If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
a ceramic artist, working in stoneware clay. I love the potter's wheel and have a predilection for wide open forms. I also do scultural slab relief work...
About my artwork
I am inspired by landscape and rock strata and rock formations. My work is an intimate but bold exploration of the ceramic surface, a dichotomy balancing composition and an urge to defy, to be different within the parameters of a self-imposed norm. The apparent calm that my work imparts disguises, but almost just, a turmoil of emotions ranging from unbound fury to a pacified and mellow acceptance of the life condition. Each piece is a statement of defiance as it celebrates a story that is as personal as it is public, a juxtaposition of experiences and artistic discipline purged by fire.
Artists I like
Pippilotti Rist, Joan Miro, Bojan Savic, James Vella Clarke, Trevor Borg, Lucie Rie, Shoji Hamada, Jeanne Opgenhaffen
wow, thank you for those kind words. I think i have a few test tiles laying around somewhere, tell me what pieces you particulary like on here, I will see if I have any bits for you. send me private email with your address on on here:)
AHA, yes I have that book too, have tried many of the techniques in there, I sometimes made natural pod shaped forms, ranging from say 2" high to about 18" high, which i use a very fine slip, then burnish for hours and hours haha. I then use copper carbonate, sugar, seasalt, seaweed to achieve effects. I have also tried horse hair as it comes out of the bin. leaves beautiful black markings. sprinkling sugar on the hot surface is good too.
When I fire my sculptural pieces I firs up to 1220, higher if I have included porcelain pieces. The engobes I use would not do for smoke firing. I am concerned with the textural surface with a tactile quality. I prefer this methold as it becomes part of the form and speaks to the viewer. It is part of the process and concept.
hi again charlot, yes I can see some similarity with Jeanne Opgenhaffen, in the porcelain pages.
I have tried sawdust firing many times. I use an electric kiln for my work, and use engobes that I deliberatly change so they crack and seperate to give unusual surface qualities. I need the heat to produce this, dont think sawdust fring would be enough to produce what Im after? I am always open to advice, critiscism and opinions, I will try anything at all and open to all suggestions :)
l'arte figulina mi ha sempre entusiasmato. Nella storia si è sempre posta tra utilitarismo pratico e e subblimazione artistica.
Essa è la prima forma d'arte che ha visto l'apporto femminile come prioritario. Questa forma di espressione è dunque quella che ha pervaso l'intero arco evolutivo della nostra razza. E' stata inoltre uno spazio di ricerca che ha influenzato positivamente tutte le altre forme artistiche. Le tue opere si collocano a buon diritto in questo filone culturale e rappresentano bravura tecnica ed inventività artistica. Complimenti Beppe