Fresh from the Kiln

David Baker, my friend, mentor, and in this instance, collaborator, sent me this photo of my last work fresh from the kiln. It still needs a base and a title.  It represents a spill of refugees washing out of the ocean.  David created the bowl for me to sculpt the interior.  I was terribly nervous it would crack in the kiln.  It didn't and I'm very happy.

Would you believe I forgot I had a blog?

A little taste of warmth on a Cuban beach. Winter, 2016

Well, I did.  I got busy with life, its ups and downs, the good and bad.  Rest assured that while I may have forgotten my blog, I didn't stop creating art.  There have been iPad paintings, sculptures and more. 

With the help of my daughter, I am redesigning my website and it will hopefully be updated and ready for spring.  Certainly, I'm ready for spring and so are my cats.

Akimbo Review

Nesting Fossil"Over at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, they’ve just opened their Inaugural Triennial Exhibition, focusing on Peterborough-area artists...

...There are a couple of ceramic sculptures by Claire Hogenkamp, an artist I don’t know but whose stuff is intriguing in its negation of the medium-specific functionality that clings so fastly to clay. Nesting Fossil comprises a plate on which rest three nested porcelain vessels all of which are broken. From a broken cup laying on its side, the titular fossil has spilled out onto the plate, metaphorical evidence of any number of things, but perhaps primarily of the dissolution of the idea of the vessel. Leaning Lid reiterates such thematic brokenness with two porcelain vessels stacked one atop the other, the uppermost with most of one side of the container broken away and its lid on its side contained within."

Excerpt from:

Reviewer: Gil McElroy - March 20th, 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. I lived a short bus ride, across Central Park, from this home away from home. It was always welcoming, interesting and available and I miss its proximity even now.

The Frick Collection

Just down Fifth Avenue I could refresh my senses and relax in the stillness of a perfect little museum, The Frick Mansion housing a small collection of the very best Old Masters.


Photo Credits:

Heather Bickle, Michael Taylor, Maya Hirschman,

Early photos by Alfred Pinsky and Claire Hogenkamp

Web Design:

Heather Bickle

mmka - Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem

mmka has two special attractions and I enjoyed both, when I visited, December 6, 2011.

The first attraction is the caliber of its exhibitions. I visited the “Jewelry Unleashed” exhibition, which showcased the work by some of The Netherlands brightest and most radical young jewelry designers. They showed me jewelry design is miniaturized sculpture, with artists using everything from recycled trash to precious metals. The results were often stunning and always surprising.

Another good exhibition was of the Dutch painter Dick Ket. He is a well known artist and a contemporary of the English artist Sir Stanley Spencer whose exhibition I had seen in Rotterdam. It was a treat to be able to compare the two artists in supporting exhibitions. I felt very lucky indeed.

The Second attraction is the Museum’s site. It sits perched on a hill overlooking the Rhine River and the Arnhem surroundings. During my rest breaks, I found myself turning my back on the art to look out the windows at nature’s work. It is a small and cozy museum that doesn’t overwhelm the art and is very user friendly. I really recommend a visit.

Visit the museum on the web.

Hello Mr. Hockney...

David Hockney actually looking at my iPad art. I'm still recovering.I had a truly remarkable day. The picture at right says it all. I met the great man himself at a small reception hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The exhibition "Fresh Flowers" was absorbing and stunning. Sir David Hockney takes us into the process of creating digital art as his work develops before our eyes. This man's ingenuity completely validates iPad art.

 This was a unique moment when, at the urging of my daughter Maya Hirschman and her ROM colleagues, I was encouraged to show David Hockney my iPad art. He was kind enough to take me seriously.

 Natural phenomena: David Hockney at the Royal Academy – in pictures