It has been just over two years since my last blog post. A lot of things have happened since then. In fact, I am typing this on an IPad. I don't think htey even existed back in those days. Still at St. Petersburg Clay Co., still with Matt Schiemann and five Artists-In-Residence. Melissa and Alien are also still here, and there is an addition of Sassafras. We did get a new whip as the kids say.
My work has taken changes in the past two years. I think two years ago, I was still trying to balance sculptural ideas and pottery ideas. It has taken a while, but I think I have fund a way to have the ideas blend into the same.
Before, my sculptures were about contemporary issues that I felt affected the average person. Most ideas were informed by my time working in my graduate school studio listening to podcasts. Most podcast were NPR based, but also some baseball ones. Things being made were ice cream cones, gummy bears, corn silos, and unicorns. Most of the ideas were coming from outside sources. I realized early in graduate school that I had the ability to make things, but my ability to speak about my concepts was embarrassing. That realization came towards the end of my first semester. Working with oust side sources for ideas, writing about what I was making, and sketching what I was going to make, taught me how to fulfill ideas and solidify concepts.
For the past year and a half I have been working on interpretations of vessel with a scale of between 24" and 36". I was not entirely sure why, but it gave me a level of excitement that only new ideas can bring around. The larger the forms got, the harder the surfaces became to finish. I started drawing in the surfaces and using more color, specifically saturated colors. All of the different facets built over time. When the drawings and forms they were in started to compete, I went back to focusing on formal issues alone. Now they have started to combine again and sometimes the forms are not true vessels. Closed off forms with similar vessel features like feet, shoulders, and bellies.
That is all for now. I think I am going to make a true effort to utilize this space to discuss my work and possibly more.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
this is probably the fifth or sixth blog post I have started in the the last few months. Maybe I will finish and publish this one. What to make? I just realized as I stirred my dirty gin martini that it dd not really make sence to drink out of an espresso sized mug. Usually in the evenings when I sit around and have a night kap it is bourbon or a martini drank out of a ceramic cup, go figure, and mostly it is out of a rocks glass or a large shot glass. Every now and then, like tonight, I grab one of two small mugs that we own. It is either a Beck Evans or a Laura Williams is Laura Ashley I guess that is. It always seems weird, but I keep doing it. At a certain point the indented purpose does not really matter. I think I have drank more hard liquor out of these two cups than coffee or espresso, and that is ok.
The past few weeks have been a battle to decide what to make. One day it is sculpture, another day is pottery and then on to sculptural vessels another day. So what to do? Who knows. I figure if I keep it up and think about things and find reasons for why things are not working, it should play out in the end.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
It is a new year for all of us in St Pete. A lot has changed over the last few months and they just keep getting bigger and bigger. Went to a christmas party where I got a bottle of Basil Hayden, so that is pretty sweet. Enjoying some right now as a matter of fact. If all goes well tomorrow we will begin the building the new salt kiln at SPCC. It should only take a couple of days.
Too many cords of wood to split, and too many bricks to move.....
Yet still, I need to find more time to make more work. The shelves are getting empty and I am looking to spread around to some galleries. It's weird, every now and again I think about how I used to be more sculpturally oriented. The last few I made just felt forced, but who knows.
Friday, October 29, 2010
start drinking Coronas and decide to live in Florida for the rest of your days. Or act like the Chavi and put limes into the silver bullet. Any who, it has been a busy past month or so. If you have not heard, Matt Schiemann and I purchased St Petersburg Clay Company, (SPCC), and are ready to take it to the next level. SPCC is already a great place. A dozen or so electric kilns, two gas kiln, soda, a train, an anagama and in a few weeks a brand spanken new salt kiln. Let me not forget to mention the great members and artists in residence that make the place pop on a daily basis. Right now we are getting ready for a big holiday sale and a members show and that should rap the year up pretty well. Let us not the big pre-NCECA workshop we will be holding with the Morean Art Center for Clay.
Tomorrow morning we are going to upload the train kiln from a workshop led last weekend with Matt J-gel and myself, while Elmer Taylor taught a brush making a surface decoration workshop. Should be good.
On another, and totally different note, I found out this past summer while teaching summer camp that I am still not the best drawer in class. It is weird, as a youth, I never thought I would be an artist because I could not draw realistically or replicate comic books. These days I still can not, but I now don't care. It is not what I am about, so why would I need to? Here are some sketches for an instillation based on an amusement park theme. The soda shack and hot dog stand are my favorites.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
...when it is a cup. Or a tea bowl that is. Tonight I made my first tea bowl since before graduate school. So, like four years. I stopped making them because I lost my interest in tea. Hot tea. Never had good, hot, traditional tea. I have had the blacks, whites, greens and mints. Maybe there was a flaw in my method of tea bagging, but it always just seemed like hot water. This was also the after undergraduate school where I was making a point to be more healthy than my malt liquor and taco bell days of Miami undergrad. Needless to say, it did not carry on.
Now five years later I randomly decide to make a tea bowl in the studio. Truth be told, I have thought about it the past few day while trying to expand my functional vocabulary. My resistance to tea bowls started when I tried to label what I was and was not as an artist, ceramic artist to be exact. Tea bowls can seem cliche. An easy answer for the ceramic process, something with an automatic historical context. Turns out it is like any other functional form, where there is a will there is a way...or purpose.
What made me think about making tea bowls again? Every morning I walk into the living room and notice the two tea bowls we own and are on display in the living room. Almost a decade of ceramics and I only own two tea bowls, strange. A Don Reitz tea bowl sits on a shelf below a shelf with a John Balistreri tea bowl. One I got for doing slides of Don's recent Anagama work from St Pete Clay, and the other for firing John's refires in the salt kiln along with Schiemann. As they say, it is always in ones best interest to surround themselves with people smarter than themselves. I am still very young in my ceramics career, to young to dismiss forms for weak reasons.
In the end it is just a shape, a vessel that hold liquid. Right now I am drinking bourbon out of a small mug by Beck Evans. The lips a little too fat and round and the handle is a little odd. It is the funky oddities make pottery special. It has a deep brown clay body with a hell of a white shino wrapped around it.