The Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ is having a juried art show: Pet Projects: Dogs, Cats & Everything in Between opening Saturday, September 12, 2020, the show runs thru October 3, 2020. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm. Click here for the show website.
The Barron Arts Center accepted three of my pieces in the Pet Projects juried art show.
Pusillanimous Cottontail 9.5″L X 4.5″W X 8.5″H $100
Shadowtail Cache 7.25″L X 3.25″W X 7″H $85
In Search of the Bluebird 6.25″L X 3.5″W X 6″H $60
The Gallery at Thompson Park Creative Arts Center is a wonderful gallery exhibiting very beautiful art in their juried shows.
Two of my sculptures have been accepted in the juried show entitled Alternative Mediums Exhibit. Opening reception Friday, September 11 from 5 pm to 7 pm, show runs thru October 9th 2020, Wednesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm.
The Protectorate 8’W X 8″L X 12.75″H $85
Visualize Your Goals 4.75″W X 4.75″L X 10″H $58
I’ve been experimenting with adding fantastical figures to the top of eggs.
Dragon’s have a mystical, magical, fiercely protective imagery associated with them, and of course a dragon’s most valuable treasure to protect is it’s nest.
I executed the dragon using hand made colored clay, and a clear glaze on the surface. Dragons are seen all over the world, but European dragons have wings. This dragon was modeled after one guarding the city of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
On the egg is applied a crystal glaze. To attain crystals on the surface of the egg, the kiln needs to be slow cooled after reaching peak temperature, allowing time for the crystals to grow. The results are unique to each firing, as crystal glazes involve a bit of serendipity. Both the dragon, egg and base are high fired ceramic.
When I’m absorbed in sculpting, posting on my blog tends to suffer, but here are two recently completed reliefs.
The first relief harkens back to old Europe, the architecture and symbolism that says European. It’s called “Hearth and Folk”. Celebrating the role of women as child bearer, maker of home and keeper of the culture.
The second is a relief called “Sand Creatures”.
A day at the beach is all about the sea, sand, and creatures that live and play there.
May 4th is the opening reception for the Ellarslie Open 35, which will run through July 1, 2018. The juried show had over 500 art submissions from 278 artists. The juror was Heather Coyle.
I submitted two sculptures for review, and both were accepted. They are: “The Art Students Cast Room”, a relief; and “The Protectorate”, a large egg with a crackle glaze and lizard . Below is “The Art Students Cast Room”, ” The Protectorate” was fresh-out-of-the-kiln, and a good photo was not taken before submitting to the show. Stay tuned,… will post a picture soon after the opening.
Opening reception was a great success, talked to many interesting people. I had the honor of being one of two artists whose art work was bought by the Trenton Museum Society. “The Art Students Cast Room” was added to the collection of the Trenton City Museum.
Here’s some pictures of “The Protectorate”, and from the event.
This past Sunday, November 5th was the opening reception for my ceramic sculpture show at the Plainsboro library in Plainsboro, NJ. It was my first one person show, much thanks to Donna Senopoulos at the library for all her work to help organize and set it up. The focus of the show was on ceramic portraits and reliefs that can be hung on the wall, plus a few free standing eggs. Other websites and blogs have covered the show, see: myCentralJersey.com, Liz Adams blog, and Art Lee’s arrangement of pictures.
We had a nice turnout of art lovers. I did my best to answer questions and explain the involved process of creating the finished pieces. I start by formulating my own clay with characteristics for creating a smooth finish when fired and mix the different powders (clay, silica, feldspar) in a large clay mixer. Next, I de-air the newly mixed clay in a pugmill, and roll out a one inch slab as my “clay drawing tablet”. After drawing out the figure, visage, or scene with a pointy stylus, I begin to add clay, building up the surface to create high relief for parts close to me, medium relief for the middle, and low relief for the background parts. It takes weeks to complete a piece, and then weeks more for the piece to dry before I can fire it to 2192 degrees Fahrenheit in the kiln.
My goal in creating a portrait is to subtly catch the mood and character of the face by using facial lines and expressions. I look for this person’s life story, I pull up a chair and visit with them for a while. Faces have power and presence, they represent the soul of the individual. I love to study and capture the true image of the person in clay at a certain moment in time.
Reliefs tell a story often involving whimsical compositions, real life scenes, or quiet reflective moments. The reliefs are 3-D snap shots of a moment, feeling, or message where I can add background details to embellish the story.
Eggs… what is it about eggs that draws me to them, the sensual shape, the mystery, the representation of life at the genesis? Such a mysterious object needs a fascinating glaze, which is why I often apply crystal glazes to the surface. Crystal glazes are very runny when fired and can easily glide over the curved egg shape running down the sides creating a variety of crystals shapes on the way down. The lizard atop an egg is another theme of mine. The lizard represents a primitive state of feelings, and the egg is the prize of life.
When working on my portraits, reliefs and figures, I’m influenced by classic artists and sculptors of the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Romantic periods. The realistic, finely detailed sculptures of these periods take my breath away, I hope to convey similar feelings in the viewer with my art.
Metal Horse Sense was accepted into the 87th Juried Art Show at Phillips Mill in New Hope, PA.
This egg is one in a series of experimental high fired ceramic crystal eggs, and is about 17 inches high by 10 inches wide. The unique feature of the crystal eggs is that each one comes out of the kiln with it’s own finger print, no two are alike. The development of the assortment and size of the crystals depends on the atmosphere and firing temperature in the kiln and the firing schedule. Each firing takes three and a half days to complete.
My relief based on a painting by a classical French Baroque artist, Nicolas Poussin, “Inspiration of the Poet”, was accepted for the Ellarslie Open 33rd juried exhibit, opening reception May 6th.
“After Poussin: Inspiration of the Poet”
High fired ceramic and glaze
Here are some recently completed portraits.
“Glee, a portrait of Justine”
High fired ceramic and glaze
“Jim doing his best General Patton”
High fired ceramic and glaze