Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All for the Love of Clay


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...

11 comments:

  1. So lovely to see the clay beginnings...
    Even your paper draft is beautiful - just like DaVinci's study/draft drawings were works of art in themselves.

    Your final words remind me of the quote, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to 'work' a day in your life."

    Wonderful!


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    1. So true! Sometimes the work one loves doesn't always pay the rent (Herr R does:). It does pay the soul x1000+. Luckily, I had a successful career in different creative field before I decided to take on a ceramic studio practice full-time. I am very humbled that anyone would want to hear me, the elusive introvert, talk about any art let alone look at slides of my work.




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  2. Love seeing your piece in three dimension and your original drawing. What a super time to give a talk at school; wish my teacher had brought artists to talk to us when I took ceramics briefly at a junior college. I think an artists perspective is important for students to know, rather than just getting a teacher's perspective on clay,

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    1. I agree with you, Linda.
      It is good to get a different perspective. I didn't always see eye-to-eye with some of my art professors, but they were very respectful of student's work. We had several talks per semester from a wide range of disciplines, from traditional arts to digital graphics. All were thoughtful, honest, encouraging, engaging, curious, conceptual, interactive, connective and more.

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  3. Enjoy seeing your process -- and wish I could sit-in to hear your talk with the students. You have a beautiful way of seeing and articulating art and its process. These kids are fortunate to be able to hear you - and what a great way to set-up the time . . . sounds enjoyable for everyone! And 'YAY' for the stipend -)

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    1. The part I am most interested in doing is having one-on-one conversations with students about their work. I like seeing art. And I am a good listener. Better at that than talking ;)

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  4. I was one of those lucky students. I got to hear your talk, March 10th, and see the slides of your work, which I loved. I was surprised that we have so many things in common. Though I have not done much figurative work myself - one of your pieces especially was so eerily familiar to me. Not because of a similar work I've done, as my work is very different, but because it reminded me so much of a powerful dream I had a very long time ago. I don't know the name of your piece - the bust of a female with the twig sprouting out of her finger.... (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8ypBRhLVlM/UcW9XzhrEYI/AAAAAAABie4/eaw8CmM8iqk/s640/Charlene+Doiron+Reinhart+_+ceramic+_+artodyssey+(1).jpg).
    Anyway, thank you so much for coming to talk to us - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did.

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    1. Hello! Yes, I really enjoyed all the interactions and wow, such creative energy. I was quite honored by the invite and felt very welcomed. I do remember you and your wonderful form with faces.

      The sculpture you mention is "in my solitude"
      The hand was connected to the face with a winding/weaving which I snip through. It is about disconnect, reconnection to the natural world and that strange visceral feeling one gets when deep in quiet thought. Thank you for telling me your experience and your recall of a powerful dream. And thank you for leaving a comment. It is appreciated ;)

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    2. You're very welcome Charlene - sorry it took me a while to get back to this blog/comment. Had PC problems and have been very, very busy with my ceramic classes. Having a great time though I am grateful for the interlude of Spring break this next week! Especially since my husband and I plan a short trip to Mount Tamalpais and the beaches near there, which I love. I hope things are going well with you.

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  5. All sound so good! : ) I happened to make Alice in January, myself. : )

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  6. Yes, Alice gets around ;) I keep hearing Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane singing...go ask Alice...

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