Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where To Start?

The past few weeks have been full of adventure.  The 2012 Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop, a visit to Canada, teaching, studio work, family and friends.  So many tears and laughter have been experienced over the past few weeks I don't know where to begin.  I could talk about the drama or talk about clay.  I choose clay!

The functional ceramics workshop was amazing.  I purchased one of Gail Kendalls lovely oval plates to add to my clay collection.  Watching Gail draw the sgraffito lines through the white slip and onto the red clay was like watching a dance of the line.  She works on such a wet surface it was like watching a painter create except there was no paint on the tool making the mark.  The process of taking away a surface to create a line rather than painting on a line has always fascinated me. 

Small tray by Gail Kendall
The wealth of information that was exchanged was over the top.  I found myself asking so many questions and was so grateful for all the answers.  How nice it was to spend time with so many people who love working with clay.  Watching Jeff, Gail and Bill work was a real treat!  There are so many new things I want to try before the ideas drift out of the memory realm of concept and are forgotten.  Oh to have a million arms! 

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo