Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Olaf Hajek is an illustrator whose work never ceases to amaze. Full of magic, his colors and textures are a wonder of visual storytelling. In February, a very first monograph of his paintings will be published by Gestalten Books. It's called Flowerhead. How appropriate.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Yesterday I visited a surprisingly spacious new gallery at 47 Bergen Street in Brooklyn, NY. Located in an old, freshly renovated warehouse building, Muriel Guépin Gallery is a treat. The openness of the space, and the friendliness of the staff, encouraged me to spend quite a lot of time there.
I examined the work of Joan Lurie, shown above, for quite some time. Ms. Lurie works with porcelain and paper clay. The forms start out on the wheel, to be built upon with layers of paper clay and then cut into to create windows into the interior. Porcelain is notorious for not doing what one wants it to do, but Ms. Lurie has developed a technique that thoroughly controls this finicky material. Her works are a study of architectural and organic spaces. The surface is a soft, skin-like matte white glaze with small crazing. I was quite taken in.
I was mesmerized by the work of Paula Overbay, whose layers of color and dots took me on a celestial journey.
The work of Arpie Gennetian Najaran, a fellow RISD Alum, is what originally brought me to the gallery. Her collages of original drawings, string and found printed matter are full of light, dance, and joy. Thank you, Arpie, for leading me to a wonderful exhibition.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Photographs courtesy of Savon de Marseille
Monday, January 11, 2010
Silvershell Ceramics, in New Bedford, MA. The mold is so large, I am unable to lift it, and have to "roll" it along the 2x4's to be able to empty out the porcelain slip (liquid clay). It takes five gallons of slip to fill up this mold.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Just got back from a mini vacation at mom and Mark’s house in Cleveland, where it snowed every day. The wintry weather was a perfect excuse to stay in and enjoy mom’s amazing food and beautifully set table. It was a much needed retreat.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
After a hectic holiday season, I feel quite burnt out and in desperate need of inspiration. I found the surprising work of Jean Sonnet via ladyanndeborja’s blog. I am ever attracted to multiples, and Jean Sonnet’s work satisfies that fascination. My goal is to make sets in the next year, not necessarily of the same piece, but items that work well together, like the things below. Photographed by Pierrick Verny.