Something Different ...

Here’s something different...These are some of my results from an Obvarra firing yesterday with Marcy Fedalei at West Main Artists in Spartanburg. Obvarra (also know as Baltic Raku) is a method of sealing low fire pottery that dates back to the Middle Ages in Eastern Europe. It involves removing pottery hot from the kiln at about 1,600 degrees and then dunking it in a fermented liquid mixture of flower, yeast and sugar “the brew,” then quickly immersing the piece in water and then sitting it out to dry. A couple of these pieces have some highlight glazing, otherwise the pieces are unglazed with the various shades of brown, black and cream colors a result of the white clay body and the “cooking” of the brew as the piece is moved from the brew to the water which quickly cools the piece, stopping the cooking and sealing the piece. Very spontaneous and unpredictable unique results for each piece.

Lots of fun!

 

It’s a Floribbean Afternoon...

Just finished “Floribbean Afternoon”!  This is a commissioned low-fired art tile mural heading for the sunny climes of Florida.  It’s comprised of 10 eight by eight inch tiles with an overall measurement of 16” by 40”.   It’s going to be on exhibit at West Main Artists’ ArtWalk event in Spartanburg Thursday night, May 16th. Then off to Florida at the end of the month for installation in an outdoor residential patio/pool environment.

Here’s some pics... 

Floribbean Afternoon art tile mural

Floribbean Afternoon art tile mural

Closeup of one of the hummingbirds and the bird-of-paradise

Closeup of one of the hummingbirds and the bird-of-paradise

Another of the hummingbirds, this time with some of the hibiscus flowers. 

Another of the hummingbirds, this time with some of the hibiscus flowers. 

Stop by and see it in person if you get a chance!

Great Day...

Great day with six raku firings, lots of discussions with folks about creating art and two nice sales to some terrific people. The two pieces finding new homes today were “Window View,” a 12” x 36” wall piece and the 12” arts and crafts “Three Scene Vase”. It’s great to know these pieces will be enjoyed for the holidays and years to come. 

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Window View

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Three Scene Vase

West Main Artists 2018 Open Doors...

WMAC’s annual Open Doors Exhibit and events are here again!  This year in addition to the opening and closing receptions (Thursday November 15th from 5 to 9 and December 20th also from 5 to 9) there will also be a special day of demonstrations on Saturday, December 1st from 10 to 4.  The show will run from November 15th to December 29th at West Main Artists, 578 West Main Street on Spartanburg SC.  All art work will be for sale on a pay and take basis so it’s a great opportunity to find some extra special holiday gifts.  I’ll be there for each of the receptions and will be doing a raku-firing demonstration out on the Ceramics Patio on Saturday the 1st.  Hope to see you at one of the events!

 

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2 Down and 1 Up...

2 ceramics shows down...1 photo show up! The Spartanburg and Tryon ceramic Art shows went real good, sold a total of 5 pieces.  Thanks to all who checked them out and especially to my bro for making the trip!

Last night we had the opening reception for the West Main Artists Photo Show and I have 6 pieces in it. Did something a little different with what I’ve called “The Vintage Pop” series. Taking a creative artistic look at some of the world around us with bright, rich colors and an “artsy” flare.  It was fun! Here’s a look.

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The West Main Artists Gallery  

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At The Ranch House

 

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Road Trip Dream

 

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Stable’s Light

 

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De Old DeLuxe

 

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Store Bought Goods

 

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The Warehouse

 

Less than 2 weeks to go!!!

With less than 2 weeks to go until the opening reception for “Wildness”, my ceramic art show at West Main Artists in Spartanburg I’ve wrapped up the final touches on over a dozen new works of art. Next is preparing them for display, with some it’s easier said than done. The two larger works each have 20 to 30 individual pieces that will need to be installed. I hope a little creativity is going to do the trick.

I was thrilled to see an article in Carolina Arts about the show, check it out below.  And be sure to also read the article about my granddaughter Kaydee's photography show in the gallery next to my show!

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Here’s a preview peak at one of the smaller pieces that will be in the show.

 

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Coming Soon...WILDNESS!

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Four weeks to go until September 20th, opening night of "Wildness", my show of ceramic art at West Main Artists in Spartanburg, SC.

I've been working away for the last several months on over a dozen new pieces ranging from small (8" x 14") single pieces up to large (3' x 5') multiple-piece 3-D works.  I've used a combination of traditional low and western raku firing techniques. The work includes traditionally structured designs as well as pieces featuring a variety of design and color creativity, all centered around a theme of wildlife and wild places in America. 

I'll keep you posted over the next few weeks as I finish up the last three unfinished works along with more sneak preview peaks.

 

A salute to the wild horses of the Outer Banks - "... A Different Color"

A salute to the wild horses of the Outer Banks - "... A Different Color"

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A sneak peak at a portion of "Out of the Blue"

Progress...

Making progress on multiple pieces for the show in September. Here’s an update on the two new works I shared previously.

Here’s a closeup of the background tiles for the eagle piece, raku fired and ready to go! I’ll use approximately 30 of these tiles in the finished piece.

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Here’s a portion of the basic sketch work for the eagle design. This completed piece will have overall dimensions of approximately 30” x 50”.

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And here’s the portion of the arts and crafts window design, now glazed and ready to raku fire!

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This piece will have three sections and will, overall, be approximately 12” x 36”.