Here's a table art photo from Down Under...
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I take a great deal of comfort in this decision, because it shows me that there are some very clear choices in life. Relationships are at the top of the list and especially our kids. They are the future and their well being is priority one. A little different than how I grew up, but hey, nobody's perfect and better late than never...
Pictures of new work next week, when I glaze and load the kiln!
ps- The New York Times called yesterday....I'll keep you posted ;-)
Monday, March 20, 2006
Found this amazing manifesto today through another interesting blog by York. The author, Ulla-Maaria Mutanen is an interesting Finnish thinker on technolgy and crafts. York is Japanese and is seeking to collaborate on eco-projects via blogs.
Draft Craft Manifesto
I’ve been trying to pin down what is driving the increasing popularity of crafting for a while now. This is what I’ve got so far:
1. People get satisfaction for being able to create/craft things because they can see themselves in the objects they make. This is not possible in purchased products.
2. The things that people have made themselves have magic powers. They have hidden meanings that other people can’t see.
3. The things people make they usually want to keep and update. Crafting is not against consumption. It is against throwing things away.
4. People seek recognition for the things they have made. Primarily it comes from their friends and family. This manifests as an economy of gifts.
5. People who believe they are producing genuinely cool things seek broader exposure for their products. This creates opportunities for alternative publishing channels.
6. Work inspires work. Seeing what other people have made generates new ideas and designs.
7. Essential for crafting are tools, which are accessible, portable, and easy to learn.
8. Materials become important. Knowledge of what they are made of and where to get them becomes essential.
9. Recipes become important. The ability to create and distribute interesting recipes becomes valuable.
10. Learning techniques brings people together. This creates online and offline communities of practice.
11. Craft-oriented people seek opportunities to discover interesting things and meet their makers. This creates marketplaces.
12. At the bottom, crafting is a form of play.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
So, whatever you might think about blogging in general, it is really in the specific that blogging can become an art form, maybe already is. Building a great blog takes time, like making a masterpiece, and it is done through the daily attention to your story, your vision and your ability to change in the very fast nature of developing technology. Everything is possible here.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Seth's got a great rif on the authentic vs. the contrived on his blog today. It's not easy getting to real sometimes and it can take time. But if the authentic is priority, then getting there is way more likely. And who wouldn't prefer a bit of the real thing? It's like balm on a over glossy environment. Getting down to what is underneath layers of crap and figuring what really matters, that is a process. Focusing on that process also removes you from the victim status which is so enervating. I know what I like and what I want. It's like the difference between the French pavilion at Disneyland and Paris. No contest.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
What if artists today would focus on ways to imagine peace, instead of reacting to war? Can we shift our vision to the glass half full? The artist is a visionary, imagining new ways of doing things. With this question I also suggest we are all artists...
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Great interview on Treehugger with Hunter Lovins, co-author of Naural Capitalism. She talks about developing a sustainable world as a marathon, not a sprint and balancing our efforts with nourishing, small actions. Taking care of ourselves and each other in the process of visualizing and creating a better world takes time, persistance and pacing. The fruits of our labors will be there for the next generation to continue to build. The slow road. It's the only way.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Hunting and gathering taken to new level.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The sculpture in this photo is my attempt to show this process in an art context. The vases are nested, the bottles lean into eachother. The small vases seek the comfort and protection of the larger pieces. All metaphoric, abstract and impossible without the groundwork of potters, painters and sculptors who preceed me on this path.