Sunday, December 9, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This excellent group show is well worth the trip...
On view September 28 through January 14, 2008
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Had a marvelous experience firing with Tony Moore and crew in Cold Spring last week. Tony's kiln is beautifully designed -- efficient, large yet compact. Enjoyed stoking with old and new friends. My circle is expanding as I meet more folk who are into wood firing. I forgot my camera, this shot of Bill taken with my phone. Unloading coming up this Sunday. I will remember my camera!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Tony packed the first chamber tight and clean. I smiled to see that my work - including a first teapot, tea cups, bowls and vases - showed evidence of increased skill. The sun began to set and I had to leave. The loading wasn't yet complete and may spill over into tomorrow. I forgot my camera but a few friends promised shots, and when they arrive will post them here. Will drive back up this Wednesday to be part of the four day firing.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Rupert Ravens Contemporary gallery opened last night in Newark, NJ, with a spectacular group show entitled Sanctuary. My piece, Energizer, is installed in front of the second floor window. This detail shot (thank you Carl Hazelwood for the image!) offers a feel of the sculpture at night. Spotlights focused on the work generate a blue cast, and it reflects light and colors from passing traffic. I'm delighted to be surrounded by the likes of Agnes Denes and Vija Celmins. With 30,000 sq. ft of exhibition space, Rupert Ravens Contemporary is the largest commercial gallery in New Jersey.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here's a peek at a sculpture in progress. No, it's not part of my current ceramics obsession, and it is part of an ongoing series of sculptural installations engaging light with monofilament in space. I promise this piece will be completed this week as it's part of the opening show at
Rupert Ravens Contemporary gallery 85 Market Street in Newark, opening this Friday, October 26th 6-10PM. There's going to be some serious partying going on starting with Shabazz HS drum corps on the sidewalk at 6, R&B group lil bastad and more will perform in the gallery.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tony Moore's wood firing is three weeks away, and Sue Kotulak will be doing a carbon trap firing in her excellent gas kiln soon. In preparation, I'm steadily producing work. Mostly I'm making tea cups, bowls and vases. Using the ceramics studio at the day job, I'm able to make an average of three vessels daily. The electric kiln at work has a glitch and the hold function isn't working, so ample time is needed for air drying before bisque. A friend gifted me a small electric kiln last year. Its a basic model, no automatic timing here, but it will be fantastic to have the option to bisque work in my own studio -- time to have a heavy duty electrical outlet installed so that I can run it. This weekend my daughter, who is studying at SVA and living in Brooklyn, came home for a visit. We went into the studio and threw pots together - what a delight! I'm planing on including her work in the wood firing.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Thanks for sending the CD with images Quinn!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sue Kotulak invited me up to bring some work for her gas firing Friday, re-fires allowed. It was a clear cool fall afternoon and the landscape on the drive up was beautiful. So I brought up a few pieces that had awkward ash left from the last wood fire. After a warm welcome from Sue we set about loading my pots. Then Paul Boucher arrived and we completed the loading and fired up the kiln. Temps had to stay low as many pots had been outside and needed to dry slowly. We talked over wine and dinner. The strategy for the firing was discussed and we settled in for a long nite. I lasted till just before 3 AM. Sue and Paul staggered their rest periods as they kept watch over climbing kiln temp. At 7 AM I was up, and excitied to see the firing was well under way. Paul had to take off at Noon. I was happy to be able to stay till 5. Sue led us on a walkabout of the property. And then she taught me to use her new hydraulic extruder -- wow, that is a cool tool! The end of the visit came all too soon. Many thanks Sue for a wonderful experience!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Work made the week before the firing, drying in the sun. Missing is a photo of the big black bear crossing the road a mile from the kiln... we were in a car and um, quite relieved to not be on foot!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
This summer I was introduced to wood firing at Peters Valley in Layton, NJ. Now I find myself smitten by the fire bug. With yearning and joy I recollect this first experience with fire:
John Dix, master ceramic artist living in Japan and working in it’s ancient clay tradition, was resident artist. He spent a week demonstrating traditional and innovative approaches to making vessels, and a second week managing the anagama firing. Many thanks to Bruce Dehnert, director of the ceramics program at PV for all the amazing prep and support. Studio assistants Danny Crumb and Cori Beardsley, and Charles Lid, ceramics instructor in New Brunswick, NJ, did a lot of the grunt work in kiln prep, and all twelve participants pitched in loading and stacking over a thousand pieces of work. Finally we worked in teams round the clock, stoking the kiln every 10 - 15 minutes. Temperatures grew -- it was fascinating to witness the fire's life growing as the temps peaked, stall out and then begin climbing again. By the end of the fourth day temperature was in excess of 2300 degrees. It would take five days for the kiln to cool down enough to unload and see how the firing turned out. And we were delerious with anticipation. Finally the day came for unloading