Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bulldog Pottery is in Alaska!


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!

 

9 comments:

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Its fun to look through all your posts. And your birthday coming up soon????

cookingwithgas said...

we have the pleasure of knowing Bruce as he is one of our fellow potters here. His work is full of detail and beauty. I know you will really enjoy the cup!
Happy birthday and happy potting!

cindy shake said...

Hi Gary. I loved the leather jacket... Yes, my B-Day is Thursday. I think I want to go to the Fair with a friend (without the offspring -they'll be in school) I know that's kind of mean, but I like stuff at the fair the kids don't and besides it's my birthday -right?!

Hi Meredith. thank you! YES, we love Bruce's work. How fun it was to see something on-line then to be able to hold it in our hands within the week! We keep moving it around various places in our house. though, I think it will end up in a place of honor in my studio -don't tell Derek!

Linda Starr said...

Happy Birthday, that's a great mug by Bruce, love the closeups of it to see all the detail. What a great idea to meet with two other artists regularly for a creative days - that must be a lot of fun and inspiring, can't wait to see your raku pieces. Love the hanging system for the sculpture.

cindy shake said...

Hi Linda! I'm keeping m fingers crossed on the sale of your house...!! thanks, we had a lot of fun and the day went way too fast. though it was off to a funny start, I had locked my keys in my car (#*%!) at Gina's, which wouldn't have been too bad, but our wonderful deli lunch was inside -ha! Gina drove me over to the high school where my husband teaches and I got his extra key :o) we all had a chuckle about getting older and forgetful -I had never done THAT before...!

Bulldog Pottery said...

Happy Birthday, I am proud that my big gulp has found such an appreciative home, in a creative environment. Coelacanths rule, one of my favorite books is my father's old 1945 text book, Vertebrate Paleontology by Alfred S. Romer, which sports a picture of one on its cover. Thanks so much for the kind words and support of my work.

cindy shake said...

Thank you Bruce! I just finished a book our daughter had and one you may like, "A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth" by Samantha Weinberg. Very cool.

Your work is WONDERFUL! And aren't these Blog's crazy amazing things too connecting us all?!

Patricia Griffin said...

Hi Cindy! GReat catching up on your blog. I love that Bruce pot! Happy Birthday!

Your description of your artist get-together reminded me of similar times back in my former city. I was part of a group of artists in different mediums. We met monthly and, each time, one of us would lead a group activity. I don't have that yet here in Cambria... Something to work on...

cindy shake said...

Hi Patricia! Glad you are reading. Isn't Bruce's Fossil Fish the coolest?! Maybe you could start something where you live -I understand that Cambria has a strong art community(?) Yes, I wish us three artists could be more regular about getting together but our schedules and lifestyles are so packed... I think it is wonderful to be exposed to other mediums and other people's way of creating. I get so locked in "my" processes and that makes for too many "rules" on how I do my artmaking. I need to break out to open up more creative avenues of thought and inspiration.