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!
It’s spring—the daylight is longer and brighter, the air (and my cellar) is warming, the crocus and daffodil are blooming, and Fat Robin Pottery has emerged from its winter hibernation!
What’s new for 2014? Sadly, the very useful hubbard squash in my cellar are slowly rotting, but not before they are being used to the utmost to make hubbard bowls with raku clay and then fired in my friend, Charlene’s, raku kiln. A fellow potter, Elena Obelenus, is preparing for her upcoming show at the Providence Art Club in May, and I helped her fire many stunning pieces for the show. Her work is detailed, meticulous, and breathtaking.
Trying to make the most of my booth space at Armory Antiques Marketplace in Newport, I am creating and experimenting with sgrafitto and making tiles and Christmas ornaments with familiar Newport scenes. When you travel and visit a new place, what do you like to buy as a reminder of that place? I look for local art , local food, or local wine, and a holiday ornament with a familiar scene from that place. And there’s always a refrigerator magnet…. Any other ideas?
I’m also working on other glaze combinations for the few remaining hubbard bowls in stock, and the results are excellent! Imagine hubbards in dark blues and mottled browns.
And then there’s always a pit fire at my sister’s house in Maine…already planning and creating new items to smoke!
The 2014 creativity has begun—lots more ideas will bloom!