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After a big Fall storm, some people were brave enough to come and have a chat during the Reception for my show at the Ottawa School of Art.
Fellow ceramic artist Hilde Lambrecht got me a wonderful bottle of wine with a Seahorse on it called “Promised Land”. It was very “À propos” for this show. Thanks Hilde! Thanks as well to all of those who showed up and those who have already visited and left a note in my book, as well as those who will come prior to Wednesday (when I’ll take it down).
A big thanks to Dawn Dale as well for graciously accepting to interview me for a YouTube video.
Last Sunday, all of the artists collaborating on the show “Lines in Nature | La nature des choses” were at the Ottawa School of Art to take pictures of our work for the catalogue. While some of the pieces were still a work in progress, Paula Murray and I had decided to have it finished for the photoshoot.
On the project’s Blog you can see pictures of the artists interacting with each other. They were taken by Dawn Dale.
Here is our piece entitled On the line | En eaux troubles. It will be for sale at La Fab (Old Chelsea, QC) between May 23-June 21. A big thank you to our Maggie Knaus for photographing all the artworks that day. It promises to be an exciting show.
As I always look for ways to improve the quality of my photographs, I found this great tutorial. It is more complex than one would need but it helped me understand how professionals get that beautiful gradient background.
So far I achieved this effect on some of my pieces using Gimp (equivalent of Photoshop in Unix). You cut out the image of the piece and add a gradient background layer to it. It just takes too uch time and adding shadows make it look less natural.
All the credits go to
Sorry for being late with my posts, I did some updates on my Website (CV, Links, News and Press sections) and it takes time and I have been working on a large piece for the Lines in nature Project (photos are coming soon). I also have also been working on a mangrove piece for my end of residency show using both black clay and my white porcelaineous Laguna Frost clay. It’s pretty long and wide enough that it didn’t fit a half kiln shelf so the tech will have a hard time putting it in. I hope it’ll be OK… (I did offer my help in case she needs a second pair of hands). I also glazed my second piece for the bell jar and prepared some tiles for the Lines in nature Project (spoiler alert: I might try some terra siggilata on them).
Every 2 years the Ottawa School of Art runs an Alumni show. It’s a great opportunity to see what fellow artists and friends have been working on and to catch up with them as well. Some don’t live in Ottawa.
It’s also a nice way to start the New Year as artist get paid CARFAC fees (for showing work in a professional Gallery).
Here is a link to a video of the show:
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!!!
For test tiles and other shapes that I will reuse, I make patterns out of transparent and soft plastic folders (found at the Dollar store). It is particularly good when making series (production work) and you want to save some time. Below is an example for a pair of Christmas Sale seahorse wall pieces. I always start with a sketch (although I could, I choose not to trace directly from a picture).
Then I trace the shape on the plastic folder with a permanent marker, cut the piece out, et voilà! Easy to use, easy to clean and it can be used on both sides.
For test tiles, once I cut a piece in clay I then proceed with stamping a piece of coral and a pencil to make shallow and deeper marks. I also bending the tail so I can get as much information as possible about the glaze’s behaviour. You can see pictures of my test tiles in my previous post on Test tiles.
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. 🙂
I recently purchased 2 glass-bell jars similar to this one (minus the metallic end on the rope) at Michaels. I fell in love with them and thought they would be a great addition to my seahorse series. They have a marine/seaside quality to them and will be a metaphor for the curio trade. It refers to the many dried seahorses souvenir items tourists buy from in stores (key chains, cast in resin, etc.). It is one of the many reasons why seahorses are endangered.
Below is my latest seahorse sculpture. There is a support piece under its jaw for the bisque firing. This piece is supposed to fit under the bell but I might have made it too tall… We’ll see with the final firing. I intend to glaze it with my glue-glaze, which explains the absence of texture on his body.