Archive for November, 2009
My collection continues to bring me joy. I’ve just added a healthy handful of pots to the stacks and they make me so thankful to be a part of our clay world.
The studio is a bit creaky these days – here is a little investigation from the past couple days:
I also wanted to share this bit of a poem with you today:
How marvelous is the reality of the present moment! Each leaf is a universe of taste, scent, and memories. Each one is a unique world, both spiritual and temporal. A single leaf encompasses the entire universe. We tremble at this revelation that inspires great devotion. We bow in front of the miracle of this manifistation. We no longer dare neglect the smallest thing: leaf, stone, or fragrence.
from The Little Buffalo in Pursuit of the Sun
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Tags: Living Through Making, Making Through Living, NCECA, Philadelphia
NCECA will be here before we know it – and two days before that will be an amazing Preconference hosted by Michael Connelly and Alleghany Meadows @ Montgomery College. I suggest you all register right away and come out to Philly a few days early.
a two day event (March 29, 30) focused on the journey of the contemporary studio potter
There will be simultaneous demonstrations by:
as well as a keynote address by Studio Potter’s Mary Barringer and panel discussions featuring Julia Galloway, Ayumi Horie, Alleghany Meadows, Michael Connelly, Andy Brayman, Lisa Orr and Steve Lee.
This is going to be a really inspiring event. Enrollment is limited. We have kept the price really affordable. Standard cost is $135. Full-time students are $85.
i was kept awake the other nite thinking about making 50 or so blocks in a sandy cast terra cotta – building a wall and painting them w/ slips and then glaze.
it is beautiful in my mind.
Tags: chamber pot, i wish i made it
This object speaks for itself. Rather worryingly, the description in the Yorkshire Museum’s database says: “Greenish glaze on upper two-thirds of body. Internal deposit.”
Things may get a little weird around here as i transition from studio potter into grad school applicant. As i ask the big questions of why? and what? around returning to school i’m finding all kinds of avenues opening in my brain.
Challenging my own commitment to pots as a primary means of expression feels really good. I’ve been thinking about school as a continuation of making outside of the demands of the marketplace. Feeling like i don’t have to produce ‘product’ – i am becoming more keenly aware of my relationship to ‘object’ and how objects carry ‘image’.
that having been said – this is a pretty great pot.
i wish i made it…