You ask: What is it? I reply: What do you want it to be? You ask: What does it mean? I reply: What do you want it to mean?
Monday, April 25, 2011
Elizabeth Kendall, Adero Willard, and Olen Hsu
More ceramics from the Smithsonian Craft Show (artists' link here). We almost walked past Olen Hsu's work but something about it caught Susan's eye and she backed up to give it a second, harder look. He uses the word "languidness" in describing his work -- what a great word! His wheel-thrown work often has what seems to be a slight "off" angle but once you look at it you realize the subtle grace and beauty of each piece.The pieces seem to slow your breathing down and give you calm you didn't know you could find. Perfection.
Adero Willard was enthusiastic about her work and shared her technique ideas and suggestions with me. The layering effect of the colors seems to be something that I can achieve -- with a lot of practice, effort and definitely luck. She makes it seem easy but I know better.
Elizabeth Kendall's work was all hand-built, not wheel-thrown, so I was immediately drawn to that aspect of it. She gave me good advice about using black and white clay and how to work on my shapes. She also works with porcelain paper clay, something I'm beginning to have interest in as it makes the pieces very light.
These three artists wrap up the ceramic artists I talked at length with on just the first day. More to come.