variations on a technique

hand knotted black&white raku bead necklace

every now and then the need to diversify your product and step out of the box of my comfort zone to use a ceramic technique of firing to make new products that help attract new customers to my following.  pictured (above) is a client’s necklace which i just finished hand knotting and posted on my blog to give her the heads up that the item in question is ready for pick-up.  potters and artisans alike some times get comfortable into to a certain way of producing wares and sometimes the “focus” can be a bit narrow.

after years of making wares for home accessories, i decided to branch out and try my hand at hand made jewelry.  same clay and materials but a new set of rules to follow and respect when making wearable art. my focus was more minute in detail ,though some of the motifs are the same. but i found that working on small pieces like beads was the same amount of work as decorating a small bowl or square dish.  happily after endless times of trails and errors i have gotten it down to a science where i can produce small amounts of beads to supply myself with a decent amount to mount 3-4 necklaces at a time. in the end we must challenge our capacity and creative endeavor to try and fail in order to master the various techniques of ceramics and explore new markets for wearable art.  sometimes our efforts do not come to the ideal that we have set in our minds, as to what we would like to accomplish. but trying and getting closer to” that “ideal will help each one of us master our craft whatever the medium. too many times artists like to stick with what they know best and i feel that there is no growth in exploration of materials and technique. we as artists need to step it up and learn the craft from classes and workshops and books and the web, then tweak and turn the techniques on their heads so we can see all the possibilities that are out there for  personal satisfaction in what we create. it depends on the personality of an artist…many  prefer to remain  safe in the things that they produce and have no foresight into how to keep repeat customers and art advocates involved and interested with new products that are not only mugs , cups bowls and vases. i prefer to keep my customers and followers guessing ….it is a way to keep you audience engaged  in your creative process.and always has them coming back for more……..

new products to stimulate sales and peek interest


every now and then to stimulate interest in work and sales it is important to switch out your product with diverse work in different techniques to allow a refreshing view of a point of sale display to keep local clients and admirers to see new things from the same artist in order to continue to create interest and hopefully sales.  pictured above is the change out of my window display with some of my raku* pieces to give a breath of fresh air to a window display which was previously  filled with my illustrated ceramics. there are many ways to be able to show potential clients and art enthusiasts the diverse possibilities  to the gamma of a body of work, in this case “ceramics” by  introducing work in different techniques and style to be able to test you market and its appeal to the public.


above is an example of a hand drawn illustration of mine which i intentionally put in my display window to show another side of my craft and by using humor as a tool to attract attention to the display window and then the encounter with visitors to investigate the space and the body of work inside the gallery space.  sometimes it is essential to utilize more than one trick of the installation design to attract interest in different groups of consumers and art enthusiasts. we need to step out of the comfort zone sometimes to attract discussion even criticism in order to create interest  in work where the observer is focused on work through wry humor in this case. this illustration has been so popular with the customers and visitors at the torpedo factory art center that i decided to post it for all to see and you commentary on my wry humor to keep strollers out of the gallery, best of all… works…

summer residency at the torpedo factory 2015


finally i am in my summer residency program a.k.a. visiting artists program at the torpedo factory on the ground floor of the torpedo factory on the waterfront of old town, alexandria for the months of july and august 2015. this is the second and final year that i will do this residency program and the location of my studio#24, is  a potter’s studio  where the mixture of work creates a simple yet contrast of our styles.

i will be hanging out and finally working for myself for the next couple of months, working on new pieces, commissions and new projects.

the contact with the public and contact with possible consumers of art is always an interesting mixed array of personalities . my aim is to further a new, more commercial line for an online market company which i have begun to work with. work that to some might consider a bit more commercial, but with the on-growing desire to be visible to a virtual community where click and buy has become a part of every day life, i am slowly moving towards this direction of sales to create a following online as well as off line. it is extremely important to keep up with the times as technologies progresses and new ways of selling work and creating a visible , more vast audience of art consumers. though hand made seems a bit  more difficult to move through the web, it is vital that we create a presence of high quality wares for new younger group of consumers. i hope that you will all drop by and see the new things that i have in the studio# 24.


torpedo factory art center    105 north union street   alexandria, virginia 22314

m-f : 10-6  sat: 2.30-6     sun 10-3

drawing in the early morning and other new things

sorry that i have not kept up with my blogging lately but have been working overtime in preparation of my summer residency at the torpedo factory art center this summer beginning in july and august 2015 and have so many little things to attend to with the upcoming gig. most of my sleepless nights are spent thinking about new things to try out and I am glad to say that shortly I will be collaborating with an online company to sell a commercial line to the artsy fartsy crowd of hipsters and art lovers on a budget…..many creative minds might not agree with a more commercial side to their creative endeavors but, as this technological world advances , we must use the tools of social media,and online stores to test new concepts in our work and reflect on the reactions of a new technological group of online consumers.  i hope to produce a small line of affordable art for this new hip company as we search out together new markets and concepts for my work via the internet and social media. when things are finalized with this new company i will provide a link to the online store where some of my selected work as well as other artists in different mediums. in the mean time, i wake up early and draw to soothe my creative soul  to try to keep my hands able and ready for the new designs that i am coming up with….when you draw, not every day is a good day and i find waking up early in the silence of the morning gives me a heads start to create and concentrate on my art.

stay tuned for more updates and sorry for the weblog silence.

pen&ink drawing "the studio"

the studio

helping others, helping ourselves

O street Installation

on some occasions, there are times when some of my artist friends call on me for help on installations and set ups in diverse spaces and galleries such as the one above at the o on h gallery in dc where i helped install a painter friend of mine, marsha staiger’s work for an upcoming show (, in this recently renovated space in a new and upcoming part of the district of columbia . it is important to be able to collaborate and hang shows with other artists to assist them with another set of eyes to make sure artwork is properly represented in different environments and spaces it increases a stronger sense of an artist community .  hoping that it will inspire each creative person to open themselves up to the opportunities to do set up and help other artists hang shows even if your experience is limited. in this way ,you can discover the diverse venues and  spaces where art is shown and meet other artists normally outside of your network.  artistic expression is diverse as the artists that create them. meeting other artists helps broaden the artistic network from gallery and business owners to artists and art lovers. we sometime do not know  if all locations and spaces that we look at are the right fit for our work,  through the networking system between artists and primarily through word of mouth. you can open the horizons to places and contacts  to show your work or at least come in contact with another part of the creative art market and the individuals that run them. new venues sometimes have technical restrictions set into them  like the work which we hung (above) , the restriction was that nothing could be nailed to the walls and the use of the hanging system had to be used for all pieces in the show. how we see our in different spaces sometimes has to be modified to fit in the technical requirements  of a show. while at the gallery  i was able to meet a couple of the other artists as well as the show organizer of the upcoming show .  the space is fantastic. just another place and space to put in my address book for future reference. be open to giving yourself new opportunities to meet and discover places where your work can be shown. increasing the eye traffic on your art.

cocooning without the WEB


assemblage : the creative energies

assemblage : the creative energies

i know that it has been some time since my last posting and a lot of things have been happening since my summer residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center( the most important fact was that after the residency program ended, i needed to cocoon(see glossary) a bit and take the time to work in my new space organizing my studio and home life which i sort of put off on the back burner during my residency. i am cocooning in a new space which is close to the place where i teach classes and trying to get the feel of the new space. the most challenging aspect of the new space is that it is completely withOUT internet and i have had to make many adjustments to learn how to work within a space where the web is not as accessible, besides the smartphone to receive emails or telephone calls until now.  finally, after some time i have found a way to utilize the web and wifi when at work or in the cafes of the area.  living and working at home (cocooning) withOUT the web is sort of refreshing and takes me back to the days when technology did not have such a hold on the artist’s mind and we could focus more on the creativity from within  without regards to what happened on the world wide web.

now there are many new ways to visualize your artistic endeavors through social media.
i guess you could consider me “old school” where i like to keep a delicate balance between the artistic side of my work and the use of modern technology to promote it.
i have been doing a couple of juried shows and working on some new project both online and off. welcome me back to the web world of bloggers and artists at heart and geeks. sometime, we all need to step back and cocoon a bit to understand what is really important to us and focus, before continuing on the road or direction which we have chosen. i am getting back into the groove of posting more often…..

a room with a view : new studio #316

panoramic view

just got back from the torpedo factory moving to my studio on the third floor studio #316 across from the elevator and with one of the best views of the marina and water. though i am sad to leave the first floor with more foot traffic and visitors,but i am looking forward to some calm and quiet to be able to concentrate on my illustrated ceramics and more production work for the upcoming season. in my previous studio #32 will be taken over by another visiting glass artist,  joseph cavalieri from the n.y.c.  whom i just met to exchange notes and spoke about various things about the residency. i think that it is extremely important to bond with incoming artists in residency programs like that of the torpedo factory visiting artists program in order to create dialogue and exchange of ideas and different points of view. (above) is a panoramic shot of my studio #32 just before i dismantled everything and moved it to the third floor. having different creative spaces challenges creative people to learn to work in different situations and environments with a “sense of mobility” . speaking for myself, my environment effects my work and hoping that the view will help stimulate my creative juices in a different direction with the change of air . stay tuned for pictures of the new space.


september vap residency 2014

marcel artes deolazo
studio #316
torpedo factory art center
105 n.union street
alexandria, va 22314
studio hours: wednesday – sunday  11am-6pm
for appts. please write me :

Visiting Artist Program (July – August 2014)

Visiting Artist Program (July – August 2014)
FIRST FLOOR studio # 32
the torpedo factory art center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria,Virginia 22314

hours : wednesday – sunday 10.30am-5.30 pm
CLOSED: mondays and tuesdays


visibility and reproducing your art


needless to say, the picture above shows the t-shirt created at the hands-on workshop that the visiting artists at the torpedo factory auto-produced . after a lean submission of images, the image chosen was the one that i had designed. a rat called the VAP RAT with a bit of ironic humor for an image that represented the visiting artists in the building.
this project was brainstormed to create awareness and visibility for the visiting artists in the art center as they worked and the hands-on process of working together to produce a piece of wearable creativity as a keepsake of our residency at the torpedo factory art center.

many artists may disagree about making and selling printable art or reproductions of their work. it is not for everyone but it is a vital marketing tool that can be used to show your work on the street , in the studio or at the office. like it or not, we would all prefer to sell our hand made creations but sometimes we need to fill a market request of affordable art for sale with certain consumer groups in mind especially in the summer season. though this tee shirt was produced with the help of the other artists for the artists.
The attention drawn to the hands–on event in it self drew interest of the public and further interest in the t-shirt and asked if it was available for purchase. with the help of one of the fellow artists, steve prince ( ) we are developing a piece of saleable art in limited addition of t-shirts to answer the requests for the shirts by clients and the public. we are figuring out the details at the moment and will be posting them for sale via his facebook page and square marketplace. for the moment, it is still all in the works and please have patience and we will let you know ASAP when the shirts will be available and they will be made in a limited addition on a first come , first serve basis.

a common aesthetic : d-drawn in denmark


last week a customer sent me a picture of my ceramics in her new home and I would like to share it with all of you. thank you charlotte, and your lovely family for patronizing an artist while on your vacation in the united states. this is a segment in my blog which you will be accustomed to; posting pictures of my work from my clients and followers as they are sent to me.
to see how my ceramic creations are placed in homes around the world and how they are used in their daily lives. i think that it is increasingly important to be able to understand how your pieces are placed and cherished in different environments. those who can understand your aesthetic and creative thoughts also, how they are placed and collected. it gives me pleasure that my pieces are set among the MCM furniture and how they are mixed with the other pieces of artwork in a home. understanding the way people see your work in their homes is a way of sharing a common need . a similar vision for your artwork in the homes of others. many might use them daily as a teacup or dish for their daily consumption of food . yet, others may display them as a trophy of sorts among the eclectic mixes of handmade artisan creations as food for thought and inspiration of a certain place, voyage or remnants of the past. we are all collectors of keepsakes and these pictures are to share with you to ask you: where do you see the things that you create?