Thursday, January 29, 2009
And I just have to say, from a potter's view, this is just such a really well made piece. Just the right weight, lovely smooth finish, and a satiny glaze that is just perfect. In fact, I do not want to do any thing with it right now. It feels just too nice to be able to pick it up and hold in my hand. For now this little beauty is going to join my collection of Thai budhas.
I'm holding on to my Bodhi leaf, but you should have a look at what Erin has done with them. She has made some beautiful necklaces. Check her blog for the most recent creations. Each of her pieces have just enough and nothing more, so beautiful!
Thanks so much Erin!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My work yesterday is a direct extension of my love of Morris & Co and Arts and Crafts design. I was absolutely obsessed with the acanthus leaf and all its design possibilities. The acanthus leaf is seen in many examples of Morris design as a background, border scrolls around text, wallpaper. The use of the acanthus leaf as a design motif date way back to Greek and Roman architecture. I just happen to really like the Morris versions. I found myself repeatedly isolating fragments of these designs in sketches and some of my scribbles are making their way into clay models for buttons and pendants.
I’m pretty excited. I’ve been scribbling these leaves for years and just didn’t know what to do with them. And that Morris philosophy of designer and creator justified an otherwise pretty slow day. Maybe even improved my life a little….certainly justified staying swaddled up on the sofa on a bitter cold icy day.
If you’d like a bit more info on Morris, the William Morris Society is a great start.
Happy day to you all, LeAnn
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Now it is back to the studio! There are buttons to be made, ideas to be explored. I am looking forward to getting back into it. But I must say, once I've had a little break in my routine it can be oh so hard to get off the sofa in the morning. I'm thinking the cold, gray, snowy day we're having isn't helping one little bit.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This little pile of tiles is totally new work in everyway. Only the images and textures are the same as used in my other work. They are made in clay I've never used before, they were constructed in way I've never done before, they are glazed in a method I've never used before. Oh my this was a recipe for disaster. BUT, yipee, they came out all right. Not perfect, but OK. Relief, but now I have to figure out how to arrange them. Being modular, with 12 tiles in 2 sizes there are lots of possibilities. So I'm just gonna push that one to the limit again. And decide at the last minute, like tomorrow nite, when I deliver them. Living on the edge, once again.
And what about those buttons? Soon, I promise.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I’ve been carrying around my own Little Jizo for a while now. What I seldom talk about is the really rough year we’ve had because there just seem to be no adequate words for it. Our son has served for the last 14 months as a medic in Mosul, Iraq. I can not even begin to describe what his platoon has been through or his experience as medic in one of the most violent sectors of Mosul. Only a handful of them are coming home unharmed. Our baby leaves Mosul in a couple of days. We are filled with gratitude.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
But then I read Lorelei’s post this morning on friendship and it all just clicked. She talks about the community of ‘us’ out there and the challenges of making meaningful friendships as adults who’ve moved beyond our childhood and college year social circles. And, yeah the older you get, the harder it is to forge those new relationships. And she is grateful to those of us who read her blog. As if it weren’t a true pleasure just to get up in the morning and see what she’s been up to!
Blogging has become one of those wonderful ways that we can reach out to kindred spirits. Thanks Lorelei. You’ve inspired me to share just a wee bit of myself!
Oh and Lorelei makes just the most wonderful jewelry! Here’s one of my current fav pieces. You should hop on over to her Etsy shop and buy at least one piece of her beautiful work.
OK, so assuming I’m not just talking to myself, here’s just a little teaser of what I’m going to post about next (sometime soon?) This blog is intended to be a bit about my studio life, which tends to spill over onto my dining room table and other things personal. So as I get to know you better I’ll share more and more secrets, and we'll chat like old friends.
Cheers and see you later!