Beauty you hold in your hand

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the process of making cups and mugs.  However, people keep telling me how much they love the mug that I use for my coffee at work.  It’s a simple design, but with a deep brown and red glaze that interacted nicely with the little bit […]

Listening

  I sat down in the studio the other day, with no specific image in my head, other than the desire to create a figure.  I started working from a life drawing I drew recently, and the pose with the tilted head began to emerge.  As I refined the figure, I saw her, tilting her […]

What’s in a Name?

I have spent a great deal of time pondering the process of attaching a title to a piece. I wrote a post some time ago, bemoaning the title of “Untitled” which people sometimes use, and talking about the significance of a title as it becomes an integral part of the work, giving us a window […]

Through the Fire

There is something very ancient, even primal, about working with ceramics and the process of earth and fire. As much as I appreciate the advent of computerized controls on modern electric kilns and the ability to precisely control the firing profile, with the resulting high degree of predictability in the outcome of one’s work… I […]

What’s a Birthday?

Well, I made it.  Sixty. Not surprisingly, my Facebook page filled pretty quickly with birthday wishes from around the world.  Most were short, but some reflected people’s memories and wishes. Sara Ying was one of the fellow artists who left me a photo: What particularly moved me about this image, aside from the fact that […]

The Creative Call

On the suggestion of one of my respected artist friends, I found a copy of The Creative Call, and I have started working my way through it. I’m already finding some really helpful content in the first few chapters (such as, the discipline of the “artist’s daybook” or journal).  However there is an underlying thread which is bothering me… […]

Sculpt it Again

There is a meme on the Deviant Art web site where I spend a lot of time, called “Draw it Again”. The idea is simply to take a piece of art (drawing) which you did in the past, and draw it again. The purpose is to show how you … have matured as an artist.

A Hand to Grab On To

Have you ever had the feeling of waves washing over your head? Sometimes what you really need is a hand from a friend to grab on to. One of the things I have always found challenging is drawing water and waves.  You’d think from the number of times we’ve seen waves, either live or in […]

Work in Process…

Some people have asked me about my work process when I sculpt a figure. I took this opportunity to capture a few photos along the way as I was working on a figure sculpture, showing the various steps.

Torn Down but not Destroyed

Clay, 11″ We often face times in our lives when we have been torn down.  But, we are not destroyed.  There is life still hidden in the roots, and it will come back to live as tiny shoots… (This piece reflects a theme which has recurred over time through some of my drawings and sketches.) […]

The Challenge

This piece was a bit of an experiment in terms of technique. I do not normally use armatures in my sculptures, partly because if the technical problems of the clay shrinking and cracking when you put it over a static structure, and partly because it’s harder for me to “see” what the piece is going to look like when I just have the bare wires in front of me.

Testing the Clay

Watching the stars… This was actually a “test” piece.  When I originally bought the kiln and clay from a friend who was retiring from working with clay, there was one unidentified block of clay. I found that it fired to a rich, semi-gloss brown. I have tried to identify that particular clay body so I […]