I wanted to truncate the length of boat, so that it would fit in my kiln. I then thought what feeling and pose would go with the canoe with the separation. The figure turned out to be a little too big for the vessel. If I separated the cut by half an inch or so, it looked just right. The cracks will be filled with red or gold after the firing.
Spring is here! I'm happily busy working with mud (ceramic clay and garden soil). They nourish my soil. Enjoy spring weather, everyone!
My friend commented that a traveling companion for my previous piece was "extraneous." In this new piece, what he said is obvious. The squirrel appears unaccommodating. It will be removed. I am hoping to include some animals in this series. I'll have to give more thoughts to how to incorporate them....
I'm still debating whether to add a little migratory bird to this piece. Lone travels were, for me, opportunities for self-discoveries. Having a traveling companion, on the other hand, gave me chances to nurture the relationship. I learned from both. Conceptually, the latter seems more appropriate for this little buddha, but I'm not sure if it is so visually....
Oops, the maquette at the bottom left corner is more expressive than the actual piece. That's ok. I'm going to make another one. With a joint exhibit squared away, I am now preparing a bunch of small figures for a sculpture show scheduled in Loveland, CO in August. I'm thinking of calling this new series "Kokoro no Jizo," which can be translated "a jizo of your center" or "a guardian of the heart."
An year-and-half long preparation for the joint exhibit, which was just concluded at Prairie Arts Center in North Platte, NE, was filled with opportunities for me to reflect upon what were essential in our lives. Kit Watson and I, each, contributed 15 pieces - from a semi-e from 33 years ago to the most recent 3D work. Although Kit does not wish to tackle another show like this, I am going to continue to visit her. What I will learn from her may be expressed in my future sculptures.
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