Opening a kiln load of tests and finding something like this just gives me something to think about while I'm raking up piles of leaves. It makes me wonder where this stuff comes from.
Holding a gem is such a joy, and the feeling I have as I familiarize myself with new work is very much like the feeling I've come to cherish as a father. Work is like critters, I enjoy the mechanics of make'n em, but I'm not sure I'm fully understanding the true miracle of making things real just by accident...
Sharing a cold, wet, windy day from 2008. It's a vignette of studio shots glued together to create a stop motion animation of a piece that was left half buried in the studio until it was based and finished 2 years later for exhibition.
Admittedly it's just a look at process...
but hey, ideas are nothing but ideas without process.
In the last post I mentioned getting a much needed tutorial in line quality from the Girls...
First off I should mention that "the Girls" that were mentioned are studio mates Jessica Fong and Junior member Jade Danielson.
Second, I didn't realize that the reference I was making was part of a post that was sitting unposted, soooo.
A wax resist on a near bone dry surface can be a magical surface media for creating an expressive lines. Check out the tightness of these lines as they stack under the our basic studio Shino.
If there's one secret I could share it'd be "don't be stingy with the wax".
The stiffness of Shinos holds Jessica's black washed lines brilliantly.
Jade continually shows me not to be afraid to fill a space end to end.
They both make it easy to see how confidence carry a line. It's line's job to illuminate an idea and accentuate form.
A confident of form, created with the hand in mind, is one of the fundamental precepts of craftsmanship... It's when we take the time to create a narrative, we begin to move beyond the pedestrian.