Is tomorrow really, June 1st? Where does the time go?
In late March I was contacted by Harris Warren Gallery in Wake Forest, NC
and arrangements were quickly made for a June exhibition.
Well, here we are - Goodbye Spring. Hello Summer. It's been a whirlwind, but I'm proud to
say that I completed 4 new wall sculptures for my show "Variegated
Disposition" opening next Friday, June 8, 2012.
|Anthocyanin, earthenware, 27” x 38” x2", May 2012
|Continuation, earthenware, 31" x 35" x 2", May 2012
|Dissipate, earthenware, 30" x 12" x 2", May 2012
|Provide, earthenware and cast glass, 27" x 15" x 2", May 2012
In addition to these, I'll also have 4 other works on exhibit. If you're in the area, please stop by.
Oh yeah, and there's one other work in progress...
Baby #2 (aka "Peanut") is due in September.
What an exciting Spring it's been indeed! Now onto surviving the hot Summer months of Florida!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Well, the progress was slow but the pace was steady. I finally finished up this piece and had it photographed just before the holidays. (Thank you Charlie Cummings for the wonderful photos!)
earthenware, cast glass, steel, found objects
20" x 10" x 11"
I'm excited about this piece. It presented a lot of technical challenges that I slowly hammered my way through. (clay shrinkage to account for, found objects to add, glass to cast, and then recast, etc)
As with any new sculpture, I can see places I'd like to develop further in the next piece, but that's what keeps the work exciting. Growth and change. And there's been a lot of that going on around here lately. Our "baby" is almost 15 months old and he keeps his Mama on her toes! Sometimes juggling everything feels like a 3-ring circus, but I'm learning to embrace the chaos and relish studio time.
Cheers to a New Year!
I've been working on a new, experimental sculpture for the upcoming Instructor Exhibition at Arrowmont
and I'm pretty excited about it! Sketches for this piece have been in
the works for awhile, but it just wasn't sure how to build it. Then I
watched the demos at NCECA
, and a light bulb went off.
I'm having problems with the glass slumping through these little
windows. The problem is easily corrected by re-firing, but I'm running
out of time. (Work is due to Arrowmont
Whoops! See that ugly gap! Time for a re-fire.
Thankfully, my new test kiln
is making those firings a lot quicker! Looks like I may be cranking her
up everyday so that I can make that deadline. More pictures soon. And
keep your fingers crossed that I don't run into any unexpected disasters
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!
Hey - Want to see other posts of this project. Check here
...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 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!
I'm off to the studio to continue working on the project I started
yesterday. And I must say, I'm pretty excited about it. It looks a lot
different than the 3d sketches I did on Monday
almost as if it was made by another person. But I feel this piece is
finally starting to incorporate ideas and techniques I've been striving
for in my new work. (More on that later.)
was also amazed how much I was able to accomplish in one day! Granted,
it was a long studio day - 7:45am til 7:00pm, but I was feeling great
and really into a groove. It normally would have taken me 3 weeks at
home to make this much progress! Cant wait to see what I'm able to do
My first studio day in Missoula-
Yesterday, I spent all day working on small, 3D sketches of various floral forms. These maquettes
were a great warm up exercise! And man did I need the warm up. It can
take a while to get settled into a new space and find a routine.
The first thing that took some adjusting to was my clay body. I have been using the same clay body for at least 5 years now. (Lymen Red
from Highwater Clays
.) But out here in Montana it makes more sense to get it from The Archie Bray
1.5 hrs from Missoula) than to have 100lbs of my usual stuff shipped
from the East Coast. So I made the switch and the two are definitely
different! I don't know yet if I prefer one over the other, but I'll
have to report back after my month-long residency. ABF Earthenware
is darker brown when moist and seems smoother. It has virtually no grog
compared to the Lymen Red
I'm used to working with at home. I'm curious to see the fired color and compare shrinkage, absorption and warping.
second issue I'm tackling is related to this gorgeous weather I've been
experiencing. Humidity. Or lack there of. In Florida (80-100% humidity)
clay dries very, very slowly and often needs to be put into a dry box
or blasted with a heat gun to speed the drying process along. Not
necessary here in MT! Slabs seemed to get stiff with the blink of an
eye! I will definitely have to adjust my work time and modify some of my
usual building habits.
small pieces not only helped me learn more about my new clay and
environment but they were great visual studies. I picked several flowers
on my walk to the studio and took the time to really observe the
structures, textures and colors of each. So, with the some 3D sketching
and traditional sketching done, I tackled my first "real" project today.
And I must say, I am pretty excited about it! But more about that one
tomorrow. I'm off to bed!
I am very excited and honored to announce my piece "Urban Pocket" as selected for the Contemporary Clay Biennial
at the Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts
, in Grand Junction, CO.
opening reception is this Friday night, and Oh, how I wish I could be
there! If you're in the area and able to attend, please take some
pictures for me. I'd love to see the show installed!
Contemporary Clay Biennial 2010
Juried by Ceramist and Clay Times columnist Pete Pinnell
May 14 - June 26, 2010
Opening Reception - Friday, June 4, 6:30 - 9pm
Juror Pete Pinnell - Clay demonstration and workshop June 5-6, 9-5pm.
, earthenware, steel, wood backing, 9 x 40 x 4", 2009.
Finally getting around to posting pictures of the work I did Spring semester at UF. I start exploring a new direction - moving the work from wall relief sculpture to working completely in the round. Like most new ideas, I feel it's taken me some time to digest and think about the changes that I made, and the changes that I still need to make.
I won't lie, this change was definitely a struggle for me! There were days when I felt I had no idea what I was doing - technically or conceptually.
I had problems with clay shrinkage and incorporating found objects. I questioned if the ideas I was hoping to covey were coming through in the work. I had work blow up in the kiln! So, several attempts ended up in the trash or with the shards destined to become more stepping stones for our garden.
But, I kept pushing and reminding myself that "when you feel like you know what you're doing, you're probably not growing."
Now that a little time has passed and I've had a few weeks to process the experience, I am excited about this new direction and the possibilities I see for expanding these ideas.
So, here are a few pictures and my artist statement...
Fortis cultivativo, earthenware, steel, glass
Natural and manufactured environments coexist within contemporary urban settings. City parks and botanical gardens are thoughtfully integrated into residential developments and commercial centers. These man-made garden atmospheres seem to emphasize an underlying desire to escape the hectic stress of everyday urban life by surrounding oneself with beautiful, natural environments.
Incrementun multi, earthenware, steel, cast glass
My sculpture focuses on a self created species: a visual hybrid that reflects both nature and industry. These mixed-media works synthesize plant forms like pods, leaves, and stems with radial mechanical elements and machine parts. The link between industry and nature is emphasized further through materiality. The constructed sculptures incorporate materials such as steel and concrete with traditional craft media such as clay and glass. The textured, crusty, surface treatments of the stylized terracotta forms further suggest the coexistence of these worlds.
Evoco vita, earthenware, steel, cast glass, fused glass
The imagined hybrids represent the need for balance in our everyday lives. Parallels can be drawn between industry and work, and nature and pleasure as society strives for professional success and personal happiness.
(Note: Now on view June 3-July5 at "Ancient Arts", Marion Cultural Alliance;
downtown location- Ocala, FL. Opening reception this Friday!)
Thanks again for reading and following along with the changes and progress in m