I was sitting in the studio earlier this week working alone and caught Terri Gross's interview with Maurice Sendak.
It was a sad interview with a cherished writer and illustrator. He was brave enough to speak plainly and bluntly about the humanity of aging, it left me moist eyed but feeling oddly happy.
Well worth the 20 minutes listening time.
Using two simple materials: slip and newsprint paper, we will introduce layers of information and texture onto our clay surfaces. Through silkscreen printing, cutting, copying and pasting we will dissect, transform, and manipulate our drawings, patterns, and images while creating exciting new exteriors. But there's no stopping us there! We'll use simple digital techniques to make decals and photocopy transfers. Computers NOT required, but one can come in handy! Jason is a very generous teacher who will guide and inspire you to carry your work to new levels you have not imagined.
“I believe that finely crafted, thoughtfully made pottery can contribute to a renaissance of tradition and habit. My hope is that the pots I make can play a role and be a factor in a renewal of ritual. Clay allows me to play with a physical language. When I throw or hand build, I’m engaged in the conversation, curiosity often pushes the dialog, while the desire to find something new guides me forward. I strive to create pottery that is both considered and balanced containing a healthy dose of spirit and care. “
Pulling pieces for this year's Smash Pot Day. I'm going through the boxes and shelves of finished ware that's accumulated and thinning the herd.
Each still has it's story...
This was one of my favorites from 2008.
This was the example peice that took a perch in the studio for a few seasons.
It was a simple chawan, but it was a racer!
I loved it's foot, I loved it's propotions, I loved it's balance, but it was the incredible optic surface that did it for me.
The success of the surface was a test glaze combo that turned out to be a freak occurrence. I threw a whole bunch of work at trying over and over to duplicate the results, and it only worked a few times, the rest was hammer fodder.
Life has gotten so busy lately that there's only just so much time available every day for pushing any one piece along. The amount of work getting finished has been throttled way back to a pleasantly constant dribble...
I finally thought ahead enough to be able to press record. It's a 5 minute look at a compressed 15 minutes of process.
Say the words "carbon trap shino" and Malcolm Davis pops up. It's safe to say, Malcolm Davis has directly influenced so many of us clay geeks by providing a tail that we've been more than happy to chase, (and if all your efforts resulted in fruits anything like mine, I never even came close to catching the damn thing, but boy did I learn a whole bunch!) Malcolm, I was hoping to get to talk to you before you left the stage and I'm sad to see you go.
Thank you so much for leading the way...