Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Getting ready for their first firing. 

Once there were bees and thistles
Anna's Haven
Again and Again
fox and bird:  in my humble opinion

this one just completed:  Weighing of Balance

Working out hand position---trying to understand how to make the fingers fan out as branches to cover one eye.  Sketching and Erasing with clay. I will do the hand after I get the head situated. 


Today started out with sunshine and now, a few hours later, the fog with its misty ways has drifted over the trees, onto the meadow.  It is hard to get any work done as it is so much easier to drift along with it.  So I will pause a moment or two to soak in its beauty.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Three Graces in Clay

Deep Roots and Exotic Species, I

12.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”


Hmmm.  Lighting situation not so good in the wee hours of 4:00 a.m.  We got up early to go down to the beach and watch the lunar eclipse.  No fog and no breeze (yippee!)  Just the copper moon, roaring ocean, bright stars above and love by my side.  What more could one desire?  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ceramic Balance


Starting off 2018 by making owls.  This winter season, we had Great Horned Owls nesting in the old ravens' nest. Early, before sunrise, we could hear their hooting.  Love calls.  Not sure if they were successful as the nest is about 80' up and even with binoculars hard to see.

Trying out different commercial clay bodies.  I am actually liking a red sculpture mix Toki from Leslie's Ceramics. Builds up quickly, holds its shape and has a soft smoothing, harmonious quality.

not finished yet
The owls are Hagi Porcelain and B-mix with grog.  The B-mix with grog is not the best for carving. It is more a pottery clay.  Better to press in texture when leather-hard.  The Hagi is nicer for carving, but I want to build a 24" tall owl next and don't think it will hold up.  Trying to get a nice mix, a balance.

The stumps are bases for garden totems, but somehow B-Mix owl landed on it.  I am making more totems this year just for my garden (for the deer to admire ;) and one for a charity event in spring. I am enjoying making the forms, mainly ovals, spheres and cylinders. They are blank canvases at the moment.  The more I make, the more I want to stack and re-stack.  Then I want to carve and texture and stamp.  Now I want to make more complex forms.

We love to hike over to the beach and stack rocks.  Concentration needed. Careful consideration. Patience. Keep an eye on the ocean. A give and take. It is all the matter of balance.

balancing rocks on MacKerricher beach

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. 
Maya Angelou

Monday, May 15, 2017

One cup at a time


I am working with Frost Porcelain that fires white at cone 5. It continues to entice me with its translucence charm and white porcelain smile.   It is a shameless, taunting clay.  Prone to s-cracks, it likes to try out any other letters in the alphabet to keep things frustrating and unique.   It needs   s  l  o  w  and careful drying.  Timing is everything.  Even firing needs careful attention. In a sense, it is an adventure for me.  Filled with danger and daring.  To use such a clay with so many negatives and yet...when it comes out the kiln, shiny bright with no s-cracks...it charms all over again...and makes me ready for another adventure...

looking out the studio window

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, 
the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.  
Maya Angelou

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