Category Archives: Mishy Katz

December Delights

Greetings Fellow Earth Beings!

Wow, here we are already halfway through this final month of 2017, preparing to bid adieu to the year.

I have had a pretty crazy couple weeks, making pottery, working the clay studio, writing music, recording music, watching grandkids, same old stuff but at a fairly intense pace just now!  The Patreon launch was fun and happily I got a couple patrons right off the first day (THANK YOU!  <3  You know who you are)….  It is motivation and inspiration and I am so very grateful!!

Finalized a pottery commission this week, and began work on a couple upcoming projects, mostly cleaning the studio up for our holiday open house and setting it up all purty.   We have our 19th Annual this year and as always we have live music, pottery demonstrations, games, great food and firespinning at dark!   Please join us if you can, it runs noon to 7pm this Sunday December 17, 2017.

Some of Mishy’s crazy clay creations-

This past week a  Christmas song started writing itself in my head when Hanukkah suddenly arrived and my brain switched, so I finished the Hanukkah song but the Christmas song is still in progress.  Sometimes they are just gifted from the creative pool flow!

Recording has been going really well for me, finally feel like I am getting a handle on the first stage (getting the sound onto digital), next is ‘mixing’ then ‘mastering’ once I finalize the ‘recording’ part.  I have most of it done and edited other than vocals.  Can’t wait to be ready to share it!!!  It certainly is a complicated, and intriguing process.  Less is more but I want more and more!!

Please post a comment, share and above all please create, it’s good for all of us!!

Be safe, be healthy, be joyous and above all be creative this season and all seasons!  Peace, prosperity, health and happiness to all!!

I will be posting again before 2018 arrives!  Enjoy the rest of this precious year, what little is left.  Love and Light,

Mishy

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November Notes

Hello Fellow Creatives!! (you are and deep down inside you know it)

Here we are in the midst of the season of gratitude and mindfulness of blessings, I try to carry that feeling with me all the time, in honor of and consideration of how short life can be and how we need to appreciate every moment.

The big news on my mind today is this launching of my new Patreon site.  I have been creating various aspects of that site and figuring out ways to improve my presentation and ways to use the site.   It has turned out to be quite creatively compelling in and of itself!  I am almost ready to launch and very excited but I have a couple other things to finish up after I get this post sent, the plan is to get it out by noon.

My ever-active mind theater has been playing scenes of pottery ideas to me, with no time to work on them.  So I am documenting them in my long lists of ‘ideas to work on later’.  This happens a lot, the stuff piled around in my studio that looks like ‘mess’ is often a treasure trove of “OH YAH I wanted to TRY this!” when I finally get to sorting through it.  One of my favorite things about working in clay are the endless possibilities.  If my Patreon site gains contributions to my efforts, I will be putting a portion of it towards improvements in the studio  for my own work and class offerings for others to try their ideas too!

I have made good progress on my self-recording, getting much closer to something that sounds finished and feeling less frustrated, it is time consuming but compelling.  Tonight I return to Steampunk Audio Studio to mix down the stuff I recorded this past spring and talk about some future recording.  This EP may materialize yet!!  I have plenty of motivation and material, now to find the time…hopefully Patreon can help some with that by supplementing the never-ending overhead of life.

I will be sending out a Patreon launching email later on today, stay tuned and please visit it when it arrives and leave me feedback either there or here so I can improve it!!!  If you have not go to the left side of this screen and sign up for this blog so I can reach 100, I am ONE AWAY at this writing.   When that happens I will be emailing a free mp3 to the first 100 subscribers and thank you in advance!!!  I love every one of you and am so grateful for just the eyeballs reading this email and the companionship, friendship and feedback you have given me already.

Breathe, Smile , Enjoy, Live Good and Kind <3

Until the next creative connection-

Mishy

November Noise

Hello Creative Creatures!!

Here it is already past halfway through this month and coming up on the New Year!  I know…shhhh too soon!!

