Clayish, Thingish Inner Things
"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|