Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Maturation of Clay and the making of things

"Understanding the materials I work with... gives me a deeper understanding of my place. And it's helped me make sense of the changes that are happening to me as I grow older."
                                                                                                    ~Andy Goldsworthy

Still making bowls and glazing them simply.  I am working my way through leftover black clay I had used to make bases for some sculptural work couple of years ago. I love how it looks with just tenmoku and a light spray of RIO.  Tenmoku on this clay is so rich and active.  It fires to a lovely satin with silver streaks (doesn't show in this photo) and some rusty spots.  This same tenmoku on stoneware or porcelain is glossier with more brown highlights.  It does have a trade-off---this clay will bloat if fired too slow or too hot or too long. The only understanding we have is this--I will program the kiln appropriately, cross my fingers and hope.  Reflecting my own maturation as a maker of clay things.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Entwining Earthenware and Porcelain

“At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.” 

Pablo Neruda
from Gift of a Poet

Porcelain takes on color in a different way than earthenware.  There's a watery clarity---I guess the word is translucency---that I love. This piece will have a mix of leaves. Some porcelain leaves, some earthenware leaves and all entwined. When it dries a bit I will finish up rough edges, deepen areas by carving and add a few things to balance out the sides. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In the pink with Still Life Bowls

There are days filled with simple shapes

Measured with unassuming purpose


When a little air bubble, a tiny breath escaping, makes a bowl more alive,

(Intaglio print from "words my mother gave me" series-Artist's Proof))

and the wonder of pink instead of white comes out of the kiln.

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