You put the ceramics into the pit and cover them up with sawdust and dirt. They come out like burned relics.
Very interesting and full of surprises.
2011 I have decided is the year to extend my creativity by making a commitment to attend alot of art workshops.
I had heard such good things about Jane Matua's ceramic teaching from many different sources that I made it a goal to be taught by her one day.
You really stretch yourself by being taught by others.
Each class has its own culture or classroom climate.
Jane Matua is a wonderful tutor.
She is patient, hardworking, understanding, empathetic and knowledgeable.
I was really pleased to have experienced five days of ceramic making bliss with her and happy that I had created the beginnings of a small body of work that I want to develop further.
That's what creativity is to me, it's a measure of how far I'm extending myself and having new surprises and epiphanies.
It's not really about producing masses of art to sell because I get bored with cranking out the same sort of stuff too often and for too long.
I make my money by teaching and I'm really happy with that because I love teaching.
The part I like best in the ceramic making process is working with my hands in the clay.
It's a magical, relaxing and meditative time; just you and your mind and soul moulding masterpieces; or is it moulding masterpieces in your mind if not in time.
There's always a chance to dream...
I realise I like to change what I am doing; I have a low boredom threshold and like to work thematically across several different mediums.
It's fun to see how my painting can translate to clay.
If I'm not bored; I'm engaged.
Shots are coming tomorrow
Creativity Quote of the day
Ceramic objects are some of the oldest human documents we have. Being a potter, I like to make reference to that in art.
~ Patricia Fay
Me placing one of my figures into the raku kiln
Semi Finished Piece call the Spelling Bee on oiled rimu wood.
I will take a better picture when I have finished. I'm planning to elevate the figures with Rimu wood to give them a better balance and sense of height.
I am also going to olace then differently.