cutouts so they can cast a 1" void for my panels to be mortared into. 

Bernice and I are working on the concept for each panel and have started laying out a "story board" using post it notes. After we finalize the concepts we will start gathering images and making sketches to use when we begin building. Bernice's main job to to help gather information, documentation, and concept development. We are hoping that we can get 4 finials approved to be included in the artwork design (2 on each end). If we can get that approved, that will be her main focus when we build the project, while I execute the 40 ceramic panels.

Next steps are to meet with more people that live and work in the area in order to gather more information about the history and future use, begin sketching the panels and developing the shapes and motifs, and start coming up with a glaze palette.  We hope to present our ideas the the community in August and then to the Public Art Board for approval. If all goes well, we hope to start building by late fall/early winter. Installation will be complete by 2013.