I visited my mom this weekend, and one of the things we did was go over to her church (First Presbyterian of St. Petersburg, FL) so I could see the really cool origami mobile in their sanctuary. The church building itself is quite beautiful…very simple, mostly white surfaces, modern.
Since I was traveling post-workshop and didn’t want to transport leather or bone dry greenware, I spent some of my time experimenting with layered slip techniques, and then wrapped the slabs in plastic for transport home to my studio. I then used some of my molds to make things when I got back to Florida. Here’s a composite shot of some pieces:
And a closeup of a rectangular plate:
Another technique we learned was for this type of textured, layered tile. I used one of Lana’s hand stamps to make this prototype:
It was bisque fired and then treated with underglaze that was brushed into the textures and wiped off the surface. Fun! I’m working on some imagery to use with this technique… Stay tuned 🙂
I’m in Asheville for a week on vacation, taking a workshop with Lana Wilson at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. Lana is a very dynamic teacher and we learned lots today. Above are a some examples of a layered slip decorating technique. Way fun.
It’s probably fixin’ to be the coldest night of the year here in the tropics, so I’m pondering summer vacation plans! I just registered for a Lana Wilson workshop. I have read her book, and it’s just chock full of ideas and inspiration so I’m excited about taking her class.
….AND workshop is at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, one of my favorite places on the planet. Can’t beat that. Yay!
I’m on vacation this week, and have just returned from spending a few days with friends in New England. Souvenir from the trip was this woodcut made by Lynita Shimizu, a Connecticut printmaker.
I’m finally getting around to posting a few more things about my trip to Arrowmont last month. Arrowmont has a beautiful library, the Marian G. Heard Resource Center.
The library holds over 10,000 volumes related to art and craft. All are housed in this comfortable, welcoming and well appointed reading room in the main building.