As Brooklyn artist and maker, I am now certified as part of both MADE IN NYC and BROOKLYN MADE. Very excited to be in the community of local manufacturing and makers. Go to https://madeinnyc.org/ and http://brooklynmade.nyc/ to see more about the local makers.
My last show of the year, CraftBoston, is around the corner. I will be previewing a new cup – “Belle” – inspired by the original CHALICE series, an interactive installation of 100 vessels which was on display at the NARS Gallery in New York as part of the 2012 Locating the Sacred Festival. The audience was encouraged to take the vessels off their pedestals, feel them and even drink tea out of them. This series is porcelain and celadon, with a Chinese-style under-painting. These will be part of the member preview as well.
Belle, and a selection of new woodfired pieces, will be on display and for sale at CraftBoston, Dec. 15-17, at Hynes Convention Center. If you are in or near Boston area, stop by Hynes convention center booth 210 to say hi and do some holiday shopping. If you have friends in the area who you think would enjoy my work, please do share the information.
Use code CBH17WEB for $3 off general admission tickets! https://www.societyofcrafts.org/
A few images of some of the woodfired pieces that will be there are below.
Happy holidays, everyone.
“The past remains hidden in the clouds of memory.”
– Matsuo Bashō, Narrow Road to the Interior
The “sabi” in wabi sabi means something different when used alone. It evokes the quality of age, and the beauty of an aged thing. Also a sense of aloneness, and solitude. This vase, fired in the Peters Valley anagama with master potter Shiro Otani, perfectly evokes that feeling for me.
Shiro encouraged me to work without glaze, preferring a quiet surface adorned only by the ash glaze of the kiln. When I created this classic shape, I was interested in a sense of the ancient, so I scored the surface. The body of the vase is slightly asymmetrical, as all our bodies are, and the shoulder slumps just slightly to one side. Yet the neck stands high, smooth and proud to hold the cherry blossoms of seasons past. In this piece, the beauty is most definitely in its imperfection.
(Six day anagama wood firing. No glaze. Medium-sized, but quite full. Approximately 10 inches high, 9 inches in diameter)