it’s always such a struggle, but it feels so good when, for a little while anyway, you can feel confident in your artist’s statement. g.m. told me the other day, “no one writes there artist’s statement alone.” what a relief! he helped me out fundamentally, providing primary guidance, as well as other friends and artists, all of whom i respect a great deal. getting feedback from a variety of people really helped A LOT. when i saw people’s responses i really got an idea of what was actually coming across in my words.
thanks SO MUCH to everyone who provided me with their feedback.
and if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here and let me know what you think.
i put some finishing touches on my first sculpture. coiled a bit on a second larger sculpture. last week i mixed up a batch of porcelain and stirred in a blue mason stain to a portion of it. today i made a couple of wall peices out of it. i also sprayed some test tiles. just testing some raw materials: custer feldspar, nepheline syenite and gerstley borate in the baby kiln.
i’m excited to see what they look like and to put some tests of the blue porcelain in but tomorrow is shaping up to be another snow day. ehhhh…..all this snow.
well, i’ll post some more pictures later this week or next.:-)
what do i love more than project runway? project runway canada.
i would love to have iman come into my studio and give me a critique. she doesn’t care if you’ve never sewn a suit before, she doesn’t care what your client wanted. you’ve got to step up and deliver or get going.
here’s what i learned from project runway canada:
1. you succeed or don’t. don’t be a baby.
2. be a gracious winner. be a gracious loser.
3. stay focused.
4. be flexible, but don’t lose your aesthetic voice.
well, the big challenge of my new studio life is all this talking. for me, talking, speculation, thinking out loud, comes naturally. but i usually just try to keep my mouth shut when it comes to my work. on the one hand, i’m not so confident talking about my work. on the other, i do think there is a bit of fantasy in my work and i don’t want to give people words to hinge their interpretation on.
it’s about nature, and the nature of things. ehhhhhh, blehh.
maybe this is something i should continue writing about. we’ll see. anyway, here are some shots red sent me of the shot glasses i made for the anagama firing before leaving florida. hopefully soon i’ll get to post shots of all the lovely shot glasses i receive!
it’s really weird not living 8 blocks from the studio. i start my job (reproductive health clinic) tomorrow and my schedule is going to be something like thurs-sat. so once i finished up some wall pieces and the sculpture i posted a pic of yesterday, i realized there wasn’t much point in starting anything else. once i get accustomed to these train schedules (and it’s not so death-by-hypothermia cold) i might be able to swing nightly visits to the studio but for the time being i think my best bet might be to work on pieces start-to-finish sunday through wednesday.
today i went with new friend m.d. to visit a very well known local sculptor. i’ll be working with her a few days in the next months prepping/installing work before and after NCECA. her studio was beautiful. seeing her work in person (in the gallery) and in different stages of completion (in the studio) was breathtaking. her husband is also a well established sculptor and it was really inspiring to meet them both. they were super friendly and chatty and asked lots of questions, which of course i kind of geeked out while answering. (i.e. way too long description of the japanese alphabets…….) when i really would have like to hear more about them and their journey to where they are now. hmmmm, well moving forward, i hope to get a little more insight.
it’s true, getting adjusted to a new space kind of sucks. you don’t know where anything is, perhaps like me you didn’t get to bring all your favorite blue plastic and chunks of old foam mattresses. anyway, the point is i feel all awkward in a studio at the beginning. oh, and the clay situation is different (as it turns out better) BUT then i finally just dig in and make something. something that i’m excited about and then i remember why i’m there.
i mean, nothing beats that feeling of satisfaction. i don’t know if it’s just having brought to fruition this image from inside of you or the point when you start to get totally warmed up and loose and the clay and your hands kind of start to do their own thing but it’s good stuff.
anyway, here’s a pic from my phone. i’ll post some later today when it’s finished.
i may have a snuggee for a curtain at the moment but i’m pretty much totally unpacked and moved into my sweet west philly apartment. bg, my new roommate met me at the train station and we squeezed all of my possessions into her spacious hatchback.
this is what i was working with. sweet windows and nice floors.
everything is unpacked but some stuff still needs a place. and i definitely need some sweet curtains for these tall windows. in the meantime a few glimpses of my space…
shadow boxes with work and tchotchkes from all over.
bowl and saucer by sarah tancred, octopus rattle by kelly sullivan
mini wall piece by jamie bardsley
wall button by kelly sullivan
another wall button and one of my first art purchases, plate by lisa orr
when i move i purge. but it’s hard for me to let go of work sometimes, even if it’s suffered some damage and can’t be shown again or sold. sometimes pieces are transitional work which will lead to something else, and sometimes, it’s JUST too soon. these works go to the boneyard of art which is my parents beautiful overgrown gardens. they both love to garden and grow fruits and vegetables and succulents. here are some snaps of work i left behind before heading up here to PHILADELPHIA!
am i turning over a new leaf? no, not really, but i did delve into the new year making some functional work. the residents at st. pete clay (and a few others) are doing a shot glass exchange. i’m running around with a chicken with my head cut off with moving preparation and working as much as possible but i took a few hours on jan. 3rd to make some shot glasses. you can’t really tell from the images but they are just a little bigger than a large shot glass. i had to bring my operation inside to the kitchen counter because it was absolutely TOO cold to work outside.
the cups are currently roasting away in the annual anagama firing at the clay company. visiting artists don reitz, matt long and john ballisteri are captaining the firing. i was disappointed to have to be so much less involved than last year, but thems the breaks. i signed up for a stoking shift on saturday with some of my favorite girls (wilson, marlena) and we were kicking it old skool around the anagama. i have no idea what the p10 porcelain will look like wood fired, but hopfully it will be nice. i even lined them with shop clear. i felt like a real potter!
actually the kiln won’t be opened until after my departure for philadlephia, but i’ll happily await my first mail in philadlephia: a package of shot glasses from every resident 🙂
i have another shift coming up tuesday night which promises to busy and HOT and side-stoke-tastic.
it’s a bit of a bummer to be on the periphery of this exciting event, but what a nice way to say good bye!