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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ceramics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acorn squash coil pot sketch

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ceramics

Slip-trail squiggle

Thick slip squeezed out of a squeeze bottle or one of those rubber ear syringes?  

 

Onto a plaster bat?  

And then do a lot of those and assemble them into a larger structure?

 

Squiggle pot

Hopefully something less lame than this.

Meanwhile, check out this woman’s stuff:

http://lucyjanefoakes.blogspot.com/


Silicone squiggle

The units would be something like this silicone squiggle. Try not to think about intestines.

Ceramics

slab coil sketch
  • Measure the strips using a square cross section stick; roll & cut.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Don’t You Hate it When You’re at…

...the kind of website where you know, right off, that 2/3 of the way through registration, an inane program design assumption will ultimately result in a logic loop that irrevocably borks the entire process.

#MoreLikeA2ndOr3rdWorldProblem

#Amazon.comHasThisFiguredOut

#SSA.govDoesn't

Ceramics

Dagmar suggested we take an art class at Laney. The only one that meets M-W 6-8 is Ceramics. Instructor Larry Henderson seems to be an old "thrown stoneware teapot" kind of chappie. I could live with that.


I’ve gotten all excited about handling clay. I’ll need to know what the studio has to offer. Highfire? Gas kiln? Clay bodies? Is there a slab roller? Can I slip-cast?
I biked down to campus to check it out. Closed today, for Veterans Day? Here’s what I saw from outside the kiln deck:

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back of the big kiln

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looks like terracotta

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Stoneware &  Weber grill. (Hi Dag!) There also seems to be a raku kiln, and a few skutt-type electric kilns for bisquing & lowfire.


…and here’s what I’d like to make:
Notes

Acorn squash upsie-downsie
Acorn Squash molds. Slipcast if possible, or make coiled blank, soften and hand-press into molds.

Slab Pot from Top
Slab vase from top. Texture larger sides with Fred-shredded leather from chair. Smaller sides with those wooden sticks from Mexico?

Coil pot
Vase for Mary. We’ll get some flowers to figure out what shape & size

Bowl  for Ramona 2
Bowl  for Ramona 1
Bowl  for Ramona 3
Bowl for Ramona. Use slumped red graph bowl as form.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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November 01, 2014 at 03:58PM

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Monday, October 20, 2014

56 Circles

 

Quattro 56 circles

pencil

 

Quattro 56 circles c

pencil w watercolor

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ashtray Schematic

This was a cheap pressed Mexican ashtray from Cost Plus. I did some coldworking.

Schematic 02

 

 

ashtray 010

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Tree From the Internet

 

A Tree from the Internet ganked cropped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Weaver Bird Nests in Africa? I regret that I can’t find the source of this image. Something that was on my twitter feed yesterday, and reminded me of the shapes of trees that George Herriman used to draw,

 

Herriman Tree October 30 1921 copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so I saved the tweeted image and drew it:

 

A Tree from the Internet 2 copy bolded 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This page is informative: http://www.duskyswondersite.com/animals/social-weavers-hippie-birds/, and has more pictures like this one:

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This makes me wonder about the relationship of the Social Weaver Bird Nests in Africa to these mud Swallow? nests under the bridge in Monte Rio California:

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Do these birds and their nests have a common ancestor, or is it more like a form follows function, parallel development of similar solutions to similar design problems situation?…which all goes to show that I’m fascinated with shapes and what they might or might not mean. And I guess I’m easily amused.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bambi’s Cape

Bambi's Cape

Thanks for the yarn, Carlos!

Here’s Bambi modeling the cape in a photo by Yukiko:

Bambi by Yukiko

Ruthie & Freddie

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Photo by MJF

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bruce & Bruce

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Bursten & Bortin

Everett & Jones

Photo by MJF

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Road Trip

bruce mary meg djeneba 1

Bruce Mary Meg Djeneba

Red Dog

 

cathy mary tom gayle djeneba huck

Cathy Mary Tom Gayle Djeneba

Huck

Red Dog

 

djeneba bruce roots

Djeneba Bruce

Armstrong Woods

 

,ary bruce monte rio

Mary Bruce

Monte Rio

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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