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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 46 N Puzzles, page 47 Home Front WATER, WATER ... U.C. Master Gardeners will discuss water — controlled distribution and the right amount for vegetables and ornamental plants — on Saturday, July 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The free workshop will include hand watering, drip irrigation and spray heads controlled by hydrozones. Afterwards, people may visit the Water Wise Garden, with five large beds, native and low-water Mediterranean plants, and the Edibles Garden, with vegetable beds interplanted with flowers that attract birds and insects, fruit trees, container plantings, and compost and worm bins. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://master BEE MINE ... Mimi Clarke will teach a class on “Planting a Bee Gardenâ€? on Tuesday, July 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class, which includes a field trip to look at a nearby bee garden, will deal with native and non-native plants that provide sources for pollen, nectar and habitat for bees, which are essential for garden productivity. Cost is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or RESTORE HABITAT ... On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers work with Acterra to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto) and local creeks. Gloves, tools, snacks and training are provided. Tasks include removing invasive plants, collecting seeds, spreading mulch and planting native grasses. Volunteers are advised to wear long sleeves and long pants and bring a hat and reusable water bottle. Information: N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. N early 200 clay and glass artists will come from as far away as Missouri to participate in the 18th annual Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival next weekend. The free event — yes, it costs nothing to look — encourages visitors to stroll across the grass at the Palo Alto Art Center and chat with artists as well as observe wheelthrowing demonstrations or ikebana presentations. Besides the juried artists, highlights of the festival include an indoor gallery show featuring 50 pieces, opportunities to dig into clay to create ceramics works, information about eco-friendly techniques, and food and drink. The artists will be selling everything from hand-blown glassware to functional desktop accessories, large garden ornaments to jewelry. Here are just a few of the artists’ stories. Al so on lin E M 44 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Glorious glass, stupendous ceramics ANNUAL FESTIVAL OFFERS FUNCTIONAL, DECORATIVE, ARTISTIC PIECES FOR THE HOME Randy Comer “I’m a maker by nature. I like working with my hands.â€? That’s how artist Randy Comer, 55, describes his fascination with glass. Trained in fine art at the University of Missouri, he initially worked as an illustrator and later as a graphic designer in California. That’s where he was “surrounded by Victorian stained-glass windows. Seeing all that colored light attracted me,â€? he said. By 1985 he was taking a stainedglass course at San Francisco City College, then learning glass painting, firing and working with a kiln. Today he works in his home studio in Forestville, in California’s Russian River valley, where he creates functional bowls and platters, often using a trompe l’oeil style that makes the glass appear like textiles. He likes to incorporate chevrons, stripes and colors from Asian and Indian native cultures. “Glasswork is truly a craft; you work with three-dimensional materials. It’s more hands-on and less esoteric than working with printed materials,â€? he said. Colors, on the other hand, are a bit more freeform, Comer said, noting he often tries to think what aboriginal peoples creating textiles would have at their disposal. “It reflects a natural sensibility, what a textile might be made out of.â€? —Carol Blitzer Navajo basket Jan Way and Chris Bing It’s been nearly 40 years since Jan Way taught English in the Oakland public schools and Chris Bing worked as her assistant. Today the two, now married, work together on their land in Philo, which is in Anderson Valley near Mendocino. While Way throws the pots on the wheel, Bing adds original sculptures, or he hand-builds pieces, especially ikebana vases. Way glazes — in celadons, copper reds and Tenmoku (a high-fire glaze mixture) — and Bing fires the kiln. Inspiration comes largely from the land, with its redwood trees and a creek. Bing’s sculptures are “like portraits of individual animal species,â€? Way said, adding, “Most naturalists could tell the kind of frog or moth that Chris sculpts.â€? The couple does 15 shows a year, but it’s Bing who mans the booth and chats with visitors, while Way stays home with their three dogs and three cats, making more pottery. Amber and red lamp Eve and Dan King-Lehman In a converted horse barn on their property in Marcola, near Eugene, Ore., Eve and Dan King-Lehman work side by side, each creating wonders in glass, often sharing the finish work. When they met 35 years ago, Dan had a degree in oil painting, Eve said, while she had studied drawing at the California College of the Arts for year. They began their partnership by creating glass beads and glass-bead sculpture, which they continued for 15 years. For the past 20 years, they’ve evolved to fusing and kiln-forming, creating bowls, dishes, plates and platters as well as sinks, windows, lighting and chandeliers. “I love working with color,â€? Eve said. “Seeing the colors inspires me; they speak to me, tell me how to go together.â€? And the melting goes much faster than bead work, which she described as “unbearably slow.â€? While Eve helps with the finish work and grinding, she credits her husband with being “master of the kiln.â€? “Whenever we go larger or thicker, the glass demands more time in the oven, so he’s been the one to tweak that,â€? she said, noting that he’s conscious of conserving both energy and glass. In fact, they dip into boxes of “broken, old stuffâ€? to recycle glass. Eve describes their life as scheduled, with most weekdays spent in their workshop, weekends at art shows, and only occasional days off for gardening breaks. Her favorite project? “Whenever we expand ourselves or do new things. That’s always exciting.â€? (continued on page 39) Octopus pot *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÓ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

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