Friday, January 1, 2010

so much to begin with and nothing is lost....




this past year my work has gone through much change...i learned how to work with plaster and slip-cast about this time last year...when spring came, i found myself painting with my fingers in oil, franticly producing painting after painting, i left the ceramics alone for a couple of months..summer brought my first employee and a lot of slip-casting!.. then i came back, not interested in the sgraffito work i had been doing for the last three years, started incorporating a "street" asteatich into the slip-ware, adding decals and stylisiclly where akin to the oil paintings..then did a series of sculptures, learning how the incorporate hand building with wheel work, also trying a low-fire earthenware clay for the first time, tip-toeing around with stains,slips, and colorants....this led me to my current work very large platters.
soooo...to sum up 2009, it was a year of adventure, trying new techniques, and trying to allow the process to dictate the direction...i feel like i learned much!..my tool box is a little fuller, and my mind is secure in the notion of pure manisfestation...good and bad>. thought word action...by far the platters have been the most challenging. i have lost 100% of the work over 20"...alas this has been a blessing, i feel failure is only so if one accepts the situation as a mistake and not an opportunity. i reached out and the beautiful clay artists responded. i am becoming well-versed in the art of the slow fire...the final glaze is cooling as i write..what will it say?..hopefully not anything shocking! (clay humor there)...anyways, 2010 for me feels wide open..i am going to focus on the platters for a while, trying to bring a sense of painting composition mixed with sculptural qualities...my studio is turning into a mad-scientist laboratory..excellent. i am creating a vocabulary of colors and textures using slip, oxides, stains, glazes,, and raw materials. really trying to push the boundaries, yet striving for a sense of balance within the work...i will hope fully be posting pics of large un-cracked platters later today...hope your new year is blessed.

2 comments:

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Here's hoping for non crackage for you! I filled out the Shakori application yesterday, so hope to see ya there in a few months!

www.jeffmartinceramics.blogspot.com said...

sweet! i know you will get in, it will be cool to hang out..see you there..