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 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).
Over the long weekend, I brought a few of my things up to a friend's house in La Honda. Everything made it up the windy road intact, so we brought them into the woods along with a little picnic.
Pottery and prints looked right at home in the habitat that inspired them. Can't think of a more lovely family to spend an afternoon with, eating scones and berries in the forest out of handmade mugs.
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: