Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
We seem to suddenly have a run on small cups and beakers..a few big orders have made our studio into a little production space - for now. Fortunately the softness of the plants and beautiful objects around us will always prevent the space from being factory-like. It is rather like a gracious greenhouse, with the wonderful southern hemisphere autumn sunshine casting a gentle warming light.
Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
Hui-k'ai (1183-1260): WU-MEN-KUAN
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift. - Lincoln, Abraham
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Many streams of activity running concurrently in the studio this past week -
throwing and exploring the vessel form;
testing new majolica glazes for applying on thrown utilitarian pieces;
drawing and painting of portrait tiles for some panels;
surfaces and glazing of bowls and dishes for a Canadian gallery order;
decorating small cups for a Swiss gallery order;
completing a mural of tiles for an interior decorator's client in Knysna;
packing and paper work for panel going to S.A. pavilion at World Expo,Shanghai;
packing up tea bowls for a tea bowl exhibition at The Clay Museum in Durbanville, Cape Town
....ongoing admin work,
AND trying to stay centred through all of this and to think creatively!
Sort of multi-thinking, multi-planning and multi-tasking all in one.
However ,always an inspiring thought to keep me going...I found this excerpt in a book called 'The Potter's Companion'(Ed.Ronald Larsen, Park Street Press 1993) which has interesting articles on the nature of craft and the ceramic discourse in general.
'Between the timeless time of the museum and the speeded-up time of technology, craftsmanship is the heartbeat of human time....The craftsman's handiwork teaches us to die and hence teaches us to live..'
Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) Mexican writer, poet, diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel prize for literature
'We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
With that in mind, let's see what I can come up with!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
'...They change, and we, who pass like foam, Like dust blown through the streets of Rome, Change ever, too; we have no home...'
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
CENTERING in Pottery, Poetry and the Person(1962) - a wonderful book by the potter, poet and educator, Mary Caroline Richards(1916-1999)- is my current (and returned to) inspiration...getting in touch with her concept aptly quoted on page 119:
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Some more of the bowls inspired by textile imagery with an addition of some random crazy bits of text which seemed to resonate with the images. The intention is to have a visual idea, and then in an intuitive way select words in a somewhat haptic manner, which stimulate the imagination and enable the viewer/user to make their own associations. These bowls are all utilitarian, but also have a hanging string at the back should they be desired solely for contemplation.