We were all quite busy during Open Studio today, all making headway on our various projects. The slide show below features the work of Nan, Joan, Taryn, Gary, Pauline and myself. I am happy to say that I have finally learned Flickr well enough to present photos with good resolution for this particular slide show. (Click any photo to be taken to the blog’s Flickr site, as the subtitles are visible there. These photos are larger size on that site, showing more detail. You can also work with the slide show’s toolbar here by hovering over the top or bottom with your cursor.)
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The new year approaches and, with it, change. Our delightful Pauline Doyle has served as artist-in-residence for three years running at the Port Moody Arts Centre, a first. She officially ends her tenure this year. We will so miss her lighthearted spirit and inspiration. The centre has developed other positions and the book closes on hers after she leaves. I wish her luck as she pursues her own art work and takes some time for herself and look forward to the classes she will continue to teach. Pauline became my friend over time and I’m a little sniffly about the fact that her energy will be gone, but she won’t be completely absent, as she is helping our friend, Dan Severance, segue into his new position as Ceramics Technician at the centre. She, herself, will join the Open Studio come May. Dan takes over Pauline’s departmental duties: making glazes, firing and fixing kilns, overseeing the Open Studios. In May, an artist-in-residence will set up shop in Pauline’s vacated studio and they will hold this newly created position for one year. Unlike Pauline’s job, they won’t have direct duties related to the centre, but will be given a studio and the use of the centre to create their own work. Big news, big changes.
Kamensek’s current work is shown below. He suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, which he has had since childhood and this sculpture depicts the agony he feels in his joints because of the condition. The musculature and sinews are hallmarks of Otto’s style and the individual heads represent pain felt in the areas where they are located. A very powerful statement; you cannot help being affected by it. Masterful! (Click on them for close-ups.)
Pauline has been working on the boxes below for her relatives, each of whom will receive one for Christmas. Her soft boxes are so lovely and the glaze job on these is the result of a combination of three different glazes. Each has a different design treatment. They’re exquisite and I look forward to taking her soft boxes class in the spring! (Click on them for close-ups.)
Gary Ruckman’s dear lady elephant is done!
Today, he was discussing what he wants
to do to finish it… He considered colored slip, oil paints, and a clear, matte Minwax seal. It’s a beautiful sculpture. Then,
right before our eyes, he made amazing
headway on a maquette for a horse
sculpture. (Click on them for close-ups.)
As for my own project, shown below, I can’t tell you how good it felt to finally place my bird house in the bisque area! Such relief… I last worked on it in May, after which I was stricken by illness and subsequent surgery. I’ve been back at the studio for some time now, but have had other irons in the fire. It has been taking up too much space in the damp room and I decided the year couldn’t end without making an effort to bump it to the next step. I don’t know whether it will be bisqued till after the new year, but it’s in the queue. (The cone-shaped base will be inverted, the lid will go over top, then it will be suspended with chains. I will get a metal fitting for the hole, to size, and to prevent squirrel interference.) I also worked on ten “Snowfall” tiles and rolled out three slabs for a new project I’m working on. The studio closes over the holidays and, during that time, I will be masking off some tiles with liquid latex, in preparation for glazing in January. I also plan to make decorative elements for a partially built paper clay obelisk. In addition, I will be creating the prototypes for a series of new tiles.
Dec. 22nd is the Winter Solstice. From then one, light re-enters the world, growing in intensity till Summer Solstice. I welcome the sun and look forward to it brightening our lives. It gets mighty dark up here in Canada and Vitamin D is our friend. My neighbor tells me a lantern festival will take place in Port Moody for the first time this year. The new year already holds much promise for us at the studio. I so look forward to it…
As many of you know, every Tuesday I meet with my friends at the Open Studio at Port Moody’s Arts Centre. Some of us hand build, some of us throw and hand build, but at certain times you’ll find all of us together around the big table. It’s time you met the crew: Pauline, Joan, Gary, and Otto! While Nan was unable to join us, our former member, Gale, made a surprise visit from Vancouver Island. I’ve assembled a slide show which shows us working on our various projects. Wasn’t it silly to give you Open Studio updates and only show and talk about my work? After all, an Open Studio is about people working together and community. In the future, you’ll be seeing a lot more of my claymates! (To read the slide show captions, click once on the photo; double click to go to the Flickr site. Also, Flickr photo resolution problems will be solved soon.)