Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

This piece is drying, and then I'll begin the process of layering underglazes on it for a multicolored sculpture.

Recently needed to write an artist statement about the "conceptual framework of my artmaking" and realized that all of these spiral forms have been about creating joyful works. Some are bold strong shapes, others are just plain fun. The spiral or twist provides a good contruction and glazing challenge for me and there are permutations galore. At least I haven't come to the end of this road yet.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing ... good thoughts go out to you from my studio to yours.

Hope to see you in 2009!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Week before Xmas

Completed this stacking sculpture for The Arts Centers' Chocolate Fantasy Auction that's in February.

There are always tricks with cooking larger pieces slowly enough to not blow them up...one of these pieces has a slight rattle from something that blew on the inside (luckily). The colors come from low fire underglazes fired at cone 6. I love the way they get stoney and saturated at the higher temps right before going glassy.

It'll be interesting to see if this gets bites at the oral auction. 59" Sculpture - $550-$600 special order.

Friday, December 12, 2008

15 Second Sculpture at SFMOMA

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The challenge by artist Erwin Wurm was public participation to create a one-minute sculpture with props set out in a corner of SFMoma. I took the challenge in a 15 second version. Sticking my head in the wood refridgerator was much easier than the other two balancing acts (5 fruits with head, chest, and legs against a wall, or three brooms in a crucifixion pattern).

Can I add "Sculpture in SFMoma" to my resume? Ha!

Something a Little Larger

This piece took shape over the past couple of weeks. I started with a definite form in mind, but as it went up in my pinch/coil methods, it took on a life of its own and came out like this. This is about 4ft tall before the drying/firing shrinkage. Think it may be destined for woodfire but am already making a sister piece that will probably be fired with layers of underglazes high fired so they scinter a bit.