Images on the left are wooden items created from 2007 - 2009. The images on the right are from this month in clay.
My first firing was very derivative from my old work. I didn't really know where to start so I picked up where I left off and went with what was familiar.
It was interesting to translate designs that were sort of 2D/3D by limitation of the wood into a medium that has very little limitations.
It was also a lot harder. For one thing, I'm terribly clumsy and with wood I could just toss stuff around. With ceramics I have to be careful not to drop anything.
Every little bump or nudge makes a mark in clay. Then again it is also very forgiving. If I make a mistake it can be smoothed over rather than destined for the scrap pile.
It felt good to execute these familiar designs. Safe. Like seeing old friends. It was a good experiment but I'm already feeling the call to move on.
Ceramics has opened up possibilities. Things I couldn't execute in wood are possible in clay!
I love to look at portfolios of artists and see their progression from one thing to the next and even try to predict where they'll go next. Where am I headed?
I'll give you a hint. I'm seduced by designs I tried out in wood but didn't follow through with...
Yep. Structures. Larger. Functional!
Hope you enjoyed my geeky comparison photos. I didn't even realize just how similar it all was (even the angles that I shoot things!) until I started digging through my old photos for this post.