Saturday, January 31, 2009
I'm not a devil worshipper, but I do like to point out that there must be two on the teeter-totter or it will just sit there. I'm constantly focusing on opposites and trying to find the right balance in my own mind.
The little imp shown here can't hide its true colors....
Friday, January 30, 2009
One of the first masks I made was a fool - the piece shown here is one of the latest. I don't think I've come full circle quite yet, so there are sure to be more!
The mask is stoneware with engobes and pencils.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This is a small mask - 4 1/2" high x 3 1/2" wide (about the size of a rabbit hole?!). I felt that making it bigger wouldn't have made it better. Small prototypes don't always work as larger pieces and vice versa!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This yet another mask from the "leaf" series. It was sculpted with raku clay and the glaze is a mix of raku clear and copper matte. I was pleased at how the combination became mottled.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It is a busy time in the studio - I'm just beginning to get out of my winter doldrums and pushing forward like the trees that are bursting to bloom. Working on this blog is getting me motivated to come up with some new stuff - wish me luck!
Monday, January 26, 2009
The title of the piece came as I worked on the glaze combination. I felt that it expressed my own changes of attitude while discovering new methods, and incorporating the best of the old....
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This fits in with another of my favorite subjects: the balance between good and evil. Over the years I've been exploring this idea, but I'm sorry to say, I don't have any answers.......yet.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Without a doubt, this is an autumn mask. Instead of going to a ball, this leaf is headed for a fall (in disguise). I had a great time working on this and trying out some new combinations. It is very satisfying mixing up my own glazes and trying for different effects. I hope that it keeps my work from becoming boring, for me or for the viewer.
The final firing was raku - the branch is from a tree in my yard.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I do think a lot about being "green". It's such an important concept that I feel guilty every time I waste anything. I truly admire (envy?) those in the vanguard of the green movement.
The mask is raku clay that is painted with engobes after the bisque, fired again, decorated with underglaze pencils, then fired again - and finally, glazed and raku fired.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Even though I'm not much of a girly girl or even much of a rose, I appreciate the idea. And, we all have something inside that is special - even if it isn't always apparent.
This piece is a combination of laquer resisted stoneware and raku. The parts were assembled post firing.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The ideas that come from dreams are some of my most cherished, and this mask, with all its layers, is one of these.
It was sculpted with raku clay, painted with colored engobes, fired to cone 5 and finished with pencils.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The night owl thrives at night for it is a time of quiet and rejuvenation. All things seem possible in the stillness, and then there are the dreams where one can soar.
The mask was made using the "naked raku" technique.
Monday, January 19, 2009
This mask is my first attempt at overglaze painting and I am pleased at the prospects of having a new tool in the box. First, I fired the stoneware piece with a matte white glaze. After firing, it was covered with black overglaze enamel and allowed to dry. I then used sgraffito techniques to make the pattern and it was fired again to cone 018.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My own life is full of these journeys - and many of them are of the mind. I do my best to face them in the spirit with which they come to me.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Here, I'm using the garden as a metaphor for inner thoughts and imagination. If the imagination is well fed, then the "garden" will grow. How it grows will depend on how much attention we give it - or how much it demands.
I've been accused of having an over-active imagination... guilty, I am! This can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I am lucky to be able to express my feelings through my work. On the other hand, it can be overwhelming at times. Though the imagination is nourishing for the soul, it can also be a major distraction!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Seriously though, most of the time it is painful to see the world too clearly. And so, we all construct our own protective devices....
This little (4 1/4"high x 3 1/4"wide) piece is raku fired, with engobes and glaze. It is finished with colored pencils and matte varnish.
This piece is available for sale at : http://www.etsy.com/shop/unmasked
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So, I'll leave off for today with one of my favorite addages...Nothing ventured, nothing gained.......
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I recently added to the collection with this piece. Whenever I had done something that I probably shouldn't have done, my mother always seemed to know. At the time, I failed to understand the concept of parental networking. When I would ask how she knew of my deed, she would reply: "a little bird told me". When I think about it now, I'm pretty sure that's when "Birdgirl" became a part of my psyche!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Life, I feel, is not about giving up, but about surrendering to the possibilities. I hope that's the message this piece sends!
The mask was sculpted with raku clay and fired 4 times (bisque, engobe, underglaze pencil and glaze).
Monday, January 12, 2009
After the raku process, I decided to finish it with designs that represent growth and roots. The space between is the interlude.....a calm place where everything stops for a moment. Although I made this piece in Hungary, I had made a sketch of it before I left. I wasn't sure I would even make it since it was an idea I brought with me. However, the idea wouldn't let me go.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Is it a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket? I'll never know the answer to that one, just as I'll never know which came first. But I will keep blundering along - taking chances and wondering.
The mask is stoneware with mid-fire (cone 6) glazes and engobes with a final firing of gold lustre. The eggs in the basket are raku fired porcelain.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The "prize", in this mask, is meant to be something like building material. What will you or I feather our nests with? I hope it is something special.....
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Well, I'm officially back in the studio...but I'm taking things slow. Been researching and mulling over some new ideas-it's kind of like weeding the garden!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This mask is my ode to those times, and if you remember "the song", you'll understand. As time goes by I feel a need to look back and commemorate, in my own way, some of the important passages of my life. It makes me feel less alone knowing that others might have had similar journeys.
Monday, January 5, 2009
This is a stoneware piece from last year and is one of the original masks for the "Leaf as Metaphor" series. The title is "Denial". I'm in denial about so many things that it's hard to give an explanation of the piece! It is more about a feeling I would like to express that I hope is universal. Does the leaf know that it is falling from the tree? Does it care to know?
I was fortunate to find a good home for "Denial" with my good friend Sally Ryan. In return, the queen got some new clothes made by Sally's talented hands. Ah, the joys of bartering with talented pals!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This is the offering for today - it's "Just a Little Piece of My Heart". The New Year seems like a good time to share this mask since it's all about beginnings....or is it about endings? I don't know, but I do know that it is about sharing.
I made this piece during my second residency at the International Ceramic Studios in Kecskemet, Hungary (May to July 2008). Of course, it is Raku - as was most of the work I did there. I'll be showing some more of these as the days go by. It's always inspiring for me to work in another country as I get ideas that I don't think I'd get at home in my studio. Then too, I bring away thoughts and images that will affect my work for years to come.
Right now, I'm gearing up to get back into the studio in a serious way. I never seem to get much done during the holidays - so many distractions. And these days, I'm easily distracted anyway. So - Here's to the New Year!!