April 2016 Archives

slow accumulation

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We have been working slowly through 2016.
IMG_4711.jpgAccumulating shapes and series of ideas to stack the kiln. Firing our anagama is a collaboration of form, clay, kiln, hands, and heat. It takes three days to stack the kiln like a three-dimensional puzzle. We think about how to fill the space and imagine the flame moving like water in a stream bed strewn with rocks and boulders.

IMG_4716.jpgPots block and redirect the flame through the kiln before it exits out the chimney. The flame and residual ash create patterns and shadows.

IMG_4726.JPG"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art."
--  Junot Diaz