Friday, August 14, 2015

The Between-ness of Work

 
two of three demonstration pieces

Finishing up some demo pieces...the unfinished torso will eventually have one thousand flowers.  These floral themed torsos take a bit of time, but so satisfying when done.  There is this meditative quality when making each flower and carefulness attaching each. It slows one down and thoughts are without words. The density, depth and profusion of glossy blooms brightly contrasts against the earthiness of the red clay body and satiny terra sigillata.  It gives a feeling of a field of wildflowers on a hot, shimmering summer day--such untamed, deep and earthy beauty. I wanted to convey that a feeling of being surrounded and captive in that moment---a between-ness.  
 
 
Charlene Doiron Reinhart 
Between Heaven and Earth

coiled-built ceramic, terra sigillata, engobes, glazes
18" x 9" x 6" 
sold
Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
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Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/399519
Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/399519

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Burden of Nothing and Lightness of Many, Many Things

"Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden, but the unbearable lightness of being." ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Cache, coil-built ceramic, porcelain parts, terra sigillata, slips, glazes, silk-screen porcelain, twine

 sold

Sometimes a piece doesn't get a photo shoot.  This piece was the last piece out of the studio and nearly didn't make it to the gallery.  We had already packed the photography equipment.  I quickly took a couple of photos on top of an old desk.  The twigs wrapped around the head.  On top there's a rolled up piece of "paper" tied with twine.  There's the usual arrangement of rocks and a fortune cookie, couple of leaves.  The glaze I used on some the twigs is a simple one:

 Peeling Paint (cone 08-01)
 Gerstley Borate        80%
 Titanium Dioxide     20%
                                100%

Toothpaste consistency.
The titanium dioxide I have fires yellow.  I mean yell-ow. Some of the twigs have this glaze with a topping of burnt umber wash to tone it down. In some areas I used a crawl glaze:


Crawl (06-01)
Magnesium Carbonate   33.3  (33)
Borax                              26.7  (27)
Gerstley Borate              33.3  (34)
Silica                               6.7   (7)  (it doesn't add up to 100%, but it works for me)


I freshly make this crawl glaze.  I make up a batch of 100 grams, stir it up and leave it dry.  When I need to make up a small amount---I stir it up take out 2 tablespoons and add water.  Let sit couple of hours then apply.

In this application I used it thin instead of the normal thick. It looks more crackledly (is that even a word?) than crawl over the red art sigillata.  It makes my artist's eye sing "I just got a feeling deep inside of me..."

 

I started this post in July and can not believe it is now August.  During the month many, many things happened.  Just the everyday things that happen to all of us one time or another.  Yesterday, I did an artist's talk and demo at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.  It was such a welcoming, delightful and visual interaction with art lovers.  I could feel their thoughtful energy.  I feel that writing this blog and all of you that have left comments---such lovely, friendly comments---I felt as if each of you were sitting right there and so inspired me to share the best of all us.  So I want to thank you, my blogger friends, who inspire and give me a bearable "lightness of being."

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