Adding a Decal to a flask

I just loved making these funny little flasks/vases.  I decided to try out some underglaze decals that I purchased from China Clay Art recently.  What fun it was using them.  I used the bits and pieces from one to decorate some heart jewellery.

Releasing a fish from a mold

Here is a piece of my garden sculpture at the moment of being released (not from the wild) but from the mold.  It needs to be cleaned, but that doesn’t take long.

Back in the Saddle

Sometimes a break is good for the soul.  I needed time to create something different and I worked on some linocuts in August and took a break from clay.

I’m back working with a vengeance now, as I have two shows coming up in November and December.  Here are a couple of images of work from the first bisque firing.

The two shows are the weekend of November 18th and 19th.  The first one is Christmas at the Marshland Centre is at the Marshland Centre, at 65 Hague Blvd., Lakefield.  Lots of different work at this show, not just pottery.

Then at the Kawartha Potters’ Guild Christmas show and sale.  December 1, 2 & 3 at 993 Talwood Drive, Peterborough.

Linocuts

Rabbit (linocut)

While I have been taking the month of August off from pottery/ceramics to give myself a break and refresh, I’ve been playing around with Linocutting.  I took a day course a few months ago to introduce myself to this and I’ve had a great time!  I will likely incorporate it into future clay projects in the future, but for the moment I am loving the immediacy of it.  No waiting for it to dry, bisque fired, glazed and then fired again,  hoping madly that nothing cracks, warps or has unsightly blemishes.  To see the various prints I’ve made, please visit my gallery page.

Creative Directions

Last year I was one of fifteen people chosen to participate in Fusion’s Creative Directions.  As they say on their website:

Creative Directions is FUSION’s new and exciting program for potters and sculptors designed to expand their technical skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.

Basically, it has been a mentorship and has been hard and rewarding, frustrating and fun at the same time.  I’ve learned a lot from our mentor Michelle Mendlowitz, but also from all of the other participants.  We are going to be in a group show at the Robert Mclaughlin’s Gallery A from August 17-September 10.  The opening reception will be September 8th 7-9pm,  Scary?  You bet!

Gregory Thielker: Under The Unminding Sky – WeTransfer This Works

 

“In my paintings, I’m interested in highlighting the way we see the world,” says American painter Gregory Thielker. Initially this seems like a simple statement, but when you think about it, it is more complex than it first sounds. He is an artist interested in our perception of the physical things around us, rather than those things themselves.

So reads the article about Gregory on the site wetransfer.com, a popular site for transferring large files.  They transport you to a rainy summer day when the rain is coming down in buckets.  I think they are exciting and wouldn’t mind having one hanging on my wall on a hot and sticky day to look at.

Source: Gregory Thielker: Under The Unminding Sky – WeTransfer This Works

Auto Mechanics Hilariously Recreate Renaissance Paintings

A very clever idea for a calendar, instead of the tired nudes that people have been copying ever since the Calendar Girls movie from the UK came out.  It was good when they did it!  These are brilliant.

 

US-based photographer Freddy Fabris had always wanted to pay homage to the Renaissance masters with his photos in some way, but he wasn’t sure how until he stumbled upon an auto-mechanic shop in the Midwest. This led to a brilliant series of portraits with auto mechanics reenacting famous Renaissance paintings.
Source: Auto Mechanics Hilariously Recreate Renaissance Paintings