Wednesday, May 19, 2010
thought i should boil down the lessons i've learned with my work at the residency.
1. underglazes are ok.
2. low firing is for me
3. stop using shitty clay from reclaim
4. get that artist's statement realed in asap
5. i still want to work on the surface/form problem without giving in to obvious gestalt solutions.
guess that's it. thanks if any of you read this business!
altough i forget artist's names chronically, i have babbled to anyone who will listen about the "teeth woman" for over a year now. in fact, esther shimazu is the reason i decided to carve teeth and implant them for my moche vessels. her work is smaller than i expected, maybe @9"-a foot. no less amazing for that. it was inspiring and exciting to finally see these beautiful figures in person!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
so, nceca did not happen this year, but i VOW that next year it will. instead, i will enjoy the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts. very excited and hoping to swing the registration--lectures i want to attend= jim budde, kurt weiser, monica van den dool, karl mcdade. the art center has a booth, and i'm super excited about that as well. what a great end to this residency... but more on that soon.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
acrylics. this is fun, but perhaps again, should have been low fire. the director here, darrin ekern, works with low fire and uses future floorwax over underglazes. i am learning to see the wisdom of this practice, for the clay's absorption abilities more than for sheen. i'd prefer a more beth cavener stichter look to the plastic look i'm getting. again, lesson learned.
amaco velvet underglaze. they are not kidding with the "velvet" this stuff is my new favorite.. now i must switch to low fire for sculpture. lesson learned. this had five firings....^04, ^6, ^04, ^04, ^018. i'd explain but it would just hurt your eyes and my head.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
other news: with the first layer of prints.
p.s. other news: first time using acrylics for a surface so i do not know if i am finishing or ruining this piece yet...
can't wait to find out. since blobby is next!!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
captain insano! though he needs to be cleaned up, given some fun blobby add-ons and a spout, i am enjoying where it's at. also, the first piece snuck into this photo in the background. that one evolved into a wall piece. i sank some cash into acrylics and cannot wait to paint it. i am loading a gas bisque tommorrow or monday with a few others who are working large. fingers crossed for a good firing!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
this is the work of arie grie. i work in the same studio as arie, and she's a great artist to have around. she handbuilds porcelain tea sets, also does work with narikomi, and has a great formal eye.