Hey, I can't spend the whole day in the studio!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Staying comfortably warm in my studio, I've been enjoying making my once-a-year supply of bowls, mugs, and vases. Using some soft, smooth stoneware clay (B-Mix) is a nice change from the rough, sandy clay I use for Raku/Saggar work. Next comes the glazing & firing.
While in SF we were impressed with the sculptures of Stephen De Staebler at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery. Another gallery catering to ceramists, the Braunstein/Quay Gallery, had several pieces by Pete Voulkos & Richard Shaw..... there was a nice platter of Voulkos for only $31,000!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"Being an artist is finding out who you are and why you're special and then learning how to really use your imagination or vision, how to give it some kind of form. You develop a visual langauage that's personal. You learn to make materials behave in ways that communicate your spirit and you learn to solve problems and take chances. You have to learn how to present things with clarity and passion and verve and you must do these things all at once. That is the confounding part."
William Daley, ceramist & teacher in Philadelphia: