Archive for November, 2008
I just love this painting.
I keep meaning to do some variations of it on a run of platters. Maybe after this glaze cycle…
Tags: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges
The Bird- she is in. We are having a late feast and I’m in charge of the turkey.
I’ve combined a few recipes, brined the bird over night, got a giblet stock going for the gravy, stuffed the bird with veg, shrouded her with cheesecloth soaked in dry white wine and butter and we’re off!
I’ll see if I can keep posting photos as the bird roasts.
I’m so pleased to be a part of next year’s Yunomi Show at AKAR Gallery. Now I’m not sure that I have ever made anything that I would call a Yunomi- but I like a challenge. I made a small test run this week. The above image was the best of this first bunch.
I worked into the wee hours tonite, finishing up all the wet pots I had in the studio. I thought it would be nice to devote tomorrow entirely to my turkey.
Then it’s a bisque and three glaze kilns between friday and wednesday for a couple shows next week.
Below are a few shots of the soup bowls after painting:
This is the first pot I remember associating with the great Japanese Potter, Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743). I must have been in Scholes Library with a big stack of books piled next to my cozy chair. I remember feeling that I had just seen something special. There seemed so much contained expression in this simple, tiny object. This was the kind of pots I wanted to make.
As I work in my studio I try to be guided by great objects of the past and the artists that made them. I don’t wish to duplicate great objects, but to create pots that dwell inside a lineage with them. I like to imagine that if a pot of mine was placed next to a great pot, like the one above, a conversation could take place.
The Kenzan piece was on my mind today as I finished up this little spice jar: