Saturday, September 29, 2007

Since You Asked...

Hey, everybody! I'm finally back. This has been a hectic week. We got back about 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and then work has been full speed as we were getting ready for a big pour on Friday. Anyway, as Karl requested, here are some photos of some of the pottery that I did at the workshop this past weekend. I am not very pleased with any of it. I enjoyed the class and did learn some stuff but they misfired 2 of the 3 kilns and so messed up about half of everyone's work. Then, the presenting artist had 2 pieces blow up in the kilns and the shrapnel took out some more. I lost one bowl in a set of four to that.
I thought this set of bowls came out the best but, as I said, one of these was messed up by the fragments that fell into it during the firing. Oh well, I still have a set of three. Karl mentioned how my work might change or be influenced by moving into my house and I had never really thought of that before. I bet there will be some change though. I'm thinking that just the sheer joy of living there will bring a new liveliness to my work. I already feel it in me. I know it's just a house but it has been such a long time in coming for me. Everything has come together so well too with friends helping me and finding so much good material to use on the house. I do still get overwhelmed with what is left to do but overall I am so excited and everyday is fun, even at work. We have a blast there and the guys keep me encouraged.
A reader from Mobile asked if I dug my own clay that I use for the pottery or do I buy it. I buy it! There is no way that I would have the time or patience to dig my own. There are some good veins of clay in Alabama but those folk potters can have it. I buy mine from Highwater Clays in Asheville, NC. He also asked if I had contacted the local museum with my work. As a matter of fact, I had a little exhibit there for about 6 months. As far as I know, it did not get me any contacts or business. I also had a little exhibit at the local library for about a month. That did a little better as I think I had 2 or 3 people come over to my studio from there. Oh, and thanks Karen, for noticing my piece at the fair! Fred talked me into that one. I think I was the only entry in that category so that's how I won the big $7 prize! Hey, got me a sandwich on the way home from work so I'm not complaining.

The workshop we attended was in Smithville, TN at the Appalachian Center for Crafts and this was a really big lake nearby, not sure which one. It was a beautiful region but then again, most of Tennessee is very pretty to me.

A fairly dramatic change has occurred at the house today, I think. We started framing the entrance deck which will one day be the dogtrot or breezeway, when the other half is built. It is going to be very nice. I will try to post photos soon. My ceiling fans came but they are missing a part that is preventing me from hanging them. I could just choke someone. I have had more aggravation from those things. I bought the trim to run in the bedroom around the windows and might get to that tomorrow. We'll see. I am also trying to pick the final paint color for the living/dining room. Oh, now I'm starting to get overwhelmed again! See what you all have done! Ohhh, I need to go eat some chocolate I think. Yeah Pablo, we'll build your house but you got to keep us in chocolate.


HEWY said...

Beautiful pottery!

pablo said...

I love those bowls! They look perfect for drinking milk out of after you've eaten all of the cereal in them. I hope you never stop making your stuff.

(Also, did you ever pick a design for those lamp cylinders? I thought that was very clever work on your part.)

Pix! I need pix of the new framing you're doing.

And I will keep you in chocolate!!!

karl said...

beautiful work. i really like the asian feeling i get from the bowls. i imagine heaped full of rice and tuna sashimi on the side.

now i'm hungry

edifice rex said...

Thanks hewy!

Hey Pablo! Oh, I don't think I'll ever quit pottery and I hope to expand the range of art I do, in fact, after I get settled in the house. I have great ideas for sculpture, drawings and paintings. The general concensus on the lamps were to pick about 5 different designs and just repeat them so I think that is probably what I will do. It's a good idea.

Hey karl! thank you; yes, I have been heavily influenced by Japanese ceramics especially. I love the subtlety of their work.

Woody said...

Very nice work..our very close friends here are both potters and teachers. I really enjoy helping them with their firings. I posted some pictures from one of the firings this spring.

Floridacracker said...

Grits, I would fill them with grits.
They are beautiful!!
What a multitasker you are.

edifice rex said...

Thanks Woody! I will try to find that post when I have some more time.

Hey FC! Hey, grits would be good in these! Thank you!