John’s work focused on form and color application. We also learned his technique of building with soft slabs and decorating with tape on bisque ware. The majority of my surface work was initially done on leather hard so this was a new approach for me. Stuart worked very detailed and meticulous with his imagery on his forms…all of which was applied at bone dry. I am a figurative painter who typically works more gestural, so I enjoyed the challenge of working more detailed and slow during the workshop. Andrea’s work combines the techniques of constructing form with stronger/dryer slabs and then working with patterns and handmade stickers on bisque ware. Though I didn’t get to attempt her approach to the patterns and stickers, I was inspired to attempt some work with tracing patterns on my forms.
“Once, I had tried to fill myself. I plastered caulk over my emptiness. I filled my body with cement. Rubber glue, love letters, Broken things. I tried to fill the emptiness with those which that only had holes in them…
Does absence have flesh? I asked my body.
Only the one you created, it said in return.”
~ Shinji Moon, The Anatomy of Being
I was also informed by another student in the workshop about the term “Ekphrasis” which is in the simplest of words, poetry inspired by art. “According to the Poetry Foundation, ‘an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art.’ More generally, an ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired or stimulated by a work of art.”
I left Anderson Ranch with two ideas regarding my work…or more like 2 decisions of what mattered to me. I am still wanting to research and make ceramics work with Fresco, allowing me to focus on variation in surface and contrast of glaze and fresco and their relationship with form. I also, and most importantly, want to make work that represents myself and my own sensitivities. I’d like to continue to slow down and explore this balance between intention and spontaneity, as well as work from poems/words or allow the poems/words to come later as a description of the work itself.