Saturday, October 4, 2008

PAR-TAY!!!!!




(Gary Rith and his teaset on display)
The Ithaca Art Trail opening party was last night at State of the Art Gallery. There was brie, there were olives and blue chips and the hoi polloi of Ithaca's art world.
The art trail itself is two open studio weekends, the next two weekends, where thousands of brochures have been passed out with maps and directions for folks to visit artist studios throughout the county. Hopefully those visitors stuff their wallets before they set out and buy loads of pots.
So, the opening party was last night. I had planned to get dressed nicely, maybe even comb my hair, but I was busy making things and I see this picture and realize I look remarkably scruffy. If I didn't have the nametag on, you would think I was some free loader off the streets looking for cocktail snacks.
As it was, many nice people grabbed me and chatted about pottery and piggies, and it was a typical opening, and people always seem to get a kick out of pottery and piggies, esp. when the other artists' pots are overpriced ugly brown vases. Did I just say that?

26 comments:

kate et jim said...

Yup.

Butch Boo said...

I love your work!

Wep said...

I love Ithica!! I haven't been to the galleries yet but we love to vacation in the fingerlakes nearby :)

I like the wee little pots too :)

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

that top pic of me? The teapot behind me on the pedestal: $3200!!!! HA! You could buy every pot in my studio, including a hot oil massage from me, for $3200!!!!!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

that top pic of me? The teapot behind me on the pedestal: $3200!!!! HA! You could buy every pot in my studio, including a hot oil massage from me, for $3200!!!!!!

Lis Garrett said...

Honestly, you look like an artist who's not afraid to get his hands dirty. I don't identfy with pretentious people. And a $3200 teapot?! Who, in his right mind, would buy that, especially when people can barely afford to gas up their cars or put food on the table. Madness!

I'll take a Gary Rith original any time! (I'm still making my Christmas list!)

Lynda said...

I'm with lis! And it does look like it was a successful opening :-)

Janet said...

You look like a true artist :-) Congrats for having your work on display!

Farmer*swife said...

Yeah, you totally pulled off the layed back, eccentric, scruffy "cuz' I'm an artist man" persona! LOL!

I am so glad that is the set you chose to display. I love that little set! Too cute! And, that green is beautiful.

Linda Starr said...

Looks like a great time was had by all, the green tea set is beautiful.

Super blogger that you are, I've got a question. Notice your blog list, my blog at the bottom says I commented 5 months ago, how can I update that. I pinged my blog last night and it still didn't update - do you know what this has to do with - it's on a couple of other blogs that way too. I have a lot to learn about blogging, perhaps you can point me in the right direction. thx.

Good luck at the studio openings, I'm off to an art fair today.

HP said...

I think you look likeyou fit in in Ithaca. I never dress up for anything.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Linda, it is some strange bug on your blog! I have reloaded the info many times!
I was scruffy because I was running very late working and decided I didn't care a fig, had to pick up the missus, who was dressed beautifully, and SURE it does fit that BAD BOY artist image: covered with clay.
I don't see any takers on the hot oil .....

Patricia Griffin said...

Congrats on the opening Gary! And I hope all your studio visitors bring loads of cash and buy, buy, buy! Let me know how the hot oil thing goes!

fiwa said...

How cool! Your pottery looks great in that top picture and you look like a hard working artist, which you are, so I think that's perfect.

I hope you sell lots and lots o' pots! Good luck. :)

kate et jim said...

Nobody can afford the $3,200 bucks, Gary...

Miss Heather said...

At least Mrs. Pottersblog looked great, right? Ha ha ha!!

I think it's great you displayed your things at an art gallery. AWESOME!! You rock!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

You look all artsy and hip. Mrs. Pottersblog does double duty in the classy, sophisticated department. And as far as one who shows up for free cocktail snacks, well, can I just say that doing that at an art gallery is so much classier than my way -- grazing the samples at Costco or Trader Joe's.

YOUR teapot should be the $3200 item, it is better and the spirit in the clay EMANATES! If Oprah came to your blog, your potter would be on The O List next month. And I'm not even kidding.

Stacey said...

hahaha! I know what you mean. I was looking at teabowls this morning on ebay, and spotted one that was $15,000. It wasn't an antique, it wasn't pretty, it was just kind of weird. Not even special weird. Just weird, and $15,000.

Okay then.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

EMANATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

doug fitch said...

Looking cool GR!

kcinnova said...

Well, now I've got my own man to give massages, but I wouldn't mind plenty of Gary Rith pottery!

Was at an arts & crafts show yesterday, picked up the card of some other pottery guy from NY, and walked away thinking your stuff is WAY BETTER. He did have a beautiful glaze that reminded me of coffee au lait (I took a photo for you) but that's all he had going for him. Your stuff has whimsy and personality and class. Whoot!

Hilary said...

Fine! I'll order the massage.. but I'll donate it to Mrs. Pottersblog. :) Good therapy for your hands too.

Good luck with the art show.

Cheryl Alena Kinzel said...

Beautiful tea set!

Maggie said...

a) you don't look scruffy

b) you're an artist - you're allowed to be eccentric. it actually promotes your image...right?

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

BAD BOY artist, yeah, that's me...

TheColorTree said...

Way to make friends, Gair ;-)

The green looks great.