Saturday, August 1, 2009

Art Swap

Look what was left on my doorstep! My friend, Bill Sabo left town and headed back to warmer temps and before he hit the road we traded some art. I gave him a Raven he wanted and I got this lovely vessel! It is one of his figure vessels. I’ll find out what the clay, glaze and firing details are and post. I just love the azure glaze and firing 

marks that are on the form. His time in Alaska this summer was too brief and we didn’t get to make any new plaster casts or do any clay work together *sigh*. I just might have to make a trip south to see him at the St. Pete Clay Company. Wouldn’t that be fun?! Clay has been on my brain this week because Gina Hollomon, Steve Gordon and I have a Play (Clay) Day coming up! We're going to do some Raku at Gina's incredible art compound on Sand Lake. Us three had made a promise to hook up at the Alaska Botanical Gardens Outdoor Art Exhibit in June. In anticipation of our Play-Clay Day I bought some huge Salmon heads at City Market and stuck

them in the freezer. I'm going to make molds of them with some of the potters plaster I have left over from Bill & my projects! 

My sweet son came through again to help me deliver the memorial dancers sculpture yesterday. I needed his truck and his muscle. The piece was sited by family members of a young girl who passed away. The family is creating a memorial sculpture and wildflower garden at their local Temple. The sculpture 

will be surrounded in Forget-me-nots, Sitka Rose bushes and other perennials. One of the dancers on the sculpture is holding a rose which was the favorite flower of the 

young girl. The couple in the photo are her parents who sponsored the commission. From inside of the Temple you will be able to see the new garden area and special memorial. I was proud to have been a part of this special project.


Linda Starr said...

Your memorial dancers sculpture seems to be the perfect tribute to their daughter, so full of life. I like how the window frames your sculpture while looking from the inside of the temple.

What a great idea to mold fish in plaster. I've yet to make but bisque molds and want to try plaster one of these days.

That mug is really special from your friend. Love the blue and black together on the figure.

cindy shake said...

Hi Linda- I just finished seeing your tiles!! WOW!

Yes, the Dancers have a completely different perspective from sitting inside of the Temple. Thank goodness we checked out the site and views from inside and outside before I started on the design. That is the first time I have had that happen -good thing we took measurements and I had made up a prototype or makette for the site which really helped.

Making the plaster molds is REALLY fun! I can't wait to make the fish heads :o) Though I think they are going to take a lot of prep to eliminate the undercuts.

cookingwithgas said...

what a nice memorial for the couple to have of their daughter. They picked the right person to carry out the scupture.

The fish heads sound fun- I can't wait to see what you do with them.
Have fun with the clay- a day to play! that I like!

cookingwithgas said...

PS- you have some mighty active mice up there as well- don't tell but I used sticky traps too! You have to some times. I tried live traps but they figured them out. Plus Mark told me all that does is give the mice a ride and back they come inside the house.
We once watched a mouse come and stick his paw up in the live trap and get the food out! Little bastard...
Whoops, there I go about those mice again!

cindy shake said...

Hi Meredith- thanks for the nice words :o)

Your story rang close to home! Those darn mice, shrews, voles etc. can be so pesky here in Alaskaland! I'm not too brave to dispose of them once they've been "glued" but Daddy-O has no problem taking care of business, especially after he sees the damage they've caused. I didn't want to do poison because of our pets and the traps are not nearly as efficient as the glue traps -which is hard to believe. I just don't have the stomach to deal with them "properly."

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

mmm, great little pot!

cindy shake said...

I thought you might like it's groovy figure Gary :o)


What a gorgeous pot!

cindy shake said...

Thank you Julia! I loved the size and color and it has a cute little "bum" at the back :o)