Thanks for stopping by the ol' blog! I always appreciate it when people tell me that they have read or seen something interesting on my blog. This time I really feel like I'm sharing two really captivating pieces. When you get to the end tell me what you think of the Michael's and Janice's work and our show if you're so incline.
Constructing Solitude by Janice Jakielski
These two images of Janice Jakielski's work were the pieces that I was most intrigued with, I love interacting with the binoculars, and the feeling of spying I had when looking at the fields of growing plants, wondering what I would see if I stayed there long enough.I played with these pieces for a long time; I took tons of pictures through the eye holes of each of the ceramic vegetation. I went from side to side, looking at every angle, I was the person who really was lingering too long.
Misfit Cup Liberation Project by Michael StrandThe other piece that fascinated me was the Misfit Cup Liberation Project by Michael Strand. Michael asks people to bring in their cups that have been pushed to the back of the cabinet and has not been used for years in exchange for his beautiful handmade cup. In exchange you are asked to write how you acquired it and why you are giving up your neglected cup. I read many of the stories and I kept wondering what is Michael Strand going to do with all these cups? Why would a maker of handmade cups be willing to trade them for these unwanted cups? As fate would have it, I got to dine with Michael Strand and asking all my burning questions. He said his Misfit Cup project will exchange with 10 cities and several countries, India being one and in the end he will have collected 1000 cups. Michael said, "It will be a cultural anthropological study of what is at the back our collective closet."
Top left: Danny Brown, Lynn Munns, my work, and Ted Vogel.
Top left: Mike Olson, Lisa Pedolsky, Yoko Sekino-Bove, Elaine DeBehr, and Kurt Anderson.
Top: Rod Dugal, Ryan Olsen.
Everything packed up and ready to go home!
That night was the big Saturday Night Bash and the theme was The Rocky Horror Show, but I didn’t bring anything to dress up, so my friends wouldn’t let me go without a costume, so my thumb became Senor Amputee!Well, this was my last workshop that I taught; I’m starting to get ready for the next workshop that I’m teaching in Las Vegas at Clay Arts Vegas. And this nightmare has been on my mind, because in two weeks I will be teaching another workshop. Hopefully I will not repeat the same show as in Breckenridge!
Houston Community College – South East
I will post pictures when I get to NCECA, but for now, here is the PR that the HCC put out for all the shows that are going on at the college.
Here is a list of who’s in our show.
Below you can see a list of all the shows at Houston Community College - Southeast
The Letter of The Day: G
Back with the ABC’s of Ceramics. Today we have the letter G, with Gillian Parke, Gail Kendall
and Jim Gottuso.
(This is my one of my New Year's resolutions; to finish this series - The ABC's of ceramics!)
G is for Gillian Parke!My husband bought me Gillian Parke’s vessel for Christmas few years ago and then her work landed on the cover of Ceramics Monthly. When he saw her pot on the cover he was so proud of himself! Todd gets me nice pots for gifts, but he was vey happy with this one. I do I love her work. Her pots remind me of lot of the pots I saw in Japan, with the feldspar inclusions. My son and I went out on a cold and windy day to find a place to photograph the G entry, Vander has gone with me on most of these adventures. We tried several spots before we found the right photograph that was going to work for her beautiful pot.
G is for Gail Kendall.I got these two of Gail Kendall’s pieces when years ago, I took a workshop with her at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. I love the fact that she is a complete hand builder! I was trying to figure out what would be a great shot for Gail’s olive dish and it dawned on me it looked like a submarine, then I had to convince Vander to stay still for the shot, always a hard feat.
G is for Jim Gottuso.Jim Gottuso’s tumbler I bought for my husband because he always complains that cups and mugs are not made for his hands. He always looks for the biggest handle, even if it out of proportion and looks a bit odd. When I saw this tumbler I thought finally a cup that Todd can use that will fit his hand!
Check out Jim’s interview, he was one of the first artist’s interviews on my blog.
Check out his interview here!
If you’re interested here are the other posts from The ABC’s of Ceramics.
Or just click on the link on the right hand side under categories.
