Monday, June 18, 2012
I've decided to add this acid yellow to my pallet, which has been a bit of a challenge. On the technical side I've noticed that it likes to turn green only sometimes when on top of my blue slip, so that's probably an application issue that need to be sussed out. Aesthetically the yellow slip can be overpowering and out of place, in particularl if I take it to far.
Everyday I work with clay I think back to my Junior Pots class with Linda Sikora and the great discussions she would lead. I remember her talking about Michael Simon one day (and this was at a time when I was really looking at his pots everyday and reading as much of his writing and writing about him as I could get my hands on) and she began to describe his daily practice.
While most potters work in cycles of making specific forms i.e. today I'm going to throw 20 cups and 30 bowls, Simon would come in and produce a wide variety of forms every day. At the end of the day he would have a wide range of objects, all expanding on different forms and surfaces but at the same time sharing a common touch that held it together as one body of work.
That is how I want to work and while I am certainly no Michael Simon, this approach has been really helpful. I am making less work but making more progress. I'm taking risks, asking questions and accepting the consequences.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I walked into the studio this morning to find a sea of white porcelain forms waiting to be decorated. Cups, bottles and pitchers are my canvas at the moment. Considering how involved my throwing and trimming processes are it always takes a bit of courage for me to make those first marks, setting the tone and establishing the frame work for my composition. My forms are so loaded with information it can be overwhelming trying to apply a surface that works with and not against the sharp curves and horizontal banding that seems to be so present in my work these days.
So feeling a little stuck I decided to get a large cup of black ice coffee, go home, take out my sketch book and look at some artists whose compositions really work for me. Here’s where I’m at so far
|Josh DeWeese- Platter|
|Untitled (Peonias series) by Cy Twombly|
|Ogata Kenzan- Japan, 17th century|