Thursday, March 19, 2015

It occurred to me today that I have yet to post pictures of in progress work. There is work in progress. This semester has been so different that last for me. Last semester I was making at a feverish pace. This semester while I am still making, I find myself observing and thinking more. Maybe this is what is supposed to happen right before having to come up with a thesis?

This past weekend I stumbled upon these stacks. It is things like this that I am drawn to for inspiration - everyday materials, often overlooked, bundled together.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Before my last residency I was invited to apply for a grant. My initial reaction was; "oh no not now, how am I going to manage all of this.". But with a little encouragement I decided to go for it. I was reminded that writing about your work and getting it out of the studio is equally important to being in the studio. 

Part of the application was to produce five sketches of work that may come out of the grant if awarded. Typically sketching is not part of my process but if that's what I needed to do, that's what was going to happen. Based off where I am currently with my work and with some feedback from the last residency fresh in my mind here are the sketches... 

Now if these snow days would ease up a bit and allow me to venture out of the house I could actually start working on them! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Around Here.

Things are starting to get rolling.

My class at Harvard Center for the Ceramic Arts started last night, this semester I am taking a course called Combined Methods with Kyla Toomey. Just minutes ago I email my Residency Three Summary to my new advisor, B. Wurtz. And this coming Sunday I have my first meeting with my new mentor, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz.

Though last night was my first real night back in the studio, since the residency ended I have really given myself a chance to observe and think (thanks to Julie for the advice!) here are some things that I have been looking at and reading:

Outside Lies Magic, by John R. Stilgoe
Daybook: The Journal of an Artist, by Ann Truitt

Ursula Von Rydingsguard

Emil Lukas

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Three Down, Two to Go.

Today I finished my 3rd MFA Residency! Two more left to go. This residency was the best so far and I finally feel as though I am moving in the right direction. I can't wait to get back in the studio.

Here are a few pictures of my critique space, they're not the best but at least it's something.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Catching Up.

As I am preparing to go into my third residency; writing my semester summary, re-writing my artist statement, etc; I am struck by how satisfied I currently feel about where I am. While I know that this feeling could all come crashing down during those ten intensive days of critiques, I am proud about my exploration in the studio this semester.

I feel more confident in the ideas I want to explore and the aesthetic they are taking on. Last semester I felt like the work I produced wasn't truly mine, this time I feel the exact opposite. I work in clay for it's inherent materialism. I am interested in the way things come to be, how an object is created and in turn deteriorates, they way dissimilar objects coexist. I draw inspiration from geology, my personal relationships with the world around me. I strive to create objects that reveal evidence of their origin.

I spent quite a bit of time this past weekend taking more professional images of my work (with a large dose of assistance from my always reliable assistant, Geoffrey Gavett). While they still need some editing here is a glimpse of some final products from this past semester.