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Philosophy and the Making of a Spiritual and Artistic Life

In Philip K Dick's fictionalized biography, Valis, the fish is an ancient symbol of Christianity.
Christianity is the philosophy that my Dad, Weston Neil Andersen ceramic designer and co-founder of Andersen Design, found in the latter years of his life.

In earlier days, when the fish in the image above was created, both my parents identified as agnostics. They didn't know if God exists, or perhaps they just didn't know what knowing means. When one applies knowing to God, it must be in the gnostic sense, not in objectivity for God is not an object. God is presence, everywhere. God is in the meaningfulness of life.
In the fifties and sixties, Dad was very involved in the readings of Edgar Casey. Later Dad spent time reading Carlos Castaneda. In latter days, after he lost the use of his eyesight. Dad listened to the entire recordings of the New Testament.

In my younger years, I found that the writings of Martin Buber brought great clarity to living. As with any philosophy, B…
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New Old Things in Transitional February

Greetings on a slow misty February Day. I am continuing in the project of documenting and publishing our vintage work. We are hoping for a new door to open soon, which will bring with it many challenges. For now it is just a steady pace of keeping on keeping on, in preparation for the new.

These are a few recently posted items.

One of a Kind Fledgling Robin Prototype

Original Prototype of Egg Form Vase with Lip circa 1950 Very rare five sided Geometric Vase

Snail Prototype

I am continuing the Medium journey, taking advantage of the opportunity to synthesize everything that is evolving into something whole.I am not sure where it is all going, but certainty is an really only an illusion.

My latest Medium post is a synopsis of sorts.

Spring is incrementally moving in!

The Andersens

A Vintage Brand

Dear Friends of Andersen Design,

The mugs two mugs above are signed with a personal scripted signature, used at a time before the idea of a brand (Andersen Design) emerged. These are very early works, likely original prototypes of the simple and classic straight mug with hand decorated stripes

Below is a rare set of four straight mugs. These mugs were created in the production process. Although this design appears  simple, it is not easily executed without daily practice, The colors have to be properly adjusted. Working with the brushes and the ceramic colors and laying down the stripes in a rhythmic pattern relies on intuitive confidence and a properly balanced white glaze. Practice makes perfect.

The mug in the upper left corner has a skip, adding to its charm, Usually a skip just happens but an artist could attempt to develop the ability to skip at will. Andersen Design is embedded into the mold on the bottom of the mugs.

These two pitchers are rare early works in the blueberry gla…

The Rare Original One of A Kind Midcentury Platters by Brenda Andersen

Presenting The Rare Original One of A Kind Mid-century Platters by Brenda Andersen 

Brenda Andersen designed many of Andersen Design's production patterns and in the process there were times when she veneered into pure creativity producing uniquely and spontaneous one of a kind objects of art.The liberty to let the craftsmanship and discipline of repetitive patterning interact with the inspired imagination of the creative artisan became part of the Andersen Design production process confounding conventional concepts of production.

The Platter decorated in a blue green tree exemplifies the way that Brenda was able to decorate in a style that is at one controlled and lyrical. The graceful leaves and branches require a discipline of will to maintain their consistent character but it there is never a feeling of a mechanized routine in Brenda's work. Although the leaves have an elegant consistency in form, the intuitive arrangement of the leaves and the branches expresses a faith in …

New Year News and Hope!

In exploring Medium, I have found that it is a place that has much to offer but what it doesn't have is a strong publication representing the hand made artist designer community. This is unsurprising because as the world evolves, large forces have also excluded many things valued in the past to paint the world in digital brush strokes. This phenomena is evident in my economic development research from Marco Rubio's, American Investment in the Twenty First Century, which identifies a global world divided into high value (high tech) and low value (inclusive of most hand made objects not sold in upper end markets) economies, to Boothbay's local economic development council

To correct this deficiency, I created my own Medium Publication: Designer Craftsmen of America and the World Please contact me if you would like to be part of this publication, which is seeking collaborators.

In a world moving toward collectivisation Medium is the evolution of media toward individualizati…

Recently Posted Items.

In Appreciation of the Simple Form, White Says  it Well:

Tall Modulus Vase in White

Christine Thalia Andersen's decorative expression on Sheeba, a form designed by Weston Neil Andersen, One of a Kind

Sheba, form by Weston, Decoration by Christine Thalia Andersen
A Vintage Turtle Prototype in Rare Matte Green Glaze

Vintage Turtle Prototype in rare rustic yellow & green helmet with ebony body

I really miss being involved in the ceramic making process, and the opportunity to teach it to others. Hope the New Year is the Year of the Phoenix!

New Horizons with a Holiday Coupon

Greetings to All.I hope you had a great Thanks Giving!  We are giving you a 20% discount on orders over $100.00 on firsts and vintage items.  Good through Dec 4 2019
Use coupon code:Giving 2019
Integrating a New Orbit
Writing is becoming more complicated since I started writing for Medium, a place where over 10000 writers from around the world contribute, and where there are many publications to which one can submit one's work, or create one's own publication.

Readers can follow writers and publications. By so doing one creates a personally curated network  displayed in a section on Medium's home page,

There is original writing on every topic, from cooking to quantum physics. Many well known magazines are on Medium, At five dollars a month it is a good bang for the buck.

I have been accepted as a writer for three publications to date,

The Start Up is the most active Media publication,
Be Unique, which is a smaller and growing publication, and
Dialogue & Discourse, my favori…