I’ve been messing around with deconstructed/reconstructed paintings for a little big (collage/assemblage work crossing over into the realm of sneaker recon hype). It only made sense to try the same thing with some busted ceramic pieces.
It’s been a few years of trying to perfect my handle-making on functional mugs and pitchers — the stakes always feel too high. I put time into weighing, throwing, measuring, trimming, waiting — and then ruin a piece with a shitty handle. I wanted to remove that pressure. These ugly vases are made with assorted reclaimed clay from the past year
My 2017 resolution was to “master mug making.” I did not succeed, but I did some other cool stuff instead. So for 2018, I tried again with the slightly adapted “get better at making mugs” because best case: I’d get better. And worst case: I’d do other cool stuff instead, again. It’s going pretty well.
Namaskard vases are restocked (the first series of these sold out over the holidays).
My ceramic goal for last year was to master mug making. I didn't really -- there wasn't enough studio time. I'm trying agin in 2018. Here's the first batch. Actually not too bad -- mug bodies are consistent. Just need to work on getting more comfortable and consistent with handles.
A group of shorter pots with painted glaze, inspired by the landscape of Iceland.
My quest to put paints & glazes in dialogue continues with these vessels inspired by the Iceland landscapes.
Below are images of the process & final results, along with a couple shots from Námaskarð (an area of bubbling geothermal mud pools near Lake Mývatn).
Developing pieces inspired by pioneer species: moss, lichen and fungi bring life to inhospitable environments and make it possible for new growth to arrive. Beginning to translate this concept in various media. Also, ecological succession is magic.
During my last few visits back east, I've had the chance to take a lot of good walks through forests. I've been mulling over the colors and structures of moss, fungi, and lichen. Trying out some new glaze combos to see if I can create something similar on pottery. This is the first batch:
Fired before my trip, but since it will be a couple of weeks before I have new ceramic work, I'll post these lovelies to tide us over :)
In honor of our current weather (high 70's and sunny), I'm posting the newest pieces in my desert series.