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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

a mermaid's dream: the ultimate aquarium castle!

Before we go further, here is more of an interview that I gave to a student researching ME and how I do things, questions are "will you be doing this in ten years and what advice do you have for a young potter?"

I cannot imagine doing anything else the rest of my life. In ten years I am hopeful I will be making pots, sculpting, drawing, and hopefully, as always, finding people who appreciate what I am up to. Using the wheel and making many bowls and cups can be physically demanding, which is why I like to vary my activities with other types of art work, knowing that as a very elderly person later in life I would still want to be making things, but not relying on only wheel work.

Advice? Anyone working in clay or art needs to go at it full speed. It may seem hard to make a living in the arts, but it is not, just requires focus and hard work!

Best wishes, gr

You will remember my best pals Katie and Maggie, uber friendly, uber creative and brilliant. They were like
"we need something for our fish tank, what can you do????" and I was just starting my SHARK PHASE last week and the timing was PERFECT so I was like
"I could throw parts for a castle, put it together, add a shark! AND a nekkid MERMAID!" and Katie and Maggie were like
"um, could you put shells on the tatas???" and I went ahead and made this bodacious mermaid, carefully placed hair and shells, and it looked lumpy and terrible. It is amazing--I am a whiz at sharks, but I have no idea how to do people.
Anyway, it occured to me that the brilliant move was to forget the bodacious mermaid and add a CUTE STARFISH, kinda hiding in there.
The convo finished like this
"I made this huge castle for you! I have no idea how big your tank is" and I say its like, ten inches tall and ten inches wide and Katie is like
"um, well, that is pretty big......" after shrinking and firing it turns out to be 8.5 x 8.5, so it will fit very well and lastly I was like
"you can pay me in beers, OK? Let's leave the tax man out of this transaction....."


Below you see some tiles the wife was glazing, just outta the kiln today! Also, I was imagining a wall sculpture of a book and the book is coming alive and the monster is jumping off the page to eat the book worm.....plus, the before firing of this load seen above....

10 comments:

Hilary said...

That's wonderful. And it looks like it could be a plant holder too.

smartcat said...

Every home needs a castle!

You've made an illustration for The Book of Beasts, a story from The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit. (Gutenberg...EBook#23661) Are you familiar with it or just remarkably prescient?

Cool tiles....especially the cityscape.

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh my, my fish will be so jealous. Great castle, shark and starfish! Now I am challenged to try a mermaid, since I was already thinking about one, having seen a painting of one in someone else's bathroom last week. The book piece is hilarious. But my first work today will be the cat with tiara...have you done her/him yet?

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

I'm always so amazed by the before and after kiln photos. Not being a potter (or even close), the process from glazed raw (is that the right word?) pots to shiny finished pots seems like magic. Very cool castle too!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

No, I am not familiar with that book, and a TIARA for a cat! Ha!

Lori Buff said...

How fun, I love the starfish.

Reverend Awesome said...

If there were a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for fish, those fish would surely be featured with that castle. Who knows. Maybe there is!

smalltownme said...

I love the book coming alive! You are a genius!

Busy Bee Suz said...

The starfish is a STAR!!!
FYI, I think the tax man already taxed the beers too...dang.
Love the tiles...you should hire Maude!

Joe Troncale said...

The terrified look on the starfish is terrific!!
What a hoot!!

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I am a part-time pottery instructor at Cornell University Pot Shop and a full-time studio potter and sculptor, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.