Sunday, February 14, 2016

wood fire in Mendocino

Finally I hauled it up to Mendocino Art Center last weekend and got in on a local (ish) woodfire - .  The place is located a few blocks from the Mendocino Headlands - gorgeous setting. The ocean surf rumbles nearby all day and night. Good people working there too.
The kiln is small in comparison to Peter's Valley (in western NJ) and Tony Moore's Anagama/Noborigama combo in Cold Spring NY.  They call it the mini-gama or the Lil' Big Kiln. It does a great job, although full of cracks. There will be a rebuild of the kiln first week of August and I'm hoping to get up there and participate.
For this firing I made functional wares - bowls and mugs and a few vases. And then included a few masks. The masks are shown a few posts earlier in the bisque state. And here they are wood fired. Looking forward to alternate firings of all 50 masks and achieving a range of effects that evoke a sense of aged ancient artifacts.

These unique pieces are for sale:
English porcelain, Temoku glaze; wide range of colors showing up. Outside ranges from deep brown to rich amber with some crystals and striations.  Interiors are a deep rich blue.   

4.5" h x 3.75"w x 3.75"d
woodfired porcelain vase with temoku glaze $55.00   4.5"h x 3.75"w x3.75"d

facing the fire/color change!

woodfired porcelain with temoku glaze $55.00   4.5"h x 4.25"w x4.25"d

Sunday, August 16, 2015

new forms emerging

The past three years I've been a bit distracted -  studio work has been sporadic.  I moved six times, first across country, then to Cali - Berkely, then Oakland, then Sebastopol and finally Santa Rosa. I've settled in to a happy home and great job. New explorations have begun, and its all about bubbles. More to come...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

return to woodfire

This spring my ceramic students cast their faces with plaster gauze and used the molds to make fabulous clay masks. While the project was happening, I met Richard Carter, sculptor and ceramic artist who has Anagama and Norbuirga woodfire kilns in northern Cali.  Perfect timing was at work as Richard and his crew had just finished a firing. I met them at the unloading. So exciting to meet them and see their fabulous operation.  I've been invited to participate in a late October firing.  My students gifted me their face molds when the class project was complete, to use in a new project involving some sixty beautiful faces pressed out as multiples.

                                          work in progress

Monday, February 10, 2014


Return to teaching has brought me back to clay. I'm grateful for access to a clay studio with ample space to work, and wonderful colleague and laid back students.
This box is made of cone 5 stoneware, painted with copper carbonate (experimenting w/ minerals) and then a pale blue glaze. Its 5.5" x 8" x 4.5" I'm delighted with the way the copper leached through glaze resulting in metallic effects.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Western Sonoma

I've moved again, and hopefully will be staying put for a while.
Right livelihood has manifested as teaching. I am enjoying teaching both drawing and painting as well as Ceramics. Returning to working in clay, hands are once again a focus. Casting 100 hands was the focus in 1993-4 for an installation at David Paul's Information Gallery on 9th St. in the E Village.

Mimi's Hands, 2013
8" x 8" x 4"
Stoneware, glazed
 In the collection of S.K.Lehman, DE

Saturday, August 3, 2013

punctuated equilibrium

Punctuated Equilibrium
My new bronze sculpture and works on paper are being featured at Tucker Contemporary Art  

Punctuated Equilibrium
14 x 6 x 5 inches
My current sculptural work is a continuation of gathering and compiling discards. After moving to Northern California in the summer of 2012, I began using masses of eucalyptus seeds, acorns, and other seed forms. Stacking and organizing natural forms sloughed off during nature’s seasonal changes, I make molds of these forms, and cast them in wax. Multiple casts are combined in gestural postures, referencing life force at work. Finally the lost wax technique is used, resulting in the final bronze sculpture. Patina is achieved with natural acids applied over a short period of time and cured in the heat of the sun.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

John Dix

John Dix, based in Japan, traveled to Mendocino County to lead a wood fire workshop with Mendocio based Nick Schwartz who has an anagama kiln. Their work, along with Judith Duff's, is on view at Trax Gallery in Berkely.  The show showcases a range of woodfired work with husky forms and deluxe surfaces.
John Dix and Stefanie Nagorka May 4, 2013