A couple weeks ago, I joined up with the amazing Alyson Iwamoto and we did our rounds of a couple local ceramic shows. It is so refreshing to get out of the studio and see art with friends. It always gets my wheels churning and I come back to my work with new eyes.
There is some great work to check out right now! Here are a few of the works that really resonated with me. It tended to be the work that was textural, told a story, or didn't necessarily fit in usual ceramic mold.
Scripps Annual : On view through April 6 in the Williamson Gallery at Scripps College
Gallery View, Multiple Artists
There are many more great works to see- do go check them out if you are in the neighborhood! Both of these shows are very close to one another.
Caught in the action! I love to see my pieces in action. With my pieces, the finished objects are just a part of the story- the plant, the latte, the sweet sorbet that fill them bring the pieces to life in a truly magical way.
Check out these sent to me from happy owners of Unurth pieces:
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Have you come across Jill Aiko Yee's beautiful things yet? I met her at the Unique LA Holiday show this past year, although I have been eyeing her work for some time now. Jill is a fashion designer here in Los Angeles and fellow Otis alum. She cuts, sews, dyes all of her work in small batches.
She started her studio a couple years ago after a job with a local fashion designer came to end and has been making ever since. Connecting with her is both refreshing and inspiring. Her work shares similar color stories with my ceramic pieces and may be inspired by the same sunsets.
Her pieces, are full of light, life, and color. My favorites are her floating ombre dyed silks and her everyday creative work wear. Take a peek:
I could wear this piece everyday in the studio!
You can see more of Jill around the web:
This TED talk popped up on my radar and it struck a chord. While Modernism has its place and the style influences the creation of so many beautiful things, I feel it can hold object creation hostage. Objects are storytellers and have been throughout history. With every object I create for Unurth, the aim is to tell a little bit more of the story between ourselves and the earth- to create useful, yet evocative objects.
This curator's struggle to see the purpose in objects created purely for fancy led him to a realization-- Don't just live your fantasy life in front of screens.
Check it out>>
What role do objects play in your world? Are they purely utilitarian? Tell a larger part of your story? A sticking point?
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir
Everyone is picking words for their year- things to do better, do more of, or just be present for. Sure, the new year is just another day. There isn't really anything to differentiate it from any other, except the meaning we imbue it with. It could be the new year or the start of a month, but it is really just a line in the sand. My word is distill. Focus the vision, distill the ideas into a collection, un-distracted by each shiny object that passes.
This line always feels like a clean slate for me. Fresh air, fresh books, fresh season and the best..... fresh collection.
In a couple weeks Im off on retreat. Into the woods, with my clean slate a fresh sketchbook to go deep into the new object magic Unurth will be offering.
I am deliberately not doing a ton of prep as I lead to this, just starting to loosely define object parameters based on context of use and technique. But things keep popping across my path that I just can't ignore:
...Like this great article about creating a collection, or when not to create one by the creator of Bonobos, Andy Dunn:
"A great brand is a privilege, and it’s a privilege best earned through an item, not through a collection."
Interestingly relevant to my goals for the year, this article reinforces for me the notion to narrow, focus, and target.
Read more: https://medium.com/p/89390244c553
...These incredible images via Still blog. True to the aim of Unurth, Mary Jo Hoffman finds wonder and magic in the most everyday little things:
This old piece I have in my home and the pretty pattern play...
while visions of jewelry dances in my head....
What is getting you going in 2014? Are you focusing or expanding or neither? Happy Happy New Years!!