Presence+absence

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I made a couple of tooth vessels at home on Sunday in an exploration of presence+absence and the body (my body?). They’re nearly dry.

In other news, I’ve been practicing backbends a whole lot, and I’m really seeing change.

And, more news! I’ve made up my mind about graduate school: I’ll be working toward my MFA in Portland in the fall, whoa! I’m thankful for this abundance of opportunity, and I’m excited, and nervous, but mostly hopping out of my seat all the time with excitement for the future. Also everyone I’ve told has been exceptionally kind and enthusiastic and generous in offering their Portland friends’ and family’s spare bedrooms while I find a place to live. Apparently the Tucson-Portland connection is strong. And I know a lot of really, really lovely people.

Xxoo!

Presence+absence

Tooth vessel no. 1

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I am making a series of tooth vessels that will contain handwoven nests of different (significant) materials.

I got my first glaze fired pieces back yesterday, and I’m so pleased. Glazing is mysterious and magical right now (reminiscent of making a lithograph for the first time). I think I will approach my next pieces with a “less is more” attitude in the glazing department; these ones are glazed waaay too heavily and colorfully. I want the beauty of the clay to come through. Perhaps just clear with a little bit of color within the teeth to emphasize the recessed areas?

Regardless, I’m so happy to be learning something new that satisfies a lot of needs: to work with my hands, to work in a community, to create things that are both functional and thought-provoking.

xoxoXXOO

Tooth vessel no. 1

Exploration

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I’m exploring different ways to make casts (prints?) of my teeth. My intention is to use the molds to create clay teeth to incorporate into my ceramic pieces. So far I’ve pressed clay directly into my teeth, and then clay wrapped in plastic. Both left some room for improvement, so I’m playing with different materials to hopefully create something interesting.

These are mouth guards.

I suppose I’m set to play contact sports now, too.

Exploration

Transformation

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This intaglio has been sitting idle for a while. I really like the idea of the image, but its execution wasn’t the best; there’s nothing worse than a gray intaglio.

Possible resolution? Radical transformation! I’m engraving the hell out of it. That’s one way to rich black, I guess.

In other news, my scraper and burnisher look like hot dogs in this photo. And this week we started wheel throwing in ceramics. It is incredibly challenging and fun all at the same time; I’m really enamored with the whole process of ceramics.

Xoxo

Transformation