Saturday, March 27, 2010

It will take a miracle!

The two things in my way this weekend are:

I worked the overnight shift last night on my "day" job.  I'm pooped!

I REALLY need to organize my work space.  It has become totally dysfunctional!  I know I like it messy, but that is now simply an excuse for not cleaning it up.

I am going to make an effort to create and get something posted, but it will be late late late.  You get the idea...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Working Through It

New Pots!
These are not fired yet!
Check back next week for the fired version!

Friday, March 19, 2010

there and back

the age-old debate...where does my motivation come from?  inside or out?  I've been going around this loop again and I can only guess that it is the transition in the seasons or just plain boredom that is getting to me.  So a night of soaking--movie, food, good conversation with my kid, and reading.  I will start again tomorrow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Supplies, supplies, Supplies!

I am SO excited!  After dropping a little cash, I have 175 pounds of fresh clay, new underglazes (really underglazes!!!!), PMC, Thai Kozo, and Gampi.  Unreal.

That is the funny thing...we have such a wonderful, open, creative space in ND, but supplies are non existent!  I hate paying for shipping!

A shout-out to the man who assisted me at Continental Clay.  He had a wealth of ideas, plus made up a small bottle of one of the underglazes when the shelf was out.  He also opened my mind to doing watercolor techniques on bisque.  Ah!  The world is expanding!

This is what I mean when I talk about the disparity between the urban and the rural.  An incredible wealth of human knowledge in the city and an incredible wealth of natural wonder in the rural.  I want to bring them together, at least in me.

One last thing--I visited MCAD early on Saturday and saw the newest works in the Made at MCAD exhibition.  Unreal!  4 or 5 pieces coming directly out of fiber tradition.  I know now that I could go there for my MFA.  I could fit there.  We'll see what the future brings!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekend Away

Time for adventure and restocking supplies in Minneapolis.  Also time to take stock of myself, as relates to my former hometown and the choices I continue to make to live more rural (sleepy, lovely Bismarck).

What I wrote this a.m.:

I am always surprised at the "nature" of things in this metro area.  Of necessity, the relationships between people and things becomes primary.  Nature/wilderness is more a matter of backdrop, rather than foreground.  The forces of nature, unless extreme, are pretty much conquered.  This is NOT to say that the wilderness of ND is primary for people.  There is just a lot more space in between humans and so the natural world plays a larger part. 

However, there are humans here who seek the wild, but I wonder if it isn't for a purpose?  But hold on.  When rural folks seek the wild, it is for their purposes, too.  If I seek the wild, I do so for my own purposes.  Is this because the wild is so large, so expansive, that it doesn't seem possible to do something for its sake--other than leave it alone??

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wirework Neckware

Finally figured out a better way to photograph these wire pieces!
 Here I am thinking about wire as a "fiber"...

And vibrant color comes into play! 

Almost looks like a symbol for nuclear power....?

In closing, its been a quiet weekend for creativity, as I haven't been feeling well (it will pass...), but I did manage to get the hang of photographing these pieces!

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