Sunday, July 25, 2010

Off to the Races....

The good times continue at Medalta!

.... trying to juggle it all

take your positions

they're at the line

and they're off!

The lovely Eden Dupont

Leigh Merritt takes the early lead 

Robin Dupont and Luann Johnson elbow for position

Sandy Mander takes a red flag...

Brenda Sullivan and  Kaitlyn Brennan neck and neck 

Roscoe and Isla get a little drivers edu. from Dad

Robin Dupont at the wheel

Jim Etzkorn demos a shoulder check

skill testing 
Eden Dupont with Isla and Roscoe along for the ride
this is how you do it....
fender bender
Roscoe in tractor heaven

blanket balloon toss
thanks everyone!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Red Rock and Rattlesnakes

Les Manning

a rather agitated rattlesnake
Les Manning and Claude Morin

Primrose in bloom

What I did on my summer vacation....

Objectives going into the MIAIR residency were to:

- develop a series of related forms for the soda kiln
- gain experience in firing the soda kiln
- develop surfaces for the sculptural form

The large sculptural forms reference... mountains... landscape... flight..

I tried a variety of clay bodies, including porcelain. Each provided it's own unique challenges; both in the making and in the drying. Given the time it took to get them kiln ready, there were limited opportunities to have the work included in scheduled soda firing. Hard to believe given there were 29 kilns (including bisque) fired during the month.  One piece found it's way into the wood kiln and another into a residual salt firing. They were the first two made and it was very gratifying to see the progression to the final works.

I had hoped to get at least one of the porcelain pieces into a soda firing but for a number of reasons, that didn't happen.  So it goes.

All things considered, it was quite a month! I learned a lot about clay...  and so much more.

Thanks Medalta!

Work in progress...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Keep looking up....

... I really did need a new computer.

the old one didn't bounce very well.