- 10, Starving Artists' Show, Milwaukee, WI
- 11-12, Winter Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI
Marbling is an ancient printing process used all over the world, in different ways, for book arts, calligraphy, and more. A couple years ago, I experimented until I found a way to bring this process into my clay work. It is so much easier to show than to try to explain how this works--but I am happy to be a part of the marbling world. I feel like there is a lot happening with marbling lately. So, I share this video of my process. Thanks!
Hi All, If you are in the Eau Claire Area over this winter, you'll be able to find my new work at a few different events and galleries. This Friday, November 18th from 5pm-9:30pm, I will be at an opening at Caradori Pottery with new work, along with a number of great local artists. This gallery has been carrying my new marbled earthenware pottery and tile. http://caradori-pottery.com/ Also opening November 18th, the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center will be having its annual holiday sale. I will have a number of large platters, tiles, and mugs for sale throughout the show, which runs to Dec. 23, 2016. http://www.eauclairearts.com/event.phtml/FCB0E4B7/holiday_art_fair On Saturday, November 26th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) 10am-4pm I will be showing a large group of new and never before exhibited work at the Artisan Forge's Small Business Saturday event. This collaborative workspace is a new and precious gem in the art and culture scene of the area. It is worth the trip just to see the place, 1106 Mondovi Rd. Eau Claire, WI 54701. http://www.artisanforgestudios.com/ Thanks for looking at this new work in person. It is a very exciting time for me to be making this very new, very experimental work that is somehow, surprisingly, still traditional pottery and tile.
This week I thought about printing a lot. I had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the 3-D printer Morris library recently acquired. I spoke with the people that are working on the project. It was illuminating. On the same day, I spent time hand-setting type for my job in the Preservation Department in Morris Library.When Guttenberg first convinced goldsmiths to take up the onerous task of making little cast, perfectly-formed letters, they did not start with just the 26 letters of the alphabet in upper and lower case and a few punctuation marks. They very closely copied the style of calligraphy, with hundreds of shapes and forms of letters. These early books were meant to look and feel like a hand-made manuscript. And they very nearly did. They achieved a level of artistry that analyzed calligraphic styles from a totally new mindset. Some thinkers believe that it took more than a century for the impact and potential of this piece of technology to be fully understood. I think that we could easily make the case that my university, the middle class, abundance of material resources, plentiful food and clean water, and much more, all stem from this one piece of technology and its profound ability to transfer knowledge. I have seen people comparing the invention of computers and PCs to the invention of the printing press. I believe that the impact of this piece of technology will take a century or more to understand. I remember when computers used tape decks to manage minuscule amounts of data. This week I saw a computer, using Linux-based, community-built software print out a plastic 3-D object. One of these printers has been famously used to make a home-made prosthetic for a growing boy, by his dad. Then he posted the directions on the Internet, and they are freely available. I am a potter, besides being a parent, a grad student, and a number of other things. I believe that the handmade pot is much more than an object made to house nostalgia and Utopianism. The ideals of social justice that influential thinkers have tried to attach to craft work are noble. They just don't attach very well. We have a printing press in the library because it does something that no other currently, economically-available tool can do. It permanently adheres a custom durable title to bookcloth in a one-off process uniquely required for repair. The hand-made craft object is the same. It does not need watertight dogma to justify itself. When I look at it, feel it, use it, I know that it can do things that no mass-produced object can do. It can express freedom and looseness, accident and choice, beauty and agility of mind in a very concrete way that no other type of object could. It is not the perfect tool for every job, but there are things about this tool that cannot be replaced, ever, by anything else. Still, I have some ideas for some tessellated geometric sculptures that I would love to make up designs for and 3-D print someday.The kite designs were fabulous. Paper clay may have been a better choice for my attempt. My media choice, pottery, is limited, like all choices. I see its place in a new way when it is put in the context of a world with cheaply available 3-D printers. The meanings of tools and objects shift in a changing context. And I like that change. I like modern life, without which I could not have the job of my choice, drink clean water, eat as much, own property, move freely. The list goes on and on.
One of the best things about grad school is the very interesting things that other people are doing, all around me, everyday. This morning I got to watch Kelsey Wright making the third charge of glass into a glass casting in the hot shop next door. Kelsey is the one in the silver hot suit. It was very interesting to talk to one of the glass grad students about glass and about how the colors that are seen in glass depend on its shape. Since glass refracts light, its outer surface can be more or less like a lens, sending color in many directions.