Kansas City was phenomenal! Besides giving a lecture about my travels of the past year, I also saw many friends and a few shows. Congrats to Anna Buckthorpe and Becky Schram for their show at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery. Both are Sculpture seniors who make amazing work in clay and other media.

Since I returned on Monday night I’ve been keeping quite busy. The last two days I’ve been working 9 hours at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), followed by another few hours with Heather in her studio. The ICA’s show will open on the 25th of April – the same day as Heather’s – so both places are running at a frantic pace. At the ICA I spent today putting up sheetrock. Because of the compressed time schedule (4 weeks), crew is already working til 6 on weekdays and coming in on weekends.

Over at the Clay Studio with Heather, I’ve been sanding and cleaning her work. This is the last step of an exceedingly drawn out production process. First a piece is cast, then cleaned, sometimes altered or assembled, and bisqued. Then it is sanded, waxed, glazed, wiped off, and glaze fired. After the final sanding and cleaning, Heather’s finally ready to start arranging the pieces which in itself is an endless task with limitless permutations.

Network 2008 Exhibition

March 4, 2008

At long last, here are some pictures from our final exhibition.

The exhibition will be on view at Guldagergaard until the end of March, and at Grimmerhus, The International Ceramic Museum – Denmark from April 15 to May 25. The Grimmerhus exhibition will also feature the work from Network 2007.

Personal Websites of additional Participants:

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Thanks to Szabó Klára Petra and her husband Tamás for sending me her pictures and video from the exhibition. Klara is my foster sister – Her family took me in and treated me like a long-lost child. Klara is studying painting at the University of West Hungary in Sopron, and Tamás is a sculptor:

HMVH Exhibition

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HMVH Exhibition

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Thanks also go out to Koleszár Ferenc for posting pictures from the symposium exhibition in Hodmezovasarhely. Ferenc is a PhD candidate at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.

Hódmezovásárhelyi kerámia szipózium 2007

In the company of kings

February 5, 2008

Our group has been graced with a second member of an ousted royalty, Lia Bagrationi. Hailing from Georgia (the country, not the state), she told us how the Bagrationi clan was the Georgian ruling family for over a thousand years – from 8th c. CE to whenever the Russians terminated their independent kingdom, in the early 19th century. Lia can trace her family tree back to the 6th century, when the Bagrationi’s are thought to have emigrated from Palestine. Our other royalty is Manuel Canu, heir to the Roman Empire. Had it not been for the lead poisoning that led (heh heh) to the Fall of Rome, he may well have been the Duke of Denmark. We call him DD for short.

In other news, we fired our first wood kiln, a bourry box style kiln, and stuffed it full of work. We stopped stoking at 9.30 on Thursday evening – 22.5 hours after we started, at 11pm the night before. The weather was crazy – an enormous wind storm was just the preface to a mixture of snow and rain. It seemed to affect the cooling. We unloaded when it was cool enough to touch, one and a half days after finishing, and a full day before it usually gets there. Seems that we dropped about half the temperature in the first 2 hours. No problems though. Except that whole brown thing.

Jakob loading the bourry box:

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unloading the bourry box:

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coming soon: a summary of projects

At long last

November 25, 2007

True to my fabulously indecisive nature, this is the third site I have signed up for to show my work, share my thoughts and so on.  Soon to come: pictures of my recent and less recent work, pictures and thoughts from my recent trip to Hungary, Austria and Greece, and day by day accounts from my upcoming trip to Denmark in January.