An Isamu Tower – Spontaneous Intentionality

For years now, I've been stopped in my tracks by the many works of designer-artists, Isamu Noguchi. His play with lines, textures, and shapes capture my imagination like sitting in a Zen garden. I find myself staring endlessly in a blissful state of calm. There's a whole canon of his work that seems to be … Continue reading An Isamu Tower – Spontaneous Intentionality

The Textured Wonder Vase

Part of the accretion project, I used torn and end scraps of thin slabs. Each piece was textured with a textured-roller, then assembled wet, using only a little slip and scoring. When leather hard, I used a carving tool to take away excess slip at the seams and emphasize the layers. I gave a few … Continue reading The Textured Wonder Vase

Emerald Vessel – The Accretion Bowl

After planing, cutting, and assembling larger slab-build pieces, I am often left with cut-offs of slabs. In past pieces, I would build abstract shapes from the ground up and allow whatever shape to develop. In this case, I was working with a teacher-directed prompt of making accretion pieces, combined with the desire to make a … Continue reading Emerald Vessel – The Accretion Bowl

Secret Memory Box #7 – Memories Intertwined

As you can read in the mentor's prompt, one of the directives was to use coils; not my favourite method. I had to make it different somehow, as all I could think of was a coil pot. Even if I closed it on both sides, to me it remained only a cylinder; how could I … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #7 – Memories Intertwined

Secret Memory Box #6 – Segmented Brains

I had more fun than I thought I would making pinch-pot spheres. it has been years since I made pinch-pots and I don't remember enjoying it. my mentor showed me a new way of doing it and explained how zen it was. Maybe it's because I'm older now, but I finally got it. Moreover, I … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #6 – Segmented Brains

Secret Memory Box #4 – Exposed & Hidden

This one has two components: the pinch-pot lid and the slab-built vase; the lid was made by with two pinch-pots fuzed into a sphere and cut when leather hard into the shape os a small basket; the vase is from a very thin slab, attached only with a little water and tapped gently at the … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #4 – Exposed & Hidden

Secret Memory Box #3 – Memories to Put Away

Slab built; starting with very wet and thin slabs, that slump into organic shapes; often done with leftover scraps of slabs from larger works, attached with a little slip; left to dry to leather-hard then the whole surface was rubbed with a damp sponge to smooth out seams and lift some of the grog to … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #3 – Memories to Put Away

Secret Memory Box #2 – The Box Project – Oubliette

Started with a ball of wet terracotta; three small balls were made at the same time for the feet; left to dry slowly under loose plastic until leather-hard; the top was cut straight off and the inside was hollowed both top and bottom; a lip was fashioned with the carve-out clay to hold the lid … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #2 – The Box Project – Oubliette

Secret Memory Box #1 – The Box Project – Glazed

It started with a pinch-pot; the bottom was tapped into a foot shape then scored for texture; when leather-hard, the lid was carved out and the handle attached and textured; after a little more drying, it was burnished; dried to bone dry and bisqued; the lid was stained with iron oxide, the sides doted with … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #1 – The Box Project – Glazed

Come get your hands dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild!

Hello Pottery Enthusiasts! The Winter Semester of classes is just around the corner! Come get your hand dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild! Registration for winter pottery classes will be taking place on Wednesday December 18th, from 6:30pm to 8pm, in our studio (room S014A) located in the basement of the Sarto … Continue reading Come get your hands dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild!