Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last post of 2013


I thought the last post of the year should be a Selfie with Boo . 

It has been a great year on the blog and with Clay Club. I want to thank everyone who had helped out and I hope next year is even better!! Peace out!

Potter



An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival which will be celebrated on Nov. 3. (Prabhjot Gill/AP)

Olympics Sponsors 2014

Just wanted to acknowledge and THANK this years sponsors of cash:

Dr. Tisha and Melissa who are donating the first prize category again this year.

then the second and third categories are crowd sourced:

Emily Reason,
Amy Waller,
Lee Wolfe,
Marian Parkes,
Tracy Hicks,
Ellen Mulligan,
Scot Cameron-Bell,
Linda McFarling,
Nelle Pingree
Rachael Smith,
Terry Gess and Haywood Community College
Bruce Ciske,
John Hartom and Empty Bowls (Imagine Render)
Jann Welch and ARTsCENTERED in Bakersville,
Rebecca Ayers, 
and John Britt

Also Brian McCarthy is donating the clay from Highwater Clays in Asheville,

And Gabriel Kline is providing the space at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts.

Also Mellie Mae Lonnemann is the organizer and has won the crown for Miss Clay Olympics and will be wearing her tiara. (hopefully someone will make the tiara?)

Looks like it will be a fun event and hopefully we will have people show up to cheer them on!

Clay Olympics Sign Up List 2014

Yo Clubbers - here is the sign-up list for the Clay Olympics that is coming up January 8 at Odyssey from 6 - 8:30 p.m.


If you want in - send me an email of the events you want to compete in. There is a limited amount of space available and remember that there are cash prizes!!!!



Clay Olympics 2014

SIGN-UP LIST

1. Biggest thrown vessel (8 inch base/cylinder, must have bottom, 10 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Two balls of clay, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on height and quality.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. Gabe

4. JD Carter

5. Joey Sheehan

6.

7.

8.



2. Fastest thrower (most 1 pound bowls, 6 “ x 2”, must have bottom, in 10 minutes, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on quantity and quality.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. JD Carter

4. Joey Sheehan

5.

6.

7.

8.

3. Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes, must bring blindfold.)

1. Nelle

2. Travis Fox

3. Emily Reason

4. Gabe

5. JD Carter

6. Joey Sheehan

7.

8.

9.



4. Team throwing two people throwing together, one hand on the inside and the other persons hand on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 10 minutes, must have bottom. Judged on height and form.)

1. Steve Lloyd

2. Joey and Mandy

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

5. Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay in 15 minutes, must pre-make coils and base. Judged on height and form.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. JD Carter

4. Mandy

5.

6.

7.

8.

6. Best Face Jug ( Jugs provided 15 minutes. Judged on ugliness!)

1. Pat Bernard

2. Cristal Fox

3. Travis Fox

4. Emily Reason

5. Rob Withrow

6.

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10.

Shelfie


Then I heard the newest thing is "Shelfie" so here you go.

Selfie


And then Selfie with pots.

Selfie

I assume the shittier the better?

Boo Selfie


Since 2013 is the year of the "Selfie"I though I should join the crowd and then Boo wanted in on the fun. So here is Boo's Selfie for 2013.

A New Year Adventure??

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Basic Glaze Chemistry and Raw Materials Focus on Cone 6 (oxidation and reduction)



FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL 

Waiting list established!!  I will try to schedule another date.


February 3- 7, 2014

LEARN BASIC GLAZE CHEMISTRY OF CLAY BODIES AND GLAZES

Focusing on mid-range glazes (cone 6) reduction and oxidation:

This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in mid-range glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.


At JOHN BRITT’S STUDIO

Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total


John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020
johnbrittpottery@gmail.com


Let me know if you are interested and I will send an application.

Friday, December 20, 2013

North Carolina Pottery Center Receives $130,000 Grant



The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Arkansas. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is well-known for its support of institutions and programs which focus on crafts and craft education.

The grant will be dispersed and utilized over a two-year period, allowing for renovations and upgrades to the Voncannon House (a Victorian house on Pottery Center property), restarting the Artist-in-Residence program, funding a part-time Educational Program Manager position for two years, educational programming and associated costs, and technology upgrades.

Pottery Center Executive Director, Lindsey Lambert says, “Making necessary repairs and upgrades to the Voncannon House will enable us to accommodate our Artist-in-Residence. We will also be able to house periodic on-site interns from East Carolina University, with whom we are collaborating. We anticipate selecting our first new Artist-in-Residence in late spring and having that person start their residency by early June. We also anticipate having one or two graduate students from ECU’s Ceramics Program intern with us during the summer of 2014.” The Pottery Center is in the second year of a collaborative relationship with East Carolina University’s Ceramics Program.

Michael Drought, Director of ECU’s School of Art and Design, notes, "The collaboration between the Pottery Center and ECU’s School of Art and Design, with the support of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will offer educational opportunities for ECU students via internships, research and exhibition, as well as provide university-level courses for the Seagrove community. This will highlight the strengths and significance of the two institutions and provide a platform for the further development of summer courses, conferences and symposiums."

Lambert adds, “The Board and I believe that a dynamic Artist-in-Residence program and a strong collaboration with East Carolina University will revitalize the Pottery Center. Youthful energy and a steady relationship with a major educational institution will allow us to more vigorously fulfill our mission. We promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.” A part-time Educational Program Manager will allow the Pottery Center to create more educational programming and outreach activities which help children and adults appreciate the world-class clay tradition that is so much a part of North Carolina’s cultural identity. Technology upgrades will allow the center to function more efficiently in serving the potters and pottery lovers of North Carolina.

Says Lambert, “I am very appreciative of the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and we are honored by the trust they have placed in us here at the North Carolina Pottery Center. I believe that this is just the first of other grants that the center will receive in the coming years. While we are starting to receive additional funding from granting sources, it is paramount that that our membership and supporters not become complacent. Having a strong, enthusiastic, and financially supportive membership is crucial to the long-term success of the Pottery Center. Simply stated, we need and appreciate your financial and personal support now more ever.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be closed Monday-Thursday, December 23-26, 2013 for Christmas, closing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31


and closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for New Year's Day.
Happy holidays and best wishes to all.

--
Lindsey A. Lambert
Executive Director, NC Pottery Center

233 East Avenue (Physical Address)
PO Box 531 (Mailing Address)
Seagrove, NC 27341
www.ncpotterycenter.org
336-873-8430

Need photos of Kilns!

David Voorhees is developing a Pinterest board about wood-fired kilns:

http://www.pinterest.com/davideeee/wood-fired-pottery-kilns-around-the-world/

and would love some images of kilns not yet represented (over 400,
guessing). 

 Best for folks to email them to me with info about kiln,
name of potter, school, location date. 

 I am particularly interested
in getting some of the early kilns no longer in use posted.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Experimental animation meets pottery

Sweet video. (Thanks to The Textile Blog for posting this on twitter.)

Driving from Asheville to Greensboro NC??

Hey Anyone making the trip from Asheville to or through Greensboro in the next couple days? (Dec. 19 -22, 2014) I have a couple boxes of pottery I could use before Christmas. I'll give you a piece for the trouble!

Charlie Tefft
ctefft@guilford.edu or on Facebook:

Cone 6 Glaze Workshop (oxidation and reduction) with John Britt

Ewer, cone 6 electric

Clay Art Center in Port Chester NY


CONE 6 (OXIDATION AND REDUCTION) WITH JOHN BRITT

Saturday-Monday,

January 18-19, 10am-5pm
January 20, 10am-4pm

Fee $330 member; $350 non-member
*price includes materials and firing
*registration closes on January 2

HANDS-ON

Thinking about switching to cone 6 to save energy? Curious about the differences between cone 6 and cone 10 glazing? Join Clay Art Center as we take the first step toward becoming a more environmentally responsible studio.

Join instructors and residents as we take the plunge into the exciting world of glaze testing.

Learn the differences between oxidation and reduction, cone 6 and cone 10 from glaze master John Britt who literally wrote the book: "The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes" and his forthcoming The Complete Guide to Mid-range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 6" book will be released in September, 2014.


*Every participant should plan on bringing 2-3 small bisque fired pots

Day 1 GLAZE: Participants work in teams glazing and loading small bisque pots and test tiles into both oxidation and reduction kilns to be fired to cone 6.

Each team will be furnished with bisqued test-tiles an a pre-made base glaze with which to make tests of various colorants. In addition, each team will be led by a Clay Art Center instructor.

Day 2 FIRE: Both an electric oxidation kiln to cone 6 and a gas kiln to cone 6 reduction. John will give lectures andexplanation of glazing, the glaze chemistry process and firing. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in discussion with John Britt and CAC instructors.

Day 3 UNLOAD: Assess results, compare notes and discover the magic of glaze chemistry!

Explore texture, line and color as a way to blend your ideas with tactile discovery. Be ready for action packed days filled with the sharing of information, ideas, techniques and thoughts on professional practice.

http://www.clayartcenter.org/John_Britt_Cone_6_p/w14w03.htm

Shino, cone 6 reduction

Facebook albums to share



Found something new to me on Facebook.  You can take an album of photographs and generate a link to share it with anyone, even those not on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.182198075179334.45430.165384596860682&type=1&l=0fbfea9647

Reiko Miyagi Pottery

Photo

We have a lot of new folks in Asheville and the area who have been coming to Clay Club and I thought I would highlight some. If you want to post some of your work it would be good to see.

Here is Reiko's website:

http://www.studiotabularasa.com/Studio_Tabula_Rasa/Pottery/Pottery.html

and of course on Facebook::

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-Tabula-Rasa-by-Reiko-Miyagi/116157608548496

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RIP Harvey Littleton





From the TRAC Mailing( which I cannot figure out how to link to): So here is an excerpt:

We are saddened by the loss of Harvey K. Littleton, age 91, who passed away at his home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina on December 13th, after a long decline.

Harvey was a visionary artist, teacher, and spokesman for the arts. He brought glassblowing from the factory into the studio, setting in motion the dramatic development of glass as a medium in contemporary art. His love of glass started as a child as he was the son of the first research physicist at Corning Glass Works. His impact and support of the arts was far-reaching. But, both Bess and Harvey supported so many efforts locally as well – including those of TRAC. We thank them both for all their support and for their leadership in our communities and in the greater art world. Pushing limits – always looking in new ways, exploring. Innovating.

On January 11th, 2014 the family will host a private celebration of the lives of Harvey, and of Bess, who died in October 2009 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Bess Tamura Littleton and Harvey were married for 62 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations can be made to The Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Mitchell County http://www.hospicemc.com/how-you-can-help/donate/ that has provided invaluable support in the care for Harvey, and/or to the Penland School of Crafts “Harvey and Bess Littleton Scholarship Fund” http://penland.org/support/endowed_scholarship_funds.html that provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session in hot glass.

List your business on Google Places

Hey all you potters - list your business on Google Places. That way when people are out looking for some potter in the area they will see you too!

http://artsandcrafts.about.com/od/marketingandadvertising/a/List-Your-Arts-And-Crafts-Business-On-Google-Places.htm

Clay Olympics - NEEDED prize money



Hey kids,

I am trying to raise enough money to have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the Clay Olympics in January.

So far we have $600 for 1st place - that is $100 a piece for the 6 events
and we have $300 or 2nd place - that is $50 a piece for the 6 events and

I just need a little more for 3rd place. I wanted to have $25 for 3rd place . That is $150 . I have a $25 donation and need a about 5 people to donate $25 or one generous person to donate $125. It is kinda like donating to the poor!  (potters are generally poor) I don't think you can write it off but ---it is a good thing to do during this holiday season!

Anyway, let me know!

Johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

Kiln and slip pouring table for sale-Pittsburg PA


Kiln and slip pouring table for sale

KILN - American Beauty- Model AB27 230 volts, 45 amps
serial # 155 Watts 10350 max temp 2300 6 half shelves

$200.00 call Anna Mae 412-264-3232 Moon Township, Pittsburgh, PA area


SMALL POURING TABLE on wheels
LehmanSLIP-o-matic model D Serial #D37634-675
35 gal. capacity hose 7 ft...ht 41- W 20 - 120 lbs
petroleum type-nozzel type gas
fiberglass- motor h.p.1/2 110V/220V

$150.00 call Anna Mae 412-264-3232

Italian Wedding Cookies



Italian Wedding Cookies III

Submitted By: Chris Hetherington


Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Servings: 40
"Also sometimes called 'Mexican wedding cookie', 'Russian tea cakes', or 'butterballs', can also be made into crescents. You can also substitute pecans and they are very good as well. This is the best version of these I have ever seen, it was given me by a friend who grew up in central Europe."

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds or pecans
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for rolling

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Cream butter or margarine in a bowl, gradually add confectioners' sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well.
3. Shape into balls (or crescents) using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 15-20 min. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners' sugar.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 12/17/2013

Pyrometer and Thermocouple FOR SALE



*Omegaette Digital Pyrometer (HH308) FOR SALE!  
*(1) 12” Thermocouple
*12” Protective Sleeve

In brand new condition.  Used only 6 times!
I paid:
Pyrometer - $127
Thermacouple - $65  (Current price went up to $85!)
Sleeve - $27
Total - $219 + tax

Will sell all for $150!
Call 828-775-4624  I’m in Weaverville, NC

Thanks!



828-775-4624

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Folk School Classes 2014

Mike Lalone is trying to get info out on classes at the Folk School:


1/5/14 Emily Reason - Wonderful wheel throwing.
1/19/14 John Dodson - Traditions in clay
1/26/14 Rae Breed - Slab construction unlimited
2/7/14 Mike Lalone - Beginning portraits in clay

Akira Satake: Throwing a Chawan (Japanese ceremonial tea bowl)



For more of Akira's work:

http://akirasatake.com/index/#/new-page/ 

Akira Satake: Trimming a Chawan (Japanese ceremonial tea bowl)



This is a great video about Chawan. The best quote: "In Japan we have a name for everything fucked up...so we can charge more." Akira Satake

For more or Akira's work:

http://akirasatake.com/index/#/new-page/ 

Needed -small electric kiln

Hi Potters..just getting back to clay after a few years off.

Looking for a small electric kiln. Not a test size. Bit bigger.

3 - 7 cu. ft.??

Let me know if you can help:


Lbalombini@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clay Club December 2013 Akira Satake

Had a FANTASTIC time tonight at Clay Club!  Akira had us to his studio in the Cotton Mill building:  http://akirasatake.com/

Had some great pastries from : http://yuzubycynthia.com/ 

 and he played a wonderful tune on his banjo....and he did a demo . I will post that later (Saturday or so??)

We also had a MUG Exchange and planned a bit for the clay Olympics in January.  Met some new and old folks there. It was great as usual.

Here are some images:










Clay Club TONIGHT!

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Clay Club it tonight at Akira's studio - MUG EXCHANGE and FREE DEMO!!  See you there.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clay Classes at Odyssey ClayWorks

Odyssey ClayWorks announces our Winter Clay Classes beginning January 13, 2014. Designing Tableware with Nick Moen, Animal Forms with Travis Winters, Caffeine with Lindsay Rogers, Baskets With Handles and Feet with Becca Floyd, Intro To Handbuilding Part II with Genevieve VanZandt, Pottery And Sculpture For Gardens and Landscapes with Cynthia Lee, Wheel Throwing For Beginners with Donna Flanery, Bigger Pots Made Easy with Gabriel Kline.

Please visit our website for details about upcoming classes and workshops, www.odysseyceramicarts.com, or call 828-285-0210. Classes make great holiday gifts! We have gift certificates available. 

Pug mill-- For Sale in Rhinebeck NYSOLDSOLDSOLDSOLDSOLD




Pumill Mixer for sale - Bailey's de-airing model MXP 50. 8.5 years old asking $3750. The comparable model is a MXP 70 which sells for $6950. Well maintained and does a great job.

Contact Hudson Valley Pottery iSOLDSOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Takeshi Yasuda | Made in China | Ceramics Documentary

Clay Club December 11, 2013 Wednesday!!!!

Yo Clubbers,

The December 11, 2013 Clay Club will be at Akira Sataki's Cotton Mills Studio in Asheville, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

122 Riverside Drive Asheville NC 828-275-7612

Map - http://akirasatake.com/contact

His wife, Cynthia Pierce, is a professional baker and pastry chef and the owner of Yuzu Patesserie, and she will make a large plate of cookies and sweets. She is an excellent baker! http://yuzubycynthia.com

Bring whatever you would like for the Pot Luck. (food or drink)

Akira will be demoing a chawan (tea ceremony bowl), teapot, etc... And playing some music!

A CLAY CLUB NOT TO BE MISSED!

We will also have the annual MUG /CUP / OBJECT exchange for anyone who wants to participate. Bring your piece and we will have a drawing.

Nova vita

Any one know the whereabouts of a Cone 6, oxid., Peacock Blue Glaze?  And by the way, Cone 6 oxid. is the new reality.  REALITY, reality.  Say it 10 times.  hp & mm, stuggling with the realities of So CA life; but not for long. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Equipment for sale at Penland School

It's Cyber Monday people! Penland is selling a few items from various studios. Please contact Susan Feagin, 828-765-2359, ext. 29 if you're interested in these items from the clay studio.
 
Brent slab roller, model SR22, price: $725
Condition: In excellent working order, but will need some lubrication and cleaning. Comes with canvas, assorted 6’ Masonite shims, and replacement cables.

Bailey potter’s wheel, price: $150
Condition: This wheel is not in the best working order currently and will need repairs before use. Maybe new bearings or new motor? This wheel reverses.

Shimpo M400 potter’s wheel, price: $150
Condition: Not so bad, but not so good.

Axner potter’s wheel M600, our price: $330
Condition: Great! This wheel reverses. Make pots today!

Shimpo RK-10 basic potter’s wheel, Our price: $265
Condition: Good.

Another Shimpo RK-10 basic potter’s wheel, our price: $265
Condition: Good.

From the Penland metals studio. Please contact Ian Henderson, 828-765-2359, ext. 26 if you're interested in this kiln.
 
VCELLA large kiln: $825
This is a large kiln, used in the metals studio for enameling large items, but designed for enameling, ceramics, or glass. It is in good working condition. Retails for $1642.

 Specifications: model # 16, 1.4 cubic feet. Inside dimensions – 16”x16”x11.” Outside dimensions – 24”x25”x27” plus steel frame.
 
From the Penland glass studio, these items are available. Please contact Dean Allison, 828-765-5507.
 
Reliance Duty master 6-2000 1 hp motor. Good condition. $100
 
Dayton Capacitor start motor ¾ HP. Good condition. $100

Sony 5 disc changer. Fair condition. $15

From the iron studio, please contact Daniel Beck, 828-765-3449.

Sheet Metal Bending Brake,  Price:  $150                           
Description:  42” x 16 ga Sheet Metal Bending Brake. 
Condition:  Fair-Poor  (Can be restored to Good condition)
Missing one adjustment handle (is still functional with vise grips.)
It’s not pretty but it works. 

And lastly, that home brewing thing not working out? Why not make your own biodiesel fuel instead? Contact Dave Sommer, Director of Facilities and Grounds, 828-765-0477.
 
Freedom Fueler Biodiesel Processor:  http://www.homebiodieselkits.com/frfuspl.html.  Our price: $1,000, similar new model retail price: $2,995.
Create biodiesel using recycled oils and fats. Unit is very slightly used and in excellent condition. Unit has been pressure washed to clean and comes with a box of accessories. Dimensions: 48” long, 24” wide and 62” tall.




 
 

Free Kiln!!!!!!

Happy Post-Thanksgiving everyone! Here's a message on behalf of Pat Haggerman in Micaville, NC. He has a Crusader 224S electric kiln that is free to a good home. It's in good working order and is about 21 inches in diameter so it will fit nicely in your studio with all your other stuff. Here's his number: 828-284-2211. Please call him to make arrangements if interested. See y'all around!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Lung Ch'aun Celadon tea bowl


This is a cone 6 reduction piece.

Colored clay with Matsui Kosei (Neriage)

Check out June Perry's blog this morning- she posted a nice video on colored porcelain.

http://shambhalapottery.blogspot.com/2013/11/saturday-morning-eye-candy-video-with.html

Craft in America Series -Potter Linda Sikora throws a milk pitcher and finishes a jar lid

Carolina ARTS Dec. 2013





If you want to know what is going on in the Carolinas regarding Art and Craft - check out this P
DF:

The December 2013 issue of Carolina Arts - all 66 pages. Here's a link to the December download - it will take several minutes to download (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1213/1213carolinaarts.pdf). Downloading the entire PDF file to your desktop is the best way to view the paper - then you can enlarge the page to any size you like. And, you will be able to check it out from time to time without having to download it again.

We're still looking for new "Likes" on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/carolinaartsnewspaper). It would be great tto reach 2,000 by the end of the year, but I've already asked Santa to get the Carolina Panthers into the playoffs so I'll get no help for him with Facebook.

Help us spread the paper around by re-sending this e-mail to your e-mail list or sharing our post on Facebook. 

Again, thanks for your support! Help us make this issue one that everyone sees - or at least everyone you know sees.

If you think you received this notice from a third party you can send us your e-mail address to (info@carolinaarts.com) and we'll add you to our main list.

Tom & Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/825-3408
info@carolinaarts.com