Thursday, February 4, 2016

Instagram







I'm sure most of us are quickly becoming familiar with this relatively recent new way of sharing, not just the self indulgent quick shots from our day to day lives, but the world of interests that we dial ourselves in on as well.

As creatives, we get to add to the dog pile of content that's making this point in time look more and more like a golden age of expression and creativity. A view that runs directly against the notion that we are all devolving into moronic consumers, completely incapable of free thinking.





Although it's also possible that we are just diverting ourselves with our own desires and imaginations.





From what, I can only guess, but I suspect it's a diversion from ourselves.

Me and mine are happily part of the dog-pile too.
Our smiles and our work can be found at https://www.instagram.com/zygoteblum/



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Le Coq (revisited)

Happiness is a Rooster that does what it's supposed to do...



Cone 6 Hawaiian red stoneware stenciled with a cobalt blue slip, washed with a black stain, and fired using a SDSU texture and craw glaze.

Boom goes the dynamite...





Monday, February 1, 2016

As the Crows Fly

I'm told I don't need to fear the loneliness.

 My home is the open skies.
I must believe the wind will lift me,
As the crow flies.



A few years back my daughter asked to take one of my canisters to school. She had to pick a piece of Art to talk about. I was a bit taken aback. She equated what I was doing with Art on par with Artists that they talk about in class.
She had to discuss the work and what it meant and how it made her feel...
What she said opened my eyes to my own work.
She said the crows made her feel lonely, but in a happy sort of way.
And that's pretty much what this body of work was, and still is, about.
It's okay to feel lonely.
Even when we are with those that we Love.
Our hearts can still soar with joy.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Le Coq

I really love this design from the last half of 2015.
Definitely an image that's loaded with more meaning than I probably should share just yet.
Needless to say, it's not just a rooster under the stars. It's much, much more personal than that for me. 

 
I've been running a short list of cone 6 glaze tests the past few weeks using this design and the Compass Rose motif
What started out as easily readable quickly went to place that required a more participatory role of the audience. 


 
Pictures, even high resolution pictures, don't convey the jeweled depth of these surfaces.
It devolves (or evolves) into a game of obscura, where the viewer holding the work is the only one that's in a position to puzzle apart the design. 



It's a game that connects the artist, the work, and the person holding the yumoni. It's a subtly intimate game that, when done right, teases.




The downside and delema once again is, figuring out how to show the work using pictures. 
After all, it is said...
"If you can't shoot it, you can't show it...
and if you can't show it, you can't sell it." 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hashtag... Reboot


The refire worked just fine. In fact, the word "surprising" comes to mind. I really couldn't be more happy with the results.

 
think white on white was the winner of this winters tests. 
6tile slip stenciled over a cone 6 Laguna Hawaiian Red fired using a Mag studio Carb glaze.