Here is Forrest's video of his Volumetric Image Transfer if you haven't seen it's amazing to watch!There is a remarkable touch of sensibility in your decorations. Tell us more about how you decorate and where do you get inspiration from. My decorations are not my own. I use historic pattern right out of the books and images I find that illustrate the places that I draw the most inspiration from; primarily the middle east and the asian countries that have influenced middle eastern pattern over the last thousand years. So I have to give credit where credit is due. My surfaces however are really what I am trying to use to give a deeper meaning to those patterns. When a piece has turned out well in my eyes it is a mostly a comnbination of the consisitency of the slip, transfer medium and clay coupled with the speed at which I remove the transfer from the clay. This all underlies what the atmosphere in a reduction cooled firing does to the object to give it a patina that I am happy with. You work with great delicacy when using patterns and symbols of ancient cultures on your work. How do you choose these patterns? The patterns I choose to use are indicative of the story that has been told throughout history of how commerce and trade have effected cultures with the end result usually being a war or conflict that is played out in the middle of the lives of the everyday person, effecting them in horrific ways. Pattern is as old as time, and indeed MUCH older than humanity. Complex geometric patterning is not simply a mark of humanity. When people refer to sacred geometry they are referring to the crossroads of science and mysticism,. Right now, I am completely engrossed in the very complex patterns of sound and its effect on the physical realm. What advice can you give aspiring artists struggling to find their own voice and look? I used to work as a corporate communication consultant. It was fun work that allowed me to ask very hard questions of people in very high paying jobs. I was taught a number of great exercises by many masterful people. The exercise that I use most frequently in teaching students that are stuck is called the five whys, and it very simply goes like this: What is important to you? Why is that important? Why is that important? Why is that important? Why is that important? Once you have gotten to the fifth why (and don’t avoid the hard stuff) make artwork from that place. And if you get stuck from there, look back in history at least 100 years or more. You have recently launched a Kickstarter for your Origins Tiles; please tell us about your project. A friend from the United Arab Emerates introduced me to Kickstarter when I was exploring a body of work that I imagine will come to fruition through my endeavors in tile. She basically opened up the dome of crowdfunding and the light poured in! Simply, I have been making tile that speaks the same language as my pots, it was picked up by a very thoughtful and artistically minded tile company who just so happens to do FANTASTIC marketing, and now I have to make more tile; MUCH MORE TILE! Kickstarter will not only help me fund this project, but it will give me honest feedback, though dollars and cents, as to the validity of my forray into tile (Disclaimer: never let money make your artistic decisions for you; unless of course you live in the real world and have children, car payments, grocery bills etc. then just do what you love well and do it just differently enough that it brings in a little income) Through Kickstarter you’re hoping to raise $20,000 how will this help your tile production? The $20,000 will be for a Tile Press, pug mill, and kiln. If I don’t make the goal, I get none of the money. If I make more than the $20,000 goal, I will put it toward a silkscreenexposure unit for the tile, and another top secret project that I hope to implement that could really change the way some people do some things with clay and glaze! – To be continued. I hope!
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"Divertimento" opens at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, March 1, with an artist reception from 6-9pm.
The exhibition runs through March 30th.Building on the 2011 exhibition, “Prelude” at Plinth and most recently, “Ceramic Forms” at Laramie County Community College, Kaplan continues to explore the textured slab and his signature use of industrial parts and fittings in this new body of work. The pieces in “Divertimento” reflect his interpretation of the theme of parts and wholes, or what Kaplan refers to as “the combination of singular objects combined to make complex forms.” Incorporating wheel thrown, hand-built, and press-molded ceramic parts, Kaplan builds both sculptural and functional vessels including large basins, condiment sets, serving pieces and teapots. His deft use of industrial parts such as phenolic ball knobs, metal handles, shaft collars, and coated cable provides both a visual and structural counterpoint to the ceramic form and surface. In addition, his bird and fish forms appear, as seen previously in his “Nouveau Moche” series as well as his “Plinthed Vessel Series”. -Plinth Gallery For more information on Jonathan and Plinth Gallery make the jump here. Can you tell us what you are making? I have included new large basin constructions and an entirely new grouping of handbuilt teapots. The fish and bird elements have again surfaced and have now become fully integrated into some of these pieces. What techniques do you usually work with and what is your favorite tool? I don’t have a particular technique that I usually work with. It all depends on what the idea is, then I can decided what I need to use or work with. If I think a particular item or part needs to be press molded or slip cast, then that is the technique I will employ. For instance, when designing the teapots in this exhibition, I had a particular curved spout in mind and, the obvious way to make this was in a press mold. I carved a plaster model and then made a simple 2 part press mold to make the spout. However, I have a growing list of favorite tools: I use two Slabmats and a Yixing mallet to beat out my slabs. I then use a rolling pin and two equally sized wooden strips to make a slab of a particular thickness. I do have a very nice selection of Bison tools. A substantial mechanical pencil with an assortment of leads, a Foray brand rolling ball .5mm(fine) or .7mm(medium) pen, and my sketchbook are favorites. I am starting to draw on my iPad using Paper53 or Noteshelf (both apps). These are all very cool tools. If you could do one thing much better, what might it be? I can’t isolate just one thing, however……. My time management skills need to be improved for sure. I do not draw very well freehand, but I can get the idea across. I would like to be a better draftsman. My typing skills are absolutely horrendous. They need work as I devote too much time to making corrections. Studio Potter journal. The journal is the documentation of how we work within the context of being part of a larger society. It is the chronicle of experience as potters and ceramic artists, a compendium of ideas. It is an important part of our ceramic culture and has been so for the past 40 years. We need your help to continue for the next 40 years. So if you would like to join and receive this quality publication twice a year, please email me. (email@example.com) [caption id="attachment_5946" align="aligncenter" width="290"] Jonathan and Dorothy @ Plinth Gallery[/caption] Tell us what you do for fun when you’re out of the studio. I wish I could spend more time outside of the studio! Gallery work keeps me quite busy, and I certainly would not have any studio practice whatsoever if it were not for the hard work of my wife Dorothy. She runs the back end, so to speak, of the gallery. Her hard work and involvement with Plinth Gallery are truly responsible for its success. Thanks sweetie! I have never thought of myself as an athlete or particularly athletic. Nonetheless, I am an avid bicyclist and aside from being great exercise, any riding I do helps relieve stress for me. I have skied since my dad taught me at age 5, so I get out twice a week during ski season on my alpine or telemark boards. Thanks for visiting the blog and taking time to read all about Jonathan. I hope you take a minute to comment to let Jonathan and myself you’ve stopped by.