January is a good time of year for me. The Spring Bull Gallery Fakes & Forgeries Show gives me a chance to play in clay, before I give my kiln its winter hibernation. As a lifelong learner, it also gives me a chance to learn about an artist by reading and watching videos about that person. This year I chose Jose Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican illustrator who was known for his satirical drawings of the upper class and government in the early 1900’s….(go ahead, take a minute to google his name and learn about him; you’ll also learn how his art was used to illustrate the Day of the Dead.)
As a ceramic artist, I don’t care about the perfect shape of a piece I am making; just let me make something quickly so I can decorate—just give me the surface of the piece–let me embellish! (I got new carving tools for Christmas!) Five platters were made using the sgrafitto technique, as one never knows if the kiln goddess will be kind…or cruel. Happily, five platters made it out of the final glaze kiln, #1 was entered in the show, #2 warped so is hanging on my living room wall, and 3, 4, and 5 are looking for new homes.
Enjoy the Spring Bull Gallery’s Fakes and Forgeries Show, running January 18 to February 28 with entries of artists’ interpretations of fakes and forgeries of great art—it’s a fun show! And say hello to La Catrina—she’ll be watching you!