Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the mirror for a self-indulgent crit...

"Things are rarely the opposite of what they aren't... and simply implying the something has meaning, doesn't make it so.
Acknowledging that something is what it is and moving on is the preferred course of action rather than finding justification in an event spun out of control."

Monday, June 29, 2015

From Idea to Finished Form

Another missed opportunity to share what's going through the studio this summer. 
I wanted to apply to a Ceramics Monthly general call for submission titled "From Idea to Finished Form", but I failed to read the directions (once again) and couldn't check off all the boxes in time to congratulate my self.

None the less, it was a fun quick project to pounce on.
In the end it was just an afternoon daydream of sawn stencils, x-acto cut stencils, scissor cut stencils, slip, and spriggs.

 A short descriptive blurb...

"I'm a big believer of making use of sketchbooks (and scrap paper) to work out concepts quickly. Being bi-vocational, I have just a handful of hours every week to get work ready for the kilns so I prefer to invest those few hours into playing with and developing ideas for small series of functional ceramics. I mainly work with vocabularies of cut paper stencils and sprigs to creating vocabularies for swarming surfaces to build up compositions in slip. The result is a distinctive body of work that's anchored in tradition, but plays freely with the novelty of new ideas."

My rational is that deadlines seem to be for other artists.
On that note, other artists probably find success by underlining the fact that they can hit targets without making excuses.
(An equitable assumption...)
Luckily, I still prefer to play.