Earlier this year I was delighted to be contacted my MDBA (Manufactured Design By Architects), a design and architecture firm out of Barcelona. They have an excellent online round-up of artists and craftspeople that they feature with an interview. Recently they posted the interview I had with them about my practice as a clay artist- with photos. Check it out here!
I want to invite everyone in the Saint Louis area to come out on Sunday, June 29th for the Contemporary Art Museum Open Studios tour. I’ll be opening up my shop for the day between 11-5pm. Additionally, my friends from Community Supported Art Saint Louis (csastl.org) will be on site spreading the word about their new program designed to create a platform for meeting artists and buying their work easier for everyone. Their program is modeled after local agriculture CSA programs. I look forward to seeing everyone! openstudios-stl.org
In the spring semester I worked with one of my advanced ceramics students in taking on the challenge of creating a series of teapots. His passion for the project was contagious and quickly I too was captivated by the challenge in making functional teapots that seemed relevant to my other clay work. I was looking for simplicity in form and features, balance between the spout and handle, and a surface that could offer interest and remain quiet. I fired the work to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere and then sandblasted the surfaces.
To see this concrete piece installed at Mad Art Gallery revitalized my interest in the concept. A direct formal language that hints toward the representation of familiar household furniture while remaining somewhere between actual function and the presentation of form and material. More to come…