Sunday, September 19, 2010

yippee!

Earlier this week I shared some images of my new work on facebook and flickr.  I really couldn't be more pleased with them.  So much so that I grabbed this pitcher and called it "mine," not for sale.  I'm really happy with my application of this technique.  I feel like it is reminiscent of Diana Fayt's, but it is more me than simply aping her style (which I love but couldn't even begin to aspire to).  When I was getting ready for her workshop I found a photo that I altered and drew to become this bee on a blown-out pussywillow branch.  A friend copied it for me and made reductions and enlargements to work from.  As soon as I saw the copies I knew it had potential to use with an almost wallpaper-like repeat.  Although I'm not a great fan of wallpaper per se, the repeated motif really appeals to me as a design element on pots.   

So.  After two or three seemingly disastrous firings, I think I've gotten the hang of how to do this.  And I am so, so flipping happy about it.  The workshop was a fabulous experience, but to have come away with a new way of working is even better than fabulous.  I feel like I'm (almost) always pushing forward in my craft.  Heretofore my work has been focused on the form, not the surface design.  As many of you may know, I have HATED glazing for several years.  I never thought surface design would capture my attention (outside of laying a fern into the wet clay to create a glaze-able impression or stamping a word into the body of the piece, both of which I still love). 

I'll have a small selection of these pieces at the Etsy Memphis sale next Friday at the Jack Robinson Gallery.  I'm excited about them.  I hope you will be too!

Have a great week- I hope I'll be back in this space on Thursday to give you a preview of more work I'll be showing Friday night.  Take care.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh I how I love thee! Do any of the pieces feature bees as well? This is fantastic work Melissa. Well done!

hkpowerstudio said...

I love, love, LOVE these. I'm so excited to see you working on the surfaces (especially since that's my background...sort of). I'm tempted to see if you would like to collaborate on a "repeat surface" pattern design with your motif. Let me know if you are interested. Keep it up!

Tracy said...

beautiful!

Veronique said...

This is so lovely. Well done!

Mama Urchin said...

I'm so glad you kept one for yourself. I love how they are turning out.

The WoodLand School said...

This is absolutely fantastic, Melissa! I love watching your art evolve ... and I love hearing about the process.

Leila said...

It turned out beautifully! I do think you're onto something.

RW said...

this is really quite lovely