Sunday, March 28, 2010

Greenwich House Pottery "Made In Clay" annual sale

Greenwich House Pottery "Made In Clay" annual ceramics show & sale - a very random sample of pieces below.  These are all for sale!  If you're interested in one, contact me and I'll do my best to track down the artist and connect you.  (sorry for the painful arrangement of photos - I haven't found a way to do that the way I would like, in Blogger...)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Photos of me working

I've been advised to post these photos of me at work on my pieces, I guess so my future audience can know what I look like, or what the studio looks like, or if you're curious about what a piece looks like while it's being made...

Book: Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper

Here's a fantastic book I got recently as a very thoughtful xmas present.  Amazing selection of recent fine-art ceramics pieces, great photography - and I'll let you know how it reads, as soon as I make time to read it...

Contemporary Ceramics

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Highlights of finished pieces

The latest

My latest piece, tentatively titled "step-box vase":

When this piece was just out of the kiln, people at the pottery told their class instructor to take it down from the shelf so they could see the glazing, which they apparently admired.  The glazes?  Nelson's Celedon sprayed over Byrd Matte (also sprayed on), high-fired.   Clay body: white stoneware.   This piece is the first in what I plan to be a series of pieces which have multiple layers, each rotated about 30 degrees to one side of the layer below, using successively fewer sides (i.e., the next piece is triangles, since this one is squares).   What I learned making this piece:  the walls are too thin, which makes them unstable in firing - they appear much more warped after firing.  The 6th layer up actually became detached on two of its corners, and those corners fell onto the layer below - thankfully, the effect was symmetrical and I think the piece was made all the more interesting because of it - "happy accident"!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A visit to Victoria & Albert Museum's ceramics collection

Hi.  I just got back from a trip to London, where I discovered that the Victoria & Albert Museum has the most unbelievable collection of ceramics, newly renovated.  3,000 pieces on display, along with exhibits about how the various varieties of ceramics have been made over the centuries, glazes, a reconstruction of a renown 20th Century U.K. potter's studio, a working pottery studio where visitors can watch students building pieces and museum restorers fixing up pieces from the collections.  And get this - this summer, another wing will open that, somehow, will put another 26,000 pieces on display.    Below, there's some links to V&A's website with a searchable database that's very user-friendly.  (PS - if anyone knows how to format a Blogger page to display more than one image on a row, let me know...)

Link to my complete photo album from V&A museum ceramics collection

Link to V&A porcelain 20th-21st Century

Link to V&A earthenware 20th-21st Century

Link to V&A stoneware 20th-21st Century

A few more samples from the photos I took there: