Sunday, March 29, 2009

Finally Photos!!!!

A fabulous Digital Photography Workshop with John Britt and Joy Tanner. We learned to build our own light boxes and each camera was discussed and used. Joy provided her expertise for the photos attached. So Exciting!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From the Earth Into the Fire - Reclamation... Redemption?

Thinking about the metaphor of creating Judaica out of clay. Clay not just the surface for the message, the prayer or whatever. The clay "body", adamah. Reclaiming the Jewish adamah, creating from that the vessels of ritual, of historical reenactment, then cleansing and strengthening the clay through fire. It means something to me. Like music. Like prayer...avodah.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I spent the evening throwing in a new space. Odyssey is closed since last Friday between sessions, and I couldn't take it anymore, so I got a "weekend pass" to Crazy Green Studios. Just the thing I needed. Clay, Lori, Happy Hour. Just keep throwing, taller and thinner, wider and with intent. I just threw cylinders for two or three hours then threw off the hump for an hour. Looking for a style, a shape, something of my own, something that feels like jazz. Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Do You Raku????

Today, as a last class with Terry Gess, we all got to raku fire two pieces we'd prepared for that purpose. Having never fired anything this way, I was fascinated by this relatively quick way to fire. At first it looked like each of us waited too long in getting the hot pieces into the reduction containers on the first round; however, most of the pieces were successfully fired, including mine. The vase was bisqued with several coats of two different terra sigilatta and clear glazed after being bisqued. The second vase was bisqued the same way, but I only put the glaze on the inside. The first piece was quite nice. The surface of the second piece did not achieve any interesting effect, and I decided to glaze it for a cone 4-5 refire. As soon as we find our camera, I can post the results. One certainly gets instant gratification with this process, and it seems like a kiln would not be hard to build. Hmmm...???

Monday, March 9, 2009

Taking a Step

Here I boldly go where I have not gone before. Nelle Fastman Pingree, potter. Maker of pots, functional and ritual for Jewish Festivals, Holidays, Life Cycle Events and Everyday.