Hacking the grammar of art


This is a really interesting thread on the philosophy of art and it’s presentation. I’m reblogging it because I want you to see it and because I want it as a reminder of the participatory nature of art in the community. As a potter, I want my work to be touched, enjoyed, even taken for granted as part of daily routines and rituals. The invitation to participate, to engage, is the crux of the work for me. And this post from Carter Gillies gets at the way we use words which determines how we think about art and our realtionship to it. Give it a read. You might also like following Carter Gillies blog. Cheers!

Originally posted on CARTER GILLIES POTTERY:

I listened to the 2nd installment of Michael Kline’s podcast interview with Nick Joerling the other day and had a fantastic time eavesdropping on these two great potters and friends. Michael does such a marvelous job of setting a relaxed conversational tone. Its almost as if you were right there with them, sitting at a table over dinner, or leaning against the bar with a beer in hand. There is a difference between formal and informal interview styles, and most of the great ones veer off into the territory that Michael is exploring. If you haven’t listened to any of the first five podcasts he’s delivered I’d like to recommend them. This is the second one with Nick Joerling:


Anyway, its interesting that an interview can be either formal or informal in the first place. They are just words being spoken, but somehow some of those words can tighten…

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Mid-November Results

We opened the kiln early yesterday and found some fun results. Most of this load covered requests or commitments, like prize mugs for a disc golf tournament this weekend! One of the glazes didn’t behave as I would have liked, but for the most part, good stuff. Here are a few photos of some of my favorite bits. (Clicking them will open bigger versions.) Now back to work. Gotta get 25 mugs out by Dec. 9th!

Also, the Overland Gallery announced a new show call for late January. Contact Cynthia Dunn for more information about “Beauty in the Dark”!




Japanesque Show Followup

The Japanesque show reception at the Overland Gallery was a lot of fun. The show contains a truly amazing array of subject matter and media. I had a great time at the reception. To follow up, I’m posting my submission images, and some photos from the show reception. The show is up through November at the Overland Gallery in Kinston, NC.

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Japanesque Exhibit

The Overland Gallery in downtown Kinston is presenting a juried exhibit called “Japanesque”.  In this exhibit, artists were challenged to create a piece of artwork with a Japanese influence.

Free to the public on OCTOBER 15 from 4 – 7:30 PM
Music provided by violinist Emily McLawhorn

A very impressive body of work by regional artists in a wide range of media.  The artwork will be exhibit and for sale until the end of November 30th

There are three Barley Hollow pieces in this show. In preparation for the show, I read “The Unknown Craftsman” by Soetsu Yanagi, studied several other sources of images of Japanese historical pottery, and modern ceramic trends.

31e75d99-bd99-4cf9-909a-7df2a924b76cOver the years, I’ve found I like making a three-piece outdoor lantern, similar to Japanese snow lanterns. Mine tend to be smaller, and feature a solar light, but the proportions intrigue me. So, I worked on a design to meet the historical norm half way – sort of snow lantern meets NC pottery.

I also entered a pair of cups, “meoto yunomi”, or at least my take on the married pair concept. The two share a glaze pattern, and form, but the sizes are different.

The third piece isn’t pottery, but rather a piece of stone that acts as a base for one of my block prints. The image is of a yunomi, so it’s related.

I’ve seen some of the other works in this show and I’m really impressed with the scope of subjects, range of media and amazing quality of the work. If you’re able to visit, I think it will be well worth your time. Cynthia Dunn has done a remarkable job pulling this all together, and deserves big kudos.

See you at the reception!

Glazing done

This afternoon turned into this evening while I worked on glazing the last bisque load. This is a quick turnaround batch. About 3/4 of the bisque made it into the firing.
This firing is getting a 4 hour preheat to make sure the pieces are nice and dry before ramping up the heat I don’t usually run much if any preheat, but one of the glades was taking a very long time to dry. Il eft most out that felt damp but no sense taking chances.
In this load there’s a test of a new black gloss glaze. There are 8 big mugs for an upcoming event with friends, and odd animal face that I’ve decided will be my new kiln minder. And there are lots of bowls.
The kiln software projected a 16 hour firing, so it should finish late tomorrow morning., giving me plenty of time to get back before it gets really hot. And if all goes well, I should be able to post pictures Monday after work.
It was fun having the time to work through the whole process all in one session. Normally, I only get a couple hours at a time so it takes a few days.
Now to draw on my vast reserves of patience.