Monday, March 30, 2009

Fossils and Sea Things



Last week I was working with some wall tiles that had flower buttons "planted" on them. It struck me then how much like fossil coral they looked. This bowl is what came out of that.



I moved on from there to this large vase form. It was handbuilt over a 2 liter soda bottle. This photo is the naked start of the vase. It's only got its rim in place, thin 3 mm thick strips of most clay.


The next day I started the process of applying sprigs of clay to build up surface pattern of the vase.



And two days later and many hours and many hundreds of tiny little balls of clay, the vase is wrapped up and drying in my living room. Luckily no one in my house really minds having incomplete pottery 'decorating' our home.
The idea of working with fossil imagery has been with me for a while. I've always loved fossils and the idea that beneath us is this huge hidden sea from long ago. When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a paleontologist. Yes, I was a strange child. I've got a little box of fossils from my childhood camping holidays. There are brachipods and ammonites and coral in there. Just tiny little specimens. I think this new work must be what is resurfacing of my childhood dream.
I don't know where this new work is going. But that's OK. I do know that this is not the production work I need to get done by the end of the month. So for now, the next pieces will be slowly forming in my mind and I'll go back to making some things that will help me meet my deadlines. At least for a day or two.
Have a lovely week,
LeAnn


9 comments:

Lorelei said...

AMAZING WORK! I can't believe the patience you must have. I am in awe of you.

SummersStudio said...

Lorelei, this is actually a lot like procratstination disguised as productivity.

SueBeads said...

Just fantastic! I really love both, but the vase is amazing! I bet you can get really lost in that work, and find out it's hours later!

2ifbysea said...

This is beautiful, Leann! I cannot wait to see it glazed and fired!

sharon said...

LeAnn, this is absolutely amazing!! Just beautiful! i've worked now at a Tile distributorship for the past 22 years, and just these past few months have started to look at relief tiles very differently and fooling around with the polymer clay thing. as a child, i collected all sorts of things from from my yard and the woods, and used to play with just paper and hole punches, staples and paper clips. Talk about weird!! Beautiful work LeAnn!!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

LeAnn, the imagery is striking and iconic, it immediately makes me think of piers at low tide with the barnacles and coral clinging to them, in their random but natural beauty. Can't wait to see it after it's bisque fired and the clay colors come through.

Andrew Thornton said...

Oh, this is lovely! I am a smitten kitten with this pattern you've created. The piece you've made is really beautiful and organic and it feels as though it grew that way, that it was meant to be this way. I like it a lot!

SummersStudio said...

Thanks everyone. The feedback is great, epecially at this early stage in the series.

nicolecarey said...

I just came across your blog, lovely things!