Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Candace Ransom

This is Candace Ransom, you may recognize her from my previous post. she is in the picture between my Father and Grandfather. She is the only aunt on my father's side. Candace has the most beautiful hair; it's long and a mix of white and blond. Some people prefer to her color hair as chrome. I can't wait till I age a couple more years and my hair turns white. We have early-graying-hair-genes in our family, and maybe I'm strange but I'm looking forward to it! Anyway, She has something so special about her. She has such a unique face, and it's always so fun to photograph her.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

Charles Hilliard Cram is my Father's Father. He is and always has been a most wonderful Grandpa. Charles fought in Iwo Jima in the Second World War. He was a medic, meaning everyone aimed for him because if you don't have a medic, who can save your soldiers? He received a purple heart, not literally, for trying to save someone and in doing so was shot in the leg. The things he's seen and experienced are horrific, I'm sure. I am very grateful to the men like him in the world. It definitely was a different generation and a different time. He is a man of Honor, Bravery, and Patriotism. Charles Hilliard Cram is my hero.
I love these pictures of him. There's something so playful about him.
Father's day was a week or two ago, and these are the pictures of my grandpa on that day.

I'll tell you, he loved the salsa (it was home made by Susie Ramirez). look at the way he's eating it. If this was an advertisement, I would have bought the product, I don't know about you!
This is my Grandpa, my Aunt, and my Father. Aren't they all handsome?!
He's just so darling!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Andy Anderson

Andy making a silly face. I told him to make a serious face, and this is what he came up with.

Andy came over for our father's day party. Even though he isn't my mother's or father's father, he is like a father to us all. Well, to me he's more like a strange and cool grandpa. He's always making funny faces at me. He had such a good time at the party. At one point he came up to me and I could tell he had been drinking because his face was completely pink. For all I know it probably only takes one beer to make him that pink! I never gave him any alcohol I dont know who did. I'm sure he enjoyed it though, because he never drinks! Look at his joyful little face though! The light in his eyes makes me happy.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mary Bauer, Survivor of Auschwitz

Mary Bauer, a survivor of Auschwitz, recently spoke at Cal State Fullerton about her experiece during the war. Her story was moving and her attitude towards life is inspiring. Over the last two years I have become fascinated (not in a positive way!) with how human beings could do something so horrible to one another. Human cruelty is the thesis of my art (the holocaust, human trafficking etc.)

When Jeff, who attended CSUF at the time, told me she would be speaking, I new I had to attend! The room was full of people, in fact there were so many people and not enough chairs that half of the people were sitting on the ground.

Bauer, really moved me with her spirit. She is so playful and has such a wonderful sense of humor, and you wonder how anyone, who has seen the things that she has seen, could be so happy and lighthearted. She spoke of the horrific things she saw and felt, and how she tried ot make light of it.

It was an unforgettable experience. Mary Bauer is hope for the world.

Monday, June 14, 2010


I did this backwards, because im silly. So, I suggest starting from the bottom of this post, if you would.

Spoiler alert.

This piece is about Human trafficking. Children all over the world, even in the US are being sold into prostitution. I read horror stories about children at 6 being sold and raped over and over again by their "master". Trying to break down the child by leaving them in a dog kennel for an entire month making them eat dog food and only coming out to have sex with men.

I want to help, and the best way for me to do so is to make people aware that this is a serious problem. If you would like to help, all you have to do is be informed on what is happening and spread the knowledge, go here.

above is the final product. I took this piece to Davis. I incorporated photography. and that me with it.
this is the glazing process. notice how it looks different from the final product.

this is the piece when it is leather hard. After it is finished, I will put it in the kiln to be bisque fired. after which it will be glazed.
Then I added the hair.
Once I built up where the head will be, I begin to form the facial structure and all it's components.
after building up the form of the body, I added on the dress and the socks. After that, I started building out the shoulders and arms. As you can see where the hands will be, it's completely hollow throughout the entire piece.

using soldate 60 clay, I built up using coils. once you have established the shape, you form the fine details. I started with robot looking feet, then carved into them so they looked more like mary jane shoes. carving a lot off at the ankles.