Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
"When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." Winnie the Pooh (by A.A. Milne)
Having my morning coffee (in the thermos) and fussing about this particular piece. I started out with something completely different in mind. How this happened I do not know.
I had a very enjoyable time with the college art students, talking about their work and then my work. They were very open and interesting group. Each had their own way of working with clay--ranging from pottery to sculptural. We discussed different issues--from making lots of work to how to define your own mark or style. Even about the ethics involved in copying work of well-known artists. It was very energizing and insightful. It made me think more about connections, gathering of information and interactions with other artists. When I first started working in clay, I wanted to explore all its possibilities in the context of my own experiences and need. I was (and still am) in love with the process and the rituals involved in producing even the simplest of cups. Now all of this does not explain why I ended up with a two headed portrait bust. It is just another bearish morning for this ordinary maker of things.
|singularly ordinary thing looking across at the doubly thingish thing|
Friday, March 20, 2015
"Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated."
~Terry Tempest Williams from When Women Were Birds
|Inner Nature Series: Birds Within|
|lots of birds|
|even more birds, still a rough sketch, refining later|
Taking a day off and celebrating the first day of spring.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
|roughing out an idea|
|decided to remove some branches and use a sprig mold for the key|
|Used scissors to cut apart branches---has a ladder effect|
|key and keyhole sprig molds I made last year|
|wanted an Alice in Wonderland face|
|piece is too long for my kiln so head will be attached later|
|face has a layer of porcelain slip and layer of terra sigillata|
|original cut-out sketch---will use later for a flat wall hanging|
I was invited to do an artist's talk this month. It's an one hour talk with another hour of looking at student's work---which I know I will thoroughly enjoy. No demos. Just interaction and conversations. I have done talks before, but usually just 30 minutes. This one comes with a respectable stipend. As my studio funds are well taken care of for this year from sales in 2014, it is a nice windfall. A fun day and getting paid for it, too! And all for the love of clay...
Sunday, March 1, 2015
|clay enso ?|
"Clay is a medium through which we discover ourselves, and express ourselves in ways we otherwise might not do..."
|leaf tracery on the first day of March|
detail double boxing using egg cartons as firm cushions 2 foam sheets cut to size of inner box one for bottom and one for top ...
Use one sheet of cheap printer paper or any light weight sheet of paper about 8" x 10". Draw 2"...
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." poet Gary Snyder from The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry a...