I recently received the 2015 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award through the Northern Clay Center which has allowed me to travel across the country in order to view collections of art that influence my own work. Seeing the pieces in person as opposed to on a computer screen or in a book has allowed me to engage with the work on a much more intimate level and has already begun to change the way that I view my own work. Additionally, I have been able to travel to a number of major cities along the east coast where I have come across many new and intriguing architectural lines and patterns that will inform new surface designs on my work. I look forward to the next couple of weeks in which time I will be taking a workshop at Watershed Center for the Arts with John Neely and David Peters; I will use an iron rich clay and learn about the reduction cooling process.
A detail shot of an intriguing architectural composition along the Highline Walkway in Chelsea, New York. These are the types of patterns that really catch my eye and inform the surface of my pots.
Pleased to come across this piece by Chuck Close at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.