Moving right along with that large mixed-media wall commission
Thanks to two 30-minute naps
and one long
nap (probably brought about by today's visit to the pediatrician for more shots. boo for the shots. yay for the long nap!)
23 ceramic forms are complete and hung for a quick layout review.
(Well, the ones that would fit on my design wall are hung at least)
Now, I'll be moving on to making the cast glass and steel pieces. That's what's gonna go where those circles are drawn.
I might have started 2 months ago, but I'm making progress none-the-less. And, afterall, slow but steady wins the race!
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...bust a move!
Had a great week back in the studio! Actually, I was amazed how much I was able to get done.
My studio time has become precious, and I'm learning to make the most of every
minute. When I walk in that door, it's on! I thought I was an
efficient, productive worker before. Oh no! You haven't seen anything
So, with my wonderful in-laws in town babysitting, I worked in 1-2 hour shifts between feeding Cooper. All 23 of the clay forms for that commission
And I have 40 new Mini Sculptures
in progress to send to The Society of Contemporary Craft
in Pittsburgh, PA. (No photo just yet, sorry!) Hoping to fire by this coming Friday.
got a lot of other big changes going on that I plan to share with you
soon, but I'm still processing some of them, and will try to squeeze in
time to write about it asap! (Fingers crossed "someone" takes one of his
long afternoon naps tomorrow!)
Anyway, I'm off. Laundry is calling my name.
Well, I brushed the cobwebs of my newly acquired "mommy-brain" and headed down to the studio for a couple hours yesterday.
I have a large commission due the end of April, and it's time to get started on it!
Normally, a ceramic and glass wall sculpture
this size would take me about 6-8 weeks. Since I will now be squeezing
work time in during Cooper's naps, between feedings, on the weekends, or
when my in-laws come down next week to babysit (Thank you Betsy and
Al!), I've broken my tasks down into smaller, more manageable sizes.
goal yesterday was to sketch the piece to size. Check! (It's about 3
feet high and 8 1/2 feet long - my design wall is only 6'.)
And make the paper patterns. Check!
next phase of the project will be to roll out the clay slabs. Two
slabs will be cut from each paper pattern - one for the back of the
piece, and one for the domed/puffy front.
I figure I can get one, maybe
2 patterns cut out during one of Cooper's (brief, ugh!
Ok, off to get some sleep while I can. Thanks for reading!
Well, I unloaded my work from the kiln on Monday. As usual, it takes me a few days to look at and process the work.
soon as the work was cool, I eagerly rushed off to Lowe's to get the
necessary hardware for assembly. Back in the studio, I quickly started
to thread the bolts, washers and nuts into place. It didn't take long
for me to realize that I was up against some serious technical
had anticipated being able to tighten the hardware enough so that the
pieces would stay snugly in place. This, unfortunately was not the case
in 2 out of 3 new works. Even with rubber washer to help absorb the
force, the ceramic pieces wanted to spin about in all directions. Great
if I was making a windmill, but not so much for a stationary
Though I am disappointed with the outcome of this work, I still feel it was a HUGE learning experience. And
I've been able to go through that learning curve much quicker because of the focus I'm able to get during this residence
I am reminded of a quote from the book Art and Fear
- "Even the failed pieces are essential."
So, with that in mind, I'm off to the studio to make and learn more!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Some of the brightest days start out
cloudy, some of the best endeavors start out tough, and some of the most
wonderful experiences start out challenging. "
September flew by and was nothing less than a challenging, exiting month...
Since starting the ceramics post-baccalaureate program
at the University of Florida
, I've found myself repeating the above quote quite a bit. It's almost become a daily mantra.
am a creature of habit. Adjusting to a new schedule and routine has
been challenging. The commute to campus is challenging. (I hadn't
realized I would be spending 10 hours a week in the car!) And pushing
yourself to make new, thought provoking, exciting, innovative artwork is
a constant, but necessary challenge.
Some days I feel
overstimulated and want to begin everywhere at once. I leave class with
so many ideas, it's tough knowing which to investigate first. Right now
though, I'm trying hard to absorb as much as possible, without filtering
anything too soon.
There's been a lot of sketching and
researching happening as I investigate new concepts and forms. Most of
my ideas still seem unresolved, but the prospect of new, better work
keeps me going strong.
work continues in the studio at home. Progress is coming along nicely
on this sculpture commission. Here's the scale drawing
and a few of the unfired forms.
My obsession with glaze testing also continues...
wanted to see how my glazes reacted when overlapped and layered with
each other. I did a series of 17 of the 12" test tiles using 42 of my
favorite cone 04, low fire glazes. (Only 5 tiles are shown in the above
picture.) There were some fascinating results that I cant wait to put to
use in my new work!
Test tile with more overlapping and layering of underglazes, terra sigillata, lowfire crawl and lizard skin glazes.
life and art continue. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward
to the many adventures October has in store. (That, and a little bit of