Here I am February 2015 and it’s been two years since I posted anything. Well, I have been busy. Here’s a quick recap. In March 2013, I went to NCECA in Houston, got sick, stayed sick, didn’t finish up my thesis in time to graduate.
In the spring/summer of 2013, I spent a month in Japan/Hong Kong/China, two fall months at Penland NC working on my throwing skills, and then graduated in December. Pictures to follow.
In January of 2014, I went back to undergraduate school and took my first sculpture class. Working with wood and metal was certainly a change from clay. My goal was to get competent with wood tools and welding. At least I can say I didn’t cut off any body parts or get any second or third degree burns.
Summer of 2014, I took off for London for a week, and then on to Athens and Istanbul. After a week of wallowing in kilims and Iznek (and older) ceramics, it was back to Athens for Cycladic ceramics, and a week in Porto Heli with wonderful friends, scenery, and food. There were final days in London, and a highlight of highlights–working on the poppies at the Tower of London.
Wooden low relief sculpture at Kew Gardens
A ribbon of clay at the Victoria and Albert
Planting poppies at the Tower
Iced-green tea dying Buddhas
And body parts
My tour de force of the semester was a 23 foot long snake skeleton made of conduit pipe and flex steel. It has an aluminum head. I discovered the limits of my left elbow on this project, and have been in therapy for tennis elbow since Christmas. I may get off without a shot or surgery.
The snake skeleton–all 23 feet of it.
My social commentary project was titled Don’t Frack With My Water. It featured smelly oiled water coming out of a faucet, with a view of a fracking operation from the window.
It was accepted into the Alumni Biennial show entitled Continuation.
Now I’m in the third semester of sculpture, and using mostly clay. Pictures to follow.