Clay · Painting
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These bowls are handbuilt from white stoneware clay, hand glazed and fired to cone 5 or 6. I press the individual slabs of clay against a variety of found objects or molds I’ve made of “found textures” and form them into bowls using dome shaped plaster molds.
These pieces can be used as drinking glasses or flower vases. They are based on the classic pint glass shape, slip cast in porcelain, hand painted with glaze and fired to cone 5 or 6. The colors and weights vary widely. Personally, I like the lighter ones for drinking because they are thinner and hold more liquid, and the heavier ones for displaying flowers because they make the arrangement bottom heavy and are less likely to break if knocked over.
First I paint them, then I set them on fire. It never gets old. Own the thrill of unauthorized fire without the risks of real life pyromania!
I had leftover magenta, orange and green paint this winter and an hour left in my work day. Recently we had visited our friends’ new home, a deconsecrated Presbyterian church. I painted a wild-colored little picture of it and I loved it so much that I decided to paint every church I have ever called home, from childhood, through Pentecostalism into adulthood and… deconsecration. Or deconstruction, as some would say. I made First Baptist big because it’s such a glorious building and I wanted to be able to paint in every stone block. Later I learned (from the owners of the ex-church, who are painters) that this style is called Fauvist, from the French word Fauve, meaning wild beast. Perfect.
Every year in the Crop Arts room at the state fair, I admire the dried corn while I’m waiting in line to see the seed art. Last years I took pictures so I could make these paintings.
A friend gave me seeds that grew bright red-orange flowers and huge, delicious purple and grey variegated beans. One of the plants produced peach flowers and cream and brown beans. Each year I pick out the best beans to save as seed and I make chili with the rest. Last fall they were so beautiful that I had to paint them, amplifying the colors ever so slightly.
This is my newest project, oil paintings of drastically oversized teeth in fanciful colors.
The idea came to me when I cleaned out the basement of a house where a carpenter had lived and got to keep a bunch of rusty saws. I like to paint them with scenes far removed from the country scenes usually depicted on saw blades; things like midways and urban scenes.
Slip cast porcelain piggy banks based on sculpted, carved and stamped original pigs. Rubber plug in base for coin removal.
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