One of my favorite things to do is to impress clay with a short piece of rope. The technique is an old one — about 10,000 years – which the ancient Jomon culture of Japan used on their own pots. It seems like a natural enough thing to do, since "cords," which is a more accurate description, were an everyday necessity back then. These days we still use a lot of rope, especially in the fishing industry around were I live. I like to think that somehow I'm continuing this long tradition in my own work.
I have been experimenting with this new tea bowl form where I split the wall in half with a bow wire while the pot slowly turns on the wheel. By weaving my hand back-and-forth in a tight arc, a ripple effect emerges from where the wall is split. The small white area near the top is inlaid porcelain, which was meant to look like veins of quartz, but I didn't embed the porcelain deep enough, so most of it was lost. Next time I try this, I'll make sure the inlay goes deeper into the clay before splitting the wall.
Today I stopped by Vince Montague studio to pay a visit. A wonderful afternoon of talking about pots, books, and life in general.
Our friend, Gerow Reese, prepares a bowl of matcha for us in his wonderful tea room. Always a pleasure to visit.
Been spending some down time at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Always an inspiring way to spend a few hours.
Marion and I had a wonderful time at our friend's, David's, apartment where we spent hours devouring "snacks" that he prepared, talking tea and looking at his wonderful collection of Kyushus and Hobins.
If you're going through Mendocino's Anderson Vallery, make sure you stop in at Scharffenberger Cellers for some great wine and art.
I made these tiles for my home studio/gallery years ago and I'm only now getting them into the kiln. Ugh! It's so dismaying, if you think about it, how much time goes into all the other stuff you need to do to make your work visible and available to the public. But that's what we do. I'm not complaining (too much); everyone's in the same boat. Northcoast Artists Gallery is unusual in that, at least here, we share all the jobs which are necessary for a business to succeed. — Cliff