This is one big step forward for me in my artistic career as I decided to apply to a juried show in Montreal. It’s a first for me to be exhibiting in a big city outside of Ottawa. I’m very excited. We are 31 artists. And in case you didn’t notice, it is right up my alley with the sea/ocean as a theme. And the poster has one of my pieces on it. 🙂
The gallery is called “Le repaire des 100 talents” (the hideout of the talented 100s). Here is a gallery tour (slideshow) including the boxes I brought with my pieces ready to be hung/put on a shelf. Some walls are barren because this is the time in-between shows when some artists are picking up their works and others are bringing theirs.
I am hoping to be able to make it for the April 5th Reception. If you can’t make it, here is a sneak peek of some of the work that will be presented.
Dates: April 1rst – May 10th, 2015 (Reception in the presence of artists on April 5th from 4:30 pm – 9 pm)
Address: 5867 St-Hubert blvd, Montreal QC (Rosemont Subway)
artistic collaboration, Céramique, Ceramic art, contemporain, contemporary, Exhibition, Exposition, La Fab, La nature des choses, Laguna Frost, Lines in Nature, Paula Murray, porcelain, porcelaine, techniques
Starting in February I have been focusing on implementing ideas for the Lines in Nature Project/La nature des choses Project.
Here are some photos of the work in progress. (more to come)
Note: I have also posted some sketches and concept developed during the partnership with ceramic artist Paula Murray on the Project’s blog.
I had the pleasure to assist to a presentation about Tamba (Tanba) Pottery followed by a throwing demonstration by visiting Potter Takeshi Shimizu.
Here are a few things he mentioned that I found interesting:
- He found our commercial raku clay to be very hard to wedge as it was soft in the middle and hard on the outside. Mind you he wedged a whole bag at once and said he’s used to bigger than that but softer;
- He can throw about 150-200 yunomi (simple mugs) a day…;
- I was surprised to learn that Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada went to his village and together with Muneyoshi Yanagi (Japanese philosopher and founder of the mingei (folk craft) movement in Japan in the late 1920s and 1930s) they had a direct influence on the revival of Tamba ware as it had fallen pray to mass production;
- In Japan, potters pray to a “god for pottery” so pots fire well. While it does not have a name but once thing he knows to be certain is that it is a female god; :0
- He made some of his tools;
- Shimizu has 4 kilns and it includes electric, gaz and wood/salt kilns.
Some characteristics of Tamba Pottery:
- putting the glaze on the shoulder of the pots;
- wood firing;
- cat-scratch-like marks on the ware
Quotes by Muneyoshi Yanagi:
“The beauty in utility”, “The beauty beyond human art”
He gave a new identity to Tanba ware from “Works created by human” to “Works created by nature” referring to the unknown in the firing process.
Click the following link for more information on Tamba Pottery.
The Ottawa School of Art is having its 30th annual Holiday Fundraising Art Sale. I put 3 decorative bowls this year and one of them, ”Bunny in Love with Owl”, won the Best of Show Prize from Capital Pottery’s owner Sarah Hand. Thanks!!!
In my living room, I have an Ikea display case where I put some of my favorite pieces, as well as other artists’ work and some of the seashells and rocks I collected over the years. We had to childproof it recently. 🙂
Hot from the bisque firing, my first 3 pieces did come out pretty unscathed (there’s always some apprehension when coming to a new studio, not all techs are careful with fragile works). Pretty pleased with the result.
Just in case someone is wondering if I have some ego issue writing my name on all my properties, I will reply that I was once robbed of a palette knife being told “I don’t see your name on it” in a painting class (I was stunned, her name sure wasn’t on it either). Sure enough someone took my sponge off my shelf the other day (can’t write on it or should I try?) and returned it thanks to the message I wrote on the board…