Holding Water

This is the last ceramics project before moving to NYC. As I’m slimming down, minimizing possessions, The ceramic pieces I’m making suddenly feel like I’m adding more stuff, and also adding objects that is both heavy, very fragile and very difficult to ship. I wanted this bowl to be the first of a series, but alas, at least for now it’ll be…

Plant spirit 1

The inspiration for this series was a little replica I’d bought of the goddess Minerva which overlooked the Roman baths of Sulis Minerva, in Bath, England. I wanted to make one for each column of my back deck and this is what came out. All my years of figure drawing seems to have given me the 3D info to automatically mold these human forms with m…

Hands Vase

In making this slab vase I realized that I was able to transfer my years of figure drawing fairly automatically to molding clay in three dimensions. So right from this initial project, it felt like my approach was determined, because this is what came out of me. …

Pea pod butter dish

I began a ceramics class and studio time in mid-2011 I think, and this was my first project. Something practical. I first tried throwing a little vase and cup on the wheel and didn’t really enjoy or take to it. But hand-building felt perfect for me and I really needed a butter dish. And except for squishing a block of butter at the corners, it wo…