Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fong

This isn't just another teapot...


It's an inside look at what happens when a a natural intuitive talent starts playing in an area reserved for the big kids.
Honestly... I spend much of my time being flatly humbled by what is sitting next to me in the studio. I think this is just Jessica Fong's third or fourth teapot, but it functions so well that I'm almost hoping that it's just beginners luck.
Np dribble, well balanced, and the surface... totally dreamy. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

in·ci·den·tal

 

insəˈden(t)l/

 

adjective

1. accompanying but not a major part of something. "for the potter who deals with real problems, a pots' surface is incidental to its function "

synonyms: less important, accidental, accompanying, adventitious, ancillary, attendant, by-the-way, casual, chance, circumstantial, coincidental, concomitant, concurrent, contingent, contributing, contributory, fluke, fortuitous, irregular, nonessential, occasional, odd, random, secondary, subordinate...

   

2. liable to happen as a consequence of (an activity). "the ordinary risks incidental to a craftsman's job" synonyms: connected with, related to, associated with, accompanying, attending, attendant on, concomitant to/with, "the risks incidental to the job"

 
Synonyms: connected with, related to, associated with, accompanying, attending, attendant on, concomitant to/with 
   
 
   
The things that we incidentally trip over on our way to a new design...
 
 
"... a simplified and strong graphic statement..." 
   
Very well timed kind words. 
 
Thank you Grace.
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TBT



4 years ago... We've come a long, long way partner. 


All the stories we could tell...


...and all the stories yet to be told.
Hop, hop, BOOM!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Compass Rose (revisited)

It's the difference between disappointment and finding joy in unexpected beauty. 
It's easy to forget to let go of preconceived expectations when opening the kiln.


I think this is why I enjoy collaborating with my studio partner Jessica Fong. I have to relinquish control of the entire process and enjoy the portion that's mine and sit back and applaud the performance that's mine to watch.

I have to face it... As much as I'd like to think that I know what I'm doing, like any artist, (...at any rate, the particular kind of artist I seem fated to be...) I'm just a catalyst for a convergence... at best. Tasked with bringing everything together and guiding it along to its final state.
That final state is not always as much a product of a sharp focus of intention as it is of whimsy.


In the end, When I'm lucky...


I have someone to cheer with. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pop TArts

I give in.
They are soooo quick and easy!
I can barely resist playing with all theses different photo apps on my phone.


At a point in collage, I made a decision to do still life's using objects that either my friends or I had created. It was one of those decisions that led me into so many other media over the years and eventually away from photography.


Still, I think its a valid starting point when playing, especially using new technology.


There's just too much to play with and no reason not to use it. 
Don't be a wuss. Own the fuck'n content at least. 


These are just simple image manipulations using Dreamscope. 
It's just sooooo quick and easy, just like making Jess a Pop TArt.



Mmmmmmmmm, now there's an idea.