Transformations with Life #20 (Mother Nature’s Love of Art)

Originally designed as champagne flutes for a Brazilian-Canadian fusion restaurant here in Montreal. The restaurant never got off the ground, but the dozen different prototypes sold like hotcakes. I kept one in storage and only recently discovered it while looking for perfect vessels in my transformation series. The addition of the plant seems to remove … Continue reading Transformations with Life #20 (Mother Nature’s Love of Art)

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Transformations with Life #19 (Loving Embrace)

This little bud vase has been left unattended and unloved for far too long. All its brothers and sisters were sold many years ago and I heard her cry for attention. Perfect timing for the transformation series. A small creeping vine circles the vase in its loving embrace. Keeping it safe and warm. Hopefully, in … Continue reading Transformations with Life #19 (Loving Embrace)

Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)

Leave pieces out long enough and Mother Nature starts to add her own touches everything you make. I was inspired by some pieces I made for my dad's garden, that slowly started to crack, get covered with mosses, and become homes for all sorts of plants and wildlife. These never went into the garden, much … Continue reading Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)

Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re in this Together)

Leave pieces out long enough and Mother Nature starts to add her own touches everything you make. I was inspired by some pieces I made for my dad's garden, that slowly started to crack, get covered with mosses, and become homes for all sorts of plants and wildlife. These never went into the garden, much … Continue reading Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re in this Together)

Transformations with Life #17 (Time to Grow Up)

I had a different plant in this small tea cup, but it died in a big downpour. I needed something that might fill the pot and work in a well lit place. This pair of hugging cacti fit the bill. The pinch pot made with a stoneware clay body and decorated with various stains before … Continue reading Transformations with Life #17 (Time to Grow Up)

Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

I made this abstract vessel many years ago and I've never published a picture of, I think. I was in a dark place when I made it and didn't really like it at first. It has moved around with me and gradually has found itself in more visible places. I recently had it in a … Continue reading Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

I'm frequently amazed at what I image when I look at cactus like these: I see buildings, I see people in a crowd, and I see balloons on strings. What I find is all smiles. I catch myself smiling at these little beauties. I catch myself talking to them like pets. I really get a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Another example of the persistence of life. Like many of my plants, I find them on walk, this time deep in a vast filed of wild growth. This amazing plant was growing out of a dry mud patch. The earth was so dry and hard packed, that I broke the small shovel I was using … Continue reading Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Transformations With Life #12 – The Island

During my walk this morning, I deviated through a buggy and bushy field. I came across this tenacious little tree growing in a dry patch. It looked like an island of life in the sea of dead grass. They it hit me that it could be even more of an island. I decided to combine … Continue reading Transformations With Life #12 – The Island

Transformations With Life #11 – A Single Thought

I found this tiny maple tree growing like a weed near my deck in the backyard. It hoped up from nowhere and seemed to have something important to say, but it had no voice. I still had one of hundreds of small shot classes I made a few years ago that felt like a perfect … Continue reading Transformations With Life #11 – A Single Thought