Thursday, August 15, 2013

Twining Carefully in Clay and Thoughts


      


Twining Thoughts
sold

Timekeeper's Crown and Nest Dreamer in Blue Skirt
sold                                     sold

Hidden Fauna in Floral Spinning
sold

There are requests.  To repeat a certain piece now and again.  I gently remind that I approach my work with an openness that what happens happens.  There are no molds, no formulas.  No time schedule. I have to admit I tend to do things in a rush when I have a deadline. That nearly last minute "what shall I do" sort of thing.  There are times when fear is running about in the studio.  Like a little rodent.  I  know to stay attentive to details, remain true to my intentions and convey my own sense of the world.  Even if fear is running about on little rat feet. 


Working on an un-promised piece, there is room for the moment. It is a little more personal, a little less anticipatory.  The secret is transforming the technical, pragmatic purposefulness into something visual appealing and inclusive.   It opens up possibilities, a new adventure.  It is unsure and unknown.  It wraps around and embraces.  It is work.  A labor of love.

When it is ready to go out to a gallery I hope it will connect with someone in a special way.  

currently working on teapots and face cups


The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly — without judgment, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen, the way a good parent listens to a child. 
David Bayles
Art & Fear





12 comments:

  1. Oh I love how Twining Thoughts is holding the bird every so gently, so great to see all the red dots, congrats on so many thoughtful works.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Yes, gently is the word. There is no right hand as it is in a pocket. There's vine poking thru with a leaf that is a "hand." Protected, but free to fly away.

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  2. Unique, haunting, ethereal, beautiful. And all so one of a kind.
    To replicate one, would be to lose it's unique-ness.
    Just as no one person is exactly the same. We're all individual.

    I think your little "studio rat' keeps you on your toes. For artists, I think that's good thing ;)

    So happy to see your babies are sold and going to places where they'll be much appreciated :)

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    1. That little rodent is rascally at times. It nibbles and make air holes in the clay I think :) It does bring a little bit of adventure in an otherwise dull and dusty studio.

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  3. I really love all of the dolls in this page. They are so beautiful, unique, and fascinating. I particularly love the girl with a bird. As for me, I sometimes find deadlines intimidating but sometimes useful because I'm a lazy and slow writer. I really hope you have an exhibition in Japan in the near future! I want very much to see your lovely works in person!!

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    1. Yes, deadlines tend to get work done. Sometimes I like to just play around and then realize-oh no! only three weeks to go! Which is barely enough time for clay to dry and fire.

      Your blog is so beautiful, inspiring and fun, sapphire. I think of you as a thoughtful writer, not lazy. Humming
      energy, not slow.

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  4. The floppy ears will go to a new home! So nice to see red dots everywhere! Looking forward to teapot and face cups. They sound so much fun!

    I am only free when I am experimenting. My problem is I can't repeat my success. I get bound when I try to make 'real ones'. : (

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    1. Hidden Fauna is more shimmering than in this photo and hard to see the olive branch spinning around her head. She is startling in person. I will post detail photos on this blog later.

      My philosophy is: Make more than you need and then pick out the ones that resonates with you. Not that I always follow it :)

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  5. Congratulations on such a successful Exhibition, your sculptures are very beautiful and thought-provoking as always. I loved your description of fear stalking the studio, it made me smile..it's partly why I wouldn't normally accept commissions; I don't work at all well under pressure. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mark. This gallery does a good job promoting their exhibits. They are thoughtful curators and install the works to great advantage. The ceramic and glass styles are broad--yet they managed a visual pathway--from one artist to the next.

      I've learned to tap dance with that little rat :)

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  6. First of all congrats on all those red dots! Your work is so emotionally beautiful - so easy to connect on such a deep level. For me Commissions = FEAR! I must be available for the work to express itself and you are the champion of that way of working. I can almost hear those pieces whispering in your ear.
    Each piece tells its own perfect story.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. This year the glazes have worked out with such lovely texture and intensity. They add a dimension-a dialect that seems to speak.

      I am, by nature, pragmatic and a very lazy artist. Commissioned work means parameters. Usually means repeating something that I don't really have completely under control in the first place. Which in turn means more angst or as a friend's three year once said when refusing to use a bar of soap with an embedded plastic goldfish--"Ich habe angst!" I can relate :)

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