Holiday season brings many wonderful blessings, family gatherings, gifting, gratitude wonderful stuff!!  Desert Dragon Pottery has a Holiday Studio Open House we are planning and this year we hope to have an additional pottery/art sale and a yard sale trying to clear out and share our gifts with the world!

     http://desertdragonpottery.com/join-us-december-17-for-our-annual-holiday-studio-open-house/

I have been making good progress on my recording, learning a lot from my class with Katie Heath

http://wwwkatieheathstudios.com

In fact, I was the lucky winner of a contest she held, and I won a $100 gift card to Sweetwater Music!!  I am still daydreaming about what I need, could be a mic-stand or a tablet holder, maybe some orchestra bell mallets ..fun, to shop!!

I made a big decision this past week, spurred on by a few  events that happened in my life that seemed to point me in a certain direction.  I am pursuing a “Patreon” account, which is explained at this link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwvUjAv6pxg&t=27s

In setting up that account, I have done some great soul searching and brain storming and am working on a few aspects of the site that will be tailored to my Patreonic duty (haha).  I hope you will visit it , target date is November 30 to launch!

October Outro

Greetings Partners in Art!!!

I hope your October has been going well, Halloween is here and it’s time to think harvest!  I have always loved this time of year,  dressing up and celebrating family, gatherings and feasts, and winding down the year with our holiday season.  The studio gets pretty busy so it’s always a relief when the New Year rolls in and gives us a little breather!  It is time to start planning our holiday open house and studio activity schedule for the season.

On the art side of life I have been playing around with watercolors, for the first time really, although I have done some watercolor pencil painting/drawing and graphite wash.   I have lots of pretty sky pictures I have shot from my walks or my property and chose one of those to start with.  Here is the photograph and a photograph of my very primitive watercolor,  as I post this I can see I need to add more intense tone to get closer to this in color and contrast.  Always like learning new mediums and applying what I know from past use of other mediums.  Even going from art to music!

 

On the music side of life I have been working on my recording and plugging away at learning midi recording and editing and just starting to do some audio recording I am happy with.  Once I get something to share you all will be the first to hear!!!    The closer I get to it the more fun it is and less frustrating and annoying, haha.  Sometimes the learning curve is more of a mountain for me.

Happy Halloween to everyone, may the spirits of love and joy and happiness visit you and never leave!

Yours in creativity,

Mishy

 

October Occasions

Hello Fellow Creative Creatures!!!

Always good to reach out to you my friends and share what is going on in my world with art and music.  I have always been a ‘natural networker’ (social butterfly) and this venue is comfortable and seems to work for the connection!  Thanks for hanging out and hanging in!

A good testament to my aim to combine my clay and my music, I have been making pottery mugs for various friends around the world, some are on this mailing list and sending them as gifts for the joy they give me always being so receptive to hearing me fumble through live playing and share what I love most with those who might like it too.  I sent one to Bulgaria (hi Lily!) recently, it’s not arrived yet, and sending another to Canada soon (hi Lu!)  Very fun to have that connection and thank you always for being open to listening!    Also working on several ongoing commissions and the busy shop, livestreaming classes occasionally and getting into the busy season for the holidays.  Pictured below a couple pieces from my four year old grandson, the one on the right is unfired, a dragon and his water bowl, on the right the glazed one is a collaboration with his eight year old girl cousin, she told me asked her to make his volcano into a ‘saber tooth volcano’, and this is the result <3

I have been working on recording, moving along and becoming more confident that I can actually pull it off,  only time will tell!  By this time next month I am hoping to have a finished recording.  Meanwhile I went to an open mic and you may have seen this on facebook but this is a live performance at open mic of the song I am working –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqiwydrytE

I was not able to embed the video last time so going to try a link this time, if it’s blank just click over to the website and you can see it there.  Please post a comment if you feel so inclined so I know you are reading this and thank you again for being a part of this little tribe.

Everyone take your October Opportunities!!!  I love Halloween and Thanksgiving always such fun holidays and good eating.  Be mindful, enjoy every moment with love and awareness of the good!

Mishy

September Stuff

Greetings fellow creative cronies!!!

