We have certainly all been faced with new challenges in 2020. I hadn’t got my clay order in on time and my kiln is under repair, therefore I have been not able to make or fire any work. I have the time to update my social media accounts, do some drawing and experimenting with some of my craft supplies.
In my efforts to collect beach stones I have ventured out over last year, in some pretty chilly weather. Bundled up with winter coat, water boots and earmuffs during the late fall and early spring, and during the summer it quickly changes to shorts, tee shirt and flip flops ( my favorite) . Below is a picture of my rock collecting gear, include bucket, water boots, sunglasses, head band, pales, and bags….I do look interesting.
It has been a few years since Peter Bloch and I collaborated in creating 4 beautiful lamps. Each lamp base was comprised of the clay beads that I use to make my garden towers, and his beautiful wooden lampshades.
Oct 2 – Dec 18 there is an exhibit at League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters showing the work of many collaborations and the work of the individual arts and their own work. It is spectacular. Amazing things happen when artists work together
It has been a wonderful summer, full of great weather, great friends and quite a few trips to the beach….my new office. Trips to the “office” have a purpose other than soaking up the waves and sun. My new work requires a lot of beach stones, the more the better. There are certain specs that have to be met, before I toss them in the sand pail. Flat-oval-thin. Black, white, green, or red. Occasionally a stray stone, one considered “amazing” will find its way to the pail.
My new obsession is just an extension to my old beach combing days. I felt a sense of urgency last week, as the water and weather will be getting colder, and it will not be a place for flip-flops for another 6 months.
It took nearly a year of sketching, day dreaming, imagining and collecting “just the right beach stones”, but we finally have it. I am quite happy with how things turned out. Each piece was thrown on the wheel, trimmed, carved and worked on to create a channel. Then each was burnished, fired, glazed inside only and fired again. The finishing touches are placed in the channel when complete.
Like most of the country winter has been difficult here. Sometimes after snow removal projects there is little energy and desire to do studio work. Some work got done, maybe more than I realized. New ideas are swirling in my head, we will see where that goes. Most of the time I feel a bit frazzled because I feel very far behind.
Below are some photos of new Patio Lanterns, the will be in two sizes and two colors….for now.