Recently I’ve been “seeing” the figures in my pots in ways that I hadn’t previously noticed. The gesture, stance, posture of these pots have led me to be more intentional about alterations that suggest more-figurative works….some of them gender specific.
The Singing Sisters in Holiday Regalia
His and hers mugs
Many of the newest works are not really explicity figurative — they just reference stance and posture. Many, because of their alterations suggest dance/movement/direction.
But occasionally I do return to forms that are mores explicitly gender specific, as with these flattened bottles standing on their “tango skirts”:
This led me to make some extruded vases (not wheel work, obviously). I was returning to a way of making that I began many years ago. But with these “fresh eyes” of mine (read that however you want…. ;-), I began seeing figures in these as well.
They are not meant to be phallic, but rather to the stance, posture, leaning, bending…..all the contortions that our bodies are capable of:
But this “vamp” in the middle of these next three had me anthropomorphizing them again:
None of this is meant to be erotic. They are the clay equivalents of a figure-drawing class. It has simply been an exercise of seeing the figure in many of the forms that I have already been making — then pushing them a big more toward the explicitly figurative.
I’ll be teaching a workshop by the above named title** at the Little Pottery Shop on May 17 – 19, 2013 in Frederick MD. If you are interested in joining in the fun, contact Stephanie Wilhelm at email@example.com or Tammy Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will include “how to” instruction and time to try out some new alteration methods and make your own works. The figurative pots will be part of it, as well as many other wheel-alteration approaches. Join us if you can.
At the workshop I will also be demonstrating a large variety of wheel-alteration approaches which create pots like this:
textured and stretched bodies
stamped espresso bean espresso cup
stamped hosta cup
stamped wildflower cup
stamped sumac texture
stamped fish texture
altered and stretched
altered figurative cup on trifoil foot
lobed and pushed with dancing foot
rope textured and lobed
altered cup with trifoil foot
altered cup with dancing foot
altered cup standing on glaze drip
ribbed and lobed cup standing on dancing foot with glaze drip
double-facetted cup with glaze pool foot
ribbed, lobed, with push-outs
push-outs and lobed on dancing foot
textured, pushed, and lobed
ribbed, pushed and lobed
textured, pushed and lobed
textured with spiral lobing
ribbed and lobed
squared vase with dancing rim
squared pouring piece
rope-textured, pushed and lobed
pushed and stretched
stamped coffee bean “tea/coffee” bowl
squared baker made on wheel
So if learning some of these alteration methods interests you, contact Stephanie or Tammy at the email addresses listed above……OR BE IN CONTACT WITH ME TO SPONSOR A WORKSHOP IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Until next time.
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