Well at least a piece by Bruce Gholson of Bulldog Pottery is in Alaska! My “Big Gulp Fossil Yunomi” by Bruce arrived yesterday. I first saw the Fossil Fish that Bruce makes on their Bulldog Pottery Blog and LOVED them. When I read a post of the “Drawn to Clay” Show at Claymakers in Durham, NC on the Bulldog Blog, posted were images of pieces that would be at the show. Then I read about the Claymakers post Show highlights on Tracey’s Blog and was all fired up to get a piece of “Birthday Art.” Each year Derek and I like to buy a piece of art celebrating both of our birthdays (8/24 & 9/3). Last year Derek picked out a wonderful encaustic, “Intervals II” by our friend Shari Clough Suiter and this year I chose the HUGE Yunomi. I had no idea of it’s large size and both Derek and I love it! My photos don’t do it justice. The piece is textural, original and just wonderful. Thank you Claymakers for the wonderful packaging and Bruce for your vision and skill.
What do you get when a painter, a potter and a welder of steel meet? A fantastically, funderful, clay day! On Wednesday, Steve Gordon and I met at Gina Hollomon’s Red Door Studio for a day of creative fun. The original idea is to get each of us outside of our "normal" mediums by taking turns meeting at each others studios. All three of us have been
planning our art rendezvous for a few months now and it finally happened. We created, talked, shared, ate, drank and created some more! The medium Wednesday was paper clay that Gina uses on her Raku fired clay sculptures. She is currently working on several large 1% For Art Commission pieces.
With her studio recently completely gutted and remodeled there was plenty of inspiring work area for all three of us. Steve chose to experiment with carving a Styrofoam torso and covered and batted with clay under Gina's direction. I made some fish and showed off my fish head mold –though none of us were impressed with my mold making
abilities! The mold didn’t capture as much of the detail as I had hoped and I needed to embellish the pressed fish
head quite a bit, but the mold was fun to have a good base form to use. Gina continued to work on a larger than life Raven for one of her commissions. She made an ingenious hanging system that is mounted to the ceiling and bolts directly to her birds allowing her freedom to sculpt the whole bird. After Gina bisques our pieces we get to gather again for a Raku Day, probably next week –yippee HEAT, FLAMES & FIRE, my kind of mediums!