Well after too many rants I figured that maybe it was time to post some more images of great and inspiring work. Just this morning I was flipping through my copy of Lark Books' 500 teapots. You see i'm trying to mentally prepare for a week long teapot making workshop I've signed up to teach at the end of July. You've gotta love those lark books, they're like porn for ceramic artists, full color glossy shots with close ups of glaze drips, hmmmm... I never seem to get tired of flipping through them to be inspired. And it's always nice to look at the work of artists you know and to see them getting their work out there. One of my fellow grad students, one of the loveliest guys you'll ever meet from Hawaii, Daven Hee, has a few images of his gorgeous teapots in the book. I'm lucky enough to have one of my own sitting in my living room, collecting dust due to it's non-functional nature, but loved and appreciated none the less on a daily basis.
And while taking that shot right beside it was a piece of Avi Amesbury's so I had to snap that as well. Avi is one of the lovely women that I got to hang out with in Australia and recently showed with at NCECA in Lousiville. Here are 2 of her beautiful nesting bowls, they have a celadon interior and the outside is stamped with delicate little markings highlighted by her use of the oxides she collects. She has a great website with tons of gorgeous art and information at avicam.com, definetly worth checking out. I think there is also a link to her personal site from there.
The teacup beside it is a sweet little piece that I picked up at the artisans market at the Gulgong conference in 2004(?) For the life of me I can't remember the name of the artist, but I will promise to search it out and update. The same unfortunately goes for the last name of the artist who made the little white cup, her first name was Natalie and she was an undergrad student at the Canberra School of Art when I was there. I must get better at this memory thing!
and on a sad note i accidently broke the lid to a beautiful covered jar I picked up while in oz. It's a Janet Mansfeild piece, and it's a bit heartbreaking, but such is life in ceramics and it will live on in a glued-together-so-well-that-only-i-will-ever-know sorta way.