Featured Artist: Pat and Mike Maines
The current Featured Artist on "Good Day Lubbock" is a husband and wife team. They will be showing together as part of the Lubbock Studio Tour November 11-12.
From the Artists:
“He who takes no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.”
I fell in love with that quote in 7th grade when I produced a shoe-box diorama and my history teacher wrote it on my evaluation. It speaks to my interest in building miniatures, but also reflects my basic love of detail — whether it is in 3D or 2D artwork. Reusing materials (junk) — is my favorite part .
“My make-a-living” title? Graphic designer, which means I get to serve as a visual problem solver and think conceptually. . . lots of variety, a never-boring way to work.
My life is complete because I get to make art, hang out with my wiener dogs, and because I have an understanding, supportive husband.
After years of attending every art function in Lubbock with my wife, I was smitten by clay following a demonstration at the Tech Museum in 1992. It was something that spoke to me, I suppose because I like to work with my hands, love process and like the mechanical aspect of ceramics (utilizing wheels and kilns).
As I spent more and more time with the exploration of wheel throwing, it became something that I simply HAD to do. After a working life spent primarily in management, it was good to learn that this process truly provides stress relief. In 2008 I built my studio in the back yard.
Many of my glaze selections are in keeping with the color field choices Pat makes in her work. It has just happened with no planning between us. We have a similarity in color selection that works together, and provides a cohesive note to activities we enjoy.