Sunday, November 18, 2007

cold spring unloading

Woke up to a few snow flakes mixed with rain, and then the sky cleared for a fine cold fall day's unloading in Cold Spring. Tony Moore's kiln held a large amount of work... many fine pieces emerged this morning. I'm on a big learning curve, and discovered more about clay bodies and how they act in wood firing. Heard several people recommend Sheffield T-1 stoneware for wood firing due to it's tendency to produce excellent comet trails when hit by flame. Dan G. recommends Archie Bray porcelain -- and with it he's achieved beautiful color on all of his pieces.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

irrational profusion

This excellent group show is well worth the trip...

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Irrational Profusion: Nicole Cherubini, Marc Leuthold, Joyce Robins, and Peter Schlesinger. The works of these four artists produce a diverse contemporary dialogue on the traditional medium of clay. Through their incorporation of unconventional materials including rabbit fur, gold chains, and paint, as well as their references to painting, drawing, and sculpture, these artists share an interest in pushing the boundaries of and contributing to the medium’s possibilities .This group exhibition is on view in the First Floor Drawing Gallery from September 28 through January 14, 2008.
Irrational Profusion
On view September 28 through January 14, 2008

Thursday, November 15, 2007

cold spring firing

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

one more day

Firing begins at Tony Moore's anagama/noburigama kiln tomorrow! I'm eager to experience the kiln -- how will it differ from the Anagama at Peter's Valley? This and more to come in few days, including pics of the kiln on fire.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

back to fire

6 AM up and early drive to arrive 9 AM to a beautiful windy and chilly fall day at Tony Moore's kiln in upstate NY. Met many new people during the loading. Was glad to see old friends Sue and Paul and Jane from past firings at Peter's Valley and Sue Kotulak's gas kiln.
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.
Anticipation growing.