My old co-worker crosses my mind when I recall someone, who has been pushed and pulled by the circumstances.
A restraint order was finally placed on her ex. Her mother agreed to move in with her and help care for her children while she juggled 2 low-wage jobs. Telling me the news, she proudly showed me a photo of her 4-year-old son delivering, to an elderly neighbor, a plate of cookies he had made with his grandmother. His unusually thick eyeglasses were noticeable.
"You're amazing," I told her. As she was always cheerful at work, I did not know about her tough living situations. She did not seem to recognize what I was amazed at. I thought her life would continue to be hard, but she would manage to push it back - with her signature smile on the face.
Ceramic Sculpture: SELF-ACCEPTANCE
SELF-ACCEPTANC is almost done. I'm debating whether to add the bottom piece to the figure. I think it's too busy. The simplicity of a black plaque seems to enhance the delicacy of the sculpture. What do you think?
Just returned from the unveiling of Dale Lamphere's Community Tapestry Project at the Monument. A hospital staff said Dale's proposal for the wall piece stood out because it was community oriented. Knowing his expertise and fame, he could have easily created a monumental sculpture, which he had done so many so well for years. However, he wanted to honor us, local artists, through this project. The idea was his wife's. During his speech, Dale did not forget to honor his righthand worker, without his assist he could not have accomplished the project. My admiration for this SD Artist Laureate soared even more in this rare opportunity to work for him.
Some of you commented that this sculpture did not need any butterflies. After trying to put 3 different styles of the accessory, I am convinced you were right. Happy Spring!
I screwed up with a sagger-firing of this piece. I wanted copper carbonate to became greenish black. Instead it turned bright brown. Only the solution was to make the sculpture darker with acrylic paint. The colors became too busy for my liking, but I think it still managed to capture the father's pride.
Sagger firing brings out unpredictable outcomes. That makes the technique fascinating and frustrating at the same time. With experiments, I want to make the unpredictable somewhat predictable. There are still lots to learn....
Intermediate Hand-Building Class
These are pieces I made during my demonstrations for an intermediate hand-building class at the Dahl. It just finished, but I plan to offer it again in Fall. If you are interested in learning these techniques, contact me or the Dahl education director. We will send you a notification when the class is scheduled.
My former teacher Kit Watson has made 2 more sculptures since I last posted about our duo show back in January. Her third figure "Gertude" is stunning. Despite her difficulty in retaining new learnings, she is managing to improve her skills. The core of this 3-foot tall sculpture is a rolled cardboard. We then glued and masking-taped a bunch of newspaper on it. The surface was covered with paper mâché, air-dried clay, yarn, and fabric. The coloring was done in acrylic.
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