Did I tell you? …I’m having a show at the Oakland Museum of Ceramics.

Hi de ho Art lovers.  I’m getting real excited about my upcoming show at the Oakland Museum of Ceramics.  I thought that I would share some images of smaller work that will be included to pique your interest in the show.

This is my non-cubist version of Picasso’s painting Woman in Chair
A bud, a beer, a bath, and a blunt. What could be better?








I hope that you can make the opening on Sunday, October 15th from 5pm-8pm.

The museum is located at 4401 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94601. (Please call, text or email if you plan to visit before or after the opening reception.)  My email address is my first name @ my first name last name dot com. (e.g. john@johnsmith.com)




Show in Smaart Gallery

I am pleased to say that I currently have a show at the Smaart Gallery, located at 1045 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  The show is from July 4-August 31, 2017.

I will be at the gallery during the First Thursday Lower Polk and Tenderloin Artwalk, on Thursday August 3rd, 2017, if you want to meet up or talk with me about any of the art.

…and the angel you don’t. (Front view).
…and the angel you don’t (back view)

The Smaart Gallery and Studio has been around since 2012.  Steve Allen, the driving force behind the studio and the gallery, has been a huge boon to the ceramic art community in San Francisco.  Be sure to check out his other shows and if you have the inclination to get your hands dirty and want to learn more about clay, his studio and classes are great place to learn and grow.

Name that totem contest entries:

I received over 50 entries in my Name That Totem contest.  It’s been a couple of weeks, and I still cannot decide on my favorite entry.  I certainly have learned a lot of things (Otolaryngoloists are specialists in in ear, nose and throat and shy guys are timid troublemakers in various video games are among other useful facts that I acquired from this contest.) But I am torn because there are so many good names to choose from.

If you entered, you should be getting an email from me in the next week or so announcing the winner of the contest.   If you didn’t win the grand prize, don’t worry. Everyone who entered is a winner.  I will offer anyone who entered, a discounted price on my bottles.

All of the entries are listed below.  (If a title appears more than once, it was submitted by more than one person.)

still unnamed
still unnamed
  • Eyes on the Prize?
  • Trickle Down
  • Hear no see no speak no totem
  • sense stick
  • forward facing
  • user experience
  • 5th sense
  • Eye Bite Jeans
  • Goofin’ bottom
  • Blue Jean Yellow Submarine
  • Not so shy guy
  • Big Mouth!
  • I was looking for you
  • Misogynistic Pig (oink)
  • Nosetem
  • Blorg the Omnipotent
  • Dreams of Otolaryngoloists
  • Coagulon
  • Phil-lippy Mc Blue Shirt
  • Body Eclectic

    the other side of the unnamed totem
    the other side of the unnamed totem
  • Senses
  • Sensational
  • Discombulation
  • Five Senses
  • Picasso on Acid
  • Make Some Sense
  • My Stomach Won’t Shut Up!
  • Blah, Blah, Blah
  • I nose Front to Back
  • Facetastic
  • Picasso on acid
  • See (no) evil, Hear (no) Evil, Speak (no) evil
  • 5 senses
  • 2 Faced Totem with Converse All Stars
  • American Teen Unplugged
  • Convoluted Converse
  • See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil
  • Interocular
  • Deconstructed Me
  • I won’t hear you
  • Old Age Bart
  • Say What?
  • Big Mouth Chuck
  • Social Anxiety
  • Confused Chameleon
  • Senses for the Insensate
  • before my coffee
  • discombobulated Bob
  • Eye See a Q tip
  • Jagger
  • Plastic surgery Mistake
  • Government!!!
  • From Your Lips to God’s Ear
  • Trickle Down
  • F-you
  • Making sense
  • St. Tracheo
  • Senses Overload
  • Decomposed Bean
  • Portal to Picasso
  • Ass over teacups
  • Unlaced Side-Eye Totemic Descent



Name the Totem and win free art!

I have posted my latest totem below, with the very unsexy title of, “Totem #5

If you can come up with a better title and I choose it, I will happily give you a smaller piece of my work. Please submit any title suggestions in the comments below, in an email directly to me or better yet, come see the totem in person and drop off your title suggestion at my studio.

Solo Show opening Friday, June 3rd

If you are in the City and wanting to see a few of my misfits in person, you’re in luck.  I am having a solo show at the Clay by the Bay Gallery, located at 1248 Mason St. on Nob Hill. (Across the street from the cable car museum).

The opening reception is Friday, June 3rd from 6pm-9pm

The show should be up for the rest of the month (June), if you can’t make the reception.

Here’s a little teaser, from my series on the Alien Underwear War series.

This one is called Naked Aggression, the invasion begins

alien underwear wars-Naked Agression

Unfortunately, this brings up a whole rash of questions:

  • Do the alien rays make earthlings clothes disappear? (Except for the underwear, of course.)
  • Or do the earthlings strip down to their underwear as some sort of protective layer or camouflage?
  • Or are the aliens a bunch of 10 year old boys, just wanting everyone to run around in their underwear?

It would be foolish not to speculate.

Come and see the whole series and draw your own conclusion.

Pablo’s Pony

I think that Picasso’s Guernica is incredible, both politically and artistically.  When I saw the it and the studies that lead up to it at the Prado in Spain, it literally made me cry.  (I see that Guernica has since been moved out of the Prado into Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.  But it remains in Madrid.)

Pablo's Pony
Pablo’s Pony

Other pieces I have done have referenced parts of that masterwork.  This is my interpretation of one small aspect of that amazing painting.

Fractured classics

I did a few bas-relief wall pieces based on classic paintings.  Here are three from the series:

Venus on the half shell
Venus on the half shell

Two AngelsTwo Angels

I also did a large wall piece based on the Last Supper, called the Penultimate Supper, but that one sold before I got a decent shot of it.  (Either a photo will be posted or I will figure out how to add the movie I took of the piece.  Stay tuned.)