Here we are falling into October, wow!  Things have been busy enough at the clay studio that I have not taken any time to paint or draw (yet)…however I have been doing clay projects for a few commissions we have taken on.  One commission we may do is creating racing pigeon nest bowls.  Apparently prize racing pigeons are paired and the chicks go for $1500 a piece!  And nobody in the US is making these unglazed bowls, there is a place in the country where you can go pick them up, they won’t ship them.  Very strange business I am in!   Tomorrow we are hosting Dave Beaty again, teaching watercolor, I am very much looking forward to learning from him in a medium I am very unfamiliar with.  Including a photo of some in progress bowls for a commission including some intended for family heirlooms which makes me feel good.

I have been working on songs, and recording, doing a little here and there and getting to know some new software and decide which song or songs to record, and how. Lots of decisions to make and ear-practice to get to where I feel remotely capable!  The Monday Mash is going on Week 23 I believe this week, I am having the best fun arranging my set and executing the ‘show’.   Thanks to any of you who are able to view it!!   One more photo, from my early morning walk yesterday, really pretty weather this time of year here.

Here is hoping everyone is well and happy, enjoy every moment its really all we have, I am savoring this moment sharing my world with you all and it is a blessing I am very grateful for.  Please comment and share if you feel so compelled and soon new music  and art will be heading your way from an open heart!!

Hugs to all,

Mishy

 

 

 

 

September Scene

Greetings creative ones! (you don’t have to recognize it, I do!)

Well here we are in September and Mother Nature certainly has been needy of attention lately wow!  Makes our little microbursts here in the desert seem quite childish although they can get pretty drastic.  Prayers and all the support we can muster to help everyone get through rebuilding their homes and lives after the storms, it certainly puts things into perspective.

Teaching and managing the shop have been taking all my art energy the past couple weeks, it’s been super busy with classes and I am really enjoying the steady flow of new folks through the studio checking things out.  This week I am getting back to some painting and taking care of some clay projects that I have had ongoing, I will share those when they are at a point that they seem worthy.

I did manage to write a new song, a theme song for my weekly Monday facebook livestream, and when I debuted it this last Monday I teased that the lyrics would be in this blog post, so as I promised, below are the words to the new Mishy’s Mash theme song <3

Also sharing a video below with my friend Patty Arnold on flute,  Cary Kerstetter on bass and Yvonne Wan videotaping 🙂

Mishy’s Mash
Mishy’s gonna Mash
This fish gonna make her splash
Could be smooth could be slapdash
She gonna do the Mishy Mash

A jumbled assortment of odds and ends
Gathered assembly, melange of friends
Varied Collection topsy turvy grab bag
Hodgepodge mixture Salad zigzag

Mishy’s gonna Mash
This fish gonna make her splash
Could be smooth could be slapdash
She gonna do the Mishy Mash

Sweet sauce its a Potpourri
Mingle mangle in a Medley
Conglomeration  of Soul Stew
Helter skelter skewed view

Fishy splash, Mishy Mash, Wishy Dash, Squishy Thrash

Mishy’s gonna Mash
This fish gonna make her splash
Could be smooth could be slapdash
She gonna do the Mishy Mash

Being Crazy Isn’t Enough!

Thanks all and happy September, I will be visiting your email inbox again soon!

Love,

Mishy

August Again

Hello Art Allies!!!

This may or may not reach you in August, the mysteries of the cyber time stamp sometimes still surprise me at times.

I was able to spend time enjoying family and music while on my travels, and returned home to a frenzy of catch-up on  studio happenings.  It was important for me to go but also a crazy-busy time for the shop without me!  I am compelled to get back to some drawing and painting but have not had the chance yet, and looking forward to doing some large bowls for commissions I took on, after I finish the big colorful 3- bowl order.   What with travel fatigue and kiln- issues those have taken me longer than anticipated, but they are super cool and I will share photos when I get them!

On the Music side of life, I really had so much fun jamming with my sister’s family and sharing my music with them.  So rewarding and makes it all worthwhile.  I have a renewed resolve to get back to some recording and writing, now is the time!!   I want to get this message out before August gets completely away from me (it’s 2pm 8/31 here now)…You will be hearing from me mid-September again with whatever is new and worthy of note in my mind =)

Go forth and Create!!! It’s so much fun!!