Tea Infuser

This sketch is just for the basic form and functionality of the object- The actual design is based on Cambodian Buddhist architecture. When considering possible designs, I started thinking about green tea and its Asian tradition, which made me start looking at ceremony, which made me look at temples, and I liked Cambodian the best.

The dish and lip are sterling silver. The dish is hand forged out of a flat sheet. The lid is zebra wood from Africa, and the handle is walnut. It'll all be sealed to be food safe.

You wanna lock me out of the studio for a whole weekend?? I'll bring it home. Yeah, that's a jeweler's bench pin drilled onto my desk. Hello, 4am

Soooo many hours of work in this little thing. Not having a camera (besides my cellphone) is really starting to suck.

Awesome, Great Job!

All of the shows this week were spectacular!

I kicked it off playing a set of experimental music at The Red Room under the direction (or rather, un-direction) of Shelly Blake-Plock. He covered the floor with foil, positioned ten of us musicians around the room, and then covered us in more foil. Shelly caught me outside before the show and asked, "Are you claustrophobic? Can I make you into a casserole?" Of course, Shelly.

Shelly Blake-Plock, The Red Room 11/14/2009

Saxophone never looked so shiny

Joel Grip on double bass

Diving Belle providing vocals


Student Show Openings 11/19/2009

"A Collection of Objects" by Vince Valerio

This seemingly random collection of objects has one consistent thread among them: I asked each student to share with me a work that went beyond “just a project.” Each object is a symbolic artifact that represents the student as an artist and gives the viewer a glimpse into their personality and thought process. These artifacts are an extension of who their makers are as a person. From interests in what it means to be a woman and issues pertaining to sexual identity, to love for horror, written text and everything in between. What drives an artist to create the work they make is always of interest and fascination.



Annual Juried Undergraduate Show

Juried by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel. Lots of fun, lots of fabulous artwork. Sculpture did really well this year, and was awarded the coveted Best of Show.
I won a scholarship for my "Portrait of the Artist: Monster in a Closet."

A winner of the Doris and Ron Markley Award


Ambiguous Bodies

This was a great show too- fantastic mix of sculpture, painting, drawing, and video. This show is dealing with ideas that greatly inform my artmaking. Highly inspired. Also, free beer and great snacks.

"Throughout history, the human body has been represented and interpreted in multiple and diverse ways. In Ambiguous Bodies, the artists continue that tradition, embracing ambiguity as a was to dismantle the classical or ideal notions of form, and to include difference of beauty, race, sexuality, and gender- broadening the scope of how a human body can be portrayed."

Curated by my good friend, Laura Amussen

Laser Cut Tea Lights

Just got them back from the factory, and I couldn't be more pleased! These are cut out of hardboard. There are two separate pieces that slide together in the middle, creating a cross that the candle sits on.

Want one??
You can choose from hardboard (pictured), blonde bamboo, and an assortment of colored plastic.

Email me at SavannaLeighArt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Once upon a time (eh, 1648), art was a very prestigious, academic endeavor. The people in charge of deciding what makes good art were the men of the Royal Academy in Paris. They liked pretty little landscapes, epic scenes of classical battles, and quaint little still lifes. ...Till the Impressionists rolled around. Cezanne, Manet, Pissarro, Whistler, and many others were rejected from the Academy salons for their experimental methods in painting.
So, they said, "F*** that Salon, let's have a shit show!"

In honor of the shit shows past,

Salon Des Refuses
Call for Work!

The Art History Club is holding a one-night exhibit for the rejected artworks of the Annual Student Show. If your art is not accepted into the Annual Student show, bring it to the Loch Raven Room in the University Union on December 4th between 4-6 PM.
• Your artwork must be picked up after the reception by 9:45PM. If you do not pick up your work it will be discarded!
• It must be ready to be hung (there will be table space.)
• Space is limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis.
• No Entry Fee! Open to all Towson University students.
Reception and Exhibit:
Friday December 4th 2009 6:30-9:30PM Loch Raven Room in the Union
Free and Open to Everyone!

Any questions feel free to email the Art History Club at ahctowson@gmail.com


Lots of stuff coming up! Call me for more info, or if you wanna go with me :D

The Short List:
11/14- Music @ The Red Room. 8:30pm, $6
11/19- Art @ Student Show. 7:30, Free
11/19- Art @ The Storage Space. 8:00, Free
11/19- Opening for Ambiguous Bodies, Goucher. 7:30, Free
11/23- Music @ Towson /w Diving Belle, Brand New Set. 7:00, Free
12/3- Music @ The Ukazoo Forum. 7:00, Free


TONIGHT: The Red Room inside Normal's Books.
I'll be offering my voice to Shelly Blake-Plock, apparently for the exploration of audible sleep walking.


Saturday, November 14th, $6

Shelly Blake-Plock (gtr, voice), Joel Grip (dblbass), John Dierker (reeds), Dan Breen (bass), Lyle Kissack (drums), Rose Hammer (reeds), Nathan Bell (banjo), Savanna Leigh (voice), Paul Neidhardt (percussion) ++ Hans Koch & Jack Wright (reeds)

The 10-tet: "a ridiculously great ad hoc free music ten-piece ensemble based around thumping sounds and sleep walking"

The Duo: Jack Wright, alto and soprano saxophone, and Hans Koch, bass clarinet, first met in Chicago in 2001 and recorded a duo that whetted their appetites to do it again. Alas, this has not been possible until now on this small tour, with a little assistance from the Swiss government. And they will continue their playing in March in Switzerland.

Hans Koch was born in 1948 and lives in Biel Switzerland. He quit his career as a recognized classical clarinetist to become one of the most innovative improvising reed-players in Europe. He has been working with everyone from Cecil Taylor to Fred Frith since the eighties. As a composer he has shaped the sound of Koch-Sch├╝tz-Studer since the beginning as well as working for radio-plays and film. Since the nineties he has been working with electronics as an extension of the saxes/clarinets as well as with sampling/sequencing/Laptop. As a reed-player he is always working on his very own vocabulary and sound, which makes him a very unique voice on the actual scene. He will be playing bass clarinet on this tour.

Sexagenarian but noticeably immature, Jack Wright is renowned for his impersonations of ducks, pigs, and other blowhards. He will be attempting to play the saxophone exclusively with his feet and anus. He learned that technique whilst employed at (subsequently fired from) the Phila. zoo to entertain monkeys and encourage them to copulate. Before that, he was a boring Vegas lounge act, garnering the most applause when he pretended to hang himself with his sax strap, and one time it was almost not a joke. Occasionally he remembers the proper use of the instrument and its ideological purpose of propping up the universe. He lives in Easton but comes to Philly in order to fall off ladders at his Spring Garden House.


Thursday is gonna be nuts... three art openings I gotta make it to. Who wants to party hop?


THURSDAY 11/19: My sculpture "Portrait of the Artist: Monster in a Closet" (AKA driftwood lady legs) has been accepted into the student show. Juried by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel The reception is this Thursday, there will be an open bar, it's free, and there will most likely be after parties. Come!

Annual Student Juried Exhibition

Center for the Arts Gallery

Friday, November 20 – Saturday, December 12

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 19, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed for Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28

The annual undergraduate juried exhibition features student works that represent the art + design programs, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, crafts, metalworking/jewelry, ceramics, digital art and design, photography and printmaking.

Admission is free.


THURSDAY 11/19: Opening Reception for Vince Valerio's show at The Storage Space, featuring my sculpture "The New American Totem" 7:30. Free!


THURSDAY 11/19: Opening reception for "Ambiguous Bodies," curated by Laura Amussen. This is gonna be a great show!

"The human body can be interpreted in diverse ways. In the exhibition Ambiguous Bodies, 10 artists employ the idea of ambiguity, dismantling notions of the classical and the ideal form, while simultaneously broadening the scope of the human form to include differences of beauty, race, sexuality, and gender."


Photos by William Walker

"The New American Totem"
Fiberglass, Wood


"Portrait of the Artist: Monster in a Closet"
Fiberglass, Wood

"Walking Landscape"
Laminated Wood


"Gender Bender"
Forged Steel


"Padre Nuestro"


Past and Future

Check it out:

Student show submission deadline is next week. Tomorrow night I've got a portfolio photo shoot for all my current work. I've been cramming so hardcore.

I found a bunch of images from my youth... hahaha!
Oh man was I cool... yep.

2004- 16 years old

2003- 15 years old



"Walking Landscape"

Laminated sheets of plywood, particle board, and oak carved and sanded, finished with linseed oil.

Artist's Statement:

When I think of laminated wood, I think of topography. The lines created by carving the wood closely resemble the altitudinal lines on a map. To perpetuate this image, I carved my sculpture to resemble a mountainous landscape. The lines of the hills cut underneath the piece itself, making it seem like a living creature with a heavy belly and legs. I wanted to create and anthropomorphic sense of landscape, allowing the creature and its environment to blend into one entity.

Welded Steel Wire

The assignment was to recreate an everyday object using steel wire. I made a scale coffee cup so precise that a real plastic lid will click onto the lip. But, I made a steel lid that clicks on as well. This is all shaped and welded steel, powder coated black.