Thursday, April 29, 2010
A gentle breeze drifts up from the gulf and blows in my window. A movement catches my eye outside my window and I see a brown rabbit come out of the forest and nibble on blades of grass. A whippoorwill is serenading me hidden in a tree where I can't see him. Then a bright red cardinal lands on the ground suddenly and frightens the shy rabbit who scurries back into the woods flicking sand in the air with his back feet. I'm appreciating my new home and studio more and more each day.
Later in the day I went to class only seven miles away and I found a textured rolling pin in the closet, so I tried it out on the vase above. I took the photo of the vase when I got home. The vase was sitting on my work table next to the light. I like how the light shines across the front of the vase on an angle. I didn't notice the little indent at the bottom till I got the vase home. I must have pressed into the clay releasing it from the ware board. Now it's too dry to press it back out. Oh well, that adds character to the piece. I might make more pieces with this texture; I like the rough surface.
This past Sunday evening I just had to make something in clay and I ran out of the frost clay I initially brought home. So I dipped into my precious black clay. I had a strong image in my mind of a black vase with white slip and a white element standing upright in the vase, perhaps a piece of bleached driftwood. I tried to form the vase when the clay was too wet and the vase wouldn't stay upright. To save the piece, I cut off the edges and made a wall sculpture. Perhaps I'll mount it on a piece of weathered wood. You may not be able to see in the photo, but where the white slipped portions are located I have punched them out to make undulations in the clay. I have more ideas for the black clay with white slip deco.
The first piece I just played around with and let the clay tell me what to do. For the second piece I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted to create, but it ended up telling me what to do anyway; sometimes it happens like that. How about you? How do you proceed with your art, do you intentionally make pieces or do you let the medium tell you what to do? Comments and suggestions are welcome.