For the last few days at the studio EVERYTHING I touched turned in to a complete and utter disaster. I have been invited to show floral inspired work in a show at Gumps. With about had 2 weeks notice I decided I needed some new work to round out what I already have. So far I have managed to break more work than I have created. Cracks appeared in four intricately made ewers when I left them uncovered, attempting to dry them too quickly. An error code appeared on my kiln during a routine bisque firing (UGH...I am not even sure what that means - but I think it got to temperature???). Last night (BEFORE Happy Hour, mind you!) I picked a beautiful green wear piece, I had just finished the mishima technique on, by the rim and shattered it....what an idiot...these are all things I should have learned not to do in pottery 101. I am bull in the china closet, a crack pot in the pottery. All these problems are happening before the stage that usually gets me....the dreaded glazing. Today has got to be better.
This is the sad scene inside my garbage bucket.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I just had some new photos taken of my work by fabulous photographer and my friend for 30 years, Jean Michel Addor. It always amazes me what he can do to enhance the pieces. Jean Michel can make the work positively glow and have a greater presence. It's thrilling to work with him in his studio and watch the magic happen.
I saw a similar thing happen the other day at Trax Gallery. There is a wonderful show there now - 5+5, an Exhibition of 5 California Potters& their 5 Invitees. Christa has work there that I've watched her create, fire and finish and have lived with daily in our studio. Seeing it at Trax, beautifully lit and displayed, elevates it to it's true greatness.