(Note: Imagine that white plaster mold isn't there for support and the pieces are bolted together.)
plan - glaze, load and (hopefully) fire the kiln again. Cant wait to
see some of this new work "finished." I have plans to include various
glass and steel parts, so they may not be truly completed until I get
back home to the studio in FL. But a trip to the hardware store for nuts
and bolts is in my near future.
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!
One month. Well, 32 days actually. That’s how long I’ll be in Montana for this amazing residency opportunity
! Part of me stresses that it is to short. Part of me worries it is too long.
know my studio days will be full and I will need to be focused to
accomplish my goals. Working with clay involves coordinating a fairly
tight timeline of making, drying, firing, and glazing.
part of me is already a bit homesick. One month seems like a long time
to be away from home and my husband. It’s not like we’ve never spent
time apart. Heck! The whole first 2 ½ years of our relationship was
It’s just that he is my sounding board. He knows
how to inspire me and help with the practical challenges. And he knows
how to relax and support me like no one else! But we both understand
what an important opportunity this is for me, my art, and my career. So,
when I received an offer to come out here, he was behind it 110%.
is Day 1 and I’m ready to let the month begin! I arrived safe and sound
last night and started the process of getting settled into my new home.
I have a relaxing day ahead of me before moving into the studio
tomorrow. I’m looking forward to days full of new friends, stimulating
conversations, good food, studio inspiration, and amazing weather!
My husband and I in March 2008 taking a break from a day's work building the studio back home in Ocala, FL. For more studio construction photos, click here.
More exciting news and adventures to share!
I recently found out that I was chosen for a short-term residency position at The Clay Studio of Missoula
So, I'm taking my baby bump
out west to Big Sky Country for a bit of an adventure. I'm looking
forward to having a month to just explore and create. I have so many
ideas and techniques that I want to investigate! The plan is to continue
developing the current direction of my work; new sculptural forms
I started during my post-bacc
And the timing is perfect! Not only am I grateful to have an opportunity to do this before the baby comes
, but I'll still be in my 2nd trimester (aka the "honeymoon phase of pregnancy") so energy will be up and I'll be feeling great.
So, we've got a whirlwind week ahead as I pack and prepare for this amazing opportunity. Thank you!