Clay, etc.

As you may have noticed, I have stopped complaining about my job.  The freaking out has kind of subsided and I have just been…content? Maybe that’s the right word.  I have been thinking about that fine line between contentment and complacency, and I really feel like if I was being complacent my gut would tell me and it just wouldn’t feel right.  For some reason or another I just decided that it’s ok if I don’t do something that is world changing for a job.  Sometimes I get that sense of urgency that life is short and I am just wasting time doing something I think is dumb, and then this causes a panic to run for the hills (or to live in a basement studio apartment, ride a scooter, and work at Starbucks and volunteer because somehow that is better…)  While I am certainly not opposed to getting a new job someday sooner or later, I have just kind of been enjoying the paycheck and doing other things that make me happy.  How does this bring me to the subject of pottery?  Well, my major in college was ceramics, and while I certainly was not on a path to change the world back then, I was definitely at my happiest.  I have been researching some classes I may or may not take in the fall, just to get back into it again.  There are a few studios in Chicago, Park West Ceramics and Lincoln Square Pottery Studio Learning Center  that look interesting to me.

When  I was at the Art Institute this week I saw some pretty ancient pieces that I loved.  I love how organic these shapes are and there are no fancy bells and whistles.  I think they could all pretty much fly as modern, if you ask me…although I don’t know anything about this time period in Japan!  I also love that they are non functional in the traditional way, which makes me even more curious about them.  I think that long ago most people were making things that they could “use,” unless they were symbolic or used for religious reasons. (That is my casual interpretation of history, at least!)

Japanese Earthenware, 5th-7th Century

Japanese Earthenware, 5th-7th Century

I LOVE this form below.  It reminds me a little of Peter Voulkos.  The description said it was found under kiln ruins and is considered to be a damaged vessel that was a clay bowl fused together with part of a saggar which was a box or compartment used to protect the bowls, etc. in the kilns.  I think it looks pretty awesome as it is.

Glazed Stoneware, China, (1279-1386)

Here is some work by Peter Voulkos.  I had a studio tech in college that studied with him so I felt like I learned a lot about him.  Sadly, he passed away the day before I was supposed to go to a lecture by him in Ohio.

Peter Voulkos, Isis, 2001

Peter Voulkos, Red River, 1960

Peter Voulkos, Plate, 1998


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  1. You should look at Lillstreet Art Center. They host classes and even have a cute little cafe!

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