An End

April 22nd, 2011

For a really nice way to end the month of April, and an even nicer way to help me end my time living in Seward, come on over to my place next weekend!  0001md_2.jpg


March 18th, 2011

For the last week I’ve been enjoying the warm sun and surf in San Diego.  Jasmine fills the air in the back yard of our sweet little rental by the beach, and my eyes are so happy to see so much green on the ground and in the trees!  Aside from the dreamy lazy mornings reading by the pool and the great meals shared with good people, my favorite part of the week so far has been our afternoon aboard the clipper America on a whale watching adventure.


Before the grey whales started to show themselves, I made my first video.  I’m still figuring everything out (like how to actually title my video WATER, and how I might edit), and I’m not sure how much more movie making is in my future, but it is certainly fun for now!


Untitled from Cynthia Levine on Vimeo.

Be Kind, Be Well

February 23rd, 2011

From Merriam-Webster, the definition of BENEFIT is

  1. archaic : an act of kindness
  2. something that promotes well-being

I quite like the archaic version, but it was with great hopes of bringing a bit more well-being to the Haitian people that I donated a piece to the Heart for Haiti Benefit Auction.  This Friday you have the opportunity to acquire a piece of art as an act of kindness while DJ Paul Harding creates the perfect soundscape for well-being.  What could be better on a Friday night?!?




Photographs by Marcia Erickson and Troy Livesay

February 25, 7-10 PM

Featuring a silent auction and raffle of Haitian and Local MN Arts & Crafts…

Benefiting…Providence Haiti, Heartline Ministries, and Mission Haiti


More information on the gallery is here.


One year later, the need for support and assistance in Haiti is still great.  Please join me in this effort on Friday night!

And for those of you that can not make it, wherever you are this weekend, be kind and be well.

Small Sculptures

February 15th, 2011

Amy the gallery assistant at Santa Fe Clay was nice enough to send some pictures of the Small Sculptures show.  I would be remiss if I didn’t share them here.


















Once again, my work is in really good company.



Here is a review from the February/March issue of THE Magazine:


Small Sculptures

Miguel Abugattas, Cynthia Rae Levine, Karen Theusen Massaro and Katherine Taylor January 21 through February 26, 2011 Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe. 984-1122 Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 5 to 7 pm.

If the broad, bland palate of winter is beginning to bore, a remedy can be found at Santa Fe Clay. There, a show of small works by four unique artists promises to revitalize your eyes with their warm, elemental surfaces. Cynthia Rae Levine’s severed conical forms are simplified versions of the geometries she observes in the natural world. Her coil-built vessels contain movements of lines, planes, and curves, which come together to create sensations of harmony and discord. Karen Theusen Massaro composes similarly elegant but more intimate arrangements of colorful tablets and cones. Delicate patterns playfully lead the eye about her small but complex surfaces. As intricate as coral reefs, Katherine Taylor’s ceramics bloom with energy. Taylor is inspired by the complex interactions that occur between people and their environment, and her sculptures suggest both the curves of the human body and the Earth’s contours. Miguel Abugattas manipulates positive and negative space with curves both voluptuous and slight, evocative of the Southwest landscape. His works attempt to physically give shape to the hopes of modern Native Americans. This is the first opportunity to view a significant collection of work from these artists at Santa Fe Clay.


You have until February 26th to see it all for yourself.



February 14th, 2011

Florentine silversmith Gianfranco Pampaloni made this installation for his shop window.



“Il cuore e una pompa” translates to “The heart is a pump”.

I prefer this image where the heart still looks lush and vital.



I am very happy that my Valentine does not have such a flair for the dramatic.

I hope everyone’s heart is feeling full of love!  

Image courtesy of Dezeen

There and Here

January 20th, 2011


If you are in New Mexico, I hope you will go and see my work at Santa Fe Clay.  The opening of Small Sculptures is tomorrow from 5-7 pm.



The show will be up through February 26th.


If you are in Minnesota, we might run into each other looking at the drawings and paintings at the wonderful Groveland Gallery.  The opening there is from 5-8.


Stay warm this weekend!







Here and There

January 13th, 2011

If you are here in the Twin Cities tomorrow night, you should go to Northern Clay Center for the opening of two exciting exhibitions.  The work from last years Jerome Project Grant recipients will be on view in one gallery, and the Fogelberg and Red Wing Fellowships in another.



Roxanne Jackson from Northern Clay Center  


If you are at all near to Smithville, Tennessee, I hope you will make a visit to the Appalachain Center for Craft.  I am part of a group exhibition there that will run through February 10.


Wherever you are, in whatever form it takes, I hope your weekend is filled with art and beauty.


Food for Inspiration?

January 10th, 2011


Could consuming good food inspire people to consume good art?  Or even support it financially? 




My friend Suzanna posted this article on her facebook page, and I could not let it stay there.  Please read it.  I would love to know what you think.  Leave a comment here (on the blog)…especially if you have ideas of how to assist a shift in perception of value (both for food and art).  Wouldn’t it be lovely if farmers and artists in this country were paid true, dignified, living wages!

Shiny Newness

January 5th, 2011


In the last days of 2010, as I was packing up work to ship out for 2 shows (more info coming soon), I was starting to feel a bit less than full of health and vigor.  As the turning of the year approached, I tried to convince myself I was not sick, but the germs were already settling in, making the first days of 2011 a bit slow and cozy with many tissues, teas, and soups.  Its never nice to be sick, but for some of us, the forced slow down is good.  Especially when the timing is so appropriate for reflecting and dreaming and the making of intentions for the year to come.



This picture was taken by one of my most gracious and generous hosts in Steamboat Springs last month.  

Today I am still not 100%, but I’m finally starting to feel the shiny newness of this new year.  May yours be filled with bright possibilities, good fortune, and many wonderful surprises!

In Good Company

December 8th, 2010

Recently I was invited to visit one of my pieces.  If I would have had the courage to rearrange the cozy wine drinking guests I would have loved to show you the entire room.  Beautiful artwork, mid-century and mission furnishings, perfect lighting inside, a view of the lake outside, and really really good people.  I was honored and overjoyed to see my little vessel given such a place of prominence in what is truly an esteemed collection of works.  Everything is presented with care and attention, and there is space to see each object and image.  



The placement of pieces make each one shine a little brighter.  



I am honored to be in such good company.


And I am in really good company right now, on a snowy mountain perch, ready to celebrate birthdays at high altitude!



November 21st, 2010

Here we are, in the last weekend before the holiday season truly begins, and things are already getting festive.



This is down the block from my house.  I’m hoping that the very blueness of it acts as the antidote to any blues I might feel during the long dark winter (for a version of lemonade).

If you are in the Twin Cities on Sunday afternoon, you can visit Northern Clay Center for the opening of ’tis a gift. There will be cake, good pots, and some really good cheer.    




A New Perspective

November 8th, 2010

The days are getting shorter, the air a bit chillier, and this blog is going to get some much needed attention! My studio was getting some extra special attention today when I found the quote that I knew was just the thing to get me back in the game.  Not just back into the game of blogging, but the game of making work too. 




I’ve been in one of those places that always arrives and always does pass.  One of those places where the making is not feeling full of ease or grace.  In one of those places from which I wish I could get out of, but know I need to be in because something is simmering and it will soon come to a rolling boil of goodness.  I know this place.  Yet despite the familiarity, I am still not so comfortable here in the waiting.  I feel at once both like turning away, and trying to blast through this imaginary wall that seems to be keeping me from the next great thing.

So it could not have felt more perfect today when I found a quote from Andy Goldsworthy about walls.  “At its best, a wall is a line that is in sympathy with the place through which it travels.”  I’m not sure where that quote comes from, but the new perspective on the wall is encouraging me to travel alongside that internal imaginary wall and discover a new sympathy.  



Bricks and Mortar

April 21st, 2010


This Friday April 23, from 5 to 7 pm, the invitational exhibit Bricks and Mortar:  Inspired by Architecture opens at Santa Fe Clay.  The show is up until May 22, giving you a whole month to make your way west if you aren’t already there.  

Making Meaning

April 15th, 2010


Its that time of year again when the American Craft Council Show makes a visit to Saint Paul.   And once again, I will be amongst some really good talent as I demonstrate some of my mad coil and slab building skills to the masses.  Come and see me at 1:00 p.m on Friday.  

If you can’t sneak out of work early, make your way to the University of Minnesota by 5.  Rob Forbes will certainly have some interesting things to say in his lecture Making, Meaning and the Marketplace.

Wherever you find yourself, have a great weekend.  

If the weather conspires, I’ll be planting seeds, getting the vegetable garden ready to go.

What’s Next?

April 1st, 2010

A couple of weeks ago at this opening I had great conversation with S.C. Rolf about life and work, ideas and time, inspirations and pleasures.  It was the highlight of my night.  We talked a bit about the work I made for the Jerome show, and he asked me what was next.

I made this maquette when I was pushing hard to make enough “Segments” for the installation at NCC.  






I couldn’t at that time indulge in exploring the idea.  It’s just a start, but at least for now, parts and pieces fitting together (and holding their own while apart) will be next.    

Solid Ground

March 18th, 2010



I don’t imagine that when a few artists decided to create an event and call it Fault Lines that they were planning on an earthquake happening just a few days before.  But such is life…always full of scary wonderful ironies.

So for more of the wonderful after the most recent scary, go to Rare Device and enjoy some very un-faulty lines in wood, metal and fiber by some really great makers.  

Meet the artists at the opening this Friday night from 7-9 pm (safe travels Martha).  And may the ground beneath you all stand firm!




If I Could Wear the Sun

March 8th, 2010

While looking at some of Alexander Calder’s work I came across this gem…


It is the dressing table of his wife Louisa, and I wish it were mine.   

These too  



And if I wore this necklace today, it would be the only sun everyone around me would see.  


 It is thick grey, welly-wearing-weather in Minneapolis.  So please please, if it’s sunny where you are, do send some my way.  


All images come from the Calder Foundation





February 25th, 2010


I have a bit of the winter blues, but this makes me happy.  





Hill Hut by visiondivision.

Thanks to designboom.