well, i’m settling down in yet another temporary home. i guess i’m starting to get good at this. anyway, i am now in gainesville, fl doing a year of post-baccalaureate studies at the university of florida. gainesville and uf are both quite nice places. really a breath of fresh, oxygen rich air after philadelphia. philly is a amazing city but i am amazed at the unconscious sigh of relief i breathe when i look around and see so much green. proximity is much improved. i’m back to an 8 block (ish) bike ride to the studio which is sweet. this is a much bigger program then i’ve ever been a part of so space is limited, there is a snap of my work space above. this decrease in personal space is more than made up for in the huge and wonderful community, faculty and facility.
my favorite piece of equipment, at the moment, is the test soda kiln. it’s a small soda kiln that shares a chimney with a regular sized soda kiln(very similar to the soda kiln at the clay co.). it’s just one shelf (12×24) deep and you can stack 3-5 up depending on what your making. it’s firing away right now. very excited to see what comes out.
last year i wrote about shopping at the atomic holiday bazaar in sarasota, fl. this year i’ll be there selling my work. i was honored to be selected and even more honored to be rocking my space with team sarasota!
small wall piece, soda fired porcelain.
i know it’s going be a good time. last year i ran into an old friend who i hadn’t seen since before cell phones and internet! crazy.
get to the bazaar early for sweet swag bags including some tiny sculptures by me!
small wall piece, soda fired porcelain, lots of yummy carbon trapping...
today i unpacked the work i’d taken with me to “eclectic and then some”. since most of the smallies had just come out of the kiln they hadn’t made it to the shelf before heading over to gulfport. these are some quick snaps, but you get the idea of my shelf space at the clay co. i am really loving the pieces all together like this.
john cage says “Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different
processes.” gettting a look at everything together, the low fire wall pieces i made about a year ago and the small ones which i made a couple of weeks ago really get’s my brain going. the collection in the second picture feels like a display case of a natural history museum. shells? fossils? an aquarium? this is the kind of situation i would like to put people in. and then they realize they can take a little piece of the display home with them.
as i’ve been working on these wall pieces the studio has been full of frenetic energy. lots of people firing different kilns and in different ways. also, i’ve been working with different types of clay. most/all of the compost show was highwater p10 porcelain. i love p10 because i am able to build with it so effortlessly. especially when coiling. but with the wall pieces above i have used highwater p10 and helios, matt long’s porcelain and a flashing porcelain one of the former residents mixed up before he left. i’ve got maybe 50 pounds of that left, and unfortunately he didn’t use a recipe but all this variety in workability and fire color has me amped up to research more porcelain recipes and develop one i like.
i have been seeing ceramic surface everywhere i look. carbon trapping brains in the mackerel clouds when they get all skippy and black and white across the sky or fire color in j.q.’s roommate’s dog’s fur or the other night when i was watching grey’s anatomy and saw my the wood fired surface in patrick dempsey’s facial hair.
haven’t posted in awhile because i’ve been meaning to take some pictures but keep leaving my camera at work! november is going to be a crazy month, lots of great stuff going on. first of all, us a.i.r.s will load and fire the wood train kiln monday. it will be my first time firing this kiln. i missed out on a fun filled, peanut butter cup s’mores laden firing last month when i was out of town so i’m really looking forward to this.
last month's wood train. with autio platter. yay! pic by red.
next up i’ll be rocking a soda kiln. i think j’s going to join me in firing, very exciting. i’ve been “cranking’ out work, but for me that never means too much, too slow and trudgy. especially since my show opened, it’s been hard to get back to the grindstone. this week so far i’ve almost finished 10 small wall peices. i’m working on tiny versions of my flora peices, in hopes of trying them in a few different kilns and also, getting them out to people for a more affordable price.
spcc will also host 3 artists this month. matt long, john ballisteri and don reitz will spend a week and a little with us making work in preparation for the anagama firing in january. i’ll take the whole time off work to be around and help. john and don were here firing the anagama on my way in to the residency so it’s very fitting to have them here on my way out as well.
i’ve got a few shows lining up but more on those later.
more in november and then….december. proper pics and posts coming soon.
i’m blogging from st. pete clay. firing the soda for one of the owners. very exciting to have the internet while firing.
it’s actually not that hot yet today and there is not a swarm of mosquitos surrounding me which is a change from the norm. i guess fall is really here. needless to say, the first squeaks of fall in florida do not prompt sweaters and jeans, just less sweat overall.
tomorrow is j’s closing reception. the show has been open all week. if you haven’t seen it yet i would definitely recommend coming out tomorrow.
monday the show will come down and i’ll get down to the business of installing. can’t say much at this point except that i am very appreciative of everyone who is helping everything along. i am highly stressed! but so much awesomeness is happening simultaneously. i got a very exciting invitation to show in march as part of a four person show.
my brain is getting ready to explode, but in a good way, often. just need to get through this week.
ok, here is a little preview from the kiln i just